The restaurant opens from 5pm daily for dinner service.
- Disabled Access
- Alfresco Dining
About Alvarado's Mexican Cantina
The restaurant at Alvarado's Mexican Cantina is Christchurch's home to authentic Mexican cuisine and serves a specialist range of traditional dishes prepared in our kitchens by our wonderful Mexican chefs. It is a great place for everything from intimate dining to family groups and special occasions. A range of set menu options are available on request for groups of twenty or more.
True to Mexican traditions there are over a hundred tequilas to choose from, great selection of delicious margaritas, and a range of fabulous Mexican beers.
Meanwhile the bar at Alvarado's hosts regular live music including our famous Latin nights every Friday, a regular open mic night, poker tournaments,comedy nights and quiz nights, and has great pool tables and a pokie room for those wanting a flutter.
Food was decent, drinks were nice, but nothing was outstanding. Serving complementary chips when guac and chips were our entree seemed redundant. Bit overpriced I think. More fresh chilli and herbs would make a difference.
We had a great night celebrating my birthday on a table for 20, food was served fast and delicious, they helped me with the birthday cake and birthday song. The staff kindeness, friendliness and service is was outstanding!!! 500% recomended!!! Thanks Alvarados!!! Andrea C.
Altho the 2 different platters to share amongst our group of 4 were fresh and full of variety the greater selections of spicy sauces was missed (in transit internationally I was told) Bit pricey for the Quantity we felt, including classic Margarita which was delish. Music a little loud for just 3 tables dining. Atmosphere bit dull -thank goodness for lively company-to be fair was a rainy Tues nite. Decor is grand. Competition is close improve the value maybe. Missed the old Alvorados hype. Hope this wee alleyway livens up over Summer and the city dwellers flood in soon.
The service was rather slow in the beginning and it took ages to even get drinks where we finally just went up to the bar ourselves. Otherwise it was great!
Loved our meals. Wonderful food and great service.
The Tacos were a bit dry, but otherwise the food and service were really good.
We enjoyed the new restaurant. Very disappointed in the new menu. A lot less variety for people who are coeliac. I think that Alvarado's should also offer a Salad which they have always offered. I don't think we will going back
Our waiter was fantastic and went out of his way to make our night enjoyable but unfortunately the food was underwhelming. The platter for 2 was probably the nicest but the chimichanga was bland and tasteless and the enchiladas also lacked flavour. I would expect a bit of heat in mexican flavours so perhaps they could offer levels of spice to customers. The mural was awesome but it's just a room of tables so some dividers or plants(fake cacti?) would be nice and mexican music would have been good too.
Delicious, authentic food and and extremely friendly and patient staff. Our group was still mucking around at the 10pm closing time however we were never asked to leave or even made to feel uncomfortable, or that we were inconveniencing the staff. Highly recommend for a group booking, especially the sharing platters and margarita pitchers!
I love this new venue and we had fantastic service when we dined recently.
Excellent food. Fantastic service. And did not cost the earth. Will come again. Highly recommended.
Best Venue, best service, and best Mexican food in chch by far. Really exceeded our expectations, staff were really helpful with suggesting food options for our group. We will head back for sure.
Awesome experience will be back again
Our waitress was excellent!!
Excellent attentive service. Delicious would recommend the vegetarian nachos
Platter was delicious and so was the sangria. Had a very nice birthday event with 12 people. Staff were helpful.
Really good food and service
Awesome staff and service! Will definitely be back!
Love the new location, staff are super friendly and the whole place gets you feeling upbeat.
My overall experience was fantastic. Great food, great service and the restaurant fit out is awesome! Will most definitely be coming back for the quesadilla!
Always love eating at Alvarados! Delicious food and never disappointed
Great service. Food was fantastic!!
Good food & service was great, thank you very much for hosting a lovely evening for my family & I 😊
The food and service were excellent and we plan to go back and try some other meal selections after they have moved to their new home in the CBD. Being vegetarian, it was great to have a wide selection of different meals to chose from for a change. Unfortunately we didn't experience the Mexican atmosphere because it was such a hot night we chose to eat outside. It was great to have that option.