65 Graveyard Gully Road, Alexandra
Central Otago, New Zealand 9320

(please see BELOW FOR ANY
APPROACHING holiday hourS)





(no dinner Sunday)

Closed, but taking reservations for Wed-Sun

Arrangements outside these hours may be made for large groups by way of advanced booking. Please call Adam to discuss requirements.


Adam Doesburg
Exec Chef / Proprietor



We are open and taking reservations for both
Saturday 1st June
12.00noon - 3.00pm for Lunch
and 6pm - for Dinner
and Sunday 2nd June
for Lunch only 12.00noon-3pm
Please call 03 448 5111

At Shaky Bridge Bistro we think we have the best office in town and we love to share it with friends and visitors old and new. Come enjoy some genuine Otago hospitality and excellent food at Alexandra's truly iconic destination eatery.


“No question; I loved what I saw when I first walked around this space, but I could never have foreseen quite how special it is, quite how people connect with it: I have the best office ever.”

Adam Doesburg, Executive Chef/Proprietor



The Shaky Bridge and Cameron Cottage

Over 150 years ago, here above the banks of the Manuherekia, one seriously hardy individual set to work with a cache of mud bricks in order to call this glorious slice of Central Otago home. Even then Mr Cameron understood the sentiment of ‘location, location, location’.

Since then Cameron’s cottage has been a student flat, a holiday crib, and for over 15 years an eating place in various guises.

Equal parts fairytale charm and architectural marvel the Shaky Bridge once allowed the passage of horse and cart into Alexandra. Today it’s the highlight of the short walk or bike ride which links the Bistro (and our neighbour’s vineyard and tasting room, with whom we share the namesake) to the centre of Alexandra.

Rarely do you find something like this, 10 minutes walk from a town center. Nestled in Little Valley, Shaky Bridge Bistro is a place for all seasons, (and sometimes we experience all four in a single day). Surrounded by hills, the Alexandra Basin choreographs its own weather; catching sun, breaking clouds and lassoing thermal winds. It is a stunning cyclorama of meteorological theatre. You’d be seriously hard pressed to find a better spot to follow nature’s shifting plot; from summer’s day love affair to passionate lovers’ quarrel, you can enjoy it all from our courtyard, veranda or lawn terrace. And if things get too wet or windy you can retreat indoors to our dining room, complete with open fire, hardwood floor, and original mudbrick walls. This is a visceral location which captures the tenacious spirit of yesteryear.





Hours of operation

The Bistro is presently open for lunch 5 days Wednesday - Sunday from 12noon, and for dinner 4 evenings Wednesday - Saturday from 6pm until 8pm, or later by arrangement. Desserts and espresso also available Bookings are warmly recommended for groups over 6 persons, to ensure ample space and staffing. Please phone Adam on 03 448 5111.




65 Graveyard Gully Road
Central Otago
Alexandra, New Zealand 9320

At Shaky Bridge Bistro we think we have the best office in town and we love to share it with friends and visitors old and new. Come enjoy some genuine Otago hospitality and excellent food at Alexandra's truly iconic eating establishment.

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Sample Set Menu

3 course set menu – $65/pp (12 or more persons)

handmade mushroom ravioli
w smoked tomato sauce, shaved parmesan

prime beef fillet (GF)
w crunchy agria chunks, grilled asparagus, smoked red onion, parsnip puree, jus


chargrilled courgette (GF)
w fried polenta, smoked red onion, semi dried cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts, feta mousse

* * *

w fennel biscotti



The Shaky Bridge Bistro venture is dedicated to my family
thank you all for the tremendous vote of confidence
I simply couldn’t be doing this otherwise xxx
and especially to my late Oma, Riet, who ignited and inspired in me a passion, playfulness and reverence for good food and dining

to the young chefs, chefs-in-the-making, and sometimes-chefs
who have helped me reconcile my dual passions for food and education and whose learning and growth inspires me every single day
especially Joe, Graeme, Tyler, Jonty, Charlie, and Mac

to those who have so generously taught me so much about cooking along the way, most notably
Chef Ray Morrell, Chef Paul Gibbs and all the culinary education team at WelTec, Chef Ratty, and Chef Nic Spicer

to Troy, whose friendship, gentle (nagging) persuasion, and vision brought me back to the kitchen when I needed it most

to Kai for cheering me on, and keeping me sane

to the lads at Ashoka, for your warm friendship and collegiality, and always being there

to the beautiful, resourceful, generous Krsinic family for giving me and the team a bed and then the whole roof in such a short time for those vital first few months! Thanks Hajdn for climbing around in that attic!

to Kelly for his vision, creativity and energy in getting this ship seaworthy and seeing her clear of the reef

to all the Bistro team, past and present, for your tenacity and talent from day one
and everything you bring to this crazy project

and finally to all those early customers who have become passionate regulars, and to old friends and new, who pop in when least expected - your support, smiles of satisfaction, and outspoken enjoyment of this wonderful space are the reason we do what we do


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