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“On the way home”

Carluccio's - Dorchester
Ranked #26 of 128 Restaurants in Dorchester
Price range: US$13 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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212 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“On the way home”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Popped in for a quick meal on the way home after a meeting. Monday evenings are quiet here so we could relax and chat without being overpowered by background music or noisy tables. A lovely welcome, very fast service. We only wanted one course and coffee and it was good. Friendly, quiet decor, well lit and friendly - a great way to relax after a busy meeting.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Burnt dry offerings”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Had lunch at Carluccio's Dorchester, Dorset today.
Decided to select from the lunchtime specials menu.

1.One chose the Bruschetta,
An unexceptional but edible experience.

2. One chose Pate Di Fegatini Di Pollo. Nothing special, an edible pate and nice onion marmalade, served with potentially tooth-cracking toast. Please be advised to consume the toast with care.

3. One chose the Ravioli for the mail course and was asked if one would like a green salad with that? The offer was accepted, not being informed by the waitress, or realizing that this would carry an extra charge of £3.50!! Please be warned. The Ravioli appeared was drying at the edges and sticking together in an unpleasant congealed heap.

4. One chose the Milanese Di Pollo, and one was asked if one would like some potatoes with the chicken. The offer was accepted, not being informed by the waitress or realizing that this would carry an extra charge of £3.50!! Please be warned. The chicken was over-deep-fried to a burnt, dry consistency. The potatoes were a disgrace to the name. Might have been new once upon a time, but deep fried and perhaps more than once as they had the texture of what might be described as rubber and the taste was ghastly.

So disappointed. Didn't feel in the mood for a confrontation with robotic staff on a lovely, summers day, so left feeling cheated and robbed. Never again.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Foodie092014
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

A work colleague and I decided to have a meal at Carluccios in Dorchester this evening.

It was a lovely and warm sunlit evening so we chose to sit outside.

The service was very good by polite and attentive waiting staff and the food was excellent - loved the fish stew.

They were also flexible in allowing me to substitute the cream in my fruit salad with ice cream.

Great coffee too.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank TimWarren40
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great friendly place to eat. ”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

I have been here twice now when in the area. lovely food. friendly staff. definitely worth a visit. looking forward to further delicious meals here

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Dorset, England.
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“Very good value set lunch”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We ate on the large terrace on a sunny day and received attentive and friendly service throughout our meal. The three course set lunch with a glass of house wine for just under £18 was good value. Bruschetta was well flavoured, spinach and ricotta ravioli pleasant, if slightly over buttery and a little short on the sage . Tiramisu was well textured and very tasty indeed. Portion sizes were appropriate. Would eat here again.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sooobie
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