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The Alpine Restaurant
The Alpine Restaurant

The Alpine Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thealpinerestaurant.co.uk
  • Email: alpinerestaurant@aol.com
  • Phone: 0208 950 2024
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 02:30PM; Sunday: 12:00PM - 03:00PM,

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 06:30PM - 10:00PM; Sunday: 07:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, European
  • Executive Chef: James Harkin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Italian/ Modern European
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to cater for private functions of upto 45 people in the upstairs of the Alpine where we have a newly refurbished private dining room with air conditioning, self contained bar area and personal waiting staff. For larger parties it is possible to hire the downstairs of the restaurant or the Garden terrace weather permitting.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Schipper 0208 950 2024

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus stops near by lines 142 258
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Private car park with accommodation for up to 20 cars.
A word from The Alpine Restaurant
Established in 1969 by Giacomo and Marisa Harkin, the Restaurant is still owned and run by the founding family. It is a landmark which sits proudly on the Hertfordshire and Greater London boundary. An old 19th Century Tudor building renovated recently but still retaining all its warmth and character. At the Alpine we still endevour to do what we have been doing for nearly 40 years : welcoming our customers to our lovely environment serving the best ingredients the markets have to offer, cooking them simply with modern techniques embracing an old Italian style! Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We were celebrating my son's passing his Black Belt grading, as usual the team made it a special occasion for my son, with a lovely surprise message on his dessert. The food was great as usual along with the service. The fish main courses were exceptional, really fresh, and the dessert of hot chocolate pudding and the lemon tarte were delightful (definitely recommended)."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "We 3 turned up for lunch on Mother's Day. It took me a moment to realise that we were outside in a kind of marquee arrangement. Also unexpected was a 3 piece band playing old standards, some with an Italian theme. It was all a little different from what we had expected, but none the worse for that. We had the usual delicious food and drink, but did feel a little as if we had the B team serving us, rather chaotic. However inside did seem very crowded and hot so we were in the right place. A very jolly lunch although my daughter hates music whilst food is being served, whereas my mother and I both rather loved it."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Went here for a special birthday on mothers day, but we went as a group of 7 - all adults and were put in the upstairs room with a big family of 20+ with loud playful children. My husband was hit on the head with a flying toy. Was not peaceful or ambient, it didn't ruin our meal but it took away from the atmosphere for us and the fact that we were paying for a special treat.."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "As the title of my review suggests, if you are looking for great food this is the place for you, however if you want great service as well, probably give this a miss. The lady owner needs to take a step back and let her staff manage as they were doing perfectly fine. We were asked 2 times whether we had finished by her when clearly we hadn't and then while we were sitting enjoying a drink she came over and reached across us to take away the salt and pepper pots from the table?? Was that necessary. I don't think so. When you are playing £150+ for a Sunday lunch for 3 people I expect exceptional service to go with the amazing food. Sadly that wasn't the case. Will I go again... I'm not so sure...."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "The place was lovely, great ambiance, excellent food quality and quantity. Best Italian place so far !"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "We always choose the Alpine to celebrate a special occasion, and they never disappoint. This time we were presented with a birthday dessert without even asking for it - the waiter obviously overheard us talking and arranged it with the chef. Service is always just right - attentive but not too stuffy or overbearing, and the food is high quality and full of flavour."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Booked this for last Saturday, after a number of recommendations. Food was really great, service was impeccable & friendly & the restaurant decor was great - can't fault it at all. Perhaps a little pricey but would recommend it & will be visiting again."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "We arrived for a birthday ceiebration (party of 9)at 7.30pm last Saturday At 10 pm we still had not been served our main Courses. The manager said that there was a New menu for march and the chef needed more Time . The menus we were given were a bit dog Eared and said February ! The food when it arrived was excellent and could Not be faulted and our bill was adjusted for The aggravation as well as free prosecco . So if You are not in a rush or too hungry this may suit You"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Very happy with this restaurant and the exquisite menu and great service!"
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Had a lovely time, taking my girlfriend for valentines day. Presentation of The Alpine was great for the evening with that romantic feel. Having a nice range of food to choose from with care and detail of taste taken into consideration. I will be coming back in the near future."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Despite the appalling weather, a visit to The Alpine on Valentine's night was well worth battling the elements! The restaurant was busy and the atmosphere very welcoming. The service was as exceptional as was the food and I would recommend the veal milanese! A great local restaurant which can accommodate some on site customer parking and ample options within a short walk if full."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "surprisingly good and welcoming at this Watford restaurant - will be back"
    dined on 03/07/2013
  • "I booked for my mother's birthday, so a special occasion. The welcome at the door was lukewarm but OK. The food was delicious, but the service was average (one of the waiters was great, but the rest sadly were not). So probably would have scored a "good" to "very good" for the evening, until.. we went to get our coats from the cloakroom, and they had lost my partner's coat. An expensive coat, and it was a very cold evening. The waiter was very apologetic, but nevertheless we were coatless and leaving the restaurant on a very cold evening to get the bus. Fortunately we got a lift, but I would have expected that the least that they could have done was check that we were ok to get home, and if not, book us a cab to get us home. Shame."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "Went for my anniversary, seriously good food and fantastic service. Highly recommended."
