La Cantina di Tenterden

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41 reviews
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Italian
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  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
In Italy “La Cantina" or “L’Enoteca" is the local wineshop where you can buy and taste the excellences of the wine combined with little treasures of the italian cusine.

The most luxury "Cantine' serve specific and tasty food as well in order to emphasize the pleasure that only a great glass of wine can offer.Like a traditional Cantina , we would like to offer on the finest italian food for helping your journey towards our wines.

Our menu is inspired by seasonal products with a special focus to the most delicious cured meats and cheeses of the italian traditions. All fresh ingredient are locally sourced.


Our mission is offer a small menu with a perfect combination between food and wine.

Organic wines, artigianal beers and food for every occasion and mood. La "Cantina di Tenterden" wants to be your corner of pleasure from a full cold or hot breakfast up to dinner for spending an enjoyable time into a little corner of Italy.
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PW
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We did not check the menu before booking, mistake!! The menu is limited and my wife was having difficulty finding anything she would have expected from an Italian restaurant. The olives were probably the worst I have ever tasted definitely well past their best, all soggy, need to throw the whole batch away!!! The breadsticks were the cheapest quality and had no real taste. The starter of burrata was the most bland taste, thank heavens for the sun-dried tomato accompanying it. The main course arrived and we were not offered black pepper or parmesan. My tagliatelle di mare was fine except the tagliatelle was served as a pile with the seafood poured on top. I'm afraid the nouvelle cuisine style of piling food high does not work with pasta. If it had not been for the very good waiting staff this would have been rated my worst meal ever. Needless to say, we won't be back.

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LV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Brilliant Italian food. Micky and I were on holiday in Kent and had no idea where to go, but knew we fancied Italian, and were SO pleasantly surprised when we found this place. Excellent Italian food and wine, cooked and served by a nice Italian couple, whose names escape me for the moment, as we also drank a delicious Chianti and finished with Amaretto and Amaro. Would definitely recommend if you like authentic Italian food rather than naff chain stuff.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food as always. This restaurant is a little gem on the High Street.

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BC
London
59 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven't had the opportunity to visit Tenterden until recently and this was a refreshing addition to the normal high street stuff. We had an early supper (pre-theatre) so can't comment on the ambience as it was quite quiet, but we were very impressed with the young and attentive waiter, his knowledge of the food and wine and we were not disappointed with either. Great menu, authentic and different to your usual Italian restaurants, so would definitely recommend.

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i
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second visit, lovely food (I'm vegetarian, husband is not), lovely staff, I had a very nice Mojito and its well priced. It makes us want to go back to Italy.
My only tiny issue was that on a very, very hot evening those plastic chairs are a bit uncomfortable. They look nice, but wooden ones might be better! We will be back, thanks for a lovely evening.

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GN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

After a lovely welcome we were expecting a fab experience. Unfortunately the restaurant was not busy and as a consequence the service suffered. The staff were in their iPhones and we had to get up from our table to order coffees. One dish was not hot and when it was replaced it was half the size it had been. It had potential to be great but not there yet!

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PM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stefania presides over a delightful small family-run restaurant. It is the genuine Italian neighbourhood restaurant and we have never had a poor meal here. The wine list includes well-priced wines from Sicily and Sardinia, and portions are well-judged from a short but balanced menu. Service is friendly and attentive. PerM

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JF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a very good lunch on our first visit. Although the restaurant is small one did not feel hemmed in although the restaurant was not busy. Food was carefully prepared and arrived looking fresh and was very tasty. The husband and wife team deserve to be supported and we shall certainly return.

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T
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal. House wine is very good value

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CS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves very good food in a nice atmosphere. The staff are extremely welcoming and helpful. It is a lovely place for lunch with friends, convenient and I would thoroughly recommend it to others

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HW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, really friendly service, nice comfortable surroundings and happy atmosphere. The wine was excellent. All in all a lovely dining experience (lunch) and good value for money.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed warmly and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent and the whole evening was thoroughly enjoyable. I look to forward to returning again soon.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointing, very small menu and little variation and a high price for two. Was expecting more of a small Italian bistro situation,

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M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A delicious meal of freshly cooked food served to us by engaging and helpful staff. Well worth a visit!

