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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our dining experience at Cucina was everything we had hoped for. Excellent food and great service in a busy lively place.

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Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sadly did not live up to the reviews. Very disappointing, lacking flavor, steak was cold, I had the pate and it was very sloppy grey mush with no texture or flavor. Bread was dry. Other food was not seasoned at all, we ate every little...and didn't know how to start to complain. The waiter disappeared once the meals were served.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 9, service was great for this number. Three of us had the black garlic rigatoni with crispy pork, I did find the pork a bit on the dry side, however the pasta was delicious. The cauliflower side dish was superb....All in all, a great evening.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

world class food with friendly service. expensive but worth it decor little ameateur but food is too die 4 and in particular the pasta was crazy good

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024 via mobile

Another gorgeous evening at this local restaurant. We were a table of 8 friends -who all left this fabulous restaurant very satisfied. Great flavours in all our meals- great drinks menu too. We will be back !

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

Very dissapointed after the high recommendatìons. I have never eaten such dried, shrivelled up overcooked pork. I got a pasta dish with so called crispy pork. Crispy yes but decimated -inedible. It was like deep fried pulled pork but came out like crackling. $40 but...left most on the plate. I really should have sent it back but didn't want to make a fuss as i was with a local friend who had highly recommended this restaraunt. Felt sick afterwards. However the service was friendly and good ambience. However when offered water I accepted and she said still or sparkling. I asked if it was house water and she said yes but arrived with a bottle of antipodes which clearly wasn't house water. Bit tricky. My friend enjoyed her fish so i may give them a second chance. But definately don't order the black riggatoni.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024

Cucina is one of my favourite dinner spots in the South Island ! They never miss . They are the only people stepping out of the box when it comes to food in oamaru . Honestly no one else even comes close . They have...a sister restaurant deal mar that is amazing too . Great service, beautiful drinks menu . The cocktails are a must .More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

We had an amazing dining experience at Cucina. Excellent service and delicious meals in such a stunning space!

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Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024

Excellent meal and service. We always try to eat here when we are travelling south. It is great food and the fact that it is always full is clear testimony to the fact that others have the same reactions as us. A small suggestion, more...variety on starters would be greatMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024

We brought family visiting from Auckland to a meal on Saturday night and absolutely loved the food, wine and experience. The food was exceptional - every dish was delicious. We think the waitress was a little inexperienced but she had a good attitude so will...learn quickly. We absolutely recommend Cucina and can't wait for an excuse to go again :)More

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

It was OK but nothing exceptional compared to price and reputation. Food was reasonable, service was patchy.

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Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

The service was suboptimal - our waitress was perhaps new and had not been trained properly. The lamb was not cooked as we requested. We were asked 3x if we were ready to order, but we had asked to have our wine served first. One...of the menu items stated that the waiter would give clarification on cut and size, but neither the waitress or kitchen could do this.More

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

We had a huge lunch - so only did a selection of entrees to share - and they were amazing. Great service. Lovely setting. The tempura cauliflower was a highlight, the octopus cooked to tender perfection........... will be back. All food going to other tables...looked awesome........ especially the desserts.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

When it's done right, Italian food seems so simple. Yet it seems rare to have such an evenly excellent dining experience as we enjoyed at Cucina. My wife and I savoured every aspect of our dinner on Saturday night. Service was excellent; helpful, and appropriately...proactive, not imposing in any way. Just right.More

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

We had dinner at la Cucina and it was the best Italian food I've eaten outside Italy. In fact better than some IN Italy! Our mains were faultless and the tiramisu is highly recommended. Service was also superb.. Thank you.

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Date of visit: February 2024
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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