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About Alta CA
Alta CA is a neighborhood restaurant and gathering place in the heart of San Francisco that celebrates the best of California’s diverse ingredients and cultures through inventive fare and spirited drinks. We believe in exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and the magic of truly tasty things.
San Francisco, CA 94102
American, Californian, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri
4pm - 6pm
Monday thru Saturday
5pm - 10pm
Thursday thru Saturday
10pm - 1am
Market St. & 10th
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
NEMA 24hr Public Valet Parking Garage 998 Jessie St.
Bart station: Civic Center
Muni lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alta CA is Chef Daniel Patterson’s fourth restaurant in the DPG family of restaurants. Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, Alta CA is a neighborhood restaurant and gathering place with a bustling open space where cooks and diners mix.
Alta CA Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
The food was good and interestingly spiced, so I'd give them good marks for that. The desserts however, were limited to a list of variations on a soft-serve sundae, and both that we ordered were over dried out cake bases. Not that great. The service was friendly but had some big flaws. During part of the meal, we had a server's behind in our faces and nearly in our drinks. When we were both finished, we sat in front of dirty plates way too long, with multiple staff walking by and not picking them up. It was not a matter of being too busy, they were just that inattentive. Saw one server on her phone steps away from us while we were still waiting to have the table cleared. The reservation required a credit card to hold and the terms stated they would charge $20 a head if we didn't show. That type of hold is misplaced for a restaurant of this caliber. To top it off, the bill arrived with an 18% gratuity already added and the server did not point that out. Like they are hoping people won't notice and inadvertently way over-tip. We normally leave 20-25%, so they low-balled themselves by doing that. Though the food was decent, the serve errors and the "we think we are so great" credit card hold on the reservation plus the unannounced automatic tip all left a bad taste in our mouths. Won't be returning.
This place is very chic looking and has a cool downtown vibe but it is wildly overpriced! Thanks to it's neighbors Twitter, Uber and NEMA (some of the most expensive real estate in the city) the prices at Alta do not make for a reasonable meal. $17 for the cheapest glass of wine and over $12 for a salad.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food at Alta CA. We made reservations here because it was walking distance to the Orpheum Theatre for our 8 pm show. I had warned Alta CA of our show time when making the reservation and they acknowledged it when we walked in. The service was just a bit slow between dishes, but it all worked out with time to spare to talk to the manager after regarding their pending move to a new hotel at the end of the year.
We started with their deviled eggs. I'm not usually a fan of deviled eggs, but these really changed my mind. Yummy! The TOMATO-BREAD SALAD (cucumber, red onion, feta, wild arugula) was the best. Fresh heirloom tomatoes, yum! We had the STROZZAPRETI (spicy bolognese, peas, smoked maitake, parmesan), which was delicious, although a bit salty. For dessert, we opted for the cookie plate as we thought this was a quick dessert to bring to the table. They must have cooked the cookies upon order as it took awhile to arrive. They were good and went well with our coffee.
I look forward to checking them out in their new location. There isn't many good places for a before show dinner in the Market Street area. This is one!
Although menu was a bit limited, both the food & service were very good. The only thing that was not ok was the fact that they included 15% service charge on a bill for 4ppl. There was no indication of this from the server and the standard fill-in-tip line was included on the receipt. Rather shady practice... luckily the other couple with us caught this. I was going to tip 20% (well I guess 35%!).
It was an awful experience. We arrived at 21:30 and ordered our meal, which arrived in 5-10 minutes, we then decided to order another thing and the waitress said they were out of that specific dish, she was clearly lying cause when I tried to change she said that actually the kitchen was closed.
No last calls. It was only 10 pm. They were practically pushing us out. if they do not want to serve people at 10 they should never take 9:30 or 9:45 reservations. Rude and uneducated. Deeply regret. Waste of time and money.
Order the gnocchetti and the salmon! Best dishes, IMHO. Definitely get a cocktail too. The strawberry sour is my favorite. Finally, the service was a bit on the slow side for a Saturday night but we gave them the benefit of the doubt as it was the hottest day of the year. If you're in a hurry, you might want to tell your server that you need to leave by a certain time.
The food and cocktails were all tasty and satisfying. However, although the restaurant was nearly empty at 6:00 PM on a Wednesday, service was poor. I waited 15 minutes to place a cocktail order and then 20 minutes for the drink to arrive. Another 10 -15 minutes to place our food order; during which the server incorrectly described the gnocchi dish with corn as including several other vegetables and ingredients not on the menu. She did not explain nor correct the discrepancy even after I pointed it out. My dining mate ordered it nonetheless and enjoyed it, but it surely wasn't what the server described.
Alta is a no-tip establishment, and is a bit pricey in order to compensate the staff I assume. But as a result, we had to tolerate poor service with no consequences to the server.
Although you could miss the restaurant if just walking by, it was great for being close to the Orpheum Theater and I really enjoyed the Salmon plate we shared. Once inside the place is warm and inviting coming off Market Street. The host and wait staff were friendly and attentive.
What a GEM!!! Loved the foods and the unique cocktails. Everything had incredible, unexpected flavors. Simple, yet elegant combo of spices and food. So pleasantly surprised. Even the tweens loved it. Something on the menu for everyone. Would return in a heartbeat!!
Came here two weeks ago and got good food, great cocktails, and spotty service. So when my family came to town I thought I could bring them over and try it out again. The food was just okay (when I mentioned a problem, the manager comped an entree). We had the same server - she was as friendly as the first time, but still also absentminded. Needed a few reminders throughout our meal and had to run our card three times before getting the total right. Cocktails were still delicious, although not good enough to warrant coming back a third time.
Unfortunately we didn't have a good experience because we never got our entrees. We had a theater date which left us with an hour and a half for dinner. When we arrived no one greeted us for probably five minutes. Waiters walked by, the host walked by, and wouldn't even make eye contact with us, or say anything to us. We told our waiter that we had a firm time commitment and ordered our food all at once. Our waiter, who was nice, forgot to fire our entrees so we spent $60 on two salads and two drinks. I felt badly for our waiter, and the host kindly asked if she could give us the entrees to go for free, but it would not have worked for us. I have eaten at Alta in the past, with no time restrictions, and the food was great. I wish I could say the same for the last experience.
I love the food here. We had 2 different pasta dishes which were spectacular. One had beef & one vegetarian. Drinks were excellent. They have such a friendly staff that I think the system if including the tip probably works well! The only thing is the environment feels a bit cold. The decorator could wRm it up a bit.
We have been to Alta on many occasions, and to several of Daniel 'Paterson's other restaurants. Alta has changed its management and it's menu recently. It is really unfortunate. We have enjoyed Alta each time but it has really deteriorated. They brought out the wrong meals, and we had to wait for them to re-order the proper ones. They delivered food and drinks to the wrong table and had to retrieve them on multiple occasions. We placed our drink order, and waited 30 minutes for it. The food is still good, but not as good or interesting as on the previous menu. They really need to re-focus their efforts on details, execution, timing and service. I don't think this was an off night; I think there are management and service issues which need to be addressed quickly.
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