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Cafe Valentino

168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-377 1886
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (110 reviews)
“lamb skewers” (8 reviews)
“tiramisu” (20 reviews)
Open Now
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the place for an easy, casual dinner among the locals. Seating is rather tight, the buzz is great, the food is wholesome, the portions are big. Service is friendly and uncomplicated. Some people eat, but on many tables patrons just drank. Many dishes...More

Thank kuede
Reviewed 3 days ago

I must have been at a different restaurant to others who have written reviews as my experience was not good! To wait two hours for a main meal is not acceptable and then for some to be not cooked is even worse! To top it...More

Thank chrismc_12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous meal tonight with family. My daughter loved her kids meal, generous portions with free ice cream sundae. Very reasonable. Superb atmosphere. Will be back soon.

Thank 711angelaf
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great Food,great service,everything cooked to perfection.Had not visited for a good while,seems to have got its buzz back,great atmosphere.

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Christchurch is still being rebuilt and the restaurant was a little difficult to find on foot. We had been advised to book in advance and this was borne out when we arrived as it is a very popular location. The ambience and the menu are...More

Thank Jon_Janet
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hadn’t been to Cafe Valentino for a long while because a couple of years ago we went a couple of times and it didn’t measure up to pre-earthquake days. Went there today and their fantastic service and food is back. Wonderful service from the...More

Thank FionaC8
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Mid week dinner. Portions are very big I might even say overwhelming. I think they could pull that back a bit. Would recommend the ravioli i frutti for starter and creme brûlée for dessert. Mains were OK abut nothing we ordered on that night was...More

Thank F T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food, great service! Would definitely recommend and go back again! AAA+++ Parking on easy side of the street, could be busy during the weekends

Thank Kyle T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the ravioli of the day and penne basilicata- both were really nice. Tried the truffle fries (really nice) for starters but probably didn't need it as the pasta dishes are reasonably sized. Special thanks to the waitresses who were absolutely lovely as well.

Thank Femy P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe Valentino consistently deliver with quality Italian food and good service. The meals are generous in size, always delicious and nicely presented. I’ve always found them very accommodating even when busy and happy to modify meals to personal preference. Beautiful pasta!

Thank 941yuriv
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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