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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staying open later than other restaurants in downtown Turangi, Valentinos offers standard pasta and other wholesome Italian staples with no frills. The Bolognese and Gnocchi dishes we sampled were satisfactory and filling. I regret that I have to echo the comment of a previous reviewer about the waitress service. We ordered smaller sized pasta portions but were billed for one... More 

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Bellaire, Michigan
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132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here only because it was one of the few places open that day. The Italian selections were limited and expensive. We finally ordered and eventually it came. In the meantime we drank lots of water. The meat was not done properly but service was so poor that we ate it. Then she didn't bring the bill until we... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not traditional Italian food that this Italian American is used to eating...the pizza was ok, the other three meals in our party were pretty bad. Not many restaurants in Turangi, but this was not a good choice for our party of four. Pretty dissapointed...the service was pretty efficient on the plus side

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Thank captkess59
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I've been going to Valentinos at very irregular intervals for literally decades now so I feel a certain fondness for it. It certainly seems to polarise opinion here and while I certainly wouldn't place it in the running for NZ's best Italian restaurant (especially having been at Poderi Crisci on Waiheke Island about three days earlier) I wouldn't condemn it... More 

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Thank Alasdair A
Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

We wanted to get some carbs before our trip to Tongariro on the next day. We asked the waitress what was popular. I got the bolognese spaghetti and my bf had some white cream linguine. His was okay-ish but the pasta was overcooked. Mine was really bad, the sauce was brown, not red, and had a weird taste of nutmeg.... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We came here on Wednesday 25th Jan 2017 despite the awful exterior we were intrigued as the media article on the front was very positive. The calamari wasn't cooked, the kids pizzas were frozen and the overall dinner was just not nice. Felt sorry for the new waitress who kept being told of by the Owner.

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came across this restaurant on a cold, rainy evening, neither of us were interested in the smokey pub across the road. While the outside appearance isn't too appealing, the food was good and decently priced. The staff were friendly and there was a cozy atmosphere.

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Thank Kalia A
Nelson, New Zealand
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

There have been some pretty good Italian restaurants around and about New Zealand over the years, in Wellington and Nelson especially, but also in the central North Island, where Italian tunnelers who were employed in the late 50's and early sixties on the various hydro schemes left their marks in places like Tokora and Turangi. A generation later we can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Sorry to write such a bad review, but this was just one bad thing after another. I would recommend going across the road to the tavern instead. We paid nearly $100 for pasta that was from the packet and I steak that tasted horrific (I don't even know how they did it). The foccacia was just normal bread chopped up.... More 

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Turangi, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We are locals, so are very lucky to have a genuine Italian resturant on our doorstep. The welcome at the door is very genuine, the selection of food mouthwatering, the sweets,well to be honest we are normally so full that there is no room left

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
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?