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“Best Spaghetti alla Marinara ever!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rocco's Italian Restaurant

Rocco's Italian Restaurant
5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
(03) 578 6940
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Ranked #46 of 87 Restaurants in Blenheim
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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“Best Spaghetti alla Marinara ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

This was one of the restaurants recommended to us by our B&B host at a Marlborough winery. We hadn't eaten Italian food for quite some time, so we decided to try Rocco's. The place was full of people. Busy, loud, many laughters. Intense atmosphere. I ordered Spaghetti alla Marinara and I'm happy that I did. It was the best Spaghetti alla Marinara that I've ever tried. Divine! I ordered just an entrée but it looked like a main course!

  • Visited February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“OK experience but restaurant dated and could do with a facelift”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

I have happy memories of this restaurant from when I lived in Blenheim back in the late 80's and Rocco worked and owned the restaurant.
Enjoyed the food which was ok but nothing special,
Took a while to get my order taken but young waitress pleasant and efficient.
Just looks so dated inside - really needs a facelift

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Amazing food complimented by traditional italian ambience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

I have been dining at Rocco's with family & friends for over 10 years slowly working my way through the entire menu.
Every meal from entree through to dessert are delightful. Pastas have just the right combination of devine ingredients to sauce & home made noodles, the meat dishes are cooked to perfection, aged when appropriate and succulent. Rocco's own platter of italian treats is a must as a starter.
All are complimented by the traditional italian ambience... maps of Italy and New Zealand joining carved from the paintwork leaving natural woodwork, an underwater view of venice, tanks of live fish from local waters, a warm open fire and wine bottles from past hanging over head definitly conversation points plus.
Fabio, Carlos and their team of happy staff provide spectacular service and all look pleased to be there, one waitress was even singing to herself whilst at work. Definitly a Marlborough favourite of mine.Thank you Rocco's See you again !

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dufftown
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
“2nd visit to Rocco's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

We had a great evening meal here 5 years ago whilst on holiday in New Zealand from Scotland. So we decided to go back again, and we were not disappointed. The food, crayfish and other Italian dishes were excellent. The Italian wine (not Lambrusco) was great too, a lovely combination together with the atmosphere of the restaurant. Lookinf forward going back again in 2015!! Ciau Rocco

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“can't recall now whether it was lonely planet or the rough guide which recommended this but rough it was........”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

we should have taken one look and walked right out agin but we were tired and hungry and head been driving round in heavy rain for ages looking for somewhere to eat. The food was terrible, rubber pasta dripping in oil and tasteless. The whole palce needed scrubbed down, the service was terrible, the atmosphere matched.

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