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“Friendly Italian restaurant in a very convenient location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Cantina of Eastbourne

La Cantina of Eastbourne
8 Bolton Road | BN21 3JX, Eastbourne BN21 3JX, England
+44 1323 723023
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Ranked #1 of 3 Bakeries in Eastbourne
Price range: $0 - $45
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Mediterranean Bistro, beer and wine bar and Italian pizzeria.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Friendly Italian restaurant in a very convenient location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We have eaten at La Cantina four times in as many weeks. On each visit, we received a warm welcome from Ludo, the owner, and his excellent staff - all of whom are Italian. This restaurant is ideally situated if you want a break from Christmas shopping without wandering too far away from the town centre. It is spacious and very clean with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere: black and white photographs of old Italy adorn the walls and the background music (usually Italian or light classical) is soothing rather than intrusive. The lunch menu is very good value at £6.95 for a starter and main course. We like simple, tasty, well-presented food that is prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients so La Cantina is just right for us. Among the delicious food we ordered was potato and Parmesan croquettes with a tomato and cheese dipping sauce, broccoli in bechamel sauce, freshly-made minestrone with lovely bread, and penne with mushrooms and cream. The orange panna cotta was gorgeous too! One of the things that we particularly like about the staff is their kindness and patience with children: we had a three-year old with us and she was made to feel very special - the menu was adapted for her and she was treated with respect and courtesy. Unlike many chain restaurants, where you are practically sittting in the laps of people at the next table, the seating at La Cantina is well-spaced so that everyone can enjoy their meal without inadvertently intruding on the privacy of others. We also appreciated the very clean toilets with the lemon-scented hand wipes. This is a lovely place to eat for families, couples and friends, and would be a great venue for a staff meal at Christmas as there is plenty of room and the chef is excellent at changing the menu according to the needs of the customers. Buon appetito!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sussex
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“The heart of Italia in Eastbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

I have eaten here for both lunches and dinners and would visit every day if I could. The authentic food makes a welcome change from the chains. The food is well balanced with great presentation. Staff are attentive and this place takes me straight back to Tuscany and Umbria where freshly prepared local ingredients create great dishes. The baked ricotta cheese cake and the chocolate salami are my favorites. I can't wait till my next visit...There is something pretty special and unique about this place.


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  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Nice decor, friendly staff, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Nice clean decor, very friendly staff, but let down on the quality of food.

There is a limited menu, so you would expect the food to be top quality, the main course was of a good standard and the pasta was home made, but the starter was average and the desert was very poor, had it not been for the excellent staff, it would of been a lower score.

The price is about average for Eastbourne.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Perugia, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Fantastic little restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had a wonderful meal here last night. The food was fresh, flavours authentic and matched beautifully and the best chocolate and ricotta cheesecake I have ever tasted. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere took me straight back to Italy. A wonderful gem of a place that would make me not go near another so called 'Italian' in Eastbourne again. Beats all the chains hands down. Highly recommended for couples or friends, but the relaxed atmosphere would be great for families too.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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“Bowled over”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

One thing that Eastbourne can be accused of, is having more than its fair share of pizza & pasta restaurants. The chains are all there, zizi, pizza express, prezzos etc, along with a healthy dose of fairly standard independent options.
So hopefully, I can be forgiven for not being over enthusiastic, when invited to 'this brilliant, new Italian restaurant' in the town centre.

I've now been to La Cantina five times in as many weeks.

Since discovering this place, I can honestly say that you will not enjoy better food and service, in any restaurant, anywhere!

Each and every time I've been, I feel like I've been invited round to dine with the owners and staff, after hours. Such a relaxed and friendly environment.

The food is out of this world. After ordering from the menu the first few visits, I asked the waitress to roll out a selection of food that didn't appear on the menu. This, they were happy to do (as everything is prepared on the spot) and this did not disappoint either.

Simply put... Forget the others. Why waste your time. You HAVE to try La Cantina.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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