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La Caverna

57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
(01305) 262 500
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Ranked #12 of 105 restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

An ideal Italian restaurant to take a mixed party of adults and teenagers. The food is very fresh and authentic with plenty of choice for more adult tastes but fussy teenagers can also discuss what they would like and one even had a special dish devised solely for him. The service is friendly and every one in our party had... More

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Sunny Essex
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Don't be fooled by the outside, from the street looked a bit shabby, like a take away about to shut. To our surprise we were shown into "la caverna", a charcter filled underground restaurant. What followed was an evening of great food and atmosphere, it is 'proper' Italian, not the Prezzo type alternative. Service was very friendly and polite, neither... More

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Sussex
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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting relatives in Dorset, they booked for us to eat in this restaurant and not knowing the area we just hoped for a pleasant meal in an Italian Restaurant, well what a great surprise this place is. As others have stated the "frontage" belies the reality of the actual restaurant itself. Be escorted down the stairs into the basement that... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Overall we had a nice meal at La Caverna. The underground setting is very interesting but some of the tables seem quite claustrophobic, especially as we were initially put in a corner, but when we asked to move there was no problem. The food was yummy, and there was plenty of choice on the menu. The only issue was the... More

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brighton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Booked this after reading Trip Advisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. The setting was lovely and quite different to anywhere else we've eaten. Service was spot on, with our lovely waitress offering bread, olives, oil and vinegar etc. Fab main course. We didn't have dessert but our 2 boys did. Best profiteroles our son said he'd ever had and the... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Went for a birthday. Had the duck from the specials, delicious. Loved everything about it, a very different but lovely venue and pleasant staff.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Fabulous meal, fantastic, attentive, professional staff and a lovely ambience. I eat out alot and believe me, La Caverna is really, rather special. This has to be the best meal I`ve had in a long time. It was so god damned delicious I can`t find the words to do it justice! All I can say is that if you want... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Visited here for dinner after researching for a good place to eat during our one night stay in Dorchester. We were not disappointed. It's an unusual place with lots of character. Don't be fooled by the restaurant frontage. You eat downstairs in the cellar, with arched ceiling. Food was excellent and service spot on.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Visited to celebrate a birthday and both me and my boyfriend were impressed with the portion sizes. Ordered more than we could eat and were able to have the rest of the food wrapped up so we could take it home. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome. The food was incredible, THE BEST... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

There were 13 of us for dinner and the restaurant suggested we pre-order. This was an excellent idea as otherwise the faffing about can take half an hour. The whitebait was great: crisp and hot. The pizza was also crisp and generously filled. Side salads and dressing were delicious. One member of the party persuaded 5 people to ask for... More

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