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Rocco's Italian Restaurant

5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
(03) 578 6940
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Ranked #41 of 80 restaurants in Blenheim
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 8, 2014
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English first
Blenheim, New Zealand
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112 reviews 112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Had a really nice evening at Rocco's with a couple of friends. Having eaten in a few Italian restaurants we thought the decor was quaint and in keeping to what is normal in Italy apart from the unusual sight of a fish tank full of balloons!! That being said it was warm and clean and you were not made to... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I love the family feel of this restaurant, the host ( who I guess is the owner) is friendly and charming! The food is amazing I cannot fault this restaurant for a enjoyable, full dinning experience.

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Rotorua
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Our second visit in two years was worse than the first! While the food is good the service particularly from (who we presume is) the ownerc never ceases to amaze. Last year he tried to tell us a glass of Sav (because the bottle was open and he wanted to finish it) was in fact Chardonnay, coffee machine not working... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My wife and I came here with friends during a recent trip to Blenhiem. As the title suggestions the decor makes you feel as if you have stepped bak in time, however this is not totally unpleasant. The food was of a high standard, my steak was perfectly cooked. Also the portions of pasta were huge and filled with fresh... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We went to Rocco's (on recommendation) and now almost a month later as I read some of the other TA reviews I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking that this was one of the less enjoyable meals we had in our three weeks in NZ. I had fish fillets and they seemed frozen, out of a box and deep fried... More

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Any chance I get I will go to Roccos, the service is great servings are generous I never leave there hungry,although the decor is dated I don't think you could change it that's Roccos signature look. But I wish they would either fill the fish tank up with fishes or get rid of it. LOVE ROCCO'S!

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Hidden away on the edge of town, don't be deceived by the Fawlty Tower-esque appearance! The food was surprisingly good, the staff friendly and the overall atmosphere warm and comfortable. Well done, and thanks for a lovely evening Rocco's!

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Although the decor is a little old, the food is pleasant enough and good value. We're not talking fine-dining, just standard pub type fare. The service was great though and the owner/manager gave us all a free shot of Amarula to finish our meal. Nicely done.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had date night here last night & the food was excellent as always. Service always is brilliant & last night was no exception. I think it looked like a spring clean had occurred since last time we had been. Even though the decor is dated the food always outshines it.

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New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This restaurant is long past it's heyday. Dated decor and stale smell. We sat next to an old empty fish tank. Food lower than average but price higher than average. There was absolutely nothing special about our food. I can cook better at home. My suggestion would be that the owner go back to his roots and cook fresh Italian... More

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