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Rocco's Italian Restaurant

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5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
+64 3-578 6940
18:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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380 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't realised the extent that the dated decor and dark surroundings would impact on my enjoyment of the food. Place is very dated and needs an over haul. My prosciutto and melon was small and the prosciutto quite thick and fatty .. thought it was home made but told it wasn't. Tasted good. Seem to have bean sprouts with everything.

Thank Robert D
San Diego
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89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is a local place, and the food is huge portions and tasty. The dishes aren't exactly innovative or interesting, but they are classic italian. Good for a hungry group!

Thank TrinaDeee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Service here is great from the moment you walk in. Relaxed atmosphere and the owner/ head waiting is awesome. The portions are large and the tiramisu was perfect! Had to pause before i left as i was so full i couldnt move. Thanks for a spot on meal

Thank Karl B
Sydney, Australia
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225 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

A typical Italian Restaurant with an Italian host. Deco is a bit 'different ' with wine bottles hanging from the ceiling. My husband had a huge portion of lasagne, the best he has ever had he said. I had escalopes of beef with mushrooms and cream sauce. Just lovely. We did take entrees and still could not finish our mains.... More 

Thank Sandra B
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

You will think you have been transported into another era when you walk through the door and they make no apology for it. this hanging chianti bottles from the ceiling and plastic menus and you get an idea but don't let that put you off. The food is generous and delicious. Honest food as it should be. There's a nice... More 

Thank FionaFen
Blenheim, New Zealand
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

From pasta to steak and loads in between. You will go home FULL. If you have a special request, tee it up with Mr Rocco and he will see you right. Top off the night with a little liquer.

Thank c4Barb
Blenheim, New Zealand
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137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This restaurant is doing something right. We came in on a rainy Wednesday night fairly early to find only a couple of people there. Then all of a sudden it started filling up quickly! Typically restaurants are dead on a Wednesday night not to mention when it's raining! Saw a lot of locals here. Forget the complaints about the decor.... More 

Thank hotrodgurl
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed close to Roccos's and was delighted to find such a lovely welcoming restaurant so close to our accommodation! We both had pasta mains which were enormous and delicious as was the garlic bread and dips. Highly recommend the "wobbly" coffees to finish. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Blenheim.

Thank Nicola504
Wellington, New Zealand
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

The decor is atrocious! There's an old fish tank someone has filled with balloons, as well as very dated murals. The staff left a lot to be desired, we enquired about a certain wine, only for the waitress to tell us 'I don't know, I just write it down, take it to the bar and they pour it'. The food... More 

Thank wildfroufrou
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Over the last nearly 20 years we have been going back to Rocco's for a feed. Yes, the decor is exactly the same as it was then and a little faded - but seriously - who cares when you are getting a meal like the ones served at Rocco's?!! This time there were 6 of us - we all ordered... More 

Thank liliz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Dodson St, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Blenheim
  • Phone Number: +64 3-578 6940

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