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SC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st rate as ever.My friends & I have used this as a get together lunch space for over a year We are always delighted with the quality,appearance & variety of authentic Italian food. Attentive service & very helpful to people with allergies as well as good disabled access.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was lovely but my main was lukewarm which was disappointing cos it tasted lovely

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DK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good freshly cooked food. However, it was a shame that the gratis starter (part of Valentine's Offer) was not available as a vegetarian option (vegetarians do not eat fish!). Nice friendly atmosphere and a nice touch with the Valentine cup cake to finish.

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T
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable,delighted the set menu was available on Thursday evening.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Upon arrival, I immediately loved that atmosphere with tables around half full. Nice buzz.
However, the kitchen burnt the food and had to open the front door to air the room (as all open plan and not appeared to have an extractor fan (open plan which I don't particularly like) and it was a pretty cold and wet Friday so didn't appreciate that.
Chicken Milanese was overcooked from the fixed lunch menu but my baked camembert was very delicious.
Muck up over the tea and a very long wait for the right one to turn up.
I'd go back though - a pleasant change from pubs and chains.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and original food in a small and welcoming local restaurant

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A
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My first visit having been recommended by a local friend. The food was excellent and very good value for the money. We were served by a very friendly person. This was an excellent venue as we three friends live in different places-Tonbridge, Speldhurst and Aldington.
We will definitely meet there again.

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j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime. All 8 tables were occupied but there was only one waiter. Service was dreadfully slow and the kitchen also seemed unable to produce food promptly. The food itself was distinctly mediocre - the lasagne had been made several hours before being served and the liquid tiramisu was unpleasant. To cap it all we were told when given the bill that the card machine was not working and we had to pay cash. Fortunately we were carrying sufficient cash - but other diners had to visit the local cash machine. There are much better choices in Tenterden - avoid this one.

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OT
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been on a number of occasions and always enjoyed the food. We had first class attention from the owner yesterday evening.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent authentic Italian food.
New waiter/maitre d' /barista (Davide) a fabulous addition.
Would like a mix up of the menu again though.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and meal. Will definitely return. Good vfm.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for a work colleague's birthday and turned out to be an excellent choice. We couldn't have alcohol because we were driving and David was very attentive and got us some cocktails to suit.
Great lunch. Food as always was excellent!!

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JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food (a la carte) was fairly basic but well cooked. The fixed price menu looked good value but we didn't care for what was on offer (very limited choice). Main courses are expensive for what they are....(£18.95 for a relatively small pasta dish...)

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OT
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

A pleasant lunch . Surprised that the lasagne was served without any salad.

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PO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was too full meaning that items on the menu were removed as they had run out of food, also service was incredibly slow

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and very friendly staff/owners. Made to feel very welcome and would definitely return xx thank you xx

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been a few times now and have never had a bad meal. New, friendly staff make a difference but the food, though a little pricey, is exceptional.

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TR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we found it a very pleasant and satisfying experience.

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C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic customer service and amazing food. Was a little warm and could do with air conditioning.

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J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very clean chic restaurant with good service, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Have only experienced at lunch times so far but would recommend to anyone who loves Italian food.

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JO
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Clean, friendly establishment serving great tasting food.

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HH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely, authentic Italian cooking, excellent local ingredients and lovely friendly service. Highly recommend it. Been several times now and always excited

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T
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant meal here, service was good and the food tasty although I think the main courses are a little overpriced.

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Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful lunch in pleasant surroundings

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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friendly, welcoming restaurant with some interesting Italian twists.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have visited the place once before and said we would return. We were not disappointed. The menu is varied and very Italian. The charm is that the food is prepared to your order and you can watch it being cooked if you desire. I enjoyed smoked duck followed by a tagliatelle and finished with chocolate ice cream. Others chose fish and a cheese board to finish. Wine was Bardolino rose at a reasonable price. Good food and not too expensive. We will return.

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