    dined on 14/01/2014
  • "From the onset everything went well, Parking, Greeting , choice of table, time to order and eat at your own pace...and the costs.................... all most acceptable."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "as always we really enjoyed the meal at the alpine today. The pasta was particularly outstanding"
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "You are given a nice welcome when you arrive. The food is far better than you might expect in this has very few decent restaurants. Worth a vist."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "Food was mediocre.cold and expensive. Service was appalling"
    dined on 14/12/2013
  • "A lovely evening which we really enjoyed! Good food a great value! We will defiantly go again!!"
    dined on 14/12/2013
  • "I have dined at the Alpine on a number of occasions and the restaurant and staff never disappoint. Good food freshly prepared and served efficiently by a courteous and friendly staff."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "I was thoroughly impressed with the Alpine, most of the waiting staff are Italian so you feel like you are in a restaurant in Italy not in the middle of Bushey, the food was authentically Italian, the pasta was beautiful. The staff were very attentive throughout the evening but not the extent of constant interruptions. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who fancies a special treat for an anniversary or birthday, it is reasonably priced and the food is of the highest quality."
    dined on 06/12/2013
  • "A very good evening with fine food and wine in a comfortable setting."
    dined on 04/12/2013
  • "Good quality Italian food at The Alpine. Portion sizes are huge if you're ordering the main-sized main course, I recommend going for the smaller size! Took our kid there and although it's a little fancy/stuffy for a kid, was fine. It's small so it get's busy, recommend reservations!"
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "As always this restaurant is consistent only in it inconsistency. The previous meal was excellent this one was decideledly avaerage. This was due to a wrongly described starter which had to be changed and two of our party having the usually excellent fish arriving cold. Not really good enough."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "We have used The Alpine on several occasions - usually to celebrate a family birthday. Each time we have been extremely pleased with the quality of the food and service. We usually eat early (about 7pm) which tends to ensure we are served promptly and do not have to wait too long (although from what I saw of people coming in after us they were also served promptly). Since our last visit in May 2013 the menu has changed which is good, as it is always exciting to try new dishes. The one thing you can rely on with The Alpine is that whatever dish you choose the quality and taste and presentation will be first class."
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "It has been a fantastic exeperance we have dine there on many occision and it just get better the services is goood and I had the soup which is out of this world I will go back again and more ,well done Alpine"
    dined on 02/11/2013
  • "The flavours of all of the food were excellent. The first course was butter flyed praws, superb tase but the portion size was not up to expectation (3 medium size prawns)"
    dined on 26/10/2013
  • "I have eaten at the Alpine on 3 separate occasions now and have yet to be disappointed. The food and service have always been a step above most other restaurants. There is always a good selection and the menu has been different each time to incorporate seasonal specialties. The only thing I would say is that the price most definitely reflects this, having said this I would still say that it is good value for money but I certainly cannot afford to eat there as often as I would like."
    dined on 21/10/2013
  • "Excellent food and service. Good value. Good parking."
    dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Excellent food - but very busy on a Saturday Night!"
    dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Family dinner , food and service great , quality restaurant with good value £37 per head with wine , maitre d very accommodating"
    dined on 05/10/2013
  • "We booked here for a family Sunday lunch somehow expecting roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Instead we received delicious Italian veal and other delights. The staff all spoke Italian and were most obliging. It was a great meal!"
    dined on 06/10/2013
  • "While the building and layout is very pleasant the menu was unenterprising and the service slow. When the lunches did arrive 3 of the 4 had a distinct "reheated" look and taste. Crispy items were not crispy. The red house wine was pleasant but was the only glimmer of light in a fairly poor experience."
    dined on 10/09/2013
  • "We dined en famille after a visit to nearby Watford. There seems to be rather a shortage of good restaurants in the area and we chose The Alpine from a very short list of contenders. We had modest expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised therefore to find the food good, the service friendly and the bill very reasonable. Great !"
    dined on 11/09/2013
  • "Friendly and personal service. You feel a valued customer. Great choice of food for all tastes with generous portions. Would recommend the beef fillet which both of us had and was beautifully cooked and presented. A lovely evening's dining."
    dined on 04/09/2013
  • "Great choice of excellent food with generous portions; service was attentive without being intrusive."
    dined on 23/08/2013
  • "The ambience, the food and the staff are outstanding. If this restaurant was in London, it would be outrageously expensive, bit would not ne out of place. It is for those who love excellent quality food locally. I'm very fussy and difficult to please. I love this restaurant. Menu is varied, if you have a special request or food intolerance, they are very eager to accommodate. Fools is lovely and beautifully presented."
    dined on 17/08/2013
  • "Although my wife has been six or seven times before and it is a restaurant of choice for the company she works for, this was my first visit. The lunch menu was very good, each course was excellent. The price, given the quality, was very reasonable. I will return."
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "you won't find a lot of good places around watford and this is one of them."
    dined on 14/08/2013
  • "We sat outside on a warm summer evening and the ambience was really good for a romantic dinner. However, once it started to rain water started to get into the outer area, even though it was covered. The food was good, nothing overly exciting, but well presented and tasted fine for an Italian restaurant in the suburbs."
    dined on 27/07/2013