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All 29 Te Anau Restaurants

Cafe La Dolce Vita

90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
64-3-249 8895
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Ranked #12 of 29 Restaurants in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

It may be a long way from Verona but La Dolce Vita serves great Italian food. We had a mix of pasta, venison and veal dishes and each one was done to perfection. I saw one review criticising the host but he was good fun and the service was quick and friendly. Worth a visit if you're in town and... More 

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Having thoroughly enjoyed our meal the last time we were here in 2011 this was another automatic choice when we decided to come back. However, since last time things have changed and not for the better. The restaurant seemed much bigger and far less cosy and intimate than I remembered. The service wasn't to the standard of 2011 either and... More 

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Queenstown New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Food ok, service unbelievably shocking. Owner/manager needs kiwi host course. He embarrasses his staff in front of patrons. Bad image for tourism!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Fantastic italian cooking after a week travelling around it was the first italian restaurant we found. This may have made the experience an unusual highlight.

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Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This restaurant is definitely one of the best we went to while in New Zealand. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The seating was all outdoor with plenty of shade. The pastas were made in house and all the ingredients were fresh and delicious. Even the house wine was quite good. If you are looking for an authentic Italian... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had an amazing night. We started with entrees and drinks which were fast and super tasty, we had a toddler with us and the staff were very helpful with her needs and even made a special pizza that looked like Mickey mouse. Couldn't complain about anything with the main it was absolutely amazing I had version and it was... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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76 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a good italian meal in Te Anau, La Dolce Vita is the place to go. It's run by a "real" italian gentleman. Good food, nice service & good location. They have a huge outdoor patio for seating. We had a salad, pizza & a little wine. All were very good.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

They were very nice to accommodate our group of 6 people without a reservation on New Year's eve. We were immediately seated at our table and the service was very friendly and efficient (our servers were an Italian and a Brazilian young lady). My fettuccine al salmon (fresh home-made pasta) was very good, as were the bruschetta.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The food was good but seemed very expensive. The service was slow. The outside patio setting was very nice.

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Auckland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There seems to be a torrid three-way battle for the Italian restaurant dollar in Te Anau and this place advertises itself as the only place in town run by true Italians. And that seems to be right. It's a large place with a lot of tables out of the pavement (presumably they ship them indoors in winter or when it... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe La Dolce Vita

Address: 90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64-3-249 8895
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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