Alta Calidad

4.6
265 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Alta Calidad is located in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn where Chef Akhtar Nawab is cooking innovative Mexican cuisine. The Spanish translation of "Alta Calidad" means "high quality" and it's our goal to provide that with every dish that we serve. Our goal is to cook with pride and integrity and have a lot of fun doing it!! We're thrilled to be part of this amazing Brooklyn community and we want each of you to join us and participate in this exciting adventure! Alta Calidad was recently awarded an NYC 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand.

We encourage you to secure indoor seating now by booking your reservation. Alta Calidad does not take reservations for its outdoor seating, instead it is offered on a first-come basis. We respectfully request that guests do not make a reservation indoors, if their intent is to dine outdoors. Thank you and we look forward to hosting you!

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Experiences

  • Dinner Party Out with Stella Artois & OpenTable

    $45.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 2 - Aug 31, 2021

    Brooklyn’s hottest Mexican restaurant Alta Calidad brings an authentic taco dinner party to the table with a special family-style menu featuring housemade chips and guac, steak, tinga, fish and pea shoot tacos, and plenty of churros to go ‘round, all paired with Stella Solstice. Family-style serves 4.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipstellavision
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always off the charts delicious. Staff are a little backed up but that's to be expected with post-pandemic staffing shortages everywhere. I love that outdoor dining has made it possible to get into this restaurant more than was possible in the past! It used to be hard to score a table because the indoor space is so small.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Every item we ate was delicious. We ate outside, and I am glad. Inside was too noisy. I will be back and will bring friends and family from the neighborhood.

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vipmaba
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!

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AngelaW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm from Dallas, but I keep coming back here. Love it!

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vipNEfoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host and servers were great- excellent cocktails, fish & vegi tacos & loved the yuca tots! Def going back:)

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mark
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

blown away by several dishes- the octopus and pork belly, yellow corn, brussell sprouts.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On July 2, 2021, this was the first time for my friend and I to dine at this reataurant. I am finding most Mexican dining tired and unimaginative. Not “Alta Calidad”, which translates as “high quality”. And high quality it is! We dined on beef brisket tacos adobo with banana leaves, guajillo and chihuahua cheese as an appetizer; for main dishes—“Berkshire”pork shoulder with salsa cruda and pineapple along with side of Brussels sprouts infused in Meyer lemon and guajillo honey; and finally for dessert, churros in acacia honey and stole chocolate sauce. We just had a sample of their outstanding selections.

They have both indoor and permanent outdoor (in fair weather) dining opportunities including the weekend Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets dining. Topping this great cuisine is the very fast and most courteous service provided as a team, from friendly greeting by host Brian, wait person Saul and very fast as courteous delivery and cleanup by Nicolas. We were treated as if we were already longtime diners. As I live in the neighborhood, I probably will become one!

A must dine at establishment

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LeahG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appreciate the attentive service and concise menu- all of which was delicious. Admittedly, the portions felt small for their price (except for the Brussels) but it was worthwhile to support local restaurants.

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KayeQ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for lunch during the heatwave and was shocked at how poorly airconditioned the restaurant was. Both my friend and I found it close to unbearable. The food was half outstanding and superb and half unmemorable. Staff was efficient but disaffected, but I can't imagine what it's like to wait tables in the heat in that place.

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vipILoveFood
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I dined here on June 28 when it was 93 degrees in the city. The air conditioning couldn’t cope and, literally, we perspired through the meal. We saw some people come in and walk out when they sensed how hot it was. I’ve ordered delivery three times from Alta Calidad and the food was outstanding, but dining in the restaurant today was miserable. I’ll stick to delivery until the fall.

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Tiffanyl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. I’m never disappointed!

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vipPsdiva6
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless meal again! Our favorite restaurant hands down in Brooklyn.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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Kelly
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely get the guacamole! I really liked the fish taco as well! Yum! Second time here and will definitely come back again.

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HelloWeekend
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Make reservations, the seats fill quickly. But it’s also worth the wait. Get some chips and freshly made guacamole (reminds me of Isla de Mujers on a lazy Wednesday), order the steak tacos and the yuca tots and you’ll be very satisfied. The fish tacos and octopus/pork belly skewers are the bomb too. Service was excellent. Ambiance was loud and lively at the closed-off Vanderbilt Ave. summer thing they’re doing. It’s a nice way to watch the day/week cool down and get dark.

