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About The Alley Cafe

Featuring an intimate Italian and Northwest menu with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Try one of our signature Cocktails, the "Alley" Café offers one of the largest selections of wine in Leavenworth. Visit our website for information on our full service catering. Live music on Friday nights. Find us on 8th street and the alley.

214 8th St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(509) 548-6109

Website:
http://www.thealleycafe.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Alley Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

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4.1

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3.9

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (56)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Special Occasion (42)
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Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Groups (14)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Fun (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Not good as used to be. Pasta served on cold plates. Food did not look fresh. Good wines and nice ambience though.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have never had such terrible service in any restaurant. The server wrote down my husband’s request of a Caesar salad, it never arrived. The server looked dazed and confused when I asked her where his salad was. Then she tried to give me someone’s else’s meal. My husband and I and 1 other couple were the only ones in there. How she could have mixed everything up is beyond me. We will never be returning to this restaurant in Leavenworth again. She also told us she comped us our wine because of the mix up, but she lied about that also. I left her a $5 tip and that was $5 too much. Horrible experience that I do not care to have a 2nd time.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very friendly and attentive service. Food was amazing and served in a timely manner. Great evening all around.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Good food at a reasonable price. Would definitely go back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2017

We generally liked the Alley Café. We had eaten at Visconti's the night before. The Alley Café is smaller and more intimate. We enjoyed the food but we were rushed. Our reservation was at 7:30 on a Sunday evening in February and there was one other table occupied when we arrived. We had just gotten back from skiing. The waitress was nice but brought entrees before we were finished with salads and generally was pushing us along as if they wanted to close for the night. The feeling of being rushed seemed quite a contrast to the small quaint Italian feel that they seemed to be striving for. We also thought that the restaurant was silent and they should have had some music playing.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food, great service and reasonably priced! Have been there numerous times over the past few years and always leave a happy customer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Outstanding!! So much so that we celebrate our anniversary here about every three years due to the drive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Steve, and the entire staff are top notch!! Great place and great atmosphere!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Front room is a must for your special occasion date night. Wonderful food!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2016

My fiancé and I went to eat here on Tuesday night during our stay in Leavenworth. We have never been so disappointed in a restaurant before. We arrived at 7pm and were seated right away because we had a reservation. We were brought water and dinner rolls that had been purchased from the store in a bag. They were not very good at all and not what we expected from a high priced Italian restaurant. We ordered within 20 minutes of sitting down. An hour went by and we began to wonder where our food was. Luckily we hadn't been too hungry when we arrived, but the restaurant was not very busy and shouldn't have been taking that long. We asked the waitress about how much longer our food would be and she said they were plating it. Should be a few more minutes. 20 more minutes went by so my fiancé went to the front desk to ask about our meal once more and she said they were plating it now and should be a few more minutes. He told the waitress that's what she said 20 minutes ago and we still hadn't received our food. She then got an attitude and very rudely asked if we wanted to cancel our order. At that point we were upset and starving. We had no idea how much longer it would be so we cancelled our order. The waitress yelled into the kitchen that we cancelled the food and then turned her back to us and began speaking to someone else. We didn't receive any kind of apology or even an attempt at accommodation. The service was awful and we never even got to taste the food. It was so disappointing. We wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Nice atmosphere and the food was okay, but it took more than an hour to receive our order with absolutely no communication or acknowledgement from the staff. When asked where it was they just made excuses. It's a busy town and the place was not full, so it was inexcusable to be so slow. Too bad it left such a bad feeling with us, because the venue itself is quite cute and charming, and the hot German wine was unique.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Food is mediocre at best. Decor is out of the 80's and in desperate need of upgrading. Service was friendly and a bit too fast which was a dead giveaway that the food was probably pre-made and cranked out like a factory, and not in an efficient well oiled machine kind of way. I loved the 3 piece jazz band playing and made the evening very pleasant. I really really want to like this place but the food really just kills it.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Not worth a meal. The host lectured me when we arrived because he said he doesn't get the information from Open Table on a timely fashion however we were "lucky" because he had a table for six available. The martini with olives was horrible ....only a half glass and no olives. We ordered a kids pizza with no pepperoni and the waitress made a big deal about how it would be special but they could do it because it was normally a pepperoni pizza. It came burnt with pepperoni and had to be redone. The last meal did not come until all of the other five were almost finished eating. We were never asked it we'd like dessert just brought the bill. Horrible....so not a place I'd go again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Dinner was so good. The lemon cheesecake was amazing! The only recommendation we have was you need different rolls than just plain white rolls. There not italian at all. Some good french bread/ garlic bread would complete the dinner.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Nice local in-town spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main street. Have visited a few times now and not been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Very generous portions , reasonable prices. Good service
The we ordered from the list was not available
The two dishes ordered were described as having bernaise sauce. It was NOT a bernaise sauce. The crab was obviously frozen and flavorless If we return we would order pasta dishes ONLY

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Wasn't happy with one choice of bread would have enjoyed a garlic bread Alfredo had no cheese flavor and very small portion service was poor as well!! Wont be back

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2016

I had read in a few reviews that the service was subpar but we didn't experience that in the least. The food was quite good, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the live music an unexpected bonus. A very nice evening despite it being a busy Oktoberfest weekend.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2016

By Leavenworth standards (which I find lax) this place is great. However, overall I found the food good but not outstanding . Their house rolls that we so highly recommended were dry and lacking any flavor. The service was good as well as the food but nothing outstanding or memorable. The ambiance was deserving the highest praise of any element however the lighting needed improvement. Two more ceiling lamps would have solved the issues but when you are away from the windows things feel very dim.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Good food, we had lasagna and stuffed cannoli. The atmosphere was romantic, great wine selection and attentive service. We will dine there again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Easy, quiet meal. Live Jazz music the night I was there. Good service even though they were short staffed. Portion was large, took leftovers for another meal. I had an Italian dish and my guest had fish. We were satisfied with our meals.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 17, 2016

We came here for our fifth anniversary. We ordered a glass of syrah and a Manhattan. I got my glass of syrah, but my boyfriend got a whiskey sour, not a Manhattan. The lobster bisque was pretty good, and my boyfriend said the coconut prawns were good. The pesto on the caprese salad was AMAZING, but the mozzarella to tomato ratio was way off. I asked for more tomatoes and they obliged. I also thought it was weird that they cut the tomatoes so thin.

