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Alto Cafe

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Mailer Street | Mornington, Dunedin 9011, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 10
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best date scones in the south!

I haven't had a meal at this cafe (in a lovely Art Deco building in Mornington) but after having a date scone there on a recent visit to Dunedin I went back the next day and the day after to try them again! They are consistently light, delicious, full of dates and the best I have had in a very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
Marianne P
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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243 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Food was good staff friendly but you could not hear yourself think over the noise in the cafe. Would struggle to want to go back.

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Thank Bruce M
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I always enjoy coming to Alto. Staff is always friendly and when it's sunny the dining area gets lovely and warm. Food is also a winner, I especially love the wedges with bacon and cheese when I feel like something greasy and filling. Only downside is that it's very echo-ey when busy but you just deal with it ☺

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Thank Martinette G
Otago Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The food were absolutely lovely, the cafe is tranquil and cute. With the right staff this place will flourish and could possibly be the next #1 café in Dunedin HOWEVER the service was shocking. We had no greeting when we walked in, no menus at front counter, we had to take one from the nearest table to the counter. The... More 

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1 Thank TinVet
Dunedin, New Zealand
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted by the friendly staff and there is a good selection of food at reasonable prices. The service was excellent and I would recommend this place.

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Thank by1969
Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

So I have been here many times, mainly for takeaway coffee and cabinet food. It always seemed nice. I suggested to a bunch of work colleagues that we have our lunch here. The food was very nice and enjoyable. The coffee was very bitter much like the managers customer service when a colleague brought this to her attention. The general... More 

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Thank highgate2015
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Such a shame because the food was good. But the service was shocking. A simple hello when you walk in is standard even for a cafe.. but nope not these girls. There's was a large table of 12 ladies down stairs and when another guest enquired as to where there food was as the was a reasonable wait, the lady... More 

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1 Thank 552charlottes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I've been here a couple of times for coffee and have found it quite pleasant. This time however I wasn't overall impressed. My partner ordered the big breakfast...what kind of big breakfast doesn't have sausages and have to pay extra for? I had eggs benedict with hollandaise on the side, it was soo bland didn't even taste like hollandaise. Both... More 

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2 Thank Jenna D
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I haven't had a meal at this cafe (in a lovely Art Deco building in Mornington) but after having a date scone there on a recent visit to Dunedin I went back the next day and the day after to try them again! They are consistently light, delicious, full of dates and the best I have had in a very... More 

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Thank Marianne P
Dunedin, New Zealand
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104 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We have only been to Alto once before, that time for lunch, which we enjoyed. This visit was for breakfast, which was a little disappointing. Slow service though friendly staff. The food was satisfactory, but nothing more. No choice of how the big breakfast eggs were cooked (which turned out to be overdone poached eggs). There are better choices.

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Thank copim
Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

this is a great place to have lunch, morning & afternoon catch up with friends. Food is great, but a very busy place so sometimes you have to wait for a table but it is worth it.

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  • Address: Mailer Street | Mornington, Dunedin 9011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin

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