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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

PJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my time at Alta!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food.

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is amazing and cocktails are so delicious. It was during a heatwave and it definitely could've been cooler in there, but it was tolerable. The food is not cheap for tapas, but really the quality is fantastic.

SE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love Alta Calidad, food and service were great however the restaurant was warm, it's a heatwave here in NY so we wish the restaurant was cooler but everything else was great.

BR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Restaurant was really loud - both the music and the other guests. Like West Village bar loud

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superior food and service at a fair price. Best kind of Brooklyn resto. Geezers like myself beware - quite noisy.

J
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Alta Calidad is absolutely outstanding. I had the pleasure of dining here with a couple friends, and we chose to get several dishes recommended to us by our wonderful server Steve. Most of the dishes are smaller plates so it makes sense to get a few and share- highly recommend the octopus/pork belly skewers, the tempura shrimp tacos, and the tres leches cake for dessert. Friendly atmosphere and great for catching up with friends, couples on dates, and even families. Highly recommend!

IR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place! This is the second time we've gone to Alta Calidad for brunch and the food is delicious. Their twist on Mexican cuisine is really eclectic so the menu has a variety of different offerings. I got the steak & eggs tacos which were surprisingly filling (and tasty). I recommend their $31 brunch deal where you get any entree + 1 hour bottomless on margs, mimosas and bloodies. I'll be back soon!

GP
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service and elevated Mexican cuisine. Great vibe, a very talented kitchen.

DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely incredible. The torta (which has been moved to the lunch menu) is divine and what had us come for dinner. We got the steak tacos and the pumpkin blossom quesadilla. Both are perfectly balanced with excellent subtlety in the flavor palette--seriously some of the best tacos I've had in NYC and they compare quite nicely to tacos in LA and SF. The staff is wonderful, the cocktails were great, and the ambiance is excellent.

I highly recommend making reservations because it's very popular. Go for lunch and eat the torta and then come back for dinner.

W
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Alta Calidad was outstanding in every way. Such a pretty restaurant, an excellent waitperson, marvelous food. Save room for the carrot halvah tres leches cake!

MA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice with friends and covered the menu, and everything was great. Fresh, delicious and well balanced. Hearty portions that aren't too heavy. Great drinks too!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quick service and delicious food as always. A little cramped for space and our table wasn’t ready for 15 minutes even though we had a reservation, but definitely worth the wait and the hubbub.

CT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great brunch! The Mexican roti paired with a cold brew coffee is the perfect way to wake up on the weekend.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I had an overall great experience but the bartender on 6/23/2019 around 5pm was not polite or courtesy at all. I know everyone has their days but usually the bartender is the nicest person in the restaurant.

DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempted not to recommend this place because we genuinely want to keep it to ourselves. This is one of the best spots on what is arguably the best dining street in Brooklyn. That rare combination of innovative and authentic Mexican with familiar comfort and delightful surprises, A.C. also maintains an obsessive focus on quality food nestled into a deeply relaxing vibe.

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