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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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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 3 weeks ago

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
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 8 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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649 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,122 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 9 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

The food was amazing very unique definitely worth trying. Very friendly staff will be returning again

Thank campbell b
Queenstown, New Zealand
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129 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

I went to all the Mexican in chch to try the food. I have to said this is the truly Mexican food. Staff was friendly and drink was ok. I'm surprise so many bad reviews on this places. But I can see sometimes the most original food doesn't mean people will love it. Tres Leches cake was beautiful.

1 Thank chupalo

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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?