You know your experience starts off on the right foot when you ride up an incline (the Duquesne) with amazing views before your dining experience begins. Then when you're inside, you have more breathtaking views of the Pittsburgh city center. As the restaurant is only open for dinner, it is neat to have that view change from day to night while you dine.
Now, on to the actual dining experience: I eat at too many chain restaurants, so this was different for me, but with courteous service and something to please everyone at our table, Altius lived up to its name ("higher") for us. The charcuterie appetizer is an excellent choice with its variety of breads, meats, and cheeses. I also enjoyed my entree, the Pennsylvania duck breast. Portion sizes are adequate, but not huge, which makes the prices seem even higher, but at Altius, is all about quality and not quantity.