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Alta Strada Mosaic, Fairfax, VA

Alta Strada Mosaic

4.1
4.1
986 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Alta Strada by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow was born from the simple wish to share great ingredients, honored flavors, and a warm welcome with neighbors and friends. Always expect housemade pasta, authentic Italian classics, and great reds (cocktails too)—all enjoyed in our dining rooms, patio spaces, or in the comfort of your own home. Located in the heart of Fairfax Virginia's bustling Mosaic District, with a spacious patio on the Strawberry Park green.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watson

  • Catering

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about catering please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Private party facilities

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about events please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Cross street

    Strawberry Lane and District Ave

  • Parking details

    Ample free street and garage parking.

  • Public transit

    Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station is 1 mile away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 986 people are saying

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. O

    Outerbanks

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was superb. Will definitely return next time in Fairfax
  2. FJ

    Food4Joy

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Altra Strada is a chain of Italian restaurants. The food from the fairly limited menu was very good. We appreciated our server's offering us free tastes of unfamiliar wines. Overall a pleasant dining experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Butternut squash ravioli undercooked. Waitstaff in a hurry to get us served.
  4. f

    ffxfoodie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was wonderful, super helpful with wine recommendations, menu questions, timeliness. We always enjoy our dinner there but he made the experience exceptional.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family visiting
  6. P

    Papa

    Richmond

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good service, prices, unfortunately creeping up
  7. SG

    SpaGirl54

    Washington DC

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was lukewarm, likely sitting out until served. Aldi need to remind servers to not reach across other diners to serve a plate
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was my best friends birthday! The food was amazing, the cocktails where delicious! The desserts were the highlight of our night! Deft coming back. They were super packed though, didn’t have a server formally introduce themselves. It was all hands on deck.
  9. RR

    RuthR

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. A great dining experience.
  10. BA

    BAdreamer

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were 2 diners for lunch. We shared a calamari appetizer, and each had a main dish (mussels). Wine selection is somewhat limited for by the glass, but we were able to find what we liked. Service was great, provided by Kenny. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on November 1, 2022Hi. Thank you for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon and look forward to your next visit! - The Alta Strada Family

  11. J

    jisforJoe

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good dining option in Mosaic District. The pastas are very tasty.

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on November 1, 2022Hello. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon. – The Alta Strada Family

  12. J

    Jackson

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alta Strada is my go to spot for Italian in the Mosaic/Fairfax area. I love starting with the garlic bread to share, having a couple of other apps and love the seasonal pasta and always the AOP. The pizzas are great to share for the table, and the desserts are a must have. Sometimes I go for date night, and other days will bring the whole family. The team is so friendly and warm, and they go out of their way to make sure we have a great time. They recently upgraded the bar and cocktail offerings, and we noticed some great new wines on the list. Most of our friends are going back our to eat more frequently, so we always recommend Alta Strada to them.

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on November 1, 2022Hello. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your cibo(food in Italian) and visit with us. Thank you for the fabulous review. We look forward to your next visit! -The Alta Strada Mosaic Family

  13. M

    Maureen

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very stylish decor and food presentation and service was great.

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on October 22, 2022Hi Maureen. Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are happy to hear that you loved the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Sherry (Manager)

  14. LD

    LarryD

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal: bruschetta, salad, parmigiana and chicken parmigiana and Tiramisu. Outstanding service. Nice surroundings. Prices okay. Ample parking. Thank you.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Amanda was great. Makes the best spritzer ever! Service was good. Food was just ok. Not too busy so it was quiet.
  16. KM

    KellieM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and service were excellent as always.
  17. R

    Roberto

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Has always been a good go-to Italian restaurant. With its new and improved menu, I have to up its rating to outstanding. Well done!

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on October 8, 2022Thank you, Roberto! We are so happy you like the new menu. We hope to welcome you again soon. - The Alta Strada Family

  18. JS

    JenS

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food. The wine is priced on the high side per glass, but otherwise no complaints!

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded on October 3, 2022Hi Jen. Thank you so much for your kind review! We hope to see you again soon. - The Alta Strada Family

  19. AS

    ArthurS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We live next door to Alta Strada and have been there a number of times. When I made the reservation (seven adults one 9 year old) I told them that this was a birthday celebration for six of us who had birthdays that week. The big one (we had balloons and a cake) was my wife’s 70th birthday. I called in advance, told the manager of our upcoming celebration and asked for a particular table. I was told “no problem“. Yet, we were seated in a completely different area. Kenny was our server. He was wonderful; but he was somewhat unsure of the menu and and other things since it was only his second day working at the restaurant. I don’t understand why you would assign a rookie to a large party, particularly one that chose your restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. But, his service was fine. Our food was good. But I must say, the portions are getting smaller and smaller. And through (I believe) no fault of our server, my wife’s meal was missed and ended up coming out significantly after ours were served. Finally, knowing that the restaurant management (that I had spoken to) was on site, and with balloons high in the air to show where we were sitting, how is it that no one other than our gracious server Kenny stopped by to wish us well and ask how things were. I’m sure we’ll eat at the restaurant again, but we’ll plan all our special event get togethers elsewhere.
  20. CP

