How about having some food with your salt – vegetables over cooked – greens and everything else is horribly over salted and disgusting. They overcharge for a tiny hunk of bread – that we had to ask a few times for. Pasta was soggy -and when asked for vegan had absolutely no flavor – obviously they never were prepared to make it without cheese. We should’ve sent everything back and left – worst meal ever!!! Avoid!!! We had to ask them to turn the music down so conversation can be had —and they kind of had an attitude about as if we were asking them to turn the music down at a nightclub & it was 5:30pm! Service is the worst!! And it was not cheap – you can eat at a great restaurant for what it cost to get grossed out here!
Chicken entree was delicious as was my cocktail. We were surprised that they were “out” of bread at 5:30 on a Thursday. Sundae dessert just ok. Location worked well for pre-SFJAZZ dinner but we had better meals elsewhere while visiting SF.
When we arrived for our 5:30 reservation there were very few people in the restaurant and the noise level was only too loud due to the piped in music. We asked our server if he would turn down the music, when he graciously did. But that lasted only a few minutes. by 6:00 the place was packed and it seemed the more people came in the louder the music got. It was so bad the 4 of us had to shout to hear each other.
The food was very good. Shared a delicious beet salad between two of us. Other appetizers at our table were the soup and the green salad, all very good. After an extremely long wait the entrees of 2 chicken orders and 2 sole orders arrived. They were also very good. Dessert was a chocolate toffee sundae and strawberry shortcake. Again, both were very good.
Overall, Alta was very good for its food. Service was a little slow, due to what appeared to me to be our server having to cover too many tables. Also, the kitchen was slow to prepare our entrees. Negatives were the noise and the slow service.
Great cocktails, well-prepared farm-to-table cuisine, and friendly, attentive service.
Alta California was just satisfactory. The prices (particularly for wine) are rather high for what you get. The noise level makes conversations almost impossible. WHAT IS this "service charge" currently added to restaurant bills PLUS taxes??
chicken was smoky with a crispy skin, a smattering of veggies and some nutty faro. Sole was uninteresting but good enough. Little gems salad was lettuce only with dressing so sour it was hard to swallow. Conversation was nearly impossible because the music was crazy loud— good, but crazy loud. We asked if they could turn it down a notch, but they declined. Mediocre, uninterested service. At $220 for 2 the place should have knocked our socks off.
All very nice, service from maitre d', waitresses nice. My only complaint was that I booked ahead for special pre-theatre with my children (I was coming from abroad, 1 child was coming from LA, 1 from SFC) for Thanksgiving weekend, going to opera, so special event, and we got sat in the back corner, tight, dark, with open shelves to working kitchen, noisy, when there was a 4-seater table by the front window. By the time I tried to get a change, the brighter, more spacious table had walk-in customers, and the larger brighter table apparently had reservations. So went back to our cramped place. Disappointed and pretty annoyed with that, but the servers handled it well, and given we had 1 hour for meal before picking up opera tickets, they were VERY quick with the food, which was VERY good. So low points for that table (they need to space out better) but high points for the staff, food, ambiance, and proximity to the performing arts!
The drinks were much better than the food- they were pretty delicious even. Citrus st and refreshing. Not sure what all the hype about this place was about.. The burger was awful, chicken was OK, but too smoky for my taste. 3 desserts were a different combo of the same ice-cream which wasn't that great. The best part of the meal was bread...
Too expensive for what it was. Quality was average but at an exorbitant cost.
Service was superb as well as ambience. Cocktails were delicious. Just really a let down with the food.
I had wanted to try this restaurant for awhile now. The ambiance and decor is great and the bar was lively (it was a Friday night). The service was fair as the server could have been a tad more upbeat and friendly. The food itself was pretty good (we had the beef and the pasta). What did bother me was restaurant automatically adds $18% tip to every bill. I almost always tip 20%, unless the service really was bad, but I don't like being forced to pay it. How about this, just incorporate the tip into the price of your items and pay your staff better? When did a "tip" become mandatory? Secondly, the wine we ordered was $53 and she charged us $80. She went back and checked and sure enough, a new bill was produced. I probably won't be coming back here again since there are so many other options out there.
The food here was decent but the service was pretty spotty. We noticed the restaurant automatically charges a tip and then the tips are pooled for the staff to split. We wonder if that could explain the service quality? Not a lot of incentive to do a good job.
We love this place before a concert or performance at the Civic Ctr. They understand how to move the dinner along, the plates are great for sharing & not too expensive, it's not fussy food but very well designed. it's a little hard to find on Market St. because there's not a big sign but it's cozy inside. We love their appetizers especially. And the soft serve ice cream--which all of their dessert revolve around.
Fun evening dine with a great vibe!
Music too loud. No need in busy space. Tuned it up as crowd got louder so crowd got even louder and on and on.
Good: service, pinot noir by the glass, roasted chicken, strawberry shortcake, coffee
Meh: limited pinot noir selection by the glass, appetizers, sole
Bad: limited menu offerings, high price
My overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars