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“Xmas Dinner just like home.....”
Review of The Alley Cafe

The Alley Cafe
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Ranked #24 of 94 Restaurants in Leavenworth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed 27 December 2011

With only a few eateries open on Xmas Day, it is a pleasure to note the the really good places are on the list. The Alley Cafe is one of the best places in town.

We were expecting competent if busy service. Check. We were hoping for inspired food. Solid, yes, inspired, well not as much. Our seating was at 6:30 and while a bit delayed getting to our table we were surprised to find that chief Laurie had run out of the special schnitzel. No worries, the traditional turkey dinner looked was very good. Solid traditional food at a reasonable price.

The sides of garlic mashed potatoes and dressing were very tasty. My wife had the salmon which, again, while nothing fancy was well prepared, moist and flavorful.

As we were waiting for our table we heard owner Steve Scott telling a patron that a local hotel had asked him to do a Xmas buffet. He related that the difficulty in finding staff able to work holidays precluded his participation. Such staffing challenges were evident during our visit as the entire back dinning room was covered by one server. It is a testament to the quality of the establishment that while hurried and a bit brief when visiting our table, our server, by and large, kept up and was pleasant to boot.

The Alley Cafe is billed as an "intimate, Italian cafe" and during the rest of the year that is just what the gourmand bets. But on Xmas in snowy Leavenworth the Alley Cafe is home away from home. Recommended.

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Reviewed 24 December 2011

its authentic and upscale. No complaints.It is hard to find, being in an alley away from the main drag. But worth it for that special dinner out.

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

We stopped in for our first meal in town at the recommendation of the host of our B&B. And we were not in the least disappointed. Tremendous Italian food in a quiet, cozy cafe with excellent service - we actually had to rush our meal a little bit due to a time constraint and they accomodated us very nicely. Really enjoyed the food and the ambiance of the place, tucked a little away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip of things. We plan to go again when we return to Leavenworth.

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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Visited here with another colleague. Place is hidden in an alley (hence the name) and it's very cozy, feels like you're in someones home. The service was excellent, very attentive. The smoked salmon and warm brie appetizer was delicious. We both had the sneitzel with bakon, onions, and mushrooms. Food was very good. A must try when in Leavenworth.

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Reviewed 13 November 2011

From the table cloths on the tables to the small room the setting is quite intimate. We went on Friday night and really enjoyed the Jazz Band. The food was very good and plentiful. I wouldn't say it was a 5 star gourmet food but our food was very good. We had blackened prime rib and lobster ravioli. The service was great. Waitress was timely and attentive and the owner walked through checking on guests.

Thank rj-mc2
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