Alta Calidad

4.7
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184 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come join us at Alta Calidad for New Years Eve! We are running a special $55.00 four course menu for the evening from Chef Akhtar Nawab ( not inclusive of beverages, tax, or gratuity). There will be drink specials, champagne, and a whole lot of amazing food. Come book with us today!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 184 People Are Saying
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4.6
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HH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had a late flight in and were pleased that they were open late and we made a reservation for 10:15. It's a small plates focused menu so we ordered a few drinks and a few things right away and were going to order more, but the waiter said the kitchen was closed. My husband said, "I wish you had told us about that." We are very used to restaurants saying the kitchen is about to close last call or inform you when you order, but to not say anything at all is just not good customer service. The waiter said he was sorry, but he was inattentive and checked out the whole night and I don't think he really cared. I think he just wanted to go home. As for the drinks and food....The drinks were good and the food only so so. I recently visited Mexico and am a Californian so I admit my standards are high, but Alta Calidad didn't come close to meeting them. We left hungry, annoyed, and underwhelmed.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Alta Calidad! Their bottomless brunch is incredible, food and ambiance is great. Love this Brooklyn neighborhood spot.

KL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great little place with amazing Mexican food. A gem.

d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently very good food and service. One of my favorites.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and atmosphere

TK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooooo delicious and inventive! The chickpea roasts dad and yuca tots were outrageously good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

had a very disappointing experience. Drinks were great, service was great, but the food was terrible.

The steak tacos were incredibly dry and under-seasoned. The tempura shrimp tacos were not flavorful either and almost burnt. Plus we were charged $7 for still water???

I have had good experiences previously at Alta Calidad, but the friend I brought with me had never been - and for the cost of our bill she was very disappointed in the quality and I was embarrassed! This can no longer be a go to spot for me.

AN
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to eat when you want to intro someone to excellent brooklyn cuisine

RB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Loved it

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music playing

s
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience3

The food was very good but came so quickly that I should have been suspicious. We two were literally starting to be hustled out of our table after we had been there just over an hour— and there was no one waiting for it table We had two drinks and didn’t want to be rushed. We rebuffed the pressure as long as we could, but it was relentless and crude In fact, I had noted on the reservation that it was a birthday, so thought that might have given us a breather — but no. This restaurant has good food and a nice ambience overall, but the manager is an awkward mistake on the staff.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a hidden gem in Prospect Heights. Food and drinks (loved the El Jardin) were delicious... when we arrived it was still Happy Hour, so a great value as well. Portions were a good size, ordered 3 dishes plus guacamole for two people and it was more than enough. Will definitely be returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner with my parents at 9:15 pm on a Monday. Food was good, service was better, margaritas were strong. Will definitely be coming back!

MM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was solid and the service was excellent. The portions are small for price but with the exception of one side dish, the food was very good. This was our second time dining here and we will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. It's a small place so the noise level could be high.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a perfect contemporary Mexican cuisine place. I don't like Mexican food, but this food is an exception!

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here before a concert at Barclays Center. The staff was very kind as we drove in from CT and hit a lot of traffic, but they accommodated our reservation still. Was able to find street parking on a Saturday night and then drove closer to the venue.
The food here is awesome and the bartender and staff only make it more enjoyable.
Highly recommend: queso fundido simple with their own hand made tortillas to start. We had their special for the evening and also ordered off the menu: pumpkin blossom quesadilla and octopus.
Will definitely return and recommend to others.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night w/ 4 friends - place had a good vibe - delicious dinner w/ cocktails + music = great Friday night without going out out

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I really enjoyed this place when it first opened. This last visit was disappointing. I understand that restaurants are busy on Friday nights, but I really cannot stand when I feel like I am being rushed every step of my meal and it is clear that they are trying to turn the tables. I get it. You have reservations and seats need to clear at certain times. But, maybe, kindly let your guest know that when they sit down or make their reservation. Instead, of rushing your guests through their meal and right after they order a glass of wine saying, "We need this spot in 15 minutes." The food is good, but it isn't so great that I'll miss not going back.

CT
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Alta Calidad is a lovely, cozy option for a dinner date or a night out with friends. I loved the tapas-style approach to the menu; we shared a number of dishes and everything was flavorful and creative. I will definitely be back, and am looking forward to exploring more of the menu then!

AR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know perfect Mexican food and I can say that everything I ate was perfectly prepared and presented! The steak tacos are spectacular!

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for brunch! Great bottomless deal with food that is consistently good every time we come. We had a larger party and were seated right away and had great service throughout our meal. Highly recommend!

DT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service and the overall vibe was enjoyable!

PJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed my time at Alta!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience! Food is fabulous, food is outstanding!!

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been visiting Alta since it opened and is easily one of the best restaurants in Prospect Heights. Food is just amazing. Their menu is seasonal which keeps things fresh and interesting, with a core set of mainstays that are always worth the price. Service is consistent, warm, friendly, and attentive. Beautiful interior with that perfect atmosphere that lends itself to romantic date to friends get together to casual brunch. Only quip is I’d like to see a revisit on the cocktail menu, which in this neighborhood just doesn’t match up with its peers. That’s aside it’s great :)

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very underwhelming. Was expecting more considering the reviews. Not bad just not great.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with a group of friends. Service was great! Our server was very chill, very knowledgeable and helpful. Dinner was delicious and plates were great for sharing, hi-top seating made it that much easier. Drinks were also yummy. Everyone had a great time. The space was never too crowded which was nice, and the vibe was a great primer for Friday night out in BK. I'll definitely return.

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

It’s a pretty setting with friendly servers. There were few vegetable-centric items on the menu, and the ones we did have provided small portions and, most disappointingly, poor quality of produce for the price. Arugula in salad was almost uniformly yellow, for example. Restaurant seems to be a place to pay daintier (read higher) prices to eat a daintier version of drinking chow in a daintier version of a Mexican themed bar. If that’s your jam, you’ll be happy. If you’ve come to enjoy high-quality ingredients prepared well, go somewhere else. Or come with your own backup salt, citrus, hot sauce, and healthy greens to boost the flagging cuisine.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the cocktails and all of our dishes. Thank you!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant! I'm obsessed The menu is so special and interesting, with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was great except for the fact that it was extremely humid out and the AC/s weren't working that well so not very comfortable...need better ACs

LA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in all of New York City. Innovative dishes. Super consistent. Always a crowd pleaser.

SG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a party of six, my colleagues and I enjoyed seats by the front door. The service was excellent: helpful menu descriptions and honest assessments about how much to order. We enjoyed the cocktails, beer selection, and wine list. There was a beverage for all of us, non-alcoholic included. The dishes are unique, well cooked, and nicely plated. A great evening!

M
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food.

JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate every item on the menu. Delicious.
Attentive staff. Six people at our table, all said they would return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was creative and the food absolutely delicious. And excellent cocktails!

C
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous dining experience. Inventive and creative food, lovely combinations of flavours, gorgeous relaxed ambiance and beautiful surroundings. And the service was exceptional. We left bursting at the seams and with a very reasonable check.

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great brunch special, fabulous margaritas. Food was good (some dishes were pretty small), restaurant was pretty full but not packed. Music was a little loud.

EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service, and quiet enough to hear the conversation, at least at 6:00 pm when the restaurant was not crowded. Small plates, so you'll probably need to order more than one plate per person. (We split three entrees among two people, and that was enough, but we weren't especially hungry.) Very good happy hour specials.