Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar

Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar

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Hours
Sun
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$15.00 – $39.00
CUISINES
European, Contemporary, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar is a modern eatery in the heart of Cambridge, offering lunch, dinner and everything in between. We love fresh, innovative food that’s delicious with just a little fuss. Our food is complemented by great coffee, boutique wines, craft beers and professional, friendly service.
PRICE RANGE
$15.00 – $39.00
CUISINES
European, Contemporary, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles354 reviews
Excellent
257
Very good
60
Average
19
Poor
12
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

John L
Cambridge221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
Always a concern when new owners take over a good restaurant but I'm glad to say, the quality of food hasn't diminished. We always love the charm and ambiance of the Alpha and whilst in mid summer on a warm evening, the fire wasn't ablaze (!), its still a lovely place to eat a good meal. We enjoyed our entrees but the mains were superb- the pork orecchiette and the seafood nicoise are highly recommended especially the latter. All this plus three glasses of very nice wines for $129 has got to be good value.
Written 26 February 2021
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Jodee D
Putaruru14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
Have just left Alpha Stables after having a beautiful lunch. We were greeted very warmly on arrival and the service was brilliant and friendly from there. We both had the steak sandwich which was a real steak cooked to perfection. The fries were so good too! We haven’t been for a while and the last visit was average. We will definitely be back soon. Thanks for the lovely lunch guys.
Written 22 February 2020
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Companion281702
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
We were booked and then saw that the ownership had changed. Were worried by the reviews but pleasantly suprised. Lovely ambience. There were lots of young staff but there was one older guy. Who was taking things a bit seriously. One of our party had some drops of water on their menu and he came along with a cloth and wiped off the water, saying it saves them throwing it away. Was a bit ackward as my friend felt like she was being told off. We didn't comment until we got home but it was slightly odd. Young waiter, so knowledgeable and knew with my mushroom allergy that would take anything with truffles. So ran thru the options. Went for the lamb, wow what a work of art. Only small fault would be potatoes could've been a bit bigger and a lot more golden. Korean fried chicken very good. Great place to have a special occasion. We were all very happy with service and food
Written 1 March 2021
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Sashyo
Rotorua16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 couples
Was served by an aloof guy who could barely bother to communicate. Ordered Charcuterie board overpriced for what it was. Gave us 3 crackers and a couple of dry bits of bread would have been 4 crackers but he dropped one on the chair motioned to us where it was and then left it there. Asked for more crackers and were charged 50 cents for them on the bill. Don’t bother going there. Cold service with poncy aloofness.
Written 8 January 2021
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Karthik
Hello Thanks for taking your time to review your recent visit at Alpha St Kitchen & Bar. We are sorry that you were disappointed with our service ,We assure you we have taken your feedback on board with our staff and will implement procedures to ensure this will not repeat again. Have a lovely day Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar
Written 8 January 2021
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thebestess
Auckland12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 couples
Tasteless Caesar salad sadly, no anchovies or no Parmesan cheese! Which are key ingredients for this dish. Very bland. The pork belly was soft and cold and super fatty, it got stuck in our teeth and absolute no crispyness. Which you do expect from that cut of meat. Really sad that the staff didn’t seem to care when we pointed this out as we mentioned that it’s supposed to be like that.. definitely wouldn’t recommend. Soggy, cold and chewy pork belly is not a fine dining menu item. Skipped dessert and went home. I’ve had better from cheap pubs.
Written 31 May 2020
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FoodieGregs
Montazeau121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We have been regular customers of Alpha St, enjoying the quality of food, service and interesting menu. Booked as usual for a Sat night and as soon as the first course was served realised something wasn't right. We heard from one of the previous serving staff that it was now under new ownership. Shame this wasn't explicit on the website when booking. Couple of staff walking round in tatty jeans and t-shirts. Nothing necessarily wrong with that except when you are paying high end prices for a more high end experience. Same menu but certainly not the same high quality flavour or presentation (oysters were size of a pea, previous chef wouldn't have sent it out of the kitchen). Seemed like they tried to copy the menu but lacked the cooking skills to execute it. New waitress came to clear our plates before we had even finished and didn't really seem comfortable in the role. All in all a very disappointing evening ver priced for what we got and a shame Cambridge has lost the restaurant it used to be. We'll wait and see what transpires but based on this experience we won't be back soon.
Written 11 January 2021
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WaikatoSue
Te Awamutu197 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
