Alter House

4.7
207 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Alter House Restaurant and Bar is a family owned Farm-to-Table Restaurant and Event Venue dedicated to seasonal, sustainable cuisine. It is our culinary mission to source the finest ingredients from regional farmers, artisan purveyors and local farms whenever possible. Here at Alter House Restaurant and Bar, sustainability is the forefront of our identity. The seasons will define our menu. Our goal at Alter House is to be the restaurant of choice in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our aim is to provide our guests with unique culinary offerings paired with incredible service, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We hold ourselves to the highest possible standard of excellence for food and service, dedicating ourselves to these core values and principles. By doing so, we focus on what we do best – Altering your dining experience.

Support Alter House during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 207 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Loved For
Sort by
Filters
SH
SeanH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always alter house was amazing. The service was spectacular, the food outstanding and the ambience perfect.

A
Amanda
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was fantastic and elegant. Food was good, service was great, drinks were great. We went on mother's day and had complimentary champagne. The flatbread are light different and delicious. The food changes all the time, happy hour is offered from five to seven. It's a great place for a date night. Would recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service. Took an hour to get our entrees. Get your social distancing in order. Spread people out. Everyone was spaced out but all towards one end of the dining room. Lots of space on the other side! Made no sense. We were given a high table right next to the door when the dining room was EMPTY. EMPTY! I asked for a different table and it was not received nicely. Shrimp over cooked. We had to ask for sweetener for the ice tea I ask for sugar they gave us all sweeten low in equal. I had asked for sugar.I had to ask a second time if any of those were sugar. She said they’re sweet Loase and I said I ask for sugar. Sorry. We will never be back.

KR
vipKimRyon
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first post-Covid Girls Happy Hour! It was perfect. On Thursday’s they have a musician from 6-8

F
Firpo
Poconos
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice and the martinis were great. Dinners were okay - not a lot of taste and kind of pricey. Would definitely go back for happy hour and bar food - just maybe not the dinners.

b
bellk
Poconos
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is always hit or miss with Alter House. Their flatbreads are always fantastic but aside from salads there was only one vegetarian dish zucca pasta and it was not good, the tomato used for the fresh sauce was sour/bitter/acidic. my husband got the pork chop and really enjoyed it. The sever we had was just ok.

DP
DocP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a good meal at Alter House. The staff is great, owners are present and available, service is excellent. It's a neighborhood restaurant with a local farm to table approach, but it has everything that a big city restaurant provides. I would recommend Alter House to anyone. If you haven't tried it, you should. If it's been a while, go back. It's terrific.

TM
TinaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Nicely decorated. Phenomenal food. Had one of the best appetizers Seasonal crostini. The best House Caesar salad had anchovy crumble that I couldn’t get enough of and a beautiful steak frites dinner. So fresh flavor popped!! Highly recommended. Bring your paycheck.

S
vipSliver
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Haven't had a bad meal since the 1st time we went.

RD
RonD
Poconos
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, and a nice beer list. The food is easily worth the cost.

JG
JimmyG
Poconos
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Excellent food. The live music was very enjoyable, and the kitchen was also accommodating to gluten/dairy free options as well which was great. Also love that they source from local farms

BZ
BrianZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, it was a great dinner and just a great time! The service was great. Jess is so friendly and knowledgeable! The cockles, fish tacos, and burger were awesome. You can’t go wrong with the craft cocktails either (especially the burnt orange old fashioned!!) My wife and I can’t wait for our next date night out!

JB
JaredB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The dining room was a little chilly. The pace of service was also a little quick. The quality was excellent but still felt a little rushed.

TD
TimD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really good, the drinks especially. We had a nice time. Great service.

KC
KyliaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alter house is such a nice chill spot. From the outside to the inside it looks so elegant. My friend and I had an amazing dinner and the noise level was very low. Will visit again!

J
Javed
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, wonderful service and awesome food.

l
lstran
Poconos
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic charcuterie, cocktails, dinner and dessert. Love that even the banana whip cream is made in house! Our server Abby was wonderful too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and service!

