The Alpine Restaurant
The Alpine Restaurant

The Alpine Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thealpinerestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02089502024
  • 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: European, Italian
  • 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 02089502024

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!
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The Alpine Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since 20 May 2014
Average Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.6
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (48)romance (29)fit for foodies (23)business meals (22)group bookings (15)sunday lunch (12)good vegetarian options (7)disabled access (6)outdoor eating (5)outstanding value (5)brunch (3)child friendly (3)pre/post theatre (3)Show More
  • Delicious
    FoodExpert
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    You can tell the pasta is homemade and is cooked perfectly, with unctuous sauces full of flavour. Highly recommended.
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  • Fit for a celebration
    LeighD13
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I went here to celebrate my engagement and we had a great meal. The pumpkin soup was lovely and the beef medallions were a fine main course, with plenty of tasty accompaniments. The service was a little slow with what felt like an hour between the starer and main but other than that can't fault it. A hidden gem in Bushey
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Menu looked promising
    Kerstin
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were exited by the choice on the menu but the staff could clearly not cope with a busy Friday night. We were put off by every single table around us having a complaint, the pasta was deliciously cooked but was Luke warm on top, no Parmesan was offered, sauce had small pieces of crabshell in. We were asked after two minutes if we were ready to order and when we were not quite ready , it then took 20 minutes for somebody to come back.
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  • sassiche
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    very good food, well presented and not too expensive
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    HelenT
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Four couple celebrate our anniversaries together every year and we have dined at The Alpine 3 or 4 times. We went on a Saturday night (we normally go during the week) and it was extremely busy. The service was good although we had quite a long wait between the starter and the main courses. The food was excellent; we all selected different dishes - meat, fish and vegetarian options and everyone was happy. The portions are generous and the staff friendly and helpful. The restaurant kindly brought us sweets and a glass of bubbly to celebrate the occasion - a gesture very much appreciated by all of us. They have an excellent wine list which is very comprehensive and reasonable. We hope to be going back next year - if not sooner!
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Feeling hungry?
    Diamond64
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Portions at The Alpine are properly huge. Soups are served in vast bowls that could each serve as a tureen for the whole table; starter protions of pasta are bigger than many West End main courses. The quality of everything we ate was very good but, my goodness, there was no question of us tackling a dessert after the mountain of food we'd been offered for the first two courses. Service was freindly, but the room was quite tightly crammed with noisy, moneyed suburbanites, which didn't do much for the ambiance. Overall a nice meal, but maybe not somewhere we'd hurry back to.
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  • Good food - well served
    Anon
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Good food served well. We enjoyed our visit - we've been before and hope to come again
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    indiekid
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    First let me say the food was excellent, especially the pasta. However we were in an upstairs room with no atmosphere and a surly waiter who couldn't pour the wine without spilling it. Also a contorno never arrived. I had told the restaurant it was a birthday celebration so was hoping for better. Avoid unless you only care about the food
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  • Excellent Cuisine
    LoverOfItalianFood
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Delicious food, plentiful, very well presented. The menu offered a very good choice of dishes. Good value in view of the original way of preparing the dishes which were cooked to perfection. The hors d'oeuvre was grilled sardines, followed by liver with polenta and onion. The liver just melted in one's mouth! Could not fault anything. Well worth eating in The Alpine. Service good.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kornos
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    excellent food excellent service; thought the decor was too severe and certainly did not create the Italian ambience; the padded austere brown walls were more apt for a psychiatric unit than a restaurant
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, and v personal service
    Beancounter
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Outstanding meal at the Alpine for two last Saturday, was very impressed with the service which was personal and very attentive,with the staff guiding you through the menu very well. And what great food, the lamb was melt in the mouth delicious, probably the single best dish I have eaten in over a year and even my simple fruit salad dessert was faultless with a huge variety and beautifully presented. Great advice also on the wine, which complimented the food wonderfully. A memorable evening
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slob
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    Good quality Italian food, portions unnecessarily large, but all very tasty, recommend for very tasty Italian experience with good service.
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    business meals, romance
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  • dd21
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    Had a great time! Nice & relaxed ambiance. Food was yummy!
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  • Very enjoyable night
    PaulT
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The service was great the food was great we had a very nice evening. Thank you Paul
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Delicious food _ very good service _ would highly recommend.
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  • 50th BirthdayCelegration
    GrcEuge
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    My wife and I have been coming to the Alpine Restaurent in Bushey for many years. We chose the restaurant to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday party with our 6 of our closest friends. The staff ensured that we have a truly memorable evening. Food and service were outstanding and everyone enjoyed the evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would not go back
    fabfood
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    service was poor and aggressive, food was acceptable
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  • Alpine
    Paul
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Invariably brilliant on the food and service side.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    PippaT
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers day/Birthday Dinner
    SexAndTheCity2Dinner
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    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..
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A 3 generation mother's day lunch.
    thebestisgoodenough
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, shame about the service
    nonib
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    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....
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  • Best Italian so far !
    Jack
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    The place was lovely, great ambiance, excellent food quality and quantity. Best Italian place so far !
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  • Lovely!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always choose the Alpine
    nigelt0
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited 2.5 hours for main course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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
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  • Always hits the spot
    Granpamoe
    Dined on 16/2/2014
    Very happy with this restaurant and the exquisite menu and great service!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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  • A taste of Italy in Bushey!
    Howiesdinners
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    Markos
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    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.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth a visit.
    Jevanos
    Dined on 14/1/2014
    Went for my anniversary, seriously good food and fantastic service. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started off well...
    simwooz
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    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.
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  • very good
    olpr
    Dined on 19/12/2013
    as always we really enjoyed the meal at the alpine today. The pasta was particularly outstanding
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing too much trouble
    aa2mk
    Dined on 19/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    footy
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    A lovely evening which we really enjoyed! Good food a great value! We will defiantly go again!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and Poor
    Olivio
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    Food was mediocre.cold and expensive. Service was appalling
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  • A real restaurant near Watford
    scoffer
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have dined at the Alpine
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    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.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Italy
    cazzy29
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    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.
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  • Just right.
    Matt4f00d
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    A very good evening with fine food and wine in a comfortable setting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always this restaurant
    gooner
    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.
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