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Alta Calidad, Brooklyn, NY

Alta Calidad

4.7
4.7
324 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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Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 622-1111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Chef Akhtar Nawab

  • Catering

    Alta Calidad offers full service off-site catering that ranges from a small gatherings of friends at your apartment to a your corporate breakfast and/or lunch meetings. We service Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

  • Private party facilities

    Alta Calidad is available for private events and buy-outs, including baby showers, birthday celebrations, rehearsal dinners and corporate parties.

  • Neighborhood

    Prospect Heights

  • Cross street

    Corner of Dean Street

  • Parking details

    Quick Park Underhil: 105 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

  • Public transit

    2/3 subway trains - Bergen Street station<br />B/Q subway trains - 7th Avenue station<br />2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R, W subway trains - Alantic Avenue-Barclays Terminal

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Tortilla Chips$13.00

    guacamole, guajillo salsa

    • Queso Fundido$11.00

      acacia honey, pumpkin seeds, tortilla chips

      • Turkey Chili$9.00

        chipotle, black beans

        • Spicy Butternut Squash Soup$9.00

          ginger

          • Octopus$16.00

            pork belly, potatoes, poblano rice, avocado aioli

            • Berkshire Pork Shoulder "Al Pastor"$15.00

              salsa cruda, pineapple

              • Pumpkin Blossom Quesadilla$14.00

                Oaxaca cheese, ancho chile

                • Brussels Sprouts$8.00

                  Meyer lemon, guajillo honey

                  • Grilled Mexican Street Corn$8.00

                    chipotle mayo, queso fresco, tajan

                    • Yuca "Tater Tots"$8.00

                      chipotle aioli

                      • Poblano Rice$7.00

                        black beans, soffrito

                        • Churros$8.00

                          acacia honey, chocolate atole sauce

                          • Tres Leches Icebox Cake$9.00

                            shredded halva

                            Tacos

                            2 tacos per order. All tacos made with fresh corn tortillas

                            • Charred Steak Tacos$14.00

                              crispy chihuahua cheese, tomatillo salsa, cilantro

                              • Crispy Tempura Shrimp Tacos$14.00

                                cabbage remoulade, salsa negra, chorizo powder

                                • Roasted Fish Tacos$13.00

                                  mango salsa, pistachio mole, crispy shallots, chipotle aioli

                                  • Chicken Tinga Tacos$13.00

                                    guajillo salsa, avocado

                                    • Pea Shoots Tacos$14.00

                                      crispy chickpeas, black bean puree, salsa roja

                                      • Taco Platter$75.00

                                        your choice of any 4 tacos (3 of each style)

                                        Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                        What 324 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.7
                                        4.7 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.6Food
                                        • 4.5Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.3Value

                                        NoiseModerate

                                        Loved For

                                        • Brooklyn

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                                        1. BC

                                          BenC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Really good food, great drinks and friendly staff!!!

                                        2. RG

                                          RoshiG

                                          San Francisco

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Creative use of unexpected ingredients. Friendly staff.

                                        3. BA

                                          BrianA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great food, refreshing cocktails, and superb service

                                        4. PP

                                          PaulP

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 19, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Alta calidad is a neighborhood gem. The energy is perfect for a date or a dinner with friends. It is high quality food in a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere. I come back time and again. Make sure to save room for their deserts!

                                        5. RL

                                          RL13

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing Mexican food. Tacos are top notch. Definitely recommend the queso and don’t forget to ask what the frozen drink of the day is!

                                        6. J

                                          Justin

                                          New England

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and great staff. we went for brunch and really enjoyed it.

                                        7. AM

                                          AngM

                                          New England

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great neighborhood place. Highly recommend in Brooklyn.

                                        8. FC

                                          FabrizioC

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food, great atmosphere, what more can you ask for?

                                        9. RT

                                          RacyTracy

                                          New York Area

                                          8 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Lovely and delicious birthday luncheon - chicken tacos and margaritas were top rate!

                                        10. KL

                                          KatL

                                          Los Angeles

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This was such a good place to get food and a drink! I am vegan, my friend is pregnant, and we were both able to find exactly what we wanted on the menu. My cocktail and pea shoot tacos were phenomenal!

                                        11. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great taco platter and margaritas- wonderful tres leches dessert

                                        12. BR

                                          BRBK

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious tacos and great cocktails. Great service too.

                                        13. W

                                          William

                                          Washington DC

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                          Definitely disappointed. Even for New York City, the prices at this small Prospect Heights / Boerum Hill restaurant are astronomically high for what you get. Between $14 and $17 for two tacos, $18 for chips, salsa, and guacamole - not to mention the $15 cocktails that are present at these Instagram restaurants. If you’re looking to spend $70 on very mediocre lunch, then this is your place.

                                        14. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Austin

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Consistently delicious

                                        15. SL

                                          StephaneL

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                          overall3food4service2ambience4

                                          You need to hire more waiters. The poor staff was overworked and could not handle properly the customers who were there.

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was great and the restaurant has such a nice atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and fast.

                                        17. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Everything was great, food was wonderful with the exception of the shrimp tacos. Not as expected, possibly burned?

                                        18. B

                                          Brandon

                                          New York Area

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and drink in a great location. Highly recommend.

                                        19. CB

                                          CaterinaB

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food is delicious! A little bit pricey but totally worth it. Excellent service as well.

                                        20. e

                                          ejanszk

                                          New York Area

                                          53 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          53 reviews

                                          Dined on March 21, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                          Always a delicious meal at Alta Calidad - I especially love the fish tacos and brussel sprouts. Wish it was a little quieter in there, and it is pretty expensive, but very yummy!