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JeffreyEscoffier
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten at Alta Calidad many times. The food and the drinks are excellent. I love the steak tacos. Recently I had the octopus and it was best I've ever tasted. The service is always good and the prices are very reasonable.

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JohnR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Alta Calidad is a terrific place to eat, drink and meet friends. It is a place which seems focused on you enjoying yourself. I highly recommend it!

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AllyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, Shrimp tacos and tres leches were the best I’ve ever had

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vipNikki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The food lacked flavor, and the margaritas seeming were made with pre-made mix.

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HooraH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great my only complain is that Chips were not as fresh as I expected.

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NaniDC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A brief menu. We liked everything we had, but didn't feel particularly welcome or looked after, which was odd because there were no other people in the restaurant and about 10 workers

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vipDCfoodies
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and delicious! It's a small space so reserve ahead.

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CarrieS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The manager/host was lovely & welcoming, but the server NEVER checked to see if we were enjoying our dinner, & the quesadilla was terrible (very little cheese, did not seem to be Oaxacan as promised, blanketed in a flavorless white sauce).

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JoeyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal, hadn't been to Vanderbilt in Park slope on a Fri/Sat night yet and wow was it bumping! The streets being blocked off give it a block party feel, and there were hundreds of people on the street.

Food was fantastic. I got the cheese fundido, and was surprisingly still hungry for the shrimp tempura tacos. My girlfriend got the octopus, and I couldn't resist a side of the street corn. Every item was delicious, and I walked away STUFFED.

My only gripe of the night was the service. They didn't seen too busy, but it was a challenge to grab our server for anything, and the food took forever. My girlfriend and I don't mind chilling outside in the night air for a while, but some would definitely get impatient.

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vipCaitlin
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is on the spendy side, but everything was absolutely delicious. Great service as well.

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linnielo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always like this place. Great outdoor seating! Been a great place to go during the pandemic. Servers are very friendly and attentive.

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MartaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious margaritas! We appreciated the attentive and friendly (yet unobtrusive) service from all the staff. We loved the roasted fish tacos and queso fundido. We enjoyed our first visit and plan to come back soon.

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Gabriella
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was absolutely delicious! My friends and I had a great time brunch-ing with strong and tasty. I had been here for dinner before and am happy to add brunch to my list of faves to go to.

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Jeff
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious tacos. Will be coming back again

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Laura
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Would go back again. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The places with simple menus usually have the best food. I had the charred steak tacos, very good.

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vipHDLD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These are the Tacos you want!

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vipUpperWestie
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After seeing the amazing segment on CBS national broadcast admit we were expecting something g a little more amazing. But the service was super friendly and good, the Brussels sprouts and street corn were delicious, the pea shoot taco not so great. The basic margarita was okay. The guacamole was great, the spinach artichoke thing quite good. Very nice vibe.

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JohnR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The day was refreshing. The service helpful and attentive. The coctail, Coyote Wishes was perfect. The lunch of Octopus, pork belly was terrific. I will go back again to try more of the food. I can't forget the Yuca "tater tots."

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Irma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I watched the interview on CBS news about the owner of the restaurant and was impressed with the origins of his style and ingredients and his humble beginnings . With that being said I made a reservation looking forward to tasting his food and found out that it was nothing like I saw on the interview! Such disappointment with the overall quality and the taste! It was Horrible, the shrimp were Burnt and the taco shell was hard and Old! There was no flavor @ all!
My ride from Throggs Neck the Bronx and $60.00 of food was not in the least worth it!!!!
The entire lunch consists of (4) tacos, 1 soda and 1 Mimosa.
I would not recommend this place to anyone......

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is NOTHING I don’t love about this place. The food, the cocktails, the staff, the ambience, the playlists. Will be a new go to. ...

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GiannaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I tried Alta Calidad for the first time and we loved it. We loved trying a new set of spices and style of Spanish cuisine. The ambiance was very nice and the service was great. We will be coming back!

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LetaB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was off the charts. The service was great. The location and environment were lovely. Always nice to find a new place you can count on.

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SomeBedStuyGuy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly staff, nice spot. Definitely a fantastic dinner all 'round.

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vipAlexandraN
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat outside for outdoor dining so it was a bit noisy. They were very busy and service was slow. Food portions are a little small I think it’s supposed to be more of a tapas style. Really tasty food though! Recommend. Good prices too.

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Alta Calidad is rated 4.6 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.