Upon entering Altius, it is a clean and modern layout.
We were seated at our table which was a nice two person table right by the window. The view was amazing. I don’t think there is a better view in the city. It was beautiful and it was right when the sun was setting, which was really neat. After we gazed at the view for a bit, we were greeted by our server. She told us the specials of Swordfish and something else that I forget ha.
We were offered fresh bread from a bread girl. She had three types of bread and two dip sauces. I am not sure why I find a bread girl so fascinating, maybe it is my love of bread or the option to have bread several times in a meal, but I just love it. I had the Tomato and Cheddar Foccacia. So frickin’ Good. The light chive and butter dip paired well, but the focaccia was so delicious and moist that you didn’t really need anything on it.
We loved the view so much. It was just so relaxing. We ordered some of their scallops for dinner and it was a perfect starter. The scallops were cooked perfectly and it even came with risotto.
Okay, so I have this thing about risotto…
My husband and I back in our college days wanted to make this chicken and risotto meal we found off of the Food Network. We wanted to pretend we had money at the time and were chefs because well who doesn’t? So we get the chicken and all the components, but when we had the pot of risotto boiling and were asked to add some white wine, it was at that moment, we remember we did not get white wine. No worries we thought. We were cooking in my husband’s apartment that he shared with 4 other guys. Guys don’t have wine, but they have beer. Same thing right? No. No. Not at all. If you learn nothing from reading my blog, please learn this lesson from me – Sam Adams Beer is not a substitute for a white Chardonnay for risotto. Oh, the smell was horrible and the taste… To this day we have never had risotto until this meal.
This risotto was fantastic and I guarantee they did not put beer in it ha
We were then greeted with this little cone item. We ate it because we were sure it would be good and it was. Our server informed us it was salmon and crab pureed together with chives and onion. It was pretty good.
We are loving this experience so far. I asked for another glass of wine and that, unfortunately, was forgotten for 25 minutes. We then get our entrees and she remembers and immediately we are wine in hand again.
I ordered the Duck because it was between duck or filet and I had filet the night prior. It was just so hard because everyone loves filet, especially me, but the server noted that you can get a good filet at a lot of places, but not duck which I thought was a great point.
The duck was cooked perfectly. It was crispy and golden brown and juicy and so very good. The little plantain thing you see in the crepe paper was not very good, but crepe does not with stand time very well so I imagine it would be good eaten immediately, just not after some time on the plate. The green beans were really good and the fruit compote log was good and different. I could only eat about 2 pieces and called it a day as I definitely wanted dessert for the anniversary.
My husband got their world famous or Instagram posted pork chop which he really loved. I ate his carrots because he is weird and does not like carrots. It was a humongous piece of pork. I think the server got him when she said, ” if you are feeling carnivorous this evening the pork chop is well known and really delicious”. My husband is always feeling carnivorous, so it worked out.
The server then presented us with dessert menus and we saw cookie dough and the choice was clear. If you ever have the option for cookie dough as a dessert you choose that. It was a fun little presentation, she delivered it in a large ball form and then cracked it open with a spoon. The inside was a mini chocolate chip cookie, some creme, and chips. It was pretty tasty, but only a few bites as we just had this whole amazing meal.
We then looked out at the city and a ship moving throughout the river and just feel really happy and thankful to have this experience. She gives our bill and these two little black bags as a goodbye treat. We opened and found a very small but tasty little vanilla bundt cake. It reminded me of the small kitchen food that TasteMade has on their apps. It was really yummy and there is no picture of it because it was so small to be eaten in one bite and we did that prior to a picture.
Service – 9
The server checked in on our table every 15-20 minutes. We also had several other wait staff who came to clear plates and help serve our food as soon as it was ready.
Food Quality – 9
Exceptional. You would expect fresh, but this is beyond just fresh and farm to table. It is innovative and exciting. Everything was cooked to perfection.
Price for Quality – 8
The entrees range from $24-40. You pay for quality and the price point definitely matches the quality of the meal. Altius is likely not a weekly dinner place but is almost unmatched for a special occasion.
Atmosphere – 9
Amazing. It is the whole package. From the journey to get there by taking the Duquesne Incline to stepping inside Altius. Altius is modern and elegant without being snobby. All age ranges were present and everyone was just there to relax and have a good time. Guests and servers are friendly, the seats are comfy and the view is breathtaking. I really can’t say enough about the atmosphere, definitely memorable.
Overall Experience – 9
All in all, Altius is an incredible restaurant. The service, the food, and you can not beat the atmosphere. It lived up to its 2,056 4.7 star reviews on Open Table and being rated Four Diamonds by AAA. I highly recommend Altius, you will not be disappointed.
Where to find Altius:
1230 Grandview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211