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Valentinos Italian Restaurant

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Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
+64 7-386 8821
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New Plymouth
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This classic Italian restaurant is a time warp in the best possible way. Dated decor may have you cringing initially but don't let that put you off, the chef hasn't changed in 25 years and is the real deal, we highly recommend the pasta, made with love and out of this would, the meat dishes were swimming in sauce but... More 

Thank Leenard
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

I've been visiting this resturant for many years and can never fault it. So nice to arrive and receive big hugs or smiles from karena and choose our table of comfort. We order far too much from starters to pasta which is all very nice. Unfortunately there isn't enough room for dessert. Thank you for the consistent service and yummy... More 

Thank Tania W
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

It's obvious when you visit who the target of the "poor service" comments is, so why not pop along to see for yourself and enjoy the amusement of it all. The waitress that served us was an absolutely delightful young lady who was perfectly polite and attentive and I really enjoyed her service. The meal was perfectly adequate but I... More 

Thank LaurianneEnglish
Wellington, New Zealand
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant on a freezing cold night where we could only spot BK. A little gem of 1970's kitsch decor. The minestrone was deeply flavoured and delicious I should have asked for a take home container. The leek and Walnut tortellini with brown nut butter and sage was a complete surprise as good if not better than... More 

Thank Keishamoon
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Not much street appeal, but once you walk up the stairs, it has a cosy and inviting atmosphere. The fact that the décor has not changed in 30 years is part of its charm - a real Turangi icon. So are the owners (the husband is also the chef). The food is very nice - try the duck livers for... More 

Thank LeroyBrown26
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We went to Valentinos as a group of 5 and were eager to see what they had to offer. Anyway when we got there we had to wait for 20mins to be seated and it was a child (customer) who told us that. When we were finally seated it felt like a 30min wait just for the menu. After ordering... More 

Thank ReeTarded
Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Don't judge a book by its cover is the moral of this place as I was dubious about going in purely from the outside viewpoint. However the meal was incredibly good and great value. Inside this is styled as a typical Italian Trattoria and it was indeed a no nonsense decor which was spotlessly clean. The chef was of Italian... More 

Thank Bernard R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Very impressed with the many gluten-free options. The meals were delicious and the servings were on the lagre side which meant desert had to be a take away :) Would recommend to all my family and friends.

Thank Michelle C
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

Went here for dinner in June. Everything was bad - the service was rude when I inquired about the menu. I got the T bone which was just a standard steak from countdown fried and dropped on a plate. my partner got the chicken which came in a creamy marsala sauce & it was pretty much in-edible. I've had this... More 

Thank Gabelong
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

My brother and I stayed in Turangi for hunting weekend... went to Valentines on recommendation of motel manager but came away very dissapointed. Mussel entree was steamed with absolutely no seasoning and main of Venison came as meat only on a plate with port wine sauce... side of chips served separately... venison was under cooked (which is odd coming from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-386 8821

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