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Alvarados Mexican Cantina

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77 Stevens St | Waltham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-374 4149
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go here every time we have a date night. The food is exquisite. The service is superb. We have never found it crowded, we have never found it noisy, we have never found that we had a long wait for food. It is everything a good restaurant should be. They even have a children's menu.

Thank lynet2017
Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We accidentally found this place through an ad in The Star. It is located just outside the CBD, actually across the street from the old AMI stadium. The owners and staff are actually Mexican who have been here since 2011. We went at lunch and therefore ate in the bar; did not have the full menu available. We will go... More 

Thank Michele S
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Been there on New Years Eve. Busy evening and still relaxed and friendly service. Nice atmosphere (though a bit dark to read the menue). Great (and authentic) Mexican food and beer. We started the evening with Antojitos Mexicanos - delicious - and had afterwards the Fajitas (the best I ever had) and a Rib eye steak which was just right... More 

Thank HeikoMC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This was a great feed. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. The food had flavour and excellent portion sizes. There was no hassle getting a table without a booking- it was a Tuesday night though. The fajitas was great!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

What a beautiful place to eat out...great friendly service, the food was amazingly authentic and the music set the scene...tip: while waiting for your food to arrive try tasting the sauces on your table then you have a idea of which ones to add to your dishes.We enjoyed one so much they let us buy one!

Thank Ed H
Lees Summit, Mo
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694 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We ate lunch at this place and it was real good. The service was a little slow but good. Overall a good place. .

1 Thank postrawb
Labrador, Australia
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This was a great place to visit for mexican food - very authentic inside along with the music - staff were very helpful an the food delicious

Thank anne190986
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Very friendly staff, served us quickly and promptly. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the chimichanga. Churros were fresh and crispy. The pitchers of margarita could be dangerous :)

Thank mfishergreen
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I loved the food here. Truly authentic Mexican. We're from California, so we know what good Mexican food tastes like. Alvarados has it down! Drinks: The Mexican margarita gets my mouth salivating just thinking about it. Should have ordered more. :) Our experience was incredible because there's a lot of heart and soul that goes into this... More 

Thank lilitlove
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Went on a Tuesday night and found the place empty apart from one other table. Despite this there was barely any service and what we did get was well below par. We waited, waited, waited for anyone to order drinks, then waited, waited waited some more for the the drinks to come. After drinks came we were then left waiting... More 

Thank Nessy51

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Stevens St | Waltham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-374 4149
Christchurch's authentic Mexican restaurant where Mexican chefs create fresh delicious meals and our bar staff whip up a great Tequila or two.
We are a large venue with several different indoor and outdoor areas to either enjoy a party atmosphere or a quieter moment depending on your mood, often with live music.
We have plenty of parking.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?