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Opening June 15, Expect High Energy Vibes and Salsa Dancing at This Midtown Tapas Restaurant

Skillets of seafood paella, colorful ceviches, and family-sized portions of lechon asado are all on the menu at Alta Toro in Midtown

A table filled with ceviche, paella, tostadas, and other Latin American dishes at Alta Toro in Atlanta. Brandon Amato
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Tapas restaurant Alta Toro opens Thursday, June 15, in the former Babalu Tapas and Tacos space at the corner of Peachtree Place and West Peachtree in Midtown.

Backed by Ayman Kamel of 5Church in Midtown and Buckhead, Alta Toro translates to “high bull” in Spanish — a phrase associated with bullfighting and an energetic and powerful bull in the ring.

Led in the kitchen by Guerrero, Mexico, native chef Gaudalupe “Lupe” Nanbo, expect a menu featuring paella, pig roasts, and a variety of tapas dishes styled after those found in Spain and countries throughout Latin America paired cocktails and a mostly Latin American wine and beer list. Menu highlights include pollo al horno (yogurt and orange juice achiote marinated chicken), lechon asado feeding up to four people, skillets of seafood paella using Dacsa rice, and mackerel tiradito.

The high energy theme continues in the design, with colorful custom art pieces by local and Latin American artists and plenty of open spaces in the dining room for live bands to play and for dancing. A large tree sculpture, complete with lights hanging from its sprawling branches, adorns the middle of the dining room. Large garage doors open to a covered patio in front of Alta Toro, where more dancing and live-fire cooking should take place during the warmer months.

A big hunk of lechon asado accompanied by pickled vegetables, salsa verde, and fresh tortillas at Alta Toro in Atlanta.
Lechon asado.
Brandon Amato
A bright blue ceramic plate is filled with vibrant ceviche and yellow sauce with crispy plantain chips from Atla Toro in Atlanta.
Ceviche.
Brandon Amato

Open Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hours expanding in the coming months, along with lunch and brunch service.

33 Peachtree Place, Atlanta. altatoro.com.

5Church

1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30361