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Cafe La Dolce Vita

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90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
64-3-249 8895
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Te Anau
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157 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We regularly ate here when we lived in Te Anau. Roberto is a fantastic host with great cooking done by his wife Christina. Cafe La Dolche Vita served authentic Italian for from Robertos home town of Malchesina, the service was always good and the humour priceless. We will miss our weekly visits to this great institution in Te Anau.

Thank Bikehikers
Belmont, California
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114 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel and did not disappoint. I have a very restricted diet and they made something special just for me. It was excellent; one of the best meals I had on the trip. In addition, they truly cared that I enjoyed it and were happy when I did. I love the Italian family feel of... More 

Thank Kellie M
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

It is a very big restaurant with several rooms, all big, high ceilings and bright lights, no atmosphere at all. You can already see it from the outside. The food is ok but not Italian full of flavours explosion, simple and filling. We are not coming back again.

Thank reisverslaafde
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We went there because they offered a $45 dinner for 2. Garlic bread, 2 Pizzas or 2 Pastas. Didnt disappoint. Was yummy. Quick service

Thank lyn152016
Invercargill, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We went walking around Te Anau to see if we could find somewhere nice to have a meal to celebrate my 50th Birthday. We walked up to the outside menu board to see what was on offer and didnt even finish reading the menu before hightailing it out of there The restaurant was not yet open but the language being... More 

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Timaru, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Well Roberto was really good to catch up with you. Great meal last night. I'm so glad you accepted the voucher you produced 11 years ago when you thought it would be better to pay your bill for the work I did for you by voucher rather than money. It made my weekend to get one back at you. Every... More 

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Te Anau, null, New Zealand
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

The food at La Dolce Vita is well cooked and presented. Also authentically Italian. How Do I know this? I have now taken 2 Italian visitors there. The second compared one of the dishes favourably with her grandmother's cooking of the same dish. Roberto is a rather flamboyant Italian.

Thank Lois D
Toronto, Canada
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The atmosphere at this eatery was like dining in my high school cafeteria. High ceilings with bright overhead lighting (install dimmers for crying out loud). It made the whole experience uncomfortable - you just want to eat and run!!! The house wine was horrible - I should have known better. It was a public holiday so the place was packed... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The restaurant is barn like has no atmosphere. Although it was quiet when we arrived it soon filled up. Service was reasonable, but the food appeared suspiciously quickly. It seemed that it had been pre prepared and not cooked to order. To be honest it was nothing special.

Thank mc195003
Queenstown, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Great pizza! Owner is Italian and so are the chefs. Real Italian feel. Great service. Pizzas were delicious and so is the tiramisù and gelato. Went here 2 nights in a row. Yummyyy.

Thank FijaNL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Parking Available, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau
  • Phone Number: 64-3-249 8895

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?