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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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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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149 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first time we have been to this restaurant and it was busy which is always a good sign, but it meant that the two waitresses were busy as well so we found the service to be a bit under whelming. The other thing that annoyed me was that we selected a beer off the menu and she... More 

Thank nbalwaystravel
Methven, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was perfect. Traditional food done well. Tres leches cake 👌 and fajitas were great, too! The manager guy wasn't so friendly when the waitstaff needed help on the POS. she was lovely but he was just awkward and a bit rude. Felt bad for her. Will definitely come back.

Thank hotpotato99
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Felt like I was eating in the local hang out for tradies and low life's. Maitre de smelt terrible and was more interested with hanging out with her mates drinking and smoking at the front door. Food was nice but was keen to leave. Not a place you'd dress up to go to. Mexicanos in town is a zillion times... More 

Thank Sarah W
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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102 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The restaurant is not a fancy one. The other side with bar is very noise with Mexican music. But the food is great Authentic Mexican food cooked by South American Chef/Cook. The prices were reasonable. The location is a little out of down town, about 10 min ride. But it is worth the drive.

Thank Harry F
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The menu is varied - there is something for everyone (even those who don't like spicy food) and a great desert menu. Authentic cooking and good atmosphere. The stuffed peppers are a starter favourite. Great night out with some great food, and the prices are reasonable too.

Thank Foodmatic
Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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
Reviewed 23 January 2017

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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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

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
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
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?