Cuisine: Mexican
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

Cantinas are the cornerstone of Mexican cultural heritage.

Cantinas are places where you kickback, chat, eat, drink and experience a celebration of life, where business, gossip, politics, art and religion are readily discussed.

The Alley Cantina experience is relaxed, laid back and unpretentious.

Friendly staff, tasty drinks and a menu that includes fantastically fresh Mexican fare.

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Alley Cantina
140 George Street
Dunedin

Open Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Phone: 027 433 4479
Website: www.alleycantina.co.nz/#alleycantina

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Alley Cantina
Location: Dunedin Central
Cuisine: Mexican
Mains: $15 - $25

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Rachel Jackson

Had an absolutely fabulous time!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is like stepping into Mexico - you wander down an alley off the street, following the sound of the music and colourful banners. Stepping inside, there is almost an assault of the eyes - bright colours, candles and flamboyant music!

You cannot go wrong with their homemade margaritas - I particularly loved the Strawberry one! (and if you get the jam jar size you can order every flavor!) The white wine sangria was also delicious if you're feeling a bit more sophisticated!

We ordered the Alley Platter for two and wow! The food was delicious, full of flavor and left us feeling stuffed and happy - the platter is a brilliant choice if you can't decide what to eat - it comes with a little bit of everything and we couldn't finish it!

Ten, despite already feeling full, we couldn't leave without a cheeky churro (or 6) and opted for them with caramel sauce. They need to rename those churros to 'Death by deliciousness' and my companions nearly had to roll me out of the place! It was the perfect end to a brilliant meal.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alley Cantina for a delicious meal and a brilliant experience - one of my favourite restaurants!

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Bridget Mackie

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Great atmosphere. AMAZING food and lovely lovely staff. Would eat here every week if I could

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Victoria Clark

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! We entered the restaurant, greeted by friendly staff. Sat down at the cutest wee table lit with a candle. Food was so fast and sooooo delicious. Highly recommend the cheesy jalapeño bites (and everything else on the menu for that matter). Best service, best food. We will be back!!

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Nicole Yen

Alley Cantina's always a good time with hearty Mexican food and the best candlelit atmosphere. Oh, and get the caipirinha, you're welcome.

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Great experience. Friendly and welcoming staff. Generous serving and tasty authentic mexican food. This is one of my favourite places to eat.

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A nice atmosphere with good service. The food was huge servings so didn’t quite finish it and was okay - I had the gf style nachos. I’d recommend having the tortilla chips as a starter - they are pretty good.
Overall a nice experience but food could be improved

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Rachel Jackson

Had an absolutely fabulous time!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is like stepping into Mexico - you wander down an alley off the street, following the sound of the music and colourful banners. Stepping inside, there is almost an assault of the eyes - bright colours, candles and flamboyant music!

You cannot go wrong with their homemade margaritas - I particularly loved the Strawberry one! (and if you get the jam jar size you can order every flavor!) The white wine sangria was also delicious if you're feeling a bit more sophisticated!

We ordered the Alley Platter for two and wow! The food was delicious, full of flavor and left us feeling stuffed and happy - the platter is a brilliant choice if you can't decide what to eat - it comes with a little bit of everything and we couldn't finish it!

Ten, despite already feeling full, we couldn't leave without a cheeky churro (or 6) and opted for them with caramel sauce. They need to rename those churros to 'Death by deliciousness' and my companions nearly had to roll me out of the place! It was the perfect end to a brilliant meal.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alley Cantina for a delicious meal and a brilliant experience - one of my favourite restaurants!

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Gráinne O'Connell

Scrumptious food will be back again soon

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We loved the food , service and ambiance - had enchiladas , quesadillas and churros.

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Moira Clark-Taylor

We love going to Alley Cantina, love the atmosphere, service and food. Plenty of it to eat, and so tasty.

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Jack MacCormick

Staff were lovely, the portions were fantastic and the decorations are beautiful.

Would happily sit down with two plates of the cheesy jalapeno bites and a margarita and call that a meal. They were fantastic

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Tehila Gonen

Delicious food and service was good. Recommended!

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Matt O'Neill

Always a good meal.

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Bridget Mackie

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Great atmosphere. AMAZING food and lovely lovely staff. Would eat here every week if I could

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Wonderful meal and night food was top notch and well worth it desserts were amazing

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As the name suggests, restaurant is tucked down an alley and you hear it (the music) before you see it...Very good decour with a ‘day of the dead’ theme. We used to live in Los Angeles and thought the food was the most authentic of Mexican establishments in Dunedin. Started off with traditional chips & salsa which were actually flour tortilla chips (home-made) instead of corn and we would probably have preferred corn, the salsa was also nice, but a bit too much cumin in it we thought. My wife had the fajitas and the rice & beans were made from scratch which was good & portion size was generous - no sizzling hot plate though and alot of celery in the salad which was different - would have preferred more traditional red/green peppers & onions. I had the shredded beef burrito which again was a large size and tasty - it was a bit spicy however and I was not asked what spice-level when ordering which wold have been nice. Overall a good dining experience and we would definitely recommend Alley Cantina for a nice authentic Mexican meal...

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Marilou Scott

We ordered the Alley Platter and was very happy with the quality and quantity. It is good for two people and is a sampler of what is in the menu. There are a lot of vegetarian options as well. The place became busier as the night progressed. This is the place to get full! The ambience was good too!

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Maureen Crosby

It was great..had children with us and they loved it..we will be back

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Once again it was a wonderful dining experience at Alley Cantina. Our absolute favourite dish was the Nachos Cantina Style, definitely recommend!

