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“Fine but nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Toscana

La Toscana
108 Milford Rd, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
(03) 249 7756
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Ranked #7 of 28 Restaurants in Te Anau
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dunedin, New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fine but nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We had dinner here while staying in Te Anau. The restaurant was very busy (even on a Monday evening) which can be taken as a positive sign. The food was fine but nothing special - Te Anau is a long way from Italy so don't get carried away with other reviewer comments. My main impression of the place was that we felt somewhat rushed by the waiting staff, despite both being fast eaters and the restaurant being virtually empty after 8.30pm - perhaps the staff wanted to get home early? Or perhaps it would be more charitable to describe the staff as highly efficient? Which they were, to be fair - though I swear my empty plate was on its way back to the kitchen a split second after I released my fork for the final time. Perfectly pleasant people and place though. Would we come back again? Maybe.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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MarkLaToscana, Owner at La Toscana, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. It is a shame you didn't seem to enjoy it as much as other reviewers have, and I can understand that if you felt rushed that certainly wouldn't have helped with your experience. I have talked with the girls about ensuring that guests aren't rushed along with their meals. I hope the next time you visit Te Anau we can turn that maybe into a yes and you're able to experience a more relaxed La Toscana :) Thanks, Mark
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Local David”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Excellent, fresh Italian food. Small and friendly restaurant and very busy- a good indicator. Fair prices and while the menu is limited the quality is top end.
Highly recommended and better than it's Italian neighbour competitor in my opinion.
Only minor criticism - the waitress did not pour a sample of wine for tasting and acceptance.

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MarkLaToscana, Owner at La Toscana, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi David, thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. Always fantastic to get a locals perspective! See you again soon, Mark :)
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Chester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Just on the main street where there is lots of parking. Great Italian food and friendly staff. You can BYO drinks.

Visited March 2013
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MarkLaToscana, Owner at La Toscana, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. Stoked that you felt we have "great Italian food and friendly staff" :) Hope to see you again soon, Mark
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Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“When in Te Anau, why not do what the Romans do?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We ate here twice and both times enjoyed the friendly, relaxed and efficient service that supported great food. If you don't eat anything else there, have the "Dolce di Vera" beautifully light and delicious. The chef seems to have a real flair with desserts, but the mains also were very tasty. Well priced for what you get, with a good wine list, strong coffee (yay!) and a surprisingly good Grappa.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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MarkLaToscana, Owner at La Toscana, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. Great to hear you enjoyed it so much, we love it when people decide to eat here multiple times on their stay, it lets us know we are doing it right :) Hope to see you on your next visit to Te Anau, Mark :)
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Perth, Western Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were in Te Anau just for 2 nights and we ate at La Toscana both nights because the food was fantastc and staff very friendly.

  • Visited January 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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MarkLaToscana, Owner at La Toscana, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. Really thrilled that you enjoyed it so much! Hope to see you again soon, Mark :)
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