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Alto Cinco

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526 Westcott St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2549
315-472-3633
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8:00 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 1:30 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique twist on Mexican

If you want an unpretentious place to have a filling Mexican meal done with panache as well as some interesting beer on tap, this is your place. Can be busy or loud but you will not leave hungry or dissatisfied. What ever your degree of adventurousness or hotness there is something for you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Francine C
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Syracuse, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

Loaded with cabbage on top and swimming in sour cream or some other sauce, I questioned if they forgot the mahi. Low and behold I saw a small piece the size of a quarter at the bottom. Truly a tasteless dish that I will never get again. Waitstaff was attentive when we first sat down then proceeded to have a... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

If you want an unpretentious place to have a filling Mexican meal done with panache as well as some interesting beer on tap, this is your place. Can be busy or loud but you will not leave hungry or dissatisfied. What ever your degree of adventurousness or hotness there is something for you. Fresh and tasty! Bring your friends and... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We recently had the opportunity to have Sunday Brunch at Alto Cinco, and it was very good. We sat at the bar while waiting for a table and had a pleasant conversation with the bartender while enjoying a drink (my Negroni was much better than the ones I make at home). We were soon seated. The was a large menu... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

As a long time resident of the Salt City, I can safely say that Alto Cinco is one of the tastiest and most unique restaurants Syracuse has to offer. The atmosphere, especially since the expansion, is chic and comfortable, the staff is perfectly capable, the food is well prepared, filling and reasonably priced, and the menu has enough seasonal changes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A place I eat frequently - delicious food in a cool community. Good options for those looking for vegetarian, fish or meat meals. Nice choice of drinks too, including some supporting local markets (beers from local breweries, coffee from local cafe). This place does make an effort to be a good neighbor to the community. Cool atmosphere that can feel... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I found the service on the "formal side" of Alto Cinco to be pretentious bordering on rude, and the Vegetarian options to be overpriced and underwhelming. The fast food takeout side had better attitude and service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Alto Cinco is in Syracuse, NY's "University Hill" district (where a lot of Syracuse University students live), so the restaurant caters to that crowd with both sit-down (tiny booths) and takeout/delivery, and stays open late offering beer and wine. They serve Mexican food with a health-conscious bent, heavy on the vegetarian items and more chicken and fish than meat dishes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We have eaten here on many occasions. Great food and service. Too bad its not got room for 10 more tables but this in no way takes away from the food. I cannot be so specific as to pick out each meal, I have had many different dish's but never a bad one. Good food, portions, service and price!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We had a great brunch this Sunday at Alto Cinco. The new enlarged space is wonderful. The fact that they now have a liquor license makes for more options. We had 2 great Bloody Mary's. The spicy salted rim was perfect and the seasonings were smoky and pungent. Our breakfast items were great. Ending with a cappuccino and dessert made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Alto Cinco is great. The space is lovely but small. If you are short on time you may want to try takeout instead of sit-down.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 526 Westcott St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2549
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: 315-472-3633

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Monday
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?