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Cafe Valentino

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168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-377 1886
11:45 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:45 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 16:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:45 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:45 - 22:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Like your favorite pair of shoes this restaurant just feels right. A warm environment with great service and super food. Food spans all the classic Italian fare plus a few excellent dishes for those non-fans of pasta and pizza. The only criticism is that tables are very close together.

1 Thank shouldhavebeenanAB
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, busy and vibrant. Food was excellent and competitively priced and portions amazing! Staff all very friendly and helpful.

Thank Jim M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

During my stay in Christchurch, Cafe Valentino was my favorite restorant that I have visited several times. My friends and I were seated immediately and served the tasty cocktails recommended by staff. We opted for the steak with was done as per our preferences and the waitress Stacey recommended a great red wine to compliment the meal. It s a... More 

Thank Bocca T
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The best place I have eaten out at in over a year. The staff are friendly and helpful, the range of food is good, and all of it nice. So good that I went back again. I only wish that my wife had joined me on the trip (was for business)

Thank matthewprocter
New Delhi, India
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

How many times you have gone to a restaurant where you waited one hour for the table n still the manager has audacity to say " we are a busy rest. If you can't wait you can leave".. Such was our recent visit to this place where even when food was good, the rudeness of staff, one hour waiting and... More 

Thank sakshiserene
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is way way over rated. The food isn't even as good as hell pizza. Beer on tap was tasty but otherwise won't be in a hurry to go back.

Thank JimmyMayfairChch
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing. I can't fault this restaurant at all. The decor is amazing, the food is the best food I've EVER tasted and that's not an exaggeration not only that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to dine there. I would 100% recommend anyone to dine there, the pasta was amazing. I ate the cannelloni and it was delicious!... More 

Thank 21girl21
New Zealand
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and food was ok. Pleasant surroundings and an expansive menu. It was very busy on a Friday night.

Thank Julie S
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want Italian, forget it. Wanted an authentic Italian meal but very disappointed. Excellent chianti. Average calamari, melanzane was forgettable. Could not eat it. Helpful wait staff.

Thank Johann V
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked only about 1hr before ariving there and I can tell you the whole menu looked absolutely amazing, and what I did have was so delicious. Especially the coffee tirimisu, that was to die for! I would defiantly go back there. The whole restaurant was packed but we still didn't have to wait to long for our food, just... More 

Thank Michaeljhowey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$14
Italian, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:45 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:45 - 22:00
11:45 - 22:00
11:45 - 22:30
11:45 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-377 1886
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

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