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1.2 miles from The White Cliffs of Dover
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

We went here for lunch on Christmas Eve and it was exactly what we had hoped for. This is very much a traditional Italian restaurant, with dishes and decor from yesteryear. That is absolutely NOT a criticism. Olives as an aperitif came in a generous...pot and were well flavoured with garlic and (from memory) fennel. Himself had whitebait as a starter and they were also good. The spaghetti with sausage in a tomato sauce was great - plenty of sausage bits in a thick, unctuous tomato sauce. Himself had fettucine alla carbonara which was also great and tasted very much as if the pasta had been home made. For dessert we had zabaglione. It has been years since we have had zabaglione and this one was perfect - warm, light, rich and boozy. People at other tables seemed to be regulars, and were in happy conversation with Mr Front of House. Prices were reasonable and we came away very happy with our lunch and keen to visit again. If you want banging music and super snazzy "concept" decor, give this one a miss. It has probably looked exactly like this for years. However, if you want really decent Italian food in a pleasant setting for a really competitive price, do go!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 August 2023

Lovely! This is the genuine family Italian restaurant that we have been looking for locally. The lure of Spaghetti Vongole and other traditional dishes drew us in and we loved the charming atmosphere. Excellent, freshly prepared home cooking. So pleased to have found this in...the centre of Dover. So far we have only tried the delicious pasta but will return for sure.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023

The recommendations of others online led us to this great spot for a Sunday lunch before returning to our cruise ship at the port. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The ambiance was very charming. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Overnight in Dover for the early ferry. Well established general Italian place that is well used by older locals and people staying over. Good value for good food. Some nice wine at reasonable price and right temperature. Pleasant helpful staff

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

I won’t be going to Dover & not go to this amazing little Italian restaurant!! Be sure to book as it’s not the biggest restaurant in the world & you will be disappointed if you don’t get it! Front of house guy (sorry forgot your...name) is so friendly & knowledgeable. Food it outstanding!! Atmosphere lovely. I HIGHLY recommend the Zabaglione for desert!! It’s what a went there for & was not disappointed! The restaurant has been there since the early 1970’s so it’s obviously doing something right!!! So look forward to visiting again!!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2023

Fantastic. A really authentic Italian menu with friendly staff. Really tasty dishes, all well seasoned. You can taste it's all homemade and to family recipes.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

fantastic..... The best spaghetti and meatballs I have ever had, what a find. It's worth coming to Dover just for this gem of a traditional restaurant...Bellisimo !!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023 via mobile

Came here on the off chance as original place we were going was closed. Have heard good reviews of the food and we were not disappointed. It was lovely and staff were friendly. Only complaint was that it was freezing in the restaurant. Not sure...if the heating was on? It was a shame but the food was delicious. We will go back but perhaps in the hotter weather!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 28 February 2023 via mobile

Absolutely lovely food and a really friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for any occasion. Book for weekends

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 18 February 2023

Excellent food, excellent staff, excellent chef, we have been coming to Dino`s restaurant for nearly 40 years and have never had a bad experience, Angelo and Lorna are top hosts, the chef always delivers top quality food, they always go the extra mile, and the...wine list is superb.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 January 2023

We just moved to the area and had a couple of nice evening meals so booked to bring my daughter who had just had a baby for lunch. The price was the same as the evening and the food was terrible, my daughter always has...spaghetti Bolognese as she says its best in an Italian restaurant. She gave me a bit to taste and it seemed like it had been cooked several times before. The pesto pasta with pine nuts I had was tasteless and no nice toasted pine nuts on top, in fact I couldn’t see any at all, it was very disappointing after I had told my daughter and partner how good it was. They had made an effort with decorating the table and the people are lovely but I think I probably won’t go back.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 8 December 2022 via mobile

Very welcoming. Good variety of food. The wine was nice. I will be definitely going back with my parents next time.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 18 October 2022

Food very good. Varied menu. Dino and his wife were friendly. They had just opened after a holiday break and when one thing on the menu was not available they offered a delicious off menu alternative. We wish the restaurant was nearer where we lived...as we would certainly be regulars!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2022 via mobile

Booked last minute due to overnight stay in Dover before a cruise . Food and service excellent , would not hesitate to eat here again when in Dover

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 October 2022

Enjoyed our meal here. The staff were friendly, welcoming and did their best to make the evening enjoyable. The food was extremely delicious, we both had steaks which were cooked perfectly , the wine we had was also very tasty and it was all reasonably...priced.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Dinos Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5