ALAVITA

4.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
ÀLAVITA is all about fresh pasta and local ingredients—from Agnolotti to Tortellini to Garganelli, Linguini to Pappardelle—created freshly every day using Northwest flour and local eggs. A restaurant whose name means “to life,” (Well actually two words– ‘alla’ ‘vita’ –that we put together to create one) ÀLAVITA is a great place for celebrating life with good friends and family alike. We offer craft cocktails, open kitchen and a warm, welcoming setting in the heart of Downtown Boise.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely love Alavita. The food and service is always 5 star and it’s clear that the entire restaurant works together as a cohesive team. The waitresses/waiters always know the unique day to day changes that the chef may make and why he/she makes them and the bartenders may or may not be sommelier because they seem know everything about the wine & cocktails and what will pair best with what meal. Overall we always have an incredible experience and they made this one very special for my wife’s birthday. Highly recommend!

V
Boise
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Railli was a great server. Casey was helpful with the wine. We’ll be back.

NO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner's we've had since we moved here from Seattle last summer. From the minute we walked through the door until we left everything was amazing. The service was great.. very knowledgeable server, he didn't smother us and just the right amount of attention. The food was beautiful presented and tasted incredible! We can't wait to go back to try different selections!

JZ
Boise
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is so pretty . Our server was super . Very attentive without being overbearing . The food was good .

C
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, bartender a little short and not too happy!

T
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Potential for greatness was overshadowed by the burnt lasagnette. Classy atmosphere though.

L
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, excellent food, service and cocktails

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little too loud, but good

l
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious! My husband and I had pasta and shared a Caesar salad. The dressing was awesome.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic birthday dining experience; the service is friendly, efficient, and attentive; and the food is exceptional. Creative menu, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The pasta is freshly made in-house, and gluten free options are available. Excellent cocktail and wine offerings. We can't wait to go back!

EP
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were outstanding as was wait person. Will be back

CI
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Spades

We took company to the Alavita for dinner. The server knew the menu and delivered on every level. The food was excellent and kudos to a skilled chef behind the scene. The Alavita has the dining experience in spades. Well done.

MM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. The food was fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and absolutely fantastic food! Can’t wait to go again!!

L
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience was lovely- great service. The food was good the appetizers were very good I would return and take friends as well

ME
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alavita is one of our all time favorite restaurants in all of Boise. The staff is knowledgable, accommodating, welcoming, and provide excellent service from start to finish. The more we come here, the more we fall in love with the food, atmosphere, and incredible dining experience. 10/10 would recommend.

D
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alavita is a surprising gem in the community that offers great food for what I believe is a very reasonable price with a great ambiance!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

TL
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made reservations and were seated very promptly. It was a full house and quite loud. We were seated at a booth behind the bar and it was a little annoying having people pass us with butts or bellies up to the table.
When I made open table reservations I was asked if it was a special occasion. I checked that it was our anniversary. The restaurant did nothing special with this information. It wasn’t acknowledged, there wasn’t a candle on the table etc. Not a big deal, but then why ask?
The food was good, the service was excellent, but the food came out almost too quickly to really enjoy the evening. I understand the restaurant business and the turn and burn, but when I do signal that it is my anniversary that means it is special and I would like to spend some quality time with my husband.

JL
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant and good food! Waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable. A little pricey for what was offered but typical of a trendy downtown restaurant.

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and experience! Our server was very nice and couldnt have done better. Thank you!

AH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta was so delicious! Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and they let us have a scoop of gelato on the house!

I highly recommend this place!

DT
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow dinner was amazing. This was our first visit and wont be our last. The food was so good and the service was fabulous.

EL
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Alavita was amazing! My Fiance and I went here for our anniversary. I highly recommend ordering the fried Risotto for an appetizer. Absolutely delicious! I got the porcini mushroom pasta and my fiancee had the lasagnette. Budino for dessert. All delicious. We both had a couple of the specialty cocktails, which were great. I think the best part of Alavita is the service. They are kind and efficient. Our server made sure to make us feel special and wished us Happy Anniversary a couple of times.

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience!

JB
Boise
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming here for some fine dining with an Italian twist but with finesse. Great selection of appetizers, salads and entrees, excellent housemade pasta and cozy ambiance.

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always... perfect evening, food, wait staff, attention to details... our server even swapped out Cabernet glasses with Pinot glasses when she noticed we'd brought a Pinot. One suggestion - bring in another bartender... long wait for a drink 15+ minutes while waiting for our table.

BM
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went toAlavita for a Farewell dinner for a friend. I had a standby pasta dish, others had vegetarian and meat dishes. While tasty, it seemed not as good as past meals. I’m hoping this was an off night and will try them again in the near future.

SH
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Housemade pasta is delicious!! And great starters served in little jars. Excellent dinner!!

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 year first date-aversary. Great food service and wine. Always a great choice. 10/10.

RM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress and hostess were exceptional, friendly, and engaging.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and fantastic service. The restaurant is a cool space with a great atmosphere

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants in Boise!! The food is superb and the location is quite nice!!

NM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Parmesan gelato was a delicious spread for the charcuterie board. The pastas tasted fresh and had lots of different yummy flavors.

LC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the service and the food. We were a party of 4. Everyone enjoyed everything that was ordered. I look forward to trying the rest of the menu.

L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Average - too much dairy. Not enough vegetables. Great service from our waitress.

T
Boise
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another excellent experience. We had a 8:45 reservation. Sometimes you can feel rushed if the server/kitchen is trying to get out of there. Not the case. In fact, we were encouraged to take the time we need.

Same female server we had last time and she was excellent again. Great menu knowledge, enthusiasm and grace. Kitchen crushed it with the dinner. Thanks again, Alavita!

B
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wagyu was more rare than I would like for med rare but the portions were so small I didnt mind. Pretty good deal for 30$ would have liked more meat considering this cut is cheaper but then again it is wagyu. Would come back! Fish was on point great flavor and texture.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating NYE

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had lasagna and it was not made with regular noodles instead it had way too much cheese, white sauce and like a cracker top. The whole thing was a soggy mess. Husband had a $45 ribeye of which was so much fat that it was hard to cut it all out. Plus it was on a bed of puréed potatoes that resembled baby food. Not great!

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