We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Valentino

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
168 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-377 1886
11:45 - 22:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 11:45 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 16:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:45 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:45 - 22:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

553 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 528: English reviews
Lake District UK
Level Contributor
96 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We turned up without a booking on a very wet Friday night. We were greeted with a warm smile and told there might be a ten minute wait as it was very busy. But stable became available almost immediately. We had a foccacia starter and I had chicken pasta and my partner had lamb shank. Both were excellent served promptly... More 

1 Thank graney
Level Contributor
54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were there for dinner on a Friday night. Luckily we had booked. It was very busy but the buzz was great. The staff were so efficient, great service. The food was delicious, and very generous portions...... You could share!! Definitely recommend!

Thank Paulinabrisbane
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely restaurant with a nice relaxed atmosphere for a Saturday afternoon meal. Lamb skewers to start (5) which were tasty. Big arancini balls and a large starter of crispy ravioli were all very good as well. I had the pasta of the day of chicken, sun dried tomato and pesto which I loved but was the usual kiwi salty! The... More 

Thank Lee_A_B_1976
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've had takeaway from here a couple of times in the past month and have loved it on both occasions. I've had beef cheek rage both times I've been and it was fantastic. The servings are so generous that it covers my dinner and lunch for the next day and still takes just as great when reheated. The service is... More 

Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was quite surprised (after reading all the reviews on here) that this restaurant was not rated any higher. My husband and I went to Cafe Valentino on a Valentine's Day date and, even though the place was packed to the rafters, the service was superb, the atmosphere was cosy, the vibe from other diners was awesome and the food... More 

Thank levcase_d
Kaiapoi, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a table for our anniversary on Saturday evening. Good service but far too much choice on the menu....always a red flag! Ok starter but went for something different for main....not entirely sure why anyone would throw flavours like that together in pasta...waitress did say it was different when I chose it 😫. Will eat there again but it's put... More 

Thank Lin H
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and i dined at this restuarant last nght.book a table for 830pm.no seat until 930.then an half hour wait for our entre-beautiful garlic bread/warmed olives.the mains took another HOUR to come to the table-pork belly/lasanga-both DEVINE.large servings and hot.great value for our $$.the large wine/drinks selection was also reasonably priced.the place was BUSY but the staff remained calm/friendly/attentive.this... More 

Thank G8824JBisabelc
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe Valentino is a fantastic place to visit for either a special dinner or just a casual night out. We went for dinner , the food was brilliant and the service was excellent the staff from the chef to the wait staff were friendly. The wait staff were knowledgeable about the menu. The menu had a good variety of choices... More 

Thank Kim M
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Monday at 7.00 pm. Fortunately we had booked because it was very busy. Despite that the service was very efficient and the food excellent. Chicken Parfait and Calamari starters were delicious and the thin crust pizza was awesome. All the pastas around our table were generous and tasty.

Thank Zedcarfan
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the second time I've been here - like the arachini but mains are plain. The duck is particularly bad.

Thank BridgitteT

Travellers who viewed Cafe Valentino also viewed

Christchurch, Canterbury Region
Christchurch, Canterbury Region
Christchurch, Canterbury Region
Christchurch, Canterbury Region

Been to Cafe Valentino? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, European, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Valentino and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Christchurch, New Zealand
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Valentino staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?