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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
Closed now
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are regulars at Cafe Valentios and the food & staff are all amazing. Tamara is a fantastic maitre d always so helpful & really looks after all the customers, very friendly & is always happy to see us. Henry on the bar is also fantastic & will go out of his way to help with anything you require &... More 

Thank Tony T
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really fun place for a tasty Italian meal. Excellent, attentive and very witty wait staff added to the atmosphere.

Thank John H
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw reviews on Trip Advisor so went there for an evening pizza. Pizza was great and we saw all these great looking Italian dishes coming out of the kitchen. So we went back the next day for lunch. Fantastic Italian food - not common in New Zealand.

Thank Raymond C
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this restaurant on tripadvisor. We were not expecting much at first as we just wanted to have a dinner before we left the country. Once we stepped into the restaurant, services were good. They were helpful and cheerful. The food was great and their recommended dishes (by one of their staffs) were excellent! The best part of the... More 

Thank 532heia
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a shame we didnt get seated in a booth as requested at time of booking but it did seem quite busy. Seating is very tight though and you feel a little too close to the people next to you. Had the three cheese crispy fried ravioli for starters, my partner had the scallops - both delicious, came out... More 

Thank jw1990
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148 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found the restaurant on TripAdvisor and was delighted when we showed up outside. The service in New Zealand is fine but our sweet Italian waitress was very accommodating, actually checking back with us after the dinner was served. She sweetly corrected my butchered pronounication of the menu items. Delicious "Summer Kiwi" drink, wine, spaghetti, pizza, bread and toasted ravioli. Even... More 

Thank tucsondesertrats
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing staff and decor. Loved the feel of the restaurant. We had arrived after having our dinner so decided to settle for a dessert and we were not let down by it. It's was just amazing. Will definitely come back for the mains

Thank Ambica A
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this little beauty while walking the streets of Christchurch. Received a warm welcome and seated quickly even though we walked in off the street. Good was sensational. Nice warm atmosphere, the pear-tini that my wife had was perfect. I had a few local beers on tap.

Thank L N
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great as per usual. This is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in NZ. Always quick, efficient service. Good atmosphere and is always very busy- even though we were there on a Tuesday night we could only get a table at the bar as we hadn't booked!

Thank Ecoop_nz
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been treated out on a surprise date, I had no idea where I was going, and as a massive foodie, I tend to look at reviews and search up a little more about where I am going. We had shown up to Cafe Valentino! I was pleasantly surprised! The restaurant itself was beautiful and the food was literally... More 

Thank anchalee7

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?