Alta Calidad

4.7
120 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Alta Calidad is located in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn where Chef Akhtar Nawab is cooking innovative Mexican cuisine. The Spanish translation of "Alta Calidad" means "high quality" and it's our goal to provide that with every dish that we serve. Our goal is to cook with pride and integrity and have a lot of fun doing it!! We're thrilled to be part of this amazing Brooklyn community and we want each of you to join us and participate in this exciting adventure! *Alta Calidad was recently awarded an NYC 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I stopped ones before without reservation and they were kind enough to let us drink and eat. This time we made reservations for my birthday and it’s just a very unique place!!! We loved it.

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MG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always very good; although some items are cooked slightly different; and it is noticeable. An example the pumpkin quesadilla; still good but the previous recipe with the cheese foam was better. Service as great as always

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Amazing drinks and excellent customer service! I recommend the mimosas with the freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s so good! 😋

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a blast here. The food was amazing. Straight flavortown! Drinks were on point! Will definitely come back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, and there were interesting choices. The place is cozy and a bit loud, but welcoming. We did make a reservation but had a problem with seating, and were waiting while two other 4-person groups were seated. Then we had a small table. People were apologetic and gave us a nice desert.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. We were seated at a fabulous table right by the window. The margarita was the best I can ever remember. The food was inventive, fresh and absolutely delicious. I can’t WAIT to go back

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, the food was a unique take on Mexican and was tasty. However, we had to wait a half hour to be seated with a reservation and the dishes we ordered that were meat centric were very fatty. Maybe it’s personal preference, but if I am spending as much as did at Alta Calidad I do not want a cut of meat that is primarily fat. The wait staff was apologetic about the wait and the service was good - just think the overall experience did not match the bill.

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Great, innovative and delicious food! Always love coming back.

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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Hamburguesa burger was amazing! Delicious and a must try!

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 8 had an amazing meal at Alta Calidad. Everything was delicious from the drinks to the 3/4 of the menu that we ordered. Our group found that splitting close to all of their offerings was the way to go. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. And everyone was HUSTLING; we were never without water, clean plates and sliver ware or without a cocktail. The place itself is small but at no point did we feel too cramped, even with our larger group. Can't wait to go back!

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WV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food especially the pancakes.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch was superb. Great atmosphere, better food and drinks.

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HE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I thoroughly enjoyed but my date was less impressed by the food. The other couple that joined us liked their meals as well. The staff was very accommodating to our rushed schedule, agreeing to move up our reservation. It is 3 longish blocks from Barclays Center and with enough time makes fr a great pre-game, show, concert, event, etc. place to go. Drinks were good.

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service excellent. Made however the wrong choice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely experience. Beautiful space, incredibly attentive staff, and the FOOD. Octopus and pork belly skewers, shrimp tacos, lamb ribs - all so incredible. Can’t wait to go back!

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited this past Saturday for a birthday brunch with a friend and we had a great time! The menu selection was great, the food delicious and presented beautifully. We sat at the bar and were serviced promptly and efficiently. $31 for an entree and one hour of drinks is a steal for such a great place. 10/10 will be back.

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DE
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty good but do NOT get the churros (which aren't churros but greasy dense donuts) and the cocktails took way too long and several courses to arrive. The noise level was terrible and as we were finishing up the dessert drinks they tried to rush us out before we were done with the $18 a piece cocktails. Probably won't go back.

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b
Cancun
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. Everything was excellent. The quesadilla was delicious. The only thing that was just ok were the churros. We were used to the long crunchy ones
We will definitely be back

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Tasty and imaginative food and decent portions. Good vibe. A smallish space so a bit crammed and noisy.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They should warn people the kitchen closes at 3:30 when you do a reservation at 2:45 since we had to rush to eat and order

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific brunch

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, very nice staff that were very accommodating

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chic restraunt, food and margaritas were excellent, and service was on point.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & Excellent service from Helene!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific, interesting food, well prepared and fresh. Small plates — sometimes very small, so this isn’t a place for this expecting a big pile of food. Excellent cocktails. A little noisy but generally a friendly, fun vibe. Points deducted for high stools with no backs at the counter-like tables. Service super friendly if rather too dilatory.

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent. However, it was small portions at high prices, so I would rate the overall value as below average. Service was fine nothing exceptional. The dining area is very small as in most NYC/Brooklyn spots but the noise level was such that I could not hear the my companion diners when they were speaking to me. There are very few tables for 4 and a few high tops for as many as eight. While making my reservation, I was asked if i wanted a dining table or a high top. I choose the dining table. I arrived a little early for my reservation but there were no tables available. In fact it appeared that a party of three walked in without a reservation right before me and was given the last table. This may seem like a small thing, but to a person with back pain it can ruin the evening. I would have understood if i did not have a reservation and if i had not reserved a dining table. After pointing out all the negatives, i would recommend this restaurant because the food is good.

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f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

mexican food with a gourmet twist. firstly, the small and stylish space is welcoming and atypical for a place with mexican food. upscale, but low key. the food and cocktails were wonderful. the service folks were friendly and accomodating. the tacos, either beef or fish, are delicious. the special pumpkin blossom pancake, divine! the mezcal smooth and smoky. guac with flat, long tortilla, rather than chips, great starter. banana chips and a fantastic carrot tres leches cake to end off a lovely evening meal. will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service decent.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very clean and cozy Mexican theme restaurant not far from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Menu is not the usual Mexican fare although there are tacos on it The food is original and is fresh and excellent. There is also a nice selection of Mezcals to choose from.

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MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed in the overall experience. The restaurant was too small, too crowded, not a peaceful experience. Also the portions were too small, we do not plan on going there again.

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DE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars for everything about this place. Will be back soon!

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AN
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alta Calidad is such a perfect dining experience. It's cozy but not cramped, it's well designed, and the food makes you feel like you're on an episode of chef's table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at Alta Calidad except for being allergic to my shrimp tacos :/ I asked the waitress to let the kitchen know about my allergy, and I am sure she did, but alas, my allergen was still included. The oversight lead me to not being able to finish my meal and I got very sick that night. BUT, the customer service was amazing.

The manager (I believe) apologized profusely and took my meal AND WINE(?) off of the tab. I was very surprised at how much they took this allergy seriously. The food was very yummy (I tried some of my friend's food, too!) I would definitely go there. It's a bit expensive for my taste but I thought I'd treat myself.

Enjoy!

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MG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a place where the quality of food and staff attentiveness is always consistent and very good. The dishes are made with the basic Mexican flavour but with a much higher quality and variety. My husband and I have been there several times and we always leave very satisfied and happy. Great neighborhood restaurant!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere at Alta Calidad! Highly recommend the steak tacos and the guac is AMAZING!

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was very good - but portions were tiny. I was wondering if we were the only ones who thought so, but other reviews say the same.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance in this tiny but packed gem of a restaurant! Volume was just right for feeling lively but still good for conversation. Cocktails were delicious, and tapas were tasty and shareable.

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NB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Alta Calidad for my birthday with a small group of friends and it was perfect. The food and drinks were fantastic, the service friendly, the atmosphere festive but intimate. Must gets include the queso fundido "simple", octopus with pork belly and potatoes, and the Mexican Coca-Cola lamb ribs. Really excellent and special!

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