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“Best pasta restaurant in Ch-Ch”
Review of Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino
Ranked #48 of 1,225 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Benvenuti. Since 1991 Cafe Valentino has been one of Christchurch's favourite dining and drinking destinations, and it's easy to see why. Cafe Valentino offers superb food, an excellent bar and great atmosphere! Lunch at 3.00? Dinner at 9.00? No problem! Café Valentino is an all day restaurant. Enjoy a drink at the bar choosing from more than 35 selected wines by the glass, a superb range of local boutique beers and international beers on tap including an Italian selection. Or try a cocktail from our contemporary and classic mix. If you are a wine connoisseur try a wine from our 'Vault' collection which offers over 60 of New Zealand and Australia's finest wines including a great selection of our world famous Pinot Noir. Thirst quenched? Time for some great food! Try a pizza, the sort of pizza that only an Italian wood fired oven can produce, or try something from our pasta selection. Or perhaps one of our award winning New Zealand beef and lamb dishes. Since 1997 (except for 2012 when we were destroyed by an earthquake) Cafe Valentino has been awarded the coveted Gold Plate for New Zealand Beef and Lamb excellence. Finish off your meal with one of our delicious desserts, everything is made fresh daily on the premises. Our full menu is available on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon at Cafe Valentino. Ci Vediamo Presto
Reviewed 7 September 2023

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

Date of visit: September 2023
Thank William R
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

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.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Thank SDRJB
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Reviewed 3 August 2023

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.

Date of visit: July 2023
Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 28 June 2023

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.

Date of visit: June 2023
3  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 24 June 2023 via mobile

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.

Date of visit: June 2023
Thank MartinC6200
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