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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.

1420 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Californian, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
HAPPY HOURS
Mon - Fri
4pm - 6pm

DINNER
Monday thru Saturday
5pm - 10pm

LATE NIGHT
Thursday thru Saturday
10pm - 1am

Cross Street:
Market St. & 10th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 590-2585

Website:
http://www.altaca.co/

Parking Details:
NEMA 24hr Public Valet Parking Garage 998 Jessie St.

Public Transit:
Bart station: Civic Center
Muni lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71

Executive Chef:
Anthony Lee

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.7

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
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Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Music too loud. No need in busy space. Tuned it up as crowd got louder so crowd got even louder and on and on.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Simply horrid on most counts. Terrific servers but that's it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The ambience at Alta is strange--a thrift store chic playing ironic '70s big hair band hits. We had a reservation but they seated us at a high bar table. They changed it when we asked. Food was excellent, as was service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The Petrale Sole was excellent.
The brown rice puffs with avocado and espellete was underwhelming as the puffs were too greasy and there was very little avocado.
The candy bar sundae was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food. We shared 6 courses and all were great. Size of portions has wide range. The cheese plate was laughably small. Outside of this, all was great.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Ever since they started charging the tip upfront, the service has gone downhill. We eat here a lot over the last year as it is near a theater we frequent. The food has always been great. Prices are a bit up there but this IS San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Came here for a meal before going to the theatre, very convenient location. Wonderful wine and terrific food!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

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%!).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Don't miss the smoked trout on toast and the beet salad!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Enjoyed our meal and the restaurant, and would return, however they could use another server during peak dinner hours, especially before an 8pm curtain. Our server was covering so many tables, the service couldn't help but be slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Loved it! But so loud! Great food! Some of the tastiest we have had recently!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Service was extremely slow.. not good for before theatre. Got there at 615 and literally ran out at 750 not having any dessert.. took way too long..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Alta is a small restaurant but has ambience. It seems to be
Popular with the young crowd for happy hour.
The dinner menu was rather small. Not a lot of choices
The entrees seem fairly high priced. A cheeseburger was
$22.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Warm and rustic atmosphere with excellent waiter and delicious food! Plus really creative cocktails that tasted amazing! I highly recommend this little gem!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

I like the other location a bit more, but the food was delicious here and the location was perfect for dinner and a show.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Solid flavors, interesting menu and attentive service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Was blown away by the food and service. Drinks were good too. Dessert left a little to be desired but nonetheless an amazing experience. Would definitely highly recommend and would go back in a heartbeat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Best place to eat if you're going to Orpheum Theatre. Everything good there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great, trendy spot. Amazing cocktails and the very best burgers ever!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I do not recommend this place. What restaurant charges you a $20 per person reservation fee?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very negative experience. Took 30 minutes to be served beverages, and had just a very inattentive waiter. Not impressed at all.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great spot for dinner before Hamilton. Delicious food, nice vibe and friendly service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Went after Hamilton play at orpheum theater. Location was close to theater. Found the staff friendly and we were seated right away. Shares plates and everything was very good but enjoyed the hamburger the best. I would recommend Alta

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The service btmye everyone was outstanding. The $35 chicken was dry and it was not served with onions as the menu says.

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