Alta Strada- DC

4.6
546 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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Casual
Alta Strada serves authentic, Italian food in the vibrant neighborhood of Mount Vernon Triangle in the heart of Washington, DC. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow has made this restaurant his residence, where he rebooted the entire menu to appeal to the neighborhood and the city.

We have expanded our outdoor patio and covered all of the tables with tents to protect everyone from the sun and rain. Safety is our number one priority as we go above and beyond on the protocols laid out by the city, the CDC and WHO.

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Special menus

  • Weekend Brunch

    Starting Jul 12, 2020
    Enjoy weekend brunch in Alta Strada's extended patio space. We've got a summertime menu filled with shareable appetizers & entrees that pair perfectly with your favorite brunch cocktail.

Offers

Bottomless Beverages ($29)

Starting Jul 12, 2020 · Sun 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM, Sat 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Enjoy an unlimited selection of brunch beverages for $29 (1.5-hour limit). Choose from: Mimosa, White Peach Bellini, Strawberry Bellini & Bloody Mary.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 546 People Are Saying
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vipTemiF
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, we had a pizza, crab pasta and ziti all well prepared, for dessert we had the cannoli, it was super good.

The hostess very attentive, my husband drop some pasta sauce on his shirt and she gave him something to clean it.

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dclli
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Chicken pam was lack of flavor other than the taste of sauce. Cannoli was very plain, I wonder if the chef even tasted the cannoli, it was oily, dry and not even sweet. I think it was the worst dessert I have ever gotten in a restaurant.

The service was very good, I will give it a five star for the service.

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! What lovely wait staff and the food was unbelievable. My hubby and I shared the meatballs and also Brussel sprout apps (paired with Prosecco and a vodka martini). The sprouts are perfectly crispy and the meatballs are airy yet substantial. Oh, and that red sauce with burrata - we destroyed it. Perhaps so much so as the main entrees were also very hefty! The rigatoni bolognese is masterful and the hint of Rosemary made them divine. The short ribs could feed all the Flintstones! Suffice it to say we have a lot of leftovers. It paired well with the Tuscan which was reasonably priced.

The staff - super attentive without being annoying. Hard to balance outdoors in the era of Covid. As we were almost leaving, I let it slip (when asked if we’d been here before) that we were out celebrating my bday. Within 2 seconds, they brought us out a delicious tiramisu and more Prosecco. A wonderful way to end the meal.

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mctm77
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was amazing. I look forward to trying it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday! Thank you ... you guys are doing awesome during COVID times

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vipPhil
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was okay. Service was awesome. Brunch menu needs sprucing up.

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cavv
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Wish the patio was larger and more comfortable

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vipMonicaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There was a guest who kept coughing and it was very disturbing. We asked to move further away and the staff was wonderful in helping to coordinate.

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akaul1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great drinks that came in a timely manner. Outdoor seating was very nice. Food was excellent

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Dianne
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor seating is great. They set up tents, so it's okay even if it was raining when we went.

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Misty
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Alta Strada a few times a year and was glad to swing by and find they had just rolled out their fall menu this weekend. The new roasted cauliflower was delicious! My husband had the classic chicken parm which he loved and we tried the bombolini and chocolate cake, which were indeed both moist and decadent desserts. The garlic bread unfortunately was a bit of a miss, kinda dry and not a lot of flavor, although the tomato basil dipping sauce was good! Anyway, another enjoyable visit. The pizzas and pastas are always great comfort food as well and I like their outdoor seating these days.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food!

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue for weekend brunch or lunch the southern-exposed outdoor seating is very comfortable. Numerous menu items are all appealing.

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vipRachelL
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server seemed like he didn't want to be working, made it uncomfortable to ask for certain items/ questions. He just gave off the vibe that he did not want to be there. Food was phenomenal though.

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vippandc
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is not quite fast food--the setting will remind of that, but the food is a bit above what you'd get at fast food Italian. Is it good? Well, it's fast. We enjoyed it. But would I go back? Probably not. The menu is pretty generic, the arugula salad was only OK, but the garlic bread was good. The salmon was too salty but on a great plate of roasted veg. You won't go wrong here, but also, you may not love it.

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vipMadeleineK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was fine - not as good as I remembered it from the last time we were there- but so overpriced! That put a damper on everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, we had the eggplant parm and Ricotta ravioli. Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance!

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AmandaF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Socially Distanced Labor Day brunch for our little Quaranteam this weekend at Alta Strada. The seating was outdoor and well separated, the servers were very safe and great about their masks and gloves, and we felt very comfortable eating there in current times. We also LOVED all the dishes we got. We all live in the neighborhood and frequently would come for large brunches in the past while they did unlimited food and drink, so we were excited to come when bottomless drinks returned (no unlimited food yet for obv. reasons) and to try the new economical Brunch menu (one food item req per order for the unlimited drinks). Everyone was thrilled with their dishes, we will be back soon!

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vipBigplate
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant's patio is very well done--together with other patios on the street, it makes one feel like you are sitting in Europe. The staff is very diligent about its Covid preparations. All of the food we had was very good--the pitcher of mango margaritas, the shrimp appetizer, and the chocolate cake stood out.

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JaredJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lots of bug bites sitting outside. Solid food. Nice staff.

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WhitneyK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and all of the food was very good! Outside patio tables were well spaced. Will definitely go back.

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Aron
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bolognese I've had locally and abroad. Delicious, authentic, quality Italian dishes. The Tiramisu is a must as well!

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vipMorgan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here 4 times and carried out a few other times - I’ve had an amazing meal every time! The staff is attentive and kind and the food is always fresh and hot (even when you carry out). I would highly recommend Alta Strada for any occasion or everyday dining!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice employees; attentive to our wine needs, very professional throughout. Great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mediocre pasta. Could have made it better at home myself. Not worth $40 with a drink.

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vipRachelL
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 and had the best time! Restaurant week portions were huge and our server was very attentive. Everything was so flavorful! You can tell they were making each dish to order instead of bulking up due to restaurant week. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Honestly the food was overrated and expensive. Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t impressed either.

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious Italian style pizza. The shrimp bruschetta makes a great appetizer.

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JasonR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience - they had all of the Covid best practices in place. Would recommend going to anyone.

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vipKaitlynnS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch was delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very solid

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice to be back, we ate outside and felt very safe, staff was great!! Very enjoyable night!

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BigAd4444
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience2

I would have wished they wiped down the outside seating with disenfective after the previous party got up. Masks are just enough in today’s environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in DC! Just like in Italy.

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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first sit-down meal in months! We were seated outdoors at the edge of the tented area, but as the evening wore on and the danger of rain was gone, staff pulled back the tent curtains, giving us a gentle breeze. My entree of spaghetti with clams was cooked just right (al dente), and my husband had his favorite dish, baked ziti with sausage. Always a treat eating there. We've sustained ourselves with weekly pick-up from them, but a sit-down meal is better, for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. And they remembered my birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious and the outdoor seating was lovely.

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Misty
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went tonight with Alta Strada only offering outdoor dining and had a great experience. The service was friendly and helpful without being intrusive and all staff were wearing masks and careful about cleaning. They also let us order from both their menu and their pop up sushi restaurant next door. Everything was tasty and well-served, I'm glad they're in the neighborhood!

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SeanD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently excellent. The service is great. The staff are constantly sanitizing, and from what I’ve observed are going above/ beyond the district’s guidelines. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Alta Strada- DC offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 629-4662.

Alta Strada- DC is rated 4.6 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

Alta Strada- DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/altastradadc/giftcards.

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 bookings at the moment.

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