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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

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93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real...
Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 Pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 Pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS STRICTLY BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.
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  • 326
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  • 124
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 10
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  • 2
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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
Nice place, good food, good service

I enjoyed dinner here - it's a nice place to eat: plenty of space, good atmosphere. My starter was a Pork Belly dish, from the specials board - which was very good. I then had the Ragu with Tagliatteli. The sauce was good but the ground beef did feel a little dry - it felt that the mince had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Simon L
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed dinner here - it's a nice place to eat: plenty of space, good atmosphere. My starter was a Pork Belly dish, from the specials board - which was very good. I then had the Ragu with Tagliatteli. The sauce was good but the ground beef did feel a little dry - it felt that the mince had been... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

thank you so much for a great birthday weekend!! great food and service!! can cater for large groups, very cosey intimate dining to

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Orewa, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Went there for my daughters birthday, food and service was great, but you have to book as it's always very busy Nice decor and furniture Nice to sit outside in summer

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Been meaning to try this restaurant for some time, we went for lunch and tried several different dishes. Fresh ingredients, good service even though they were busy. Keen to go back for an evening meal.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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55 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Maybe I am spoiled by USA Italian but we thought our food here was just OK. I don't even remember what we ordered, it was just not memorable, I'm afraid.

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Francesca's is deservedly a very popular restaurant. The food is delicious. But it 'suffers' for its popularity - the tables are quite close together and there is a lot of movement from serving staff and diners (pretty quick turnover even at dinner) and the noise levels are, well, loud. We found it a little difficult to relax and it definitely... More 

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FIKWanaka, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your review and for dining with us. I appreciate you taking the time to write and am glad that you enjoyed the food. We are a very busy restaurant and vibrant is a very good way to describe us. We are working on sound proofing issues for when we are very busy and hope to... More 

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Great place just love the atmosphere and the food! Awesome place to have a get together with your friends or just the two of you. Will definetly visit again.

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FIKWanaka, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you very much for your kind review. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We rarely go to italian restaurants outside Italy but we had read nice reviews of this restaurants and i admit it was a pleasant discovery. Kids loved it as we took a table outside and there was a small green area for them to play. Pizza and the rest were very nice.

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FIKWanaka, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us. I am glad you enjoyed the pizza. Cheers! More 

Bangkok
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The place is a bit difficult to find because it's in the back of the Main Street building. You won't be disappointed to eat here and it's up there at the very high level as reviewed by most. The wood-fired pizza and pasta dishes were delicious.

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FIKWanaka, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your review. Cheers! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The food and wine here is easily some of the best Italian I've had any where in the world - including Italy. Service was of the highest standard, and because its all so good its great value for money.

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FIKWanaka, Owner at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your lovely review. Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5599

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 23
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 Pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 Pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS STRICTLY BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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