Altura

4.8
1290 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Altura applies the focus of ingredient-driven Italian cooking to the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on wild foraged products, pristine Puget Sound seafood and locally raised heirloom meats and vegetables. Each day we prepare a menu that strives to elevate the ingredients we have found to be of the best quality. The price of our menu is $137 per person (price may vary on holidays).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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(206) 402-6749
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Lockwood
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Cross street
BROADWAY E & ROY ST
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Parking details
Three pay lots within one block
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Public transit
Stops for bus lines 9, 49 and 60 within one block.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
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DM
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creatively prepared food presented with excellent service and beautiful plating. For foodies it’s one of those restaurants that you must go to at least once (but bring your platinum credit card). That said, it was a bit too precious and over-the-top for my taste.

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RG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall it was very good, I like that almost everyone that worked there came to our table a part of the presentation. I had the Classic Pairing and although it was expensive they were also very generous with the amount and offered other items that weren't included. The only downside for me was I thought the main dish was a little disappointing, I had the duck and it was the least of what I ate. I would definitely go back.

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KN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. We got the modern wine pairing which was great. Our servers were all very personable and explained the dishes and pairings well. Not quite a special occasion for us, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone for any occasion.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Super expensive even for this type of dining.
$748 bill for two people. That was with bottle of wine and not wine pairing. Gulp.
Food was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

First off this was our first time celebrating our anniversary. Amazing experience, it took about 3 hours to finish up the ten course meal. Flavorful and super tasty but this is for us special occcasions only type of venue. We u fortunately both got sick an hour or so after we got home. Not sure which of the 10 dishes it was but we are recovering

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TF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Took my wife there for her 30th Birthday and everything was excellent. The entire restaurant service staff was involved in the service from the greeter to the head chef. The food was excellent and the Kobe was the best tasting food I’ve ever eaten. Definitely recommend this to anyone for a special occasion.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and they were well-prepared to accommodate our request for vegetarian options for my wife with modified versions, substituting beets for beef in a cannoli, for example. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was comfortable. The volume levels made the place feel alive but not so loud you couldn’t hear across the table. The staff was polite and professional.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Altura and it is definitely one of the best restaurants in Seattle, possibly THE BEST. The food is the star here. The wagyu main course was so good I literally wanted to cry after my first bite. Every dish was delicious and the wine pairings were creative and complemented the courses extremely well. This is definitely the place to come in Seattle for a truly special culinary experience.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a one-of-a-kind meal and we had a really good time.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is as my third time at altura and it was as unique as the last two times. I was blown away by the new dishes and taste explosion. This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Superb on every level: the artistry, the taste, the finest ingredients. We sat at the counter and got to watch the magic happen. Truly a peak life experience

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have mixed feelings about my experience at Altura.

First off I will say that most of the food my wife and I had was excellent. There were good flavor combinations and a variety of presentations that were all fun to look at and eat. The serving staff was very friendly and we felt taken care of. The dinner starts off with several bite sized eats that are diverse and mostly very tasty and represent a myriad of things I would never think about making or ordering elsewhere. Its the type of experience I come to restaurants with fixed menus for, food that isn't my norm. This builds to a entree (we had 2 options) and then cheese plate then desert.

The things I didn't love. Even knowing the dinner would be ~3 hrs long, I feel like I was getting tired of waiting in between dishes for the next one. It felt as if the gap in between was 5-10 minutes longer than it should have been, which adds up with that many courses. Next, I left feeling hungry. This isn't something I would've expected and am frankly kind of upset about. Yes, plates are small and are meant to be, but I don't expect to leave a restaurant that has such a high price tag hungry still. Unfortunately, to my wife's chagrin we did not get a pasta dish which is the unpredictability of their menu (which we understand but she had hoped for still since they are 'italian').

The atmosphere as many have noted is close. The serving staff are very good at trying to be out of the way but despite being nicely lit and decorated the nature of it being such a small, noisy space detracts from the romantic aspects considerably.

What this restaurant does, it does very well. For me, the price was not worth the experience. It isn't a place I would never go back to, if my wife would like to try it again for special occasions I'm all for it- but it isn't my kind of place. Remember the price tag is mostly going towards the taste and experience.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just absolutely amazing experience.

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O
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommended by a friend as ideal for our birthday treat, we went with high expectations and were not disappointed. It’s a smallish space, converted from a bar, which means you can sit at what is now the counter and watch a dedicated band of cooks slip past each other in a space as narrow as my kitchen, finishing up a succession of teeny or small but yummy dishes that they must have been prepping since about 4.00am.

