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La Caverna

57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
+44 1305 262500
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (33 reviews)
“pizza” (28 reviews)
“zabaglione” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

We don't eat out all that often but when we do we like to use a restaurant we can rely on, and this place always delivers quality authentic Italian food and wine.

2  Thank Oddsnends
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We had visited this restaurant earlier in the summer and really enjoyed it so decided to book again for a party of ten for a friends birthday. From making the booking with Alison and confirming our menu choices beforehand everything went superb. All of us...More

2  Thank honeymoonersdorset
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Basement dining environment created a good atmosphere and food was good (above average but not 'very good'). But the service was slow, inattentive and unfriendly to the point of being rude. It felt like the staff, from the proprietor downwards, were busy in their own...More

3  Thank SteveWoodgate
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a little gem. Excellent food and wine at very reasonable prices in an atmospheric basement setting. The restaurant is small but serves a great choice of different courses. The staff were friendly and anxious to please. We had a fabulous evening.

2  Thank Coxy1957
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We moved away from Dorchester some four years or so ago, but when we lived here (for the previous eleven years) La Caverna was always the 'go to' restaurant for a special occasion. When I say 'special occasion' I don't mean the swanky, bells and...More

3  Thank Steven H
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Decided to try this place for dinner after a suggestion from a local. It wasn't to far to walk from my hotel so I booked dinner for 6:30pm. Upon arrival I was ushered downstairs to the dimly lit cellar, a place that has seen a...More

Thank Karl B
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Fabulous food, great service, wonderful wine and painful (the next day) Grappa! Ali and Franco as always genial hosts and with a great team working for them. Would happily recommend to anyone.

1  Thank Tim B
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely evening from start to finish. We enjoyed a bottle of the pino white wine (could of been a little cooler!) Food was lovely, the carbonara great tasting & creamy. Amazing garlic pizza bread, nice & thin. Shame we were to full...More

1  Thank miss-sec
Francoipaf, Owner at La Caverna, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

thank you.

Reviewed 23 July 2017

This place has such character. Most of it is downstairs so if that might cause you an issue ring and check what they can do to help you. The food is really good and all cooked to order. You get a dish of olives, bread,...More

1  Thank janetgonegardening
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We ate there some months ago and have continually been trying to get a reservation at a time to suit but at last we succeeded at last and were in no way disappointed. The owners are so welcoming and attentive as are the staff that...More

1  Thank johnyr210
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11 January 2018|
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Response from peaches467 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, restaurant only.
10 August 2016|
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Response from peaches467 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure you could ask for a child's sized spag bol or similar. It's more of an adults eatery though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262500
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