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La Caverna

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57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
(01305) 262 500
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
70s style Italian

Was not keen to go here in the first place but was pleasantly surprised. Genuine cavern atmosphere. Good service. Best whitebait i've ever had and the type of pizzas that I like. Alcohol not the cheapest in town. We will be back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
HollydayBear
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Maiden Newton, United Kingdom
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Maiden Newton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was not keen to go here in the first place but was pleasantly surprised. Genuine cavern atmosphere. Good service. Best whitebait i've ever had and the type of pizzas that I like. Alcohol not the cheapest in town. We will be back.

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite restaurants. The aubergine starter on the specials menu was superb. Great selection of main courses. Pizza was very good but the steak was excellent. Good selection of Italian wines. Would recommend this place to anyone.

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Thank Ben T
Sherborne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had never been to this little gem in Dorchester and found it busy on a Wednesday night. Ate entirely from the specials board and enjoyed starters and mains equally. The duck was superb and the hake, although pretty spicy, was beautifully cooked. So much more character than the Italian chains...

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had 1 night's stay in Dorchester for my 9yr old son's birthday and booked La Caverna via Trip Advisor reviews. Starters good. Pizza for 2 of the table both watery and duck main a little firm but tasty. Puddings OK. Good choice of wines. Had to ask for coffees and Strega and again for the bill but it was a... More 

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Thank Loopylou67
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Dorchester for one night and needed to find a nice restaurant to eat. We googled top ten restaurants in Dorchester and this one came up. It didn't disappoint . It is in the cellar of a building and the decor is rustique but the welcome, service and especially food does not disappoint. This is a 'proper'... More 

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Thank Chrissie01_13
Coventry, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Great food, Great service and not too expensive. My colleague ate from the main menu, I chose from the specials board. My pasta dish was superb, and my colleagues steak was succulent and cooked beautifully. I would have preferred to be with my wife, but I cant mark them down for that!

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Thank Mike B
Owermoigne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I have been a customer at La Caverna for about 17yrs. I choose it because I know we will have a wide menu to suit all guests, food is fresh & inventive - chef/owner is Franco. An intimate atmosphere is created in the low ceiling cellar - we celebrated my 91yr old mother's birthday there recently (but the deep steps... More 

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Thank mummysailor1959
Dorset, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

On first arrival was a little shocked to see how low the ceiling was. Sitting up against the curved ceiling can feel a bit claustrophobic. The decor is quite authentic with fresco style images painted on walls. The service was very good and friendly. Didn't feel hurried or over interfered with. All the food was delicious, however one of our... More 

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lymington
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Went for the first time good atmosphere main was the size of the starter I had arriabbata and added chicken good flavour but so small eaten in a couple of minutes not good value for money

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Horley, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited this lovely little restaurant to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday, looking for something a little different and we found it! Aside from the strange picture of the half naked the doorway, the decor of the restaurant downstairs was beautiful. The staff were very attentive and helpful, and the service was very quick. The prices are reasonable and we found... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: (01305) 262 500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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