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“Best Italian restaurant I’ve been to in NZ”

Sorrento Italian Dining & Wine Bar
Ranked #22 of 137 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $41
Description: Welcome to Sorrento, a family run and owned restaurant catering for families but also those requiring a quieter and a more relaxed atmosphere. Here at Sorrento we aim to bring an experience to your table, diners can sample Italian inspired dishes, along with the finest of ingredients sought right here in New Zealand, sample our fine wines, enjoy an evening alongside those who have popped in for a pizza or pasta or something more. At Sorrento there are plenty of options that will cater for all tastes. We believe the key to great dining lies in the quality of ingredients and the passion infused from our warm friendly staff. The chefs have a flair for perfection and there is an ambience or buzz which will add excitement to your evening. So why not try us out, the only thing that matters to us is that your visit is a memorable one.
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Description: Welcome to Sorrento, a family run and owned restaurant catering for families but also those requiring a quieter and a more relaxed atmosphere. Here at Sorrento we aim to bring an experience to your table, diners can sample Italian inspired dishes, along with the finest of ingredients sought right here in New Zealand, sample our fine wines, enjoy an evening alongside those who have popped in for a pizza or pasta or something more. At Sorrento there are plenty of options that will cater for all tastes. We believe the key to great dining lies in the quality of ingredients and the passion infused from our warm friendly staff. The chefs have a flair for perfection and there is an ambience or buzz which will add excitement to your evening. So why not try us out, the only thing that matters to us is that your visit is a memorable one.
Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

I cannot say enough about this place. We dined as a group of 14 on a busy Saturday night. The staff were amazing, we were waiting for nothing. Drinks came out fast, all of our 14 dishes arrived at the same time and as for the food….oh my god! The chicken mushroom fettuccine was the best I’ve had. The rest of the family were raving about their dishes. Some had dessert too and everything came out in good time and the quality was outstanding. I could not recommend this place more. The staff were amazing too, great service.

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank JessHendy85
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Booked online, immediate confirmation. Arrived early and were seated straightaway. Menus arrived, water provided, drinks order taken. All very friendly and efficient. Shared starters of bruschetta and calamari - 2 pieces of bruschetta, so 2 could share it if you wanted a smaller starter. Calamari came in a lovely light batter and didn’t have that rubbery texture you sometimes find.

Mains were pork belly risotto - excellent - and beef cheeks, larger than average portion and deliciously tender in thick sauce, full of flavour. The timing between starter and main course was spot on.

Good selection of wines by the glass. Too full for dessert so can’t comment.

The service throughout was polite and efficient, they’ve clearly been well trained and care about what they do. Would certainly return and recommend to others.

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank david t
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

Went to the restaurant at 9. Service was poor. Didn't even get the menu till 9.30 in spite of having 4 to 5 waiters walking by you all the time. Not one of them looked at you or apologised for the wait. Ultimately, I walked out since you don't want to waste your Thursday famished in a restaurant that might or might not serve you. Not going there again. Might be good if you go in group since I saw the waiters swarm around flies. Not ideal for solo eater. Went to the next door restaurant ' The Mira' they were closing and they decided to accommodate their last customer. That's service for you. Sorrento might need to send some of their staff next door on apprenticeship to learn how to treat customers.

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank jobim891
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Sorrento Dining, Owner at Sorrento Italian Dining & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for getting this to our attention.

We would like to apologise about your negative experience at Sorrento. This should never happen to any of our customers.
We are known for our professional and friendly staff but we have failed this time and we would like to apologise about that.
We will discuss this matter in further details with our wait staff to make sure this never happen again.

We hope you can give us another chance next time.

Thank you

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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

Great food with attentive staff. We had calamari and a salad as one main and the seafood risotto as second. Tasty and good size portions. Did follow up with a shared brownie!

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank CAJG2537
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Reviewed 6 February 2024

Best meal so far on this holiday, and there have been some excellent meals. We had the beef cheeks which matched perfectly with a bottle of Sicilian wine. Highly recommended if you are in Taupo.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Thank Phillipa N
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