Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino

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+64 3-377 1886+ Add website
Hours
Sun
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2022

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$9 – $12
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Does this restaurant serve Sicilian food?
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles933 reviews
Excellent
526
Very good
265
Average
80
Poor
34
Terrible
28
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Pappa
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 friends
I’m sure this restaurant has changed hands as we were always really impressed with the service and quality of food. This last visit was well below standard. Waitress brought food to the table and never served it just placed each dish in the middle of the table. Totally unimpressed for the size of the bill.
Written 17 January 2024
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Jim G
Wellington15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
Been to CV many times right from Colombo st days. Always consistently great. Deviated from normal pasta fav to chicken parmigiana… sooo tender ..just perfect. Rest had calamari lamb ribs breads etc. all very pleased.service impeccable.. a chch institution that’ll be long remembered
Written 28 December 2023
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OnAir35043407032
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 family
Beautiful food which arrived promptly the only letdown was drinks where incredibly slow after ordering
Written 25 October 2023
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Anne Bartram
Christchurch3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
We went to Cafe Valentino’s last night for dinner. My friend and I ordered pasta. It was so bland we had to put so much pepper and cheese on it to try and make it tasty. Even the parmesan cheese was tasteless. I'm pleased that we were at early table as I would have been very angry if I had had to pay the full price. I will not be returning.
Written 28 September 2023
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TwoHungryghosts
Christchurch105 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 friends
Sadly, a very disappointing evening, both service and food underwhelming. This used to be much better, obviously they are having staffing problems, food not up to usual standard. Our group will not be returning.
Written 25 September 2023
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William R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 couples
Amazing food with truly exceptional staff and great prices. The atmosphere and retro look added to our amazing experience. Truly a must visit if you are looking for Pizza and pasta in Ch-Ch
Written 7 September 2023
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ScottB
Christchurch59 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
The staff actually give you a dirty look if you ask them to do something, they dont listen and are far more interested in hanging out together in the bar chatting than doing their job - consequently the service is some of the worst ever experienced. We were sat in the bar area with very uncomfortable seating when there were plenty of empty tables in the main restaurant area. The only saving grace here is the food was pretty good - except for the deserts...they were bland and lacking.
Written 12 August 2023
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Paul T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Our daughter wanted Italian for her Birthday dinner however there weren’t many Italian restaurants open on a Tuesday night in Christchurch, we hadn’t been to Cafe Valentino in years. We were so glad we chose to come here, the service was great, the atmosphere warm and vibrant, the food exceptional we could not fault it, I had the Gamberetti Pizza which was delicious and has me wanting to go back again for more, my wife had the Margherita pizza and my daughters had Linguini and Lasagna which they all loved. The portions were large enough we all came home with takeaways for lunch the next day. The meal with drinks came to $150 which was money well spent, when comparing going to a local pub and paying the same for an average meal. Looking forward to going back with friends soon.
Written 2 August 2023
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Daniel S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 couples
WARNING DON'T RISK FOOD POISONING my Wife is a fully qualified registered dietitian and we told the staff that she was pregnant. We both got sick from dinner, my wife knew exactly what meal caused it. Will will NEVER BE GOING BACK. New owner who is clearly only interested in profit, made a complaint and they did not care.
Written 27 June 2023
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Martin C
Christchurch48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 family
Dropped in for a snack this evening, big fans of the garlic/parmesan flat bread and chips. Added the lamb ribs starter to the snack and wow they were fantastic. Compliments to the chef, great little dish, perfectly cooked lamb, an awesome starter.
Written 23 June 2023
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Starling
Kaitaia41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 family
Popped in after a night out, as it smelled so good from outside. Service was pretty good, not initially, to be seated we weren't greeted at all by the Maitre D, but the waitresses themselves were great and attentive. A nice restaurant inside, with a good cheerful vibe. I had the Fettucine Apollo and it was tasty, but I could have made it better. I'm not Italian, and neither was the Asian chef. The chicken and bacon were both cut in cubes which made it seem very bulk manufactured rather than more natural and filled with love. My daughter had the Mushroom Raviolli which she loved. It was super filling and very mushroomy. Nice to be given Chilli flakes and parmesan to add to taste too. The wait staff were attentive and did well. Overall a nice meal and atmosphere.
Written 22 June 2023
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Horotane
Nelson137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 friends
Went with friends. We were greeted by pleasant staff and seated. Had drink order received quickly as it was a hot night in chch. I ordered the lamb kidney dish. I am a bit of a offal freak - blame my mum for that, she was good at low cost, tasty meals I would have expected it to be ‘ cooked to order’ but sadly it was dispatched from the Bain Marie, I should asked the wait person. You know, it’s not difficult dish to knock out and with 4 in the kitchen- plenty of cooks and a half full dinning room. Maybe with staff shortage they are taking short cuts? It does not pay in the long term ! We ,the people are not silly. My friend had the Cesear salad- the egg was hard poached and not runny yoke as it’s supposed to be. Was the crime of the night. Just feel standards are slipping. I mean , all the ingredients were there but slack execution. It’s a difficult business but very rewarding if you get it right. Don’t just go thru the motions : show some love! I cannot recommend the dish I had but go try yourself
Written 4 February 2023
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amanda c
Christchurch47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 none
I have just returned from dinner and i am really fed up. I have been going here for many years but notice over the last few months the deterioration in the service. 4.30pm for a drink at the bar. I presume it is self service, but even so with all the staff standing around surly one could look up and acknowledge us and say hello and offer a wine menu. nope. we go up and order ourselves. asking for a water it is dumped at the table with the word "'cheers'. we decide to eat so find ourselves a window table. A waitress walks past and asks if we booked. replied no and then as if put out she says 'well your lucky that we have a space"'. I giggled as I know for a fact after many visits that its not busy that time of a sunday night. We ordered our meal from a lovely girl and it came out as always absolutely superb. My husband finished but i was still eating. The server came up and said are you finished, which shocked me as my fork was halfway up to my mouth. I replied no and ate 3 more mouthfuls. I literally put my fork to the plate and the next second it was taken from me. Im all for not leaving the plates for ages, but for goodness sake cant staff learn table etiquette. Ever since I no longer see the owner there the service has gone to the pack. Keep the chefs but please train the staff. I love this place but if this carries on I would prefer to gobble my food and get chucked out of somewhere else.
Written 10 December 2022
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Jan B
Christchurch37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 friends
We had an early booking but there was no pressure to leave after we continued to stay for 3 hours! I asked whether the reisling was sweet or dry - they bought me a tasting glass to try. I have never had that service before. We all enjoyed our mains and desserts
Written 12 November 2022
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Jun W
Christchurch2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 none
Staff was very arrogant and we were told after dessert was served that we had to leave in 10 mins because there is a 90 mins timeframe for dinner. Refused to tell us his name when we intend to make a complaint. We found out his name is Dave from the receipt anyway.
Written 5 October 2022
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