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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.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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