    CherylP

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff service and food. Great ambience. Quiet for how many people are in the general area (we ate outside).
  21. E

    Edwin

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Food was heavy handed with the salt. Chicken Parm was burnt, tough to chew.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    We experienced 3 course prefix menu which is $40 but they charged over $40. The meals we chose from the fixed menu were extra. I don't understand what's the point of making a fixed menu if I'm going to pay extra money? Even though we were the only table in the restaurant, the service was slow and poor. The pasta we ordered did not come. The calamari was very salty.
  23. LK

    LisaK

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back
  24. SD

    StephanieD

    Fargo

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Everything was pretty much fine except we went for an 8:45 reservation, showed at 8:30, and it was still like they were trying to push us out. Considering it was showing reservations as late as 9, I’m not sure why there was such a big rush, and there were still plenty of diners there when we left. It was alright. The food definitely wasn’t worth the cost, and the service would keep me from going back.
  25. AS

    ArthurS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    This was our first time at Alta Strada Mosaic. We ordered the Caesar Salad (very good), Calamari (disappointing-rubbery and the breading was barely on any of the pieces), Salmon (Delicious-but the center was close to raw), Tagliatelle Bolognese (Fabulous). My wife had wine with dinner and I ordered a martini. My martini was perfect but it was a very small pour. It came in a small martini glass and it barely came up halfway. We couldn’t understand why service was slow (which unfortunately, it was). There seemed to plenty of staff. Yet, after we ordered and received our drinks, it was quite a while before our server returned to take our food order. All in all, we like the restaurant. If the issues that I mentioned were fixed, we’d love it.
  26. AC

    AngCue

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. The service was even better. Great atmosphere as well.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    If I could give this zero stars I would! The food was absolutely disgusting and the service was beyond slow. The calamari was not crispy and didn’t taste fresh, the meatball appetizer was tiny and flavorless, the raviolis were small and the amount was not very many for an expensive dish, the chicken parm was way over cooked and the sauce was much too sweet, the tiramisu looked like it was slapped on the plate with disregard, and the panna cotta turned into a soupy mess after just one bite. We were wholly disappointed with the entire experience and will definitely not be coming back and wasting our money on fast food level quality food that is a disgrace to authentic italian food! Avoid this place at all costs, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed, that’s the only guarantee this place has to offer!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant!!
  29. b

    betht

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited during restaurant week. Food was good, service was impeccable!! Great opportunity to try new food offerings!
  30. N

    Norman

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The workers seemed indifferent although the restaurant layout itself was nice to the eye. The food is overpriced for its quality. I paid $20 for a pizza that was around the same quality as Dominoes, should have been in $10-$15 range.
  31. M

    Mrsshoes

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience4
    Had reservations for a Wednesday evening at 5:30, but had to change them to 6:30. Arrived and weren’t offered choice of inside or out even though there were plenty of tables. Restaurant was not busy but server kept telling us kitchen was busy which was reason for delays. The menu is much smaller than what is visible online (and no we didnt do restaurant week). Had to ask and wait for water refills. And honestly the food was just eh. Had 3 appetizers and 4 entrees. No alcohol. With tip bill was $199. Ive honestly eaten better Italian at a chain Italian restaurant. Very disappointed. Oh and it was my birthday. No one said a thing. Not. A. Word.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    While the waitress was awesome, it seemed she had no choice but to rush us because management/owners are all about the numbers. We were not the only ones that had their entree out before we could get halfway through appetizers and the same for dessert. A lot of hidden charges on their menu. Read the small print. Food tasted horrible. The best tasting item was the garlic bread appetizer. Will never ever ever go back there or recommend this restaurant. Save your money and enjoy the food in the restaurant next door. Owners are rude and management sucks.
  33. HG

    HoumanG

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent experience. Great Italian food, our server was very friendly and knowledgeable, reasonable prices, and very good wine selection. Definitely try their Bruschetta appetizer.
  34. H

    Hany

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Don’t go to this place! Food I has no flavor at all!! We paid. &300 + for a party of 7 for food that has no flavor!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was overpriced and not very good. There are many other Italian restaurants with better food and lower prices.
  36. N

    Naveen

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Decent food. A little overpriced for the quality level. Ambience is nice, especially for a spot in the suburbs.
  37. MG

    MarevaG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was good but not to crave for and overpriced for what you get. This was our first time and while, again, the food was good and the service as well, it is not worth the price! But good to try once.
  38. J

    Joeever22

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner.
  39. f

    foodie4life

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing and that made all the difference. The burrata appetizer was quite good as well.
  40. TN

    TomN

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal at Alta Strada! Very good, fresh food and terrific service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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 Strada Mosaic using the Order Online button. Alta Strada Mosaic also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 280-0000.

Alta Strada Mosaic is rated 4.1 stars by 986 OpenTable diners.

Alta Strada Mosaic does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Alta Strada Mosaic

2911 District Avenue, Suite 150, Fairfax, VA 22031

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Strawberry Lane and District Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample free street and garage parking.

  • Public transit

    Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station is 1 mile away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-0000

  • Catering

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about catering please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Private party facilities

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about events please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

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