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Cafe Dolce Vita

unsure, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #21 of 29 restaurants in Te Anau
Cuisines: Italian
Most recent review
- Apr 28, 2014
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

After a long day in Doubtful sound, Cafe Dolce Vita was an ideal place to unwind with wine and some lip smacking Italian food. The owner/person who served us was willing to engage and give his recommendations on choice of wine. Food wise the soul, garlic bread, pasta .....all were great, although with a little adaptation. Not that we took... More

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West Sussex
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465 reviews 465 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were recommended to eat here and whilst it is not inexpensive, the food is very good - Italian with a Kiwi twist. Staff were efficient and friendly and the place was buzzing on a Saturday evening. I would recommend booking ahead - and if you are from Europe you will want a later time than many locals seem to... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a huge restaurant with large areas for indoor and outdoor dining. They have an extensive menu with selections of Italian and New Zealand cuisine. The lasagne is delicious.

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New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

If you love quality food with good fun service, this is the place to go. Christina, Roberto and their staff make you feel very welcome. We dined there both nights we stayed in Te Anau, trying the beef and venison the first night and pasta the second. (Crayfish pasta exceptional). Large variety of dishes (entree, main & dessert), beers and... More

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Manly, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

After a tiring day in Milford Sound, La Dolce Vita was the perfect restaurant to fill our bellies. The food was delicious (particularly the carrot and pumpkin soup and the venison main). The carafe of Italian wine was excellent value too. Would strongly recommend this great local Italian.

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

After a less than satisfying dinner from another local restaurant we decided to take our dessert order to Café Dolce Vita. We ordered the Red Velvet Roulade and Chocolate Pot. Both desserts were tasty but i would have preferred the Roulade to have been room temp rather than slightly defrosted. The chocolate pot was good but the texture was a... More

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Ogden, Utah, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were referred to café La Dolce Vita from the inn keeper at Blue Thistle Cottages where we were staying. She gave us a coupon for a free glass of limoncello following our dinner and assured us that we would be well taken care of by Roberto. We arrived a bit before 5:00pm which is when they are open for... More

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Sure Roberto is over the top but his passion comes through in the quality of his food. The service was excellent and the chat with the owner and waiter delightful. If you want quality Italian food and a good eating experience then this is the place to dine in Te Anau. The prices were a tad on the high side.

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Moira, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I can sympathise with the previous reviewer, Stefan and the owner has apparently a reputation for being an eccentric.Not withstanding that we had two excellent meals at his establishment, without any sign of this trait. An excellent spinach dumpling as a starter, followed by an equally good venison dish. The deserts were excellent too. We eat outside and were very... More

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Zurich
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My worst restaurant experience in NZ. I got the wrong food (different meal than I ordered), I got the wrong bill (72$ instead of 32$) and then I even was short changed (only by a dollar). When I talked to the manager he said 'come on, where's the problem' and walked away. As I waited and told him, that this... More

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