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Alto Cafe

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Hwy 48 And Gavilan C, Alto, NM 88312
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fastest service I have ever had!!!! Breakfast was great and well priced. The decor is beautiful and custom made. Great find.

Thank Dawnelle B
Socorro, New Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The couple that owns this place provides some of the greatest community support of anyone else in Lincoln county - always giving. Food is really good. The week-day all you can eat lunch buffet shouldn't be missed. I eat there as often as I can!

Thank OldNMTraveler
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Every small town had a central cafe 40 years ago with great basic food. Alto cafe is this, just not downtown. Great daily buffet and excellent chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken. Staff is also a throwback to nice, friendly hometown people. Meatloaf Monday buffet is exceptionally good.

Thank jfp01
Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Went based on a recommendation from friends. Breakfast was basic but delicious. Would go back again even though it's a little off the beaten path of Ruidoso. Service was fantastic.

Thank Allison H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

Convenient, decent diner food in Alto, about 15-min NW of Ruidoso. Saying this is one of the best dining places in town doesn't mean much though when the local Shell station deli ranks in Alto's top-five eateries. Nice Christian owners who lead by example. Chow/down is the reason you come here. Daily buffet adds 1-1/2,lbs to the average Alto citizens... More 

Thank ggrodhaus
Port Aransas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a place frequented by locals. The breakfast here is great. Try the BELT (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato) sandwich on sourdough bread. They also serve lunch with weekdays having a lunch buffet. But the burgers are really good too. They are hand pattied not frozen already made patties. Service is very friendly.

1 Thank Cyndi C
Pipe Creek, Texas
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is my favorite resturant in Ruidoso (Alto). It is a small, family-run, diner-type eatery with good American and Mexican food. It is Christian-run, offering free New Testament bibles on its bookshelf. Although the resturant does not offer itself as being a barbecue establishment, it serves the best barbecue in town. The meat is smoked on-site and is as tender... More 

Thank William K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We were going to eat at the Log Cabin for breakfast, as it was so highly rated and was disappointed when we drove up and they were closed on a Tuesday! We were driving over to Ski Apache and just lucked onto seeing this little café. My companion had Chocolate chip pancakes, and I ordered an omelet and biscuits. They... More 

Thank Njoylivn
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Parking lot was crowded so I u-turned and was rewarded with a great breakfast of huevos rancheros. The atmosphere was that of a neighborhood hangout and a place where regulars abound.

Thank jdhutch42
Georgetown, Texas
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Tasty Omelets. Fast service. Close to RV parks outside of Ruidoso and near Capitan. They serve lunch too (not sure about dinner). We liked it.

Thank Carol M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hwy 48 And Gavilan C, Alto, NM 88312
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Alto
  • Phone Number: 505-336-1980

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