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Cafe La Dolce Vita

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90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
+64 3-249 8895
17:30 - 20:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 20:00
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Eden, Utah
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had the Monkfish encroute with braised Fennel and vegetables. OMG! It was to die for! Fish so favorful and tender, same with fennel and veggies. I ate everything but the paper that surrounded the fish! Excellent service from charming Italian maitre'di and servers.

Thank Bethersk
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is good, authentic, northern Italian served by Roberto and his young, friendly Italian staff. Pasta was great; the pizza wood fired. If they redecorated, they could probably double their prices because the food and menu options are really fine. This place would be a standout in most US cities.

Thank Bud W
Perth, Australia
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84 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent Italian restaurant. The food is freshly cooked and delicious. The service is excellent and the staff very friendly. The restaurant is unpretentious and offers a wide choice of dishes. This is an excellent place at which to dine in Te Anau.

Thank Lesley18
chicago, illinois
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236 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on the reviews, I was very disappointed in this restaurant. My husband thought his pizza was okay, but my margherita pizza wasn't too good. We would not return. Ate wonderful pizza in various places in Italy and the US, and we love pizza! Perhaps we were unlucky, as other reviews seem to be great. Really though, perhaps try the... More 

Thank spotdog
Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday night in Te Anau most of the restaurants were empty but not this won. We were lucky to get a table. We weren't disappointed the food was great and staff excellent.

Thank Moyran68
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a generic Italian pizza place from the outside. Don't be fooled. Home cooked pasta. Wood fired pizza ovens. Loads of locals (good sign in my experience) and pleasant staff made for a fun evening. Wine list also decent. Whilst other places may have more "cache" in the town this is the place I'd go back to first!

1 Thank Paul M
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No spaghetti bolognaise or carbonara in sight! Pure Italian food at its best! Really simple and true Italian food in such a small town. Staff were all super attentive and the owner came and visited every table to make sure their meals were ok. Would come back to Te Anau just to eat here again! Loved!

Thank Rachael E
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not bad food and reasonably priced. Decor is a bit sparse and cafeteria like. Friendly people and service ok

Thank Susan B
Newcastle, Australia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually felt like Italian for dinner during our two night stay in Te Anau and found this Restaurant thanks to TripAdvisor reviews. Could not fault this Italian Dining Room, because that is what it felt like, you were dining in the owners dining room. The Pasta dishes were Buono and the Pizza also very nice. We enjoyed our meals... More 

Thank Michelle M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came with very little expectations and boy were we surprised! Both the owner and our waiter were Italians and were very welcoming and profesional. We asked for recomodation for starter and had the beef (forgot the name of the dish) which was amazing! For mains we had 2 pizzas which were out of this world, best we had in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau
  • Phone Number: +64 3-249 8895

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