Altura Restaurant brings the seasonal emphasis of Italian cooking and the bounty of the Northwest together with artisan technique. Our guests enjoy the elegance of the finest wines and freshest ingredients, simply prepared and perfectly presented.
Chef Nathan Lockwood crafts his weekly-changing menu to celebrate the best, hyper-seasonal products available, highlighting Northwest produce, meats, seafood and foraged items, as well as specialty Italian ingredients and traditions.
Altura encourages its guests to celebrate dining in the Italian style by serving a tasting menu format, whereby the guest chooses three, four, or five courses from the five menu sections, or the 7-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. We invite you to join us on Capitol Hill to celebrate seasonal cuisine, exceptional wine and gracious service at Altura.
Chef Nathan Lockwood brings his passion for locally-driven seasonal Italian cuisine to Altura, which he opened with his wife, Rebecca, in October 2011. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park) in 2001 and continued his classical training under culinary luminaries, such as Hubert Keller and Suzette Gresham.
As Chef de Cuisine at Acquerello Restaurant in San Francisco, he led
a kitchen brigade that achieved and maintained a coveted Michelin star. Prior to opening Altura in October 2011, he earned excellent reviews as Chef at Fork restaurant in San Anselmo, California and Jory restaurant in the Willamette Valley, and led the evening dining operations for The Ruins in Lower Queen Anne.
Since opening Altura, he is proud to have received a James Beard seminfinalist nod for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest 2012, and to have won Nicky Meats Wild About Game competition in September 2012.
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Guy Kugel grew up working at his family's Italian restaurant, Cafe Gondolier, which opened in 1960 next to the University of Colorado campus. Guy's tenure in Seattle has included ten years at the venerable Flying Fish, managing under James Beard Award-Winning Chef Christine Keff.
Guy is honored to have the opportunity to work with Nathan and Rebecca Lockwood at Altura. Please ask for him by name—he would love to say hello and oversee your experience with us.
A graduate of UW Law School, Rebecca Lockwood handles the business operations of the restaurant and coordinates special events. She worked as hostess at Acquerello Restaurant in San Francisco when it received its Michelin star and brings her passion for excellence in guest experience to Altura.
Since opening in October 2011, Altura has received glowing reviews from
local publications, such as The Seattle Times, Seattle Met Magazine, and The Stranger. In 2012, Altura was featured on the cover of Seattle Met as Restaurant as the Year and in Seattle Magazine as Best New Fine-Dining Restaurant.
We have also received national attention as one of only 29 restaurants in the United States to earn a James Beard semifinalist nomination for Best New Restaurant 2012. That honor was followed up in 2013 with a Best Chef–Pacific Northwest semifinalist nomination for Chef Nathan Lockwood.