MLC Cafe

3 star rating 7 reviews

Telephone 09-374 1741

380 Queen St
Scenic Hotel Auckland
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Mon - Sun 6:30am - Late
Provided by business


Situated on street level at Scenic Hotel Auckland, the MLC Cafe & Bar is the perfect spot to sit and watch the hustle of the city. Located directly across the road from the Auckland Town Hall and other entertainment venues, this makes the cafe ideal for pre show dining or drinks. Opening Hours: MLC cafe opens at 6.30 am Monday to Friday and 7am on Saturday & Sunday. Closes at 9.30 pm. Times may vary on holidays.


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MLC Cafe & Bar

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Restaurants, Cafes
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Halal, Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
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Reviews for MLC Cafe

2 star rating
by Jemma J.
30th July 2013

June 2013: Average. I would definitely go back there for the $10 lunch special, although I would not pay full price on those items.
They took way too long with one order at our table – I tried to stagger eating my meal while she waited for hers but we all ended up finishing our meals before her’s even arrived!
I probably would go back for the $10 lunch though.

August 2013: The service was good. My friends seemed to enjoy their food. The fish and chips however I would not recommend at all. The fish was not fresh, but i’m not too worried about that, the problem was it was disgusting. The chips looked great (however they hid the disgusting looking chips under better ones) – like my papa’s homecooked chips. But once again, tasted terrible.

December 2013: The chocolate cake is absolute rubbish. Service still not terribly great.

January 2014: Why do they never have anything in the counter. When will they realise how much they are losing in sales. If there is no food, people will just go somewhere else to buy their food AND coffees. This has happened so many times that we just dont bother any more. When will they learn!!!

3 star rating
by dmdw
24th June 2011

My mother and I dined at this restaurant before seeing the topp twins + the APO on Thursday night.
We were taken care of very well, the wait staff were very friendly and efficient, the food was superb, and the prices were very reasonable.
We thank the MLC Cafe for a great start to our evening.

4 star rating
by Adrian
8th April 2011

Right opposite the Town Hall.Four of us have been three times recently pre-concert.We arrived at 5:45 pm and were out by 6:45 without a rush. Attentive, professional and friendly service and food reasonably priced.There is an imaginative buffet but order in time from the menu and there’s a great selection. The vegetarian filo is a winner as is the chef.

1 star rating
by donna t.
13th April 2010

Yesterday we attended my sons graduation in town deciding to have lunch with Grandparents and family first. We chose MLC Cafe & Bar. The service was good but my dad (who had flown up from Tauranga) found a cluster of maggot eggs on the bacon in his bun. After taking it back it was then returned to the table with the maggots still there and we were told it was bread crumbs. It clearly was not. We had to ask for another one to be bought out and I also had to ask for a refund for the bun in question. It put me off my meal.

4 star rating
by Graeme
7th October 2008

MLC Cafe is a little gem, and with new menu it is rising to the challenge of being ‘the place’ to eat, have a relaxing coffee or pre-theatre meal.

I have been going to MLC everyday for the last 5 or so years, and have always found the staff courteous, the coffee divine, and the food of a high standard.

Haven’t seen Venison on the menu tho, think the last reviewer had their wires crossed.

1 star rating
by Thommie
7th October 2008

Recently arrived in Auckland and wanted to try some quality Kiwi fare. So opted for the Venison casserole. Had a nice drink whilst waiting. Vension arrived and to my dismay….it stank of liver and appeared to be nothing but chopped liver in a nasty glutonous sauce. I immediately told the waitress of the mistake here as I wanted Vension and not liver. She took the food to the kitchen where the chef came over and assured me it was fresh venision. Definately not true! It was liver and disgusting at that. Horrible!!!!!!!!

5 star rating
by fred
21st September 2008

great service and exciting new menu

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