Seated there you get handed the next bite by either a cook or server with equal friendliness. The chefs achieve a succession of immaculately timed plates in virtual silence, including swap outs to cope with allergies or preferences. The servers are friendly and attentive without hovering, and they, and the sommelier manage to describe what’s next without producing the all-too-common ‘it’s going cold’ angst. (It’s also worth keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the washer-uppers, who slip back and forth replenishing dishes, pots and pans as unobtrusively as professional magicians.)

The food is described as Italian - I would say that Italy’s the inspiration for excellent modern American. So, expect pasta, tomatoes, offal/tail/belly of beastie and such like, cooked with care and talent, plated with a fair amount of patient tweezer action, accompanied by a very tasty wine (and beer) flight.

We had great fun, and enjoyed every bite. Cheap, it is not, but it’s definitely worth saving up for.

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing!! They truly know how to surprise and delight with the flurry of their tasting menu. Love the surprise of flavors all in one bite. The planning, preparation, creativeness, labor and art that goes into one bite is truly something to be appreciated!

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C
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

This will not be a peaceful meal as guests and staff and jammed into a super tiny area and there is so much chaos and hustle and bustle that it’s almost impossible to have a decent conversation.

Many of the food items and cooking techniques were things you will have never seen before. Most plates were a hit. Some were not.

The wine program was subpar.

The prices are among the highest in Seattle, but don’t expect “a meal I will always remember” experience. There are numerous better options in town at half the price.

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OT
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Excellent place for special occasions, dates, and foodie get togethers.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altura was an incredible experience! My boyfriend brought me for my birthday. The menu was surreal and a surprise in every single bite. The service is OUTSTANDING and the quality of the food shines in every dish. This was the best meal I've ever had and the experience as a whole was phenomenal and so special. If I could eat the savory cannoli they served every day for the rest of my life, I would. I strongly recommend this restaurant to everyone. You can't beat it.

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V
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time at Altura was amazing. I booked a birthday dinner for my boyfriend, and all the staff welcomed us with happy birthday wishes. The courses served were both delicious and beautifully plated, and I especially enjoyed the fast paced small bites that came through the beginning. Standouts for me were the mustard spongecake, the savory prawn/uni cannoli, and then the eggplant pasta. Definitely choose wagyu over lamb!

We were surprised with a complimentary champagne pour from the sommelier, as well as a candle-lit last dessert course for my boyfriend to celebrate. Thank you for making that extra gesture!

The food and service was impeccable; this is definitely our new favorite restaurant in Seattle. Look forward to seeing the Altura team again soon.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Seattle hands down. Never coasting on the same thing. Always innovative and absolutely amazing.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Nothing Italian about this. A dozen bite sized plates that are unidentifiable and didn't taste good. You get no options and drop 400 for 2 not including drinks. Can't get that night back

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London
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s a fun and unusual experience and the venue is pretty cosy.

All the slightly negative reviews are true though, for some reason just not reflected in the scoring:

There are so many different courses which are all great but do they all go together? - the wide variety can seem a little too much by the final courses

Sometimes courses come out very fast, sometimes you can wait twenty mins.

There are so many different servers and no one really takes the time to explain what you’re eating. They just quickly drop the plate down and tell you the headline. Also because of the different servers they don’t really take the the time to understand if you’re enjoying your experience.

If you do have dietary requirements, even if minor, they appear to forget them/not be able to execute them.

They do try and up charge you for certain dishes which seems unnecessary when you’re already paying $140 for the tasting menu (before tip and tax)

For all that you get in terms of complexity and number of courses the price seems acceptable but as they don’t nail everything then it makes it feel expensive as it doesn’t seem great value. You’ll easily have a bill between $350 and $800 depending on whether you do wine pairing, extras etc. which if you are unsatisfied by certain aspects stings a little!

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Y
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu here is amazing! except for one thing, but will start with good. The first few items were amazing intricate one bites. So many elements, great textures and amazing flavors! I'm a pretty big foodie now, so this was all great! First time here and on the menu there was legit wagyu beef with certificates shown above the kitchen and all. Paid extra per oz. but it was worth it for our special occasion. It was sooo melt in your mouth with full flavor and cooked right! We really appreciated too that the kitchen was out in the open for all to see (we sat at table, not counter). Also really appreciated the multicultural/diverse-ness of the chefs, very pleasant to see. Wait staff was amazing! everything was never missed, low water, replaced towels when you left for washroom, explained all the dishes, took plates away right away when finished, etc.