                                        21. A

                                          Amanda

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                          super friendly bartenders, tasty drinks and delicious food

                                        22. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding brunch and excellent service for our table that included two v small kids. Really good experience all round. Thank you

                                        23. D

                                          Dominick

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                          overall3food5service3ambience4

                                          Alta Calidad was high on my list of restaurants to try and I was excited to give it a go with my girlfriend last week. We got a couple of drinks and some small plates to start. We actually arrived earlier than our reservation too and they were able to accommodate us, which was nice! But at one point, we spilled one of our drinks and our server didn't really seem to care. She came by and we told her what happened and she just kind of grabbed a couple of napkins from off the plates of two empty seats next to us and then walked away. That kind of sucked, because it was totally an accident that we spilled the drink and a simple "I'm sorry, can I get you another one?" would have gone a long way. Maybe it was no fault of her own, she seemed to also be the only server working in the space caring for guests at the bar, seated at the tables, and then the outdoor seating as well. On the bright side, the food was really great and the drinks were also really great. We got the Yuca Tots to start and I def recommend them. I would probably go back, but we ended up leaving early feeling a bit bummed and disappointed.

                                        24. NM

                                          NikiM

                                          Jacksonville

                                          41 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          41 reviews

                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                          overall4food4service3ambience3

                                          Hostess was not at all friendly, she almost abrasive. Food was good, server was friendly.

                                        25. RM

                                          ReggieM

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Excellent food and great cocktails. We will be back!

                                        26. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding service!

                                        27. P

                                          Patrick

                                          New England

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 12, 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                          It was nice

                                        28. IV

                                          IrenaV

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was so delicious and creatively prepared. We were 5 and all loved it. The margaritas were divine that even though it was lunchtime we all had seconds. Great service too!

                                        29. a

                                          amyanded2003

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on January 25, 2022

                                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                                          Neighborhood favorite. Never disappoints. Delicious food in a fun, attractive atmosphere.

                                        30. C

                                          Carol

                                          Washington DC

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on January 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Love it here, so happy brunch roti is back and very impressed by the hamberguesa

                                        31. N

                                          Nina

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This dining experience almost convinced me to move to NY. Enough said!

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          26 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          26 reviews

                                          Dined on January 10, 2022

                                          overall3food3service1ambience2

                                          Ugh, I only came here because of the reviews. The food was very strange... not your traditional Mexican food. I didn’t enjoy my meal at all and the cocktails just didn’t taste good. This is like an American, knock off “Mexican” restaurant. I’m not sure why they have all the 5 star reviews that they do. And the waitress/bartender I had was a little rude at the end of my visit and after making my drink told another worker she had a cut on her hand... gross!!

                                        33. E

                                          Emily

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                                          overall4food5service3ambience3

                                          The food is excellent but it was very cold inside because the door keeps opening for take out orders, outdoor dining, and the like. Would recommend they but a cloth or entrance way fabric to try and keep out the cold.

                                        34. A

                                          Anash

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious and lovely ambiance

                                        35. M

                                          Monet

                                          New York Area

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          absolutely loved this place! the guac and chips were amazing! the only thing we didn't like was the yuca tater tots, they were more like mash potatoes balls than tots lol. The staff is very friendly. The place is small though which kept the noise level down. We absolutely loved this place! We will deff be returning!

                                        36. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Austin

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 7, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          Would recommend for a date :) good brisket and strong cocktails

                                        37. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on December 6, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful Berkshire pork "al pastor" -- and loved the Mexican street corn, too! Looking forward to my next visit!

                                        38. NJ

                                          NJFoodie

                                          New York Area

                                          30 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          30 reviews

                                          Dined on December 5, 2021

                                          overall4food5service3ambience3

                                          We went with friends for a casual dinner after visiting the Brooklyn Museum. We enjoyed the varied menu and different takes on Mexican cuisine. The place is small so noise does carry. There was a large birthday party the night we were there so probably a bit noisier than usual. Definitely worth a visit.

                                        39. J

                                          Jdearden85

                                          Caribbean

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on November 30, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing experience from start to finish. Service and food where on point and I especially loved the Octopus and Pork Belly dish. The brisket taco was very well prepped and the Yuca tots perfectly crispy and the chipotle sauce was delicious.

                                        40. n

                                          nadnalpac

                                          New York Area

                                          19 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined on November 20, 2021

                                          overall4food5service3ambience3

                                          Wonderful food. We are outside in the cold and the team was still finding its sea legs. Will come back (and eat inside).

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                          • Contactless payment available
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                          • Staff is vaccinated

                                        FAQs

                                        You can order delivery directly from Alta Calidad using the Order Online button.

                                        Alta Calidad is rated 4.7 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                        Booked 27 times today

                                        Order delivery or takeout

                                        Delivery

                                        • Order online
                                        Google Map for Alta Calidad

                                        552 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          Corner of Dean Street

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Prospect Heights

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Mexican

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking details

                                          Quick Park Underhil: 105 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                                        • Public transit

                                          2/3 subway trains - Bergen Street stationB/Q subway trains - 7th Avenue station2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R, W subway trains - Alantic Avenue-Barclays Terminal

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Owned/operated by

                                          Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Chef Akhtar Nawab

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                        • Phone number

                                          (718) 622-1111

                                        • Catering

                                          Alta Calidad offers full service off-site catering that ranges from a small gatherings of friends at your apartment to a your corporate breakfast and/or lunch meetings. We service Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

                                        • Private party facilities

                                          Alta Calidad is available for private events and buy-outs, including baby showers, birthday celebrations, rehearsal dinners and corporate parties.

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