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Rocco's Italian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
(03) 578 6940
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

You will think you have been transported into another era when you walk through the door and they make no apology for it. this hanging chianti bottles from the ceiling and plastic menus and you get an idea but don't let that put you off. The food is generous and delicious. Honest food as it should be. There's a nice... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

From pasta to steak and loads in between. You will go home FULL. If you have a special request, tee it up with Mr Rocco and he will see you right. Top off the night with a little liquer.

Thank c4Barb
Blenheim, New Zealand
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134 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

This restaurant is doing something right. We came in on a rainy Wednesday night fairly early to find only a couple of people there. Then all of a sudden it started filling up quickly! Typically restaurants are dead on a Wednesday night not to mention when it's raining! Saw a lot of locals here. Forget the complaints about the decor.... More 

Thank hotrodgurl
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Stayed close to Roccos's and was delighted to find such a lovely welcoming restaurant so close to our accommodation! We both had pasta mains which were enormous and delicious as was the garlic bread and dips. Highly recommend the "wobbly" coffees to finish. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Blenheim.

Thank Nicola504
Wellington, New Zealand
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

The decor is atrocious! There's an old fish tank someone has filled with balloons, as well as very dated murals. The staff left a lot to be desired, we enquired about a certain wine, only for the waitress to tell us 'I don't know, I just write it down, take it to the bar and they pour it'. The food... More 

Thank wildfroufrou
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Over the last nearly 20 years we have been going back to Rocco's for a feed. Yes, the decor is exactly the same as it was then and a little faded - but seriously - who cares when you are getting a meal like the ones served at Rocco's?!! This time there were 6 of us - we all ordered... More 

Thank liliz
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

I couldn't even place an order for pick up and I was prepared to wait. They might have been busy, but I sure 1 dish wouldn't have made much difference. Very rude and abrupt on the phone.

Thank 8aaronp
Mystic, Connecticut
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Went tonight and I had the vegetarian pasta and my husband had the special lasagna for the evening. We were very happy with our choices and would highly recommend this place.

Thank Avalonavalon
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119 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

It's an humble small restaurant with typical italian deco on the wall. Food is super delicious and authentic. If I live closeby blenheim would have come back again and again without a doubt. Service was nice and friendly. The food is definitely what you should come here for. 5 star for the meals!

Thank WonderGey
Blenheim, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2016

Turn the clock back 20 years and you'll be here. Visited many years ago and still the same, although the fish in aquarium have long since died, with the aquarium being reused a balloon repository. The food however is excellent and the pasta dishes unsurpassed in size and flavour. If I were blind and flavour is all that mattered it... More 

Thank aebrown242

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Blenheim
  • Phone Number: (03) 578 6940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?