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“Sharp AS”
Review of Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino
Ranked #23 of 977 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $14
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Benvenuti. Since 1991 Cafe Valentino has been one of Christchurch's favourite dining and drinking destinations, and it's easy to see why. Cafe Valentino offers superb food, an excellent bar and great atmosphere! Lunch at 3.00? Dinner at 9.00? No problem! Café Valentino is an all day restaurant. Enjoy a drink at the bar choosing from more than 35 selected wines by the glass, a superb range of local boutique beers and international beers on tap including an Italian selection. Or try a cocktail from our contemporary and classic mix. If you are a wine connoisseur try a wine from our 'Vault' collection which offers over 60 of New Zealand and Australia's finest wines including a great selection of our world famous Pinot Noir. Thirst quenched? Time for some great food! Try a pizza, the sort of pizza that only an Italian wood fired oven can produce, or try something from our pasta selection. Or perhaps one of our award winning New Zealand beef and lamb dishes. Since 1997 (except for 2012 when we were destroyed by an earthquake) Cafe Valentino has been awarded the coveted Gold Plate for New Zealand Beef and Lamb excellence. Finish off your meal with one of our delicious desserts, everything is made fresh daily on the premises. Our full menu is available on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon at Cafe Valentino. Ci Vediamo Presto
New Zealand
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23 reviews
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“Sharp AS”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

As soon as we entered this restaurant even before we ordered a drink I new it was going to be good. The manager introduced herself at the door and escorted us to bar for pre dinner drinks. The bar manager was on the ball and remembered what everyone was drinking and we were refilled at our table without waiting.
The waitress was from Italy and more pleasant person could not have been wished for. What a wonderful character she was. The food was excellent as was all of the service. Will definatly return here.

  • Visited March 2013
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Leek, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous meal and Atmosphere”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Visited here with 8 friends on our only night in Christchurch. Stumbled across the restaurant by accident and were seated and made very welcome within 5 minutes. Staff were very friendly and helpful and allowed us to wait for another friend to join us before we ordered.
We shared some bread between the table and order starters and main courses - one thing I will say is that this is a place for people with big appetites as the portions are on the large side!!
Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the meal even though most of us were unable to finish everything we ordered.
Would highly recommend this place to anyone who visits Christchurch, the menu is both vast and varied. Top Quality

  • Visited March 2013
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Colorado
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“Highly competent”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Ordered fish of the day (flounder), which was cooked perfectly. The chef really knew what he was doing.

Found the restaurant by accident. The CBD in Christchurch is pretty depressing at night now. This restaurant is a beacon of light.

I hope Christchurch will recover from the terrible events of two years ago. My best wishes to all my friends in NZ

Visited April 2013
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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103 reviews
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“Wecome back”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Brought two US friends that had just completed a 4 week trip round New Zealand and we were proud to be New Zealanders with the service and food quality we received from this restaurant. Shame it has lost its outside seating with the earthquake forcing a resiteing however a very welcome return to our restaurant offerings. Well done Valentinos.

  • Visited March 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“2 sittings meant we were rushed”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

The food is still great and a recent review that mentioned the inexperienced staff seems to have prompted them to be super friendly. Great atmosphere as always but I won't be rushing back. Arrived at 6.00 and was hoping for a drink at the bar before eating but had to be seated then and out by 7.30. I understand the necessity after the quake with so few restaurants but I felt like I'd take the kids out for an evening rather than making a night of it

  • Visited March 2013
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