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Reviewed 21 September 2023

The venue is underwhelming, it's underground and quite musty. The food can be really good, when they try.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 11 June 2023

On arrival two of the quests arrived 10 minutes late and was greeted by the chief outside and were not made to feel welcome. He told them to go through what looked like a lounge and left and down stairs. No welcome! Service was very...slow with all guests getting a drink. We were still getting our drinks when the last guest arrived, who ironically got served her drinking before two of the other guests. We pre ordered starters and mains prior to arrival. One main did not arrive until 20 minutes (although the side of spinach had arrived so this had to be sent back to be re-heated) after everyone else’s as it had been forgotten. Chips were steak chips which were just warm and tasteless. Desserts took over an hour to arrive. Four of us choose the same dessert and were given half portions as not enough. It was delicious but just no enough and very expensive for what we had. The Bill took a long time to be generated as the waitress reported that it was a big bill to calculate. A member of our party who runs a public house helped her with it to speed it up. We asked to pay separately as some members of the party were not drinking and only had one course rather than three. This was met with ‘well this will take another one hour to sort out’. We all sorted out our totals and added 10% as this was requested upon booking. The chief was very rude as we were leaving and told us that we were not on time for the booking and one person had arrived much later than everyone else. This was awful to experience and was highly unprofessional. The restaurant was very grubby and one that would not be recommended and in my opinion should be avoided.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023 via mobile

The whole experience was different and special . On booking I was asked if we could order out starters and mains over the phone . My group of four had no problem with this request . On arriving we were taken down a set of...stairs into the main restaurant to our table . Wine drinks were ordered and our starters arrived . They were absolutely lovely . But the best was yet to come the mains all cooked to perfection looked fantastic and tasted like angels dancing on your tongue . I would highly recommend this little family restaurant and will be returning on our next visit to DorseyMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

Back for the 1st time since the pandemic. A lovely meal in a restaurant that is a bit special. Good service. Authentic Sicilian food. Great!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023 via mobile

La Caverna is a special restaurant that ticks all the right boxes. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals here and are looking forward to returning.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023 via mobile

Best true italian food and service we have gotten all week.The owner and server were very friendly and the place was beautiful. 10/10 would recommend!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 29 January 2023 via mobile

We were recommended this place by friends but our experience was not pleasant which was a shame. The older woman - who I’m assuming is one of the owners was incredibly rude. I left a voicemail to book a table of two, she then left...a voicemail asking a name and what area of the restaurant we wanted to sit in. I called her back , gave her my name , she told me we were in the cellar and she’ll see me later . I then get a voicemail an hour and a half before our booked time asking for our starter and main order. Confused as they’re a restaurant of 7 tables and we were a table of 2 and there is no mention of preordering on their website, I tried to call back to clarify, 3 times but no answer. We then showed up at our booked time , the lady said “we thought you weren’t coming , you didn’t give us your order”. I explained I wasn’t aware we had to , she then practically called me a liar and said “you must have missed that part of the conversation” “we’ve been doing it since covid “ I’m already irritated as she has called me a liar , I state it’s I’ve never heard of having to preorder for 2 people , she then said “have you ever worked in catering ?!”… I have worked in catering and for years and I’ve never experienced someone that rude before . The rudeness might be forgiven if the food was fantastic , but this was not the case. We reluctantly stayed to have dinner; the same woman took our order . For one starter , we ordered shell on prawns which wasn’t cheap. When it arrived , we were told the chef couldn’t get shell on prawns so we were served basic prawns you can buy from a shop and still charged the same price. Having worked in catering , this is something you tell the customer at the time of ordering. I will not be returning and I won’t be recommending it further and that is mainly due to the poor service of the older woman.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2022 via mobile

This place is absolutely great , the food was lovely & staff friendly and brilliant. We went downstairs into a cavern, what an experience, it’s stunning, it has a real quirky atmosphere with a family feel to it , will definitely be returning. Due to...our taxi being 30 minutes late we were late getting to the restaurant, the owner was fantastic. Loved the food, loved the place .More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2022

I lovely little Italian restaurant, well worth booking a table, as they don't have many tables and you will probably not get in if you just turn up. The menu is slightly limited but there is more than enough to choose from and it is...all really tasty. The Bruschetta starter of toasted bread with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese, and the Cannoli Siciliani for afters are both a must have.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 October 2022

We have been to La Caverna a few times and the food is always amazing, there is always a great selection of fresh fish and sitting in the cellar is cosy. I am always left wondering how Franco cooked the meals as they are delicious,...a very experienced and experimental chef. We will return again soon for sure.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 September 2022 via mobile

My friends and I decided to change things up and try a different restaurant in Dorchester. It’s safe to say we made the right choice. La Caverna has a beautiful restaurant and amazing food, coupled with impeccable service. The owners were more than happy to...cater towards my friend’s allergies and even allowed us to put in a pre order to make the whole experience smoother. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience in Dorchester.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 23 September 2022 via mobile

Absolutely loved everything about this place! The food was absolutely stunning, service was wonderful and the whole atmosphere was just perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a really nice reasonably priced meal. I don’t have a bad word to say. We will definitely be...back! Table 9 is ours from now on!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 September 2022 via mobile

I was looking forwards to returning to La Caverna with friends. You have to order in advance, not my preference. However, from the moment we entered the restaurant the normal expectations quickly diminished. Greeted by a rather frosty 'I'm busy dealing with this customer' was...a surprising start to what can only be explained as a frustrating evening with poor service. - it took 40 mins for first round of drinks to be served. - starters pleasant enough - mains severed before we were ready with 3 guests also missing from table - we weren't offered desert or coffee - we ordered more drinks which didn't turn up - over 30 mins to get the bill - I asked for my remaining pizza to be put into a box. No box could be located...so my pizza sat on another table until....I reminded the young staff member I was still waiting! A box was eventually found some 20 mins later....even though they do takeaway pizza! In the end we went back upstairs to pay. We wanted to pay for what we had not split the bill. The member of staff was rude, sarcastic about thus saying 'well I can do the math but this will take time - luckily I'm not running around like a headless chicken'. There was only 5 of us! We had 2 courses each and a few drinks...hardly lots to work out! Had we had the bill at the table some 30 mins before when requested....we would have done this. On paying....the same staff member asks me in front if my friends, customers and staff "are you leaving a tip". To which my angry response was a firm and snappy 'no'. Who does that? Later that evening.....I felt unwell and no less than an hour after leaving the restaurant I was physically sick. I brought up everything I had eaten in this restaurant. I threw the remaining pizza (and its box) away. I will never return to this restaurant. I chose to spend my money with you. You treated us poorly as a group, the sarcasm and poor service we received was unacceptable.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022 via mobile

A hidden gem. Stunningly good food, good wine selection and extremely hospitable hosts. Great value for money but high quality at the same time. Great ambience in this cellar level restaurant- if you can get a table there it won’t disappoint

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022 via mobile

Fantastic restaurant, would highly recommend. Food was delicious, staff were friendly and very accommodating, really good atmosphere looking forward to returning.

Date of visit: July 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5