LR
LisaR
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I had chosen alter house because I have raved about the food there in the past and the atmosphere is perfect. I had made reservations early on in the pandemic once, when it was patio only, and both the food and the service were terrible. We didn’t complain. We paid our bill and tipped our server well. We decided to give them the benefit of the doubt since we’ve had such great experiences there in the past. It may have been my worst “fine” dining experience. I ordered shrimp fettuccine and my husband ordered the steak frites. Meals came out quickly, the runner just dropped them and ran, didn’t ask if we needed anything. Then our waiter came over and I was sure he was going to ask us how our meals were and if we needed anything but instead, with his back immediately to us, took the order of the neighboring table and promptly walked away. To be honest my dish was very bland. I wanted a sprinkle of Parmesan, some ground pepper, a squeeze of lemon, anything to improve the dish. By the time my husband got our waiter’s attention my meal was nearly gone. I asked him for some cheese which he promptly returned with but again, did not ask how our food was. Then the manager came over to address the table next to us, again, with her back immediately to us. She also promptly turned and left without so much as a glance in our direction and also didn’t speak with any other tables in the dining room. Next thing I know my husband has a wad of steak squirreled in his cheek because he can’t chew or swallow it and he’s trying not to be noticed as he spits it back onto the plate. The steak wasn’t allowed to rest properly after it was cooked because they put it on top of a pile of fries that got drenched in the blood and were mostly inedible. That’s what you get for a $42 steak. I understand why the food there is so high priced but it should be close to perfect in both food and service and that’s the second time alter house didn’t even come close. Don’t waste your money. Big disappointme

OT
OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Abbey! She knows all about the menu and cares about her clientele!

JB
JodiB
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The Alter House never disappoints when it comes to fresh dishes. Appropriately priced for quality and serving size. We are surely becoming regulars!

NS
NicS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

SS
vipSueS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Atmosphere !!!
Friendly , inviting & helpful Staff !!!
Drinks from mixologists were eclectic & tasty !!!
Fabulously Fresh & extremely flavorful food !!!
Overall a fantastic dining experience !!!

CB
CarolynB
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I was disappointed by the limit menu on a Saturday. There were three types of hamburgers. I don’t go out to dinner on a Saturday night for hamburgers no matter how you dress it up.
Did have the shrimp franchise and it was delightful

C
vipCici
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a super fresh and tasty meal! We really like this restaurant. It doesn’t disappoint!

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Cici, thank you so much for the 5 star review and the kind words! We really appreciate your support and hope you join us again soon!

Report
DP
DocP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good restaurant. Great menu and staff. Highly recommend it!

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

DocP, thank you so much for the 5 star review and thank you for recommending us to others. We really appreciate your support and we hope to see you again soon!

Report
OH
57OH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was middle of the road. Ordered 6 dishes between 2 people. Dishes lacked any real flavor. Didnt think it warranted the price for the meal.

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

We are so sorry you weren't 100 percent satisfied with your dining experience. We do hope you give us another try sometime in the future. Thank you for your feedback.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time there, and it was just as good as the first experience! Enjoyed some creative Valentine's day drinks in a romantic setting.

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful 5 star review. Your continuous support means so much to us. We can't wait for you to dine with us again.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentine’s Day

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We really appreciate your support and hope you join us again soon!

Report
CK
CalveyKitchenLLC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between the ambiance, wine and food pairing, and service, we could not have had a better experience for Valentines Day. Everything was exceptional. We will most definitely be rushing back.

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience here at Alter House. Your support and words of encouragement mean so much to each of us. We look forward to visiting with you again soon.

Report
EH
ElizabethH
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place for date night. Always excellent all around. Missed the full special menu for Valentines Day this year.

Alter House
Responded on March 4, 2021

Elizabeth, thank you so much for the 5 star review! We really appreciate your support and hope you join us again soon!

Report
RT
RickT
Poconos
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the halibut which was simply amazing and my wife had the pork chop - seasoned and prepared to perfection. We both came away very satisfied and will be returning again soon.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent cocktails
Excellent food
Delivered in a safe and friendly environment

DP
DocP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alter House has a local Farm to Table menu with excellent flavor and fantastic service. Consistently a great stop. Highly recommended!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual, great service.

G
Glamdog
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Abby was very pleasant, courteous and prompt. The food was very good and Kelly ( bartender) made fabulous drinks. Overall had a marvelous meal & quality service.

GS
GregS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elisha and Angie were great! It was my first time there and I look forward to coming back again.

b
bellk
Poconos
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was lovely to dine in at the Alter House. Everything was great from the service, atmosphere and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed!

G
Gambler
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good, only i wished the portions of food was a little larger.

FAQs

Alter House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (570) 319-6665.

Alter House is rated 4.7 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Alter House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.summitalterhouse.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.