I wrote a glowing review in 2018 about this place but sadly things have slipped. I know that hospitality is difficult right now but this is sad to see. Food presentation was very ordinary for our group in general. The desserts which used to be a real signature stamp of this place have disappeared and been replaced with fairly mundane offerings. I had the prawn and scallop salad which was really disappointing. Massive piles of bitter mesclun leaves all over the plate with about four prawns and maybe six of the tiniest shrivelled up scallops I have ever had. It looked beautiful but had no substance to it. A very limited range of desserts. Our waitress was lovely and certainly did her best. The biggest surprise was when we went to pay. Being a larger group we wanted to pay for what we had eaten but the manager/owner? said that wasn't possible. He split the bill evenly so everyone paid the same amount. Now I understand that some restaurants prefer that - one person pays everything and then it is their responsibility to get the money from the other people. Fair enough. But the fact that each of us could pay separately but that he wouldn't get out his calculator and add up what each person owed didn't ring true. If you can take fourteen different credit cards for the same amount why can't you take fourteen different credit cards for a different amount for each person? We always have one designated person who pays last who will pick up the slack for anyone who has forgotten exactly what they ate or drank. The sad thing about this experience is that we just won't go back.
Written 22 June 2022
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Simon
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 friends
Alpha Street Kitchen was recommended to us so when visiting friends in Cambridge we decided to give it a go. We found it to be a great choice, something for most people and the service was attentive but not over the top. A great choice overall.
Written 28 January 2021
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H M
New Zealand123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
First time back in about a year. I remember Alpha Street as a lovely villa with fireplace and delightful food. This time around the service was still good but the food style had changed. Pub style beer-battered chips with everything, soggy slaws, battered prawns with no flavour other than salt, and soggy quinoa "salad" soaked in salty orange sauce. It is possible we just went there on a bad day.
Written 15 May 2021
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Lovesfoodchch
Christchurch7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
Alpha st was one of my rave favourites, where i could sit down and say 'feed me' and try something amazing. this time as soon as i sat down i got out my phone to google if the place had changed hands. staff not experienced with food, wine or service although friendly and pleasant. food was fine; but there is no comparison if you have been here previously. i have been looking forward to my visit for weeks so was sorely disappointed. went to the supermarket to buy icecream instead of being let down by dessert as well. if you have never been before it is a pleasant bistro but if you have memories of smoke filled goblets of dessert, duck 3 ways or a maitreD who inspires you to try new things then keep this one as a memory.
Written 25 March 2021
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Tiffany C
Hamilton25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
We went to dinner with family members, 6 of us. Two of us ordered the steak, at $43 you would expect going out for a steak at a restaurant it would be half decent. It wasn't, rib eye was not aged at all, ordered medium rare and the two that ordered it couldn't partake in much conversation, as the whole time was chewing. Rest of the meals were OK. Steaks were very disappointing Fish of the Day Kingfish was meant to have a curry sauce, but it was very vinegary.. Not sure we will be back, robotic server with no personality didn't help matters either. Having to reserve the table with a bond of $15 per person was a bit on the nose also.
Written 26 November 2022
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Ontheroadagain023
Cambridge20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
The new owners of this restaurant had a hard act to follow. The previous reviews reflect this. Under the previous ownership the the food was delicious and beautifully presented, the staff were helpful, efficient and clearly well-trained. The dinner menu may be more or less the same, but sadly that's about where the similarities start and end. The service was OK, however the food is at best average and it's very clear that the staff haven't been trained well. Even just in the way that the staff dressed. It's the little things in both service and presentation that matter. The new owners clearly have missed the mark and and why people used to come back again and again to this restaurant. In a word, disappointing. We won't be going back again unless we hear that the restaurant has lifted it's game.
Written 23 January 2021
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515halw
Christchurch4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Sadly the change of ownership has led to a decline in the overall experience. Our meal last night was pleasant enough, and the service was good, but overall the experience was just not as polished as it used to be. The new menu lacks flair and variety in the mains. No duck, no pork mains. Alpha Street Kitchen is now just another middle of the road bistro. We booked online a few days in advance and received daily emails reminding us of our booking and warning that if we were 15 minutes late our table would be given to someone else. The restaurant feels cramped, more tables have been squeezed in so that diners are much closer to other parties than before. It’s unlikely that we shall return any time soon.
Written 23 January 2021
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Gemma
Taupo2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
The truffle chicken was to die for. After hearing of the new owners here I had to pop in for a dinner date with my hubby and boy were we blown away. The staff were very attentive and you could tell the new owners are really getting in there to put their own flare on the place. Can’t be easy taking over a fine dining restaurant with great reviews but I bet in no time these guys will be really in there element. Would highly recommend trying it out yourselves.
Written 24 January 2021
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Martina P
Cambridge48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
I've been here twice recently and both times the service was top notch as one would expect in a fine dining establishment. The oysters were delicious on both occasions, and the fish of the day was tuna both times. The first time the dish was outstanding, a combination of lots of different, intense flavours; on the second occasion it was very good but not quite as exquisite. The fries are super yummy. Overall a great experience.
Written 26 January 2020
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