Now the one down side that almost ruined dinner. One main dish that was mid-way/early in the tasting menu had an extremely unexpected element to it. Saw a green pepper/okra looking vegetable cut up into about 3/4 inch chunks (very sizeable) and thought nothing of it. Popped a spoon full of the stew with the green vegetable into our mouths (first bite of dish), then BOOOM!!! MOUTH ON FIRE!!!! my wife had trouble getting rid of the heat for 15-20minutes! she can take some spice, but not this insanity suicide wing level hot. There was no warning from the chef/wait staff of the extremely hot pepper in the dish. And there were several chunks of it in the stew so it was meant to be eaten... my wife's tongue felt like it was burnt cause it was so spicy (not because it was temp hot). We were so afraid it killed our palatte for the rest of the evening. Being polite Canadians we didn't say anything and no one else in the restaurant complained so thought we shouldn't cause a stir (retrospect, we should have said something). Eventually the burning went away and we were able to enjoy the rest of the meal, thankfully...

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J
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a great experience. The food could not have been better. Service matched the food. It’s not a place you go everyday but I think it’s a must try.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I wasn’t aware duration for dinner will take over 3 hours in length. Service slow and no one cared to offer for bavarage past 2 hours of our stay.

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MD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular, inventive food. Lovely people.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The decor, table set up and music were not as I expected. Food was OK. Expensive to what you get.

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d
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Plan to spend about 2 ½ hours lingering over your meal, as this is an extensive tasting menu. Great use of local ingredients. Very creative, each individual dish was excellent. But I personally found that SO many different flavors over the course of the evening to be a bit too rich for my palette.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, save for a special occasion because it is something special!

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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blew away all expectations. A true culinary adventure....fresh, thoughtful,creative, delectable meal. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

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e
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It's a 3.5- 4 hour meal, so plan accordingly! The food is the most creative I've ever had, and everything except the dessert was fantastic. It is very expensive.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Everyone was very nice and worked to make it an enjoyable experience for us. However, prior to dining I mentioned my friend was vegan (which she’s elected). My friend made an accommodation to dine at this restaurant because she knows I like to eat at restaurants like this. The restaurant called to confirm our reservation and asked if she was truly vegan because they’ve made accommodations in the past only to find out they weren’t vegan/vegetarian. How would they know outside of serving food that wasn’t vegan? We said no dairy, which would include eggs. What happened after we sat did not go well. The restaurant does not have a lot of space to walk and the servers were constantly walking past us which is very distracting when trying to have a conversation. For such a high end restaurant this is very disappointing. Dishes were sent out that were not vegan for my friend which was very upsetting to her as well as causing her not to feel well throughout the night as well as the next day. When courses were described, like the foie gras for her, she about had a heart attack. I’m baffled how a restaurant of this caliber could not understand what vegan means. Again, the staff was very nice but bringing out Carmel at the end of the night really did not bode well. Unfortunately, because of this, my experience was also ruined because my friend was very unhappy, especially spending close to $200 per person (with a tip).

I’m not one to complain on such a public forum, but I thinks it’s important for diners with food restrictions to understand what our experience was. I also feel that because the restaurant doesn’t have a place to make/send comments, that I’d like them to understand what our experience was like and the disappointment we experienced. This definitely will impact my future choices in terms of deciding whether to spend this kind of money on an experience I don’t feel was worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Carefully crafted tasting menu with spot on wine pairings. Staff was gracious and helpful, service was excellent. One of the best restaurants around.

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KG
E. Tennessee
190 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'd sum our experience with Altura as "wow". My wife and I dine out a lot all over the US and on foreign trips at Michelin starred and similar restaurants and this was quite a find. As you may know if you look at their web site, the meal starts with some small bites, then moves into a series of courses. We did the wine pairings, both the "classic" and the "modern". We sat at the bar to watch the kitchen at work during the evening. This is superbly done food with local ingredients, prepared in a creative style. The meal was nicely paced. The wine pairings were very well done and if they noticed you were running a bit short between courses, they brought more, which is often not the case with pairings. Food quality and presentation is just great. The staff was very personable and engaged. We did not feel hurried at all. The price point on all of this, compared to some similar experiences, was very reasonable. We would wholeheartedly recommend Altura and hope to return again when in Seattle.

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will just say that this is the best meal I have ever eaten. Easily one of the best restaurants in Seattle. This dining experience will surprise you in many ways and leave you feeling like you had found a holy grail of cuisine. Go and enjoy.

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SR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was top notch.

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. There is a price fix menu, so you don't really choose anything except your choice of drink and main. Everything else is taken care of for you. From the first course to the last it just kept getting better. I highly recommend Altura!

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in Seattle. Everything on the tasting menu was delicious, not a bad bite. The wine pairing felt overpriced, I wish there were a couple more glasses for the times I didn’t have anything to drink with a dish, especially for the price ($165 for the wine pairing) - the pairing also didn’t pair with the timing of the meal. There were multiple 10-15 minute gaps in the meal which are understandable but would have been better if I had something to sip on while waiting. Still, highly recommended and one of the top tasting menus in Seattle for sure.

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SK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best meals I have ever had. The overall experience was outstanding. Each plate had a multitude of sensory attributes.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals on the west coast.

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