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Cafe Valentino

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168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-377 1886
11:45 - 22:00
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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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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us. It was a good place for 8 of us to eat. Good food, generous portions and great building. Worth visiting.

Thank Elly W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have visited cafe valentino many times in the past... and it always disappoints me .. the staff, atmosphere, menu & bar are fantastic. I am always impressed & excited at the selection and combination of flavours in each dish they offer, but too often disappointed in the execution of the dishes. They are often flavourless. I have had the... More 

Thank TripleGal
Tauranga, New Zealand
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177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Melanzane and Marinara and they were both average. We were disappointed because the place was very noisy and the tables were too close together and we could hear the conversation of the next table.

Thank feipo
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found the restaurant on google as one of the better restaurants in Christchurch and my girlfriend loves pasta! Booked during the day and arrived to a free table with no problems. Waiter was extremely friendly and gave excellent advice on every query we had. We both had pasta and it was again excellent. The atmosphere is awesome and very good... More 

Thank Shaun S
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this Italian restaurant to eat Italian and the first thing we noticed that most people on other tables were having steak rather than the traditional Italian pizza and pasta. Its a very popular restaurant and were lucky to get a table. We had a spagetti pasta and plain margerita pizza as thats the fundementals of good Italian... More 

Thank zixo
Invercargill, New Zealand
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant recommended to us by two people within our first hour in Christchurch. We weren't disappointed. We were there early (bookings may be required if wanting to dine at peak times). Amazing how quickly it filled up. Pizzas lovely, we ordered too many but took away with us - there were five of us, realistically should have ordered three... More 

Thank GTG2
Miami, Florida
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626 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here with a friend that lives in Christchurch. The restaurant was packed and full of life. Food was very good and so was service. Highly recommend it.

Thank Alejandro Z
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't have the best experience here, perhaps we were there on a ridiculously busy night but the manager kept hassling our group because someone from our party was late (about 15-20 minutes) and that they had too many bookings to get through. It made us feel like we were just there to get in and get out. Adding to the... More 

1 Thank Christopher N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are only two kinds of steak, but both are delicious! The pizzas are also very nice because they baked by woods. The taste is very special

Thank Sally Y
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was perfect, reminded me of roaming the streets in Italy. The pasta was way to tempting with the perfect balance on flavour. The drinks menu had a good choice of everything. I would say it's a must try place when around the city area of Christchurch.

Thank Vishal D

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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
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
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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