For our entrees we ordered the halibut a la creme and the seafood fettuccine alfredo. The halibut looked great but the flavor was very much lacking, especially after having the halibut at Sulla Vita semi-recently, which was superbly flavorful. The green beans accompanying the halibut were definitely previously frozen and very blah besides the little bit of cheese that was added on top. As for my seafood fettuccine alfredo, there were four tiny clams on top, two prawns in the whole dish and one very large scallop cut in half. I didn't eat all of the scallop because the center seemed under-cooked. The amount of crab meat was great but it was pretty blah tasting. The alfredo sauce was watery and flavorless. I think part of the reason the sauce was so thin and runny was because they didn't strain the fettuccine well enough. The items listed on the menu are fine dining options but the food you're served is far from fine dining.

As we were leaving we walked past a-whole-nother side of the restaurant that I didn't even realize existed! A very PRIVATE area where I only saw one couple sitting. The perfect place to seat a couple celebrating their five year anniversary. Seeing that area made me realize that our waitress must not have received our OpenTable reservation requesting a private(ish) table if possible. I don't know if the reservations go to the owner and he doesn't pass them on to his staff, if there's some technical difficulty, or if they just ignore the reservations made through OpenTable.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Dinner was pricey I thought. Nothing exceptional to justify prices. Service was SLOW - our server was very nice but slow. Group that came in AFTER us was attended to and received food before us. Server was aware we were finished and still took too long to bring us the check, then again to bring it back. Very slow night in the restaurant so really no reason for it to take over 35 minutes to get our meal.
Probably will not try it again. Sorry.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2016

We went to this after a musical in Leavenworth. Had the delicious pear chicken salad and the coconut prawns. Very delicious!

Great service, as always. We have been here many times when we go to the Leavenworth Summer Theater!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Had a live trio playing background music. Not too loud and we could converse. Food is always good and good wine selection. Lasagna and Lobster bisque are favs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 9, 2016

This is one of the best places to take a date. The ambiance, atmosphere, and especially the food are all spectacular. The setting is in an alley so the views are not much to look at, but the overall feel of the Alley Café more than makes up for the lack of scenery. Definitely a place to return to.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 21, 2016

Food is nothing special. The ambiance is nothing special either. But our waitress was very nice

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Great dining experience

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 11, 2016

We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at the Alley Cafe. The food was great and the waitress was very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2016

As a local Leavenworth resident the Alley Café is our favorite go to restaurant and never disappoints. Food it fabulous and always hot and consistently excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Had a reservation for a large party on a Saturday night. From the moment we walked in to making our way out the door, full and satisfied, it was an awesome experience! The special gorgonzola chicken pasta, was incredible. So was the mushroom ravioli and they even had a German dish on the menu! A great menu to escape the standard Bavarian menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 2, 2016

This restaurant was more than amazing. First off our service was OUTSTANDING. I could not get over how amazing our server was. He was polite, knowledgeable, and provided wonderful drink and menu suggestions. Also the food was among the best Italian I have ever eaten. EVER. The atmosphere was above and beyond as was every staff member. I could not get enough and can't wait to come back. Thank you Alley Café for making my evening special!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Great family owned restaurant. Food and ambience was amazing. Server was very knowledgable about the menu items and the wine list. You get what you pay for. Would definitely reccomend to all.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Cozy and romantic, great price for amazing food! We had excellent service, and yummy wine. I would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 23, 2015

The live music was a plus. Very nice touch. The service was attentive but the lack of flavor and ingredients in lasagne tasted like a frozen dinner.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2015

I have seen some review this place as food comes slow, well yes it does and its fantastic. Its not fast food, its great food and sometime waiting at a small restaurant is one of the best parts. The staff was awesome and friendly the entire time. They were all excited to see us and the food was perfect. Its off the main road and literally in an Alley but its quite and perfect spot for dinner. Wine list was very good and they were very helpful at picking out a good wine to go with the dinner. Would go again and would go often.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 18, 2015

The atmosphere was lovely and the food was quite good but the wait time between placing our order and receiving our meal was over 90 minutes. We had reservations and arrived on time. If you are on a time budget you better find another place to dine.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 1, 2015

A real gem aptly named. Once you find it and enter, you'll enjoy. Our waiter was terrific. Always helpful and there to serve. The food was outstanding. My husband had the chef's special which was a pasta dish. Very rich and yummy with Stilton cheese. And I had the cannelloni . Delish! We had the garden salad first, and it was no run of the mill salad. Lots of fresh veggies. We had a bottle of local wine to go with our meal. All in all, a very delightful meal. Only wish there had been more folks dining. Just four tables of smart visitors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2015

This was a find. Canceled a res. and went back, surprised to find quality quiet acoustic music (3 guitars). Wine list modest, but food nicely done. We're not the easiest to please after many travel hrs, long day of work, and hard act in home town to follow. Add this one to your travel bucket list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 20, 2015

My friend and I chose The Alley Cafe on a whim while passing through town, and it was amazing. The food portions were big, the bread was to die for, and the live music made the whole package. I would definitely go back if I ever find myself in that part of the state again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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