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When we first arrived we thought it a bit dark but our eyes adjusted after a time. The atmosphere was pleasant and the food was delicious. Our waitress was new and on a trial but did well and admitted when she was unsure which we appreciated. All up it was an enjoyable evening.

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Kylie John

We love coming here! The atmosphere and the food are always guaranteed to impress! From the corn chips to the churros we are assured of the high quality food we will be returning again! Best Mexican food in town!

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The food was delicious, very tasty and their usual high standard. However, we were disappointed to find the drinks were automatically served with plastic straws and as environmentally friendly people in a country that is environmentally-oriented, we would recommend that straws were available upon request rather than being provided by default.

Although the meals were well enjoyed (with huge portion sizes) and worthy of praise, we were not meal checked and felt like we were ignored once we received our meals and drinks. Although not the worst service, we did not feel like valued customers throughout our visit.

Lastly, after a pleasant evening in a vibrant atmosphere, we realised once we got home that the 50% discount was not deducted for one of our meals. It was an honest mistake and we were refunded later on without hesitation, however we would recommend that customers and staff double check bills and receipts.

Thank you for the lovely evening, we will definitely be back soon!

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Nathan More

Very Nice. Genuinely a very good meal

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Alley Cantina is great. Get the platter for two, we always get that and take the leftovers home.

The only reason I don't give Alley Cantina 5 stars is that the restaurant can be slightly on the dark side. But there are always lots of candles

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Delicious Mexican food. Great service, good value for money. Not too spicy for the kids. Best churros I've eaten. Only disappointment was that the margaritas weren't made with crushed ice.

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Yum food and good service

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Sarah Bayne

Lovely meal at Alley Cantina. Meals came out quite quickly after ordering. They were all a good size and very tasty.
A little disappointing that no one checked we were going ok, refilled our water or asked if we needed any more drinks.
We asked for our plates to be cleared and for the dessert menu.
Good value for money and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Great hosts and service. Meals were generous portions and looked great. Will definitely come back with the family!

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Claudia Babirat

I celebrated my 40th birthday with my family at Alley Cantina. The atmosphere was really good, we were seated in a funky little room right by a warm fire and were supplied with colourful sombreros to help us get into a celebratory mood! My partner and I spent time in Baja a couple of years ago, it was great to be immersed in the tastes and sounds of Mexico again. Thank you!

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Moira Clark-Taylor

We love mexican food...and always enjoyed the taste of the food at Alley Cantina.....
LOVE the taste of the avocado dip....it is so tasty........
Great Service....

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Megan Connelly

Alley Cantina was an experience as soon as you walk through the door, it has a fun ambiance with perfectly presented food that is delicious and amazing service to top it off! Well worth the visit and will definitely be returning

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Ceri Dell

Very friendly staff and fantastic food!

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Teilah Ferguson

Just wow! Alley Cantina never fails to please. Walking down the alley and being welcomed by that distinctive beautiful smell makes my mouth water. The only disappointment that I have is that I come out so incredibly full because I can’t resist the perfectly cooked nachos! I would recommend this restaurant for small groups to dine by the fire and large groups can dine to have a nice party. Overall, this place creates a great atmosphere to enjoy beautiful meal.

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Braxton-lee Hoeta

Great night at Alley Cantina - our waiter was very lovely and approachable, our food was delicious and the atmosphere was great!

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Fun ambience. Friendly waitstaff. Homemade hips and salsa were delicious. Enchiladas super tasty. Fajita meat prepared a little differently than I am used to. I prefer sliced whole pieces. This was chopped and mixed with something. Almost more lettuce wrap style.

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Bex Rodger

Lovely meal, the platter for one has such great variety and is really tasty - thanks for a nice evening out!

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great place, always have a good time here love the menu great value!!

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Tammuz Downie

Amazing food and amazing service 10/10

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Matt O'Neill

First table is a great idea. Beautiful meal

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Braxton-lee Hoeta

Amazing service and food. The portion sizes were very good value, we got the enchiladas, burrito & quesadillas and it was plenty! We will definitely be back :)

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Rebecca Walker

great food and service :)

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Sophie Elliott

Great food - best nachos I’ve had and a massive portion size!!
Also loved the churro sundaes.
Thanks Alley cantina we will be back!

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Betty Mullens

10/10!

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Beautiful food. Fast service. And a nice cosy fire to sit near on a cold night. Had a great time with a great friend

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We will 100% be going back to Alley Cantina. The food is amazing and the service is awesome. The owner was our waiter and he did everything he could to make sure we had what we needed. We have a toddler and the food was a bit spicy for her and he was so good at helping bring her things that she enjoyed. Great experience!!! I love that they are on first table!!!

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Sandra Lowe

Had an AMAZING night.. my 11 and 9 year old boys had a fantastic time too... would defo go again!!!

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Dave Nicky Calder

meal was really tasty and we were very full at the end of our meals . sat beside the fire which was lovely and warm . thank you

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Victoria Clark

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! We entered the restaurant, greeted by friendly staff. Sat down at the cutest wee table lit with a candle. Food was so fast and sooooo delicious. Highly recommend the cheesy jalapeño bites (and everything else on the menu for that matter). Best service, best food. We will be back!!

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Kate Laracy

Great food and an awesome atmosphere!

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Ashleigh Johns

I ordered the tacos and they were amazing! I really enjoyed the food. Definitely worth checking out :-)

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Food continues to be excellent at the Cantina. The platter is a good choice!

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Good food, great price! Service could've been better :)

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Amelia Lovell

Sitting right by the fire we were nice and toasty, the food was excellent, as were the cocktails and the service! Will definitely be going back again!

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Abigail Fergus

The food was delicious and the portions were huge! Get the churros, they were amazing.

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