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465 Mount Eden Road | Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
+64 9-631 7184
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The board outside said $10 lunches. That got us inside. But you had to fish through the menu to find them. When I order and ask for the espresso with the meal that's what I, as the customer wants. Why is it so hard to do? Why, when you've scarcely got the first forkful in the mouth, am I asked... More 

Thank teresab1000
Nerja, Spain
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great cafe, varied menu and very good quality. Service is friendly and attentive. We've visited many cafes on our visit to NZ and this is deffinately a favourite. Lovely peaceful atmosphere.

Thank Sandra c
Heidelberg, Germany
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Having heard good things, we decided to give Altar a try. It's a cool place, but sadly the menu is a bit lacking, and we were both disappointed with our meals - eg I ordered nachos, and out came about 2 handfuls of chips with one handful of mince on top... For the price we paid, we expected much better!... More 

Thank Bridget G
New Zealand
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81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Altar is in a lovely old villa in Mount Eden and serves a good breakfast and brunch both of which I've enjoyed probably 4 times now. I've never had lunch but the menu is well rounded and interesting. The early bird breakfast was delicious and the coffee fresh and well made. The lemon chicken was excellent and the thinly sliced... More 

Thank Stuart D
Wellington, New Zealand
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279 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

We noted mixed comments about this cafe on TA, but we had an excellent lunch here. The food was brilliant, coffee was good, service excellent. We will happily return.

Thank WH0A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

The food and service as pretty good but the coffee is below average , some pleasant surprises on the menu which makes a nice change from the usual fare, I would recommend you come for lunch if you are fussy like me for coffee and have something else to drink :-)

Thank KentandJess
Auckland, New Zealand
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151 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Altar up the game a bit this time. The lemon chicken sandwich I had was very tasty. The chicken was moist. The fries was crispy. Even the bread was perfectly toasted. Just needed a bit more sauce to make it perfect. The seafood risotto was also super good. Service was exceptional. Great job. I could erase the bad experience last... More 

Thank Manaseeker
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Fantastic food for our last meal in NZ before flying home to England. Delicious fresh food and a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend 👍

Thank Newlywedsontour2011
Ryde, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015 via mobile

As always the service was 1st Class and the food excellent. Prices are good value. We have been here many times before and never came away disappointed. Would thoroughly recommend it as a great place for lunch. The only downside is it could do with being painted to freshen itself up but that certainly should not put anyone off eating... More 

Thank John W
Wellington, New Zealand
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342 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Altar is an old villa converted into a wonderful cafe on the sunny side of Mount Eden Road. It's a great place for a coffee. We went there thinking we'd have breakfast, but found it wanting. We settled for a coffee at one of the outdoor tables, having decided to wait until lunchtime for something more substantial. the cafe has... More 

Thank Alexander6011

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 465 Mount Eden Road | Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-631 7184

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?