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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a steak and a pasta dish. Pasta was lovely and plentiful . Steak was plentiful and well cooked. Because people reviewed this place as meals not being big enough we also ordered fries. They are beautiful but not eaten as we were full....Definitely value for money. Staff are friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this little gem by accident on a wild wet night in Oamaru at the end of a few days cycling the alps to ocean. 9 of us walked in off the street and enjoyed the first class food at reasonable prices combined with...outstanding service and a wonderful atmosphere. We can’t wait to return!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, great location and very nice ambience. While choosing, for the uninitiated, choose the main portion in the pasta section, unless there is a reason to choose entree. Definitely try their salad, their cheeses are excellent.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the gnocchi and the rigatoni which we enjoyed while sitting outside with a view of the Steampunk HQ building as the sun set. The mellow, funky jazz sound track playing really set the mood as well. The food was not cheap ($35.00 for...large servings which were not overly large) but we don't have any complaints about the price for fresh, very high quality dishes. Some of the nicest pasta we have tasted. The service was not rude but I would say a little distracted, to the the point, and not all that warm or welcoming exactly.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 April 2021

We weren't sure what the style of food was but I'll call it Argentinian-fusion. The food itself was regarded by our group as being very good without being great. Some of us found it difficult to choose but having done so most were agreeable with...the outcome. We felt the prices were a little OTT though. Service was just OK as those who ordered mains only waited over 70 minutes to be fed (this was a Wednesday night)More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 1 April 2021 via mobile

We ate dinner here prior to our visit to the Blue Penguin colony. The service was good and we enjoyed unusual but delicious Italian meals here: including spinach fazzoletti and smoked chicken ravioli. it is worth booking as it was pretty busy even though it...was not during peak season. The restaurant supports local business and includes fresh produce in the menu.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 25 March 2021 via mobile

An excellent meal to celebrate my wife’s birthday. A good selection of wines with our well proportioned meals as not too expensive.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 22 March 2021

Lovely meal here. Busy Friday night made even busier as there was jazz festival on in town, and there was a jazz trio playing in the restaurant. The restaurant was packed, and very noisy but the service, food, wine and music were all excellent.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 17 March 2021 via mobile

What a wonderful place in Oamaru! Great atmosphere, food and selection of drinks. We took advice from the staff about how much to order and glad we did...we would have totally over ordered. We shared the excellent empanadas and then two pastas - the black...garlic rigatoni and the the egg tagliatelle - both were amazing! An exquisite bottle of Argentinian Malbec was enjoyed with our food - it was so good! We finished by sharing the strawberry panna cotta which was gorgeous. The only small critique is the lighting which is a little bright.... it would be so great to have moodier lighting. Highly recommend Cucina.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 12 March 2021

Recommended by where we stayed, we booked dinner for our last night in town. While I popped into book the night before, I saw a cocktail and made a mental note to try it - it looked incredible So tonight went we went in and...we had the raspberry pisco sour cocktail and even non cocktail drinking partner agreed it was superb. Seriously recommend. Started with a shard gorgeous Baratta cheese dish, then I went for gnocchi and partner garlic raggotini with chargrilled broccoli etc. We went smaller sizes (choice of small and large plate) as had a late lunch, both were yummy and perfect size for us. We paired this with the recently found yummy local Q Pinot Noir... perfect. Was quite busy so glad we had booked. Very much enjoyed and thought it great. Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: March 2021
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Yes we do, plenty of GF options on our menu!
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  • Cucina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5