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La Caverna

57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
+44 1305 262500
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (29 reviews)
“steak” (34 reviews)
“zabaglione” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The cooking at the Caverna seems to get better and better and in all honesty I have rarely had better Italian food outside Italy. Actually, I would go further; as someone that lived in Italy for many years, I would say that Franco's cooking is...More

Thank dunco2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, I'm very picky. And this place certainly serves good pasta, and decent pizzas. The ambience is good (you eat down in a cellar made to look Italian), the staff are great. But....The pizzas are not quite there. Too much topping, The mozzarella is not...More

Thank OlderGuy1956
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely family owned , non chain,( always good to visit a non chain ) Italian restaurant , hidden away in Dorchester . Essential to book, we arrived 6.30pm as it opened and only got a table due to a last minute cancellation....More

Thank Normal789
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We found this place a few months ago and liked it so much that we went again. We were not let down as the pasta for all of us was excellent. The service was friendly and attentive and were able to answer our question with...More

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 2 February 2018

We have eaten at La Caverna for many years. As a couple, with family and as a larger groups & have never been disappointed. Franco & Ali are faultless in their skill & passion. Their ability to satisfy a full restaurant, regardless of customer's individual...More

Thank 6699HUGO
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

An excellent meal from beginning to end! Being new to the area, myself and my family were after an Italian meal that was not going to leave us feeling underwhelmed. After walking past a lot of generic ‘Italian restaurants’ we came across this lovely, authentic...More

Thank Jo K
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Have been going here for years and can honestly say (having tried other Italian eateries in Dorchester and Weymouth) that La Caverna is the best of them all and I would imagine probably in the top 10 nationally as well. Superb food, superb ambience and...More

Thank peaches467
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Visited this restaurant with friends who frequent. unfortunately, it was a busy Friday evening before Christmas. The waiting staff were excellent, friendly and polite and the food was very good. However, as the evening went on and the kitchen came to a halt after service,...More

5  Thank flyholt
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

We decided to try this restaurant after reading the reviews on here and we weren't disappointed, the meal was fantastic and nothing was too much for the staff, who were friendly and helpful. The actual dining area is down stairs and is tastefully decorated with...More

2  Thank peter026
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

I said last year that we would be back! Another excellent evening with old friends, good food, wine and attentive service. Anybody hereabouts making disparaging comments about this little restaurant are clearly talking out of the top of their hat (or indeed somewhere else round...More

2  Thank Paul S
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Questions & Answers
9 March 2018|
Response from honeymoonersdorset | Reviewed this property |
not sure they are best to look on website or call
12 January 2018|
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Response from peaches467 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, restaurant only.
11 August 2016|
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Response from peaches467 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure you could ask for a child's sized spag bol or similar. It's more of an adults eatery though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262500
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