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Valentinos Italian Restaurant

Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
(07) 386 8821
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Ranked #13 of 15 restaurants in Turangi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Apr 26, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I am so upset about the reviews I've seen about this place. I have been to some of the top restaurants in Auckland and Wellington because I consider myself a real foodie and Valentino's is, hands down, my favorite Italian restaurant I've ever been to. The Papparadelle with ham and the leek and walnut Tortelli with bacon is just the... More

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Weare, NH
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We visited here hoping for a nice Italian dinner at a reasonable price. The food was disappointing, and the prices were too high given the quality. During 6 weeks of traveling in NZ, this was the only seriously disappointing restaurant meal

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant from someone we met on the Tongariro crossing. We made a booking at 5pm for 6.30pm for ten people on a Saturday evening and were all looking forward to a satisfying meal after our hike. The menu and drinks list looked good but when the mains came out, they were without vegetables or salad. The... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Fairly expensive for what you get Food was ok though authentic Place is upstairs and dated but if you expect that it's ok I guess Reasonable but we don't need to go back

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Bonita Springs, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were looking for an inexpensive place to eat for dinner in Turangi and went knowing the reviews were mixed. The decor was ok for a lower priced restaurant and the host was perfectly nice. My entree was average but the bread was very good. The salad was mainly lettuce. If you go in with proper expectations then you won't... More

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Salisbury UK
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56 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

A major selling point here has to be that it is about the only restaurant open after 4PM in Turangi. I would not really describe the menu as typical Italian, but that said we found both the food and service to be good. We both had the specials and despite the rather bizarre (for an Italian) idea of serving chips... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

I was surprised to read that people found the staff unhelpful as we experience the exact opposite. She was very friendly and made our visit a pleasant one. Food was fine and sure the decor is dated but heck it's turangi after all.

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Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
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23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We hadn't been to Valentinos for 8 years and after reading the reviews we nearly gave it a miss but decided to give it a go anyway and we are glad we did. We like the fact that the decor hasn't changed, the same welcoming people still own and work it and the menu is still the same. Authentic Italian... More

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4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were amazed by the truly dire awfulness of this place. Sometimes when you find a restaurant with bizarre outdated decor it just might mean that the food is great. Not in this case. I honestly can't describe the experience other than to say that if you really truly cannot cook, cannot taste food and have never eaten real Italian... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This restaurant has appalling service and even worse food. We ordered four Carbonara, two Bolognese and a Chicken Masala. The Carbonara was cold and served with minimal sauce whilst the Bolognese and Masala had ample sauce that tasted revolting. The Bolognese only tasted of sage and the Masala sauce was bland and tasteless. All of these meals were very pricey... More

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