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“Very Good But Not Great”
Review of Altura Restaurant

Altura Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 4,357 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $75 - $200
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: BROADWAY E & ROY ST
Transit: Stops for bus lines 9, 49 and 60 within one block.
Description: Altura restaurant applies the focus of ingredient-driven Italian cooking to the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Our chefs work tirelessly each day to highlight the most exciting seasonal products. Chef Nathan Lockwood's tasting menu is at the heart of the Altura approach to dining. With a focus on wild foraged products, pristine Puget Sound seafood and locally raised heirloom meats and vegetables, our tasting menu exemplifies who we are. Expect to spend between two and three hours enjoying ten to fifteen courses of our most inspired dishes. For a less structured approach, diners are welcome to design their own experience by choosing three or more courses from our traditional menu. Our team of Sommeliers is always on hand to design a unique flight of paired wines or help you find the perfect bottle to highlight your experience. We invite you to join us on Capitol Hill to celebrate seasonal cuisine, exceptional wine and gracious service.
Reviewed January 20, 2014

If I had dined alone here, I would have likely ranked Altura "excellent," just for the marvelous food, but my two companions had comments that required me to go down a notch. My 4-course meal was superb -- chicory salad; risotto with pumpkin, crispy kale and Parmesan; potato-crusted black cod with leeks, Dungeness crab and mussels; and chocolate pistachio crostata. The flavors and textures proved to be sublime and combined in all my selections to make this the best meal I've had as a frequent diner in Seattle.

The high prices charged here, however, mean high expectations for the total dining experience and these sometimes were not met. One companion, for example, had to keep asking for the sommelier to come to the table. Once he came and took our order, another 10 minutes passed before he returned to say the restaurant was out of that wine. This same companion paid a supplemental $27 for the winter black Perigord truffles, which included boar ragu. Instead of a hearty mixture, the ragu was far too light.

Though I found the food portions to be adequate, my other companion was dismayed when his pasta dish arrived with just three ravioli. He considered the combination of braised veal, wild mushrooms, Parmesan and artichokes to be "delicious" but is still talking about the tiny offering. He was disappointed in his steelhead entree because of its lack of flavor.

We all became a bit edgy, waiting 30 minutes for our second course to arrive. Of course we did not come for fast food, but we did not anticipate a half-hour wait between these two courses.

The restaurant is small with most tables crammed together. Luckily, we got seated in an area at the front, where the three tables had adequate space around them for comfortable dining. There is a narrow aisle (think airline Economy class) between the majority of tables and the seats at the counter, where diners can watch food preparation.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Sat at the Chef's counter and loved the 4 course dinner menu. They offer 3, 4, 5, or 6 course dinner menus, so there are tons of options. We enjoyed the chicory salad, oyster soup, risotto, veal ravioli, and pacific cod, but our favorites were the scrumptious potato crusted petrale sole and for dessert, the chocolate pistachio crostata. The lemon canoli was also delicious. Fresh ingredients, lovely presentation, wonderful flavors. Service was also excellent.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

What a lovely place to go! It is very likely this will become one of our regular spots! Such beautiful presentation!

Thank Lovefoodeverywhere
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We sat at the counter and did the tasting menu. What a phenomenal taste experience! Not inexpensive but totally worth it. This is a place to impress a date or a spouse.

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Thank DVenturer
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Dinner at Altura is a remarkable experience. The food and presentation are about as close to perfection as humans can make it. And for such a small space the menu is remarkably varied, as is the wine list. You will, however, pay dearly for the experience. Dinner for two, with one of their more moderately prices bottles, will probably cost over $200.

Service is great, but not spectacular. The Capitol Hill setting is nice, but again nothing spectacular. And although the room is certainly intimate it's perhaps just a bit too "industrial" to make it a great place for a romantic dinner. This is one restaurant where the food is the star, and it's Oscar caliber.

Note that Altura is one of Seattle's "hot" restaurants right now, so reservations are essential. We booked 3 weeks in advance for a Friday night and could not get a seating (party of 4) until 8:00.

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