Alta Calidad

4.7
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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.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food not as good as usual. Fish tacos were dry and food didn’t come out hot.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - quality, authentic Mexican food (coming from a Mexican). Great value and service!

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. Nice vibe. Wait staff, bartenders and hostesses are all great. IThey’re 2 for 2 with me, so far, with fine dining experiences.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Really wanted to love this place but the food was mediocre at best, the service was terrible, the tables was very small and music very loud. I would not go back unfortunately.

s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks and food in a fairly quiet small space. Great twists on traditional Mexican food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

We made a reservation to eat here before we went to a concert. We felt very rushed by the staff. We had originally requested a high top table, thinking we would be sitting across from each other. Instead we were sitting next to each other looking out the window. I asked to switch to a table, however the staff was not able to accommodate us since they said they had tables reserved because of the concert, however there was other high top tables available not looking out the window. I was still eating my food when the waitress came over twice to ask me if I’m done or if we want to order dessert. Instead I ordered another margarita. I understand that it can become busy because of a concert going on, but it made the experience very unenjoyable because it felt like they were kicking us out, meanwhile I had a reservation and we were only there for about an hour.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious, the Roti was probably the highlight. Margaritas also excellent but end of the night mezcal was undoubtedly the highlight. Only complaint was vegan options were limited.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food with the best margaritas.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid! Great food, vibe, music, and all the folks that work there are the nicest.

AN
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Even with a reservation at 2:15pm, we made a mistake going at this hour on a Saturday. I've been to Alta Calidad a million times and I've never seen it that busy. We weren't seated until 2:45ish. I could tell they felt bad, but it was a zoo. I highly recommend this place, but choose your time wisely.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

No place to hand a jacket. Extra 50 cents for each chip with appetizer, miserly feel. Most unhappy, unsmiling staff- glum, tired, just lost their dog look. Please increase the meds.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Perhaps its better for dinner but we were underwhelmed by what was overcooked, seemingly reheated meat with eggs cooked onto it and unexciting flavour profiles in general.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure and always delicious. Brought family from London and they really loved it as well. Marvilloso

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The descriptions of the food sounded exciting and flavorful. But the reality was pretty bland.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The queso was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritas were delicious. Food for 2 should be capped at 4 dishes because at 5 I was super full. For the record, we ordered 6 dishes and that was just too much DELICIOUS FOOD...

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had so many amazing dishes. Ceviche, steak tacos, calamari, but the absolute best was al pastor. So good we ordered it twice.
You won’t forget the al pastor.
If you don’t know, now you know.

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Wrong combination of flavours, hurried up service, not even the time to finish the starter that the following dish was already on the table. Definitely overpriced

KH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and all the servers were so friendly and attentive! Definitely need to come back soon :)

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quick service!

OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I say quiet because I was there for an early lunch; I imagine it could be fast noisier when the restaurant is full.
The food was simple, delicious, and very Mexican. It was hard to decide what to order, it all looked so good!
The service was friendly, proper, and attentive, without being cloying.
This was me first visit and I look forward to my next!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and welcoming. The atmosphere was friendly, including both families and dates.

P
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

a welcome surprise - innovative Mexican with an Asian cast. Tasty flatbread, good overall and wonderful service.

HH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
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
16 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
26 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 se