Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

4.4
167 reviews
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€30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Located in Dublin’s Temple Bar, Caverna is a family run venue with a fun, relaxed atmosphere and high quality food served alongside carefully selected wines.

A proud member of the Ciao Italia group – a seal of quality for Italian restaurants worldwide – Caverna is known for its unpretentious and friendly atmosphere, its pleasant surroundings and, most importantly of all its delicious food, created using only the very best ingredients.

The newly renovated 300 year old Wine Cellar is a beautifully crafted 18th Century Barrel Vault, updated with soft lighting and a superb selection of over 150 premium wines from Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Argentina, California, Chile, Portugal and South Africa.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 4pm - 11pm

Saturday - Sunday: 1pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(01) 670 3110
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Adriano Mancini
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Catering
Private Events, Business Meetings, etc
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Cross street
Dame Street
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Public Transit

Luas Red Line, Dublin Bus - 11a, 11b, 13a, 16, 16a, 19, 19a, 46a, 51b, 51c, 68, 69, 78a, 83, 121, 122, 123
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Entertainment
Amy McCalister
https://www.facebook.com/amy.m.mcallister.7?fref=ts
http://www.amymcallister.co.uk/
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Complimentary glass of house wine only with the 3 Course Set Menu

Complimentary glass of house wine only with the Popular 3 Course Set Menu - 28€ per person, (4€ supplement for the steak; 2,5€ extra side orders, 10% service charge for the parties of 8 or more), offer valid Mon - Thursday 4.00 -5.00 pm and Fri - Sunday 1.00 - 4.00 pm, not valid with any other days, excluding 14th February 2018.

Terms and Conditions: Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 January 2018

Ends: 9 August 2018

Availability: Sun 13:00-17:00
Mon-Thu 16:00-17:00
Fri-Sat 13:00-17:00

What 167 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The best food at a reasonable price. Overall excellent

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Amazing place ,really cozy, nice atmosphere. I will definitely be back a lot of times.

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

We had a lovely evening and really appreciated being moved downstairs when a "hen" party became very very loud. Staff were so helpful and good food.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

We were visiting Dublin on holiday and did a little research online before selecting La Caverna for dinner. We are so happy we did, this was one of the best meals we had while in Ireland. The mussels were out of this world and that Mexican pizza....well...we'll be back if we are in Dublin again.
If you are looking for a change from the Irish pub scene and crave some Italian - give this place some serious thought. Excellent menu and the choices we had were excellent! Not to mention the wait staff were excellent - professional and friendly. Very cool design inside as we sat in the lower part of the restaurant which is the old cellar.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Service was great and food was outstanding. The mussels were especially good. Highly recommend Caverna.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Wonderful Italian meal at Caverna during our recent trip to Dublin. The service was excellent and the food was phenomenal.

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1.0Dined on 18 May 2018

We should have left after their bartender couldn't figure out how to make a Spritz. The food we ordered was serviceable, but totally bland. Pizza tasted out of a freezer.

I booked this place because of the underground vibe, seemed like a nice place for a date night with my partner. Sadly that charm is not present in all parts of the restaurant, as the table next to the window/cash register makes you feel like you're dinning in a hallway.

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3.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Food was first class. The rustic setting was beautiful. Waiting staff were very friendly but service slow and unfortunately we had to chase them for ordering etc which completely let the experience down. My impression was that they were understaffed but it wasn’t that busy either. Potentially an outstanding restaurant if this issue was ironed out.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

My wife and I went while we were in Dublin for a long weekend from the US. Terrific food and very friendly service.

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4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

A group of 12 of us had a very pleasant evening meal with excellent food and service. We were accomodated upstairs in our own area on a single table, which worked very well for us (a noisy lot!) Thank you to the staff for an excellent evening of delicious pasta and other Italian favourites. The wines were also a good selection at reasonable prices. Two courses with beers and wine came to just over $40/person.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Loved the restaurant, the way it looked to the food, everything was great

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

The staff is so nice and accommodating. Food is wonderful!

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3.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Food was nice, place was clean, waitress was friendly although ,she kept mumbling italian sayings while serving us and interrupting our conversationI (stop trying too hard). I guess this place is what you would expect from a restaurant for that price. Would def come back for a casual dining again as location is also very handy.

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5.0Dined on 16 April 2018

Amazing place beautiful restaurant with amazing staff.
Food was lovely fresh, tasty and beautifully presented.
A real find in the heart of temple bar. Absolutely amazing.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Visited for mums birthday with the family, lovely staff providing a great service and amazing food full of flavour.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Were met by a lovely woman who was also our server. Wonderfully attentive and accommodating. Four of us were in town during our tour of Ireland and I had been here twice before. I always recommend it to anyone traveling to Dublin. Place is great and food is awesome. My friends were here in Ireland for the first time and raved about it. Food and drinks were outstanding. Will definitely be back on my next visit to Dublin. Thanks again for everything

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

I would say the restaurant was more of a 4.5 rating than 5 but, I didn't think 4 was fair enough. My family and I went to Caverna for dinner on Easter Sunday. The bruschetta was amazing. I had the lasagna which was excellent. My husband had the carbonara pasta which was good (hence the 4.5 instead of 5). However, I am comparing it to the carbonara pasta which we had in Italy. I've only had carbonara pasta twice. Once in Italy and the second time in Ireland so, I don't know how capable I am to compare. The atmosphere was great and the service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend trying it for a great Italian meal!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Met up as a group of 6 for a meal and were shown downstairs to a really cosy restaurant area. Food was great and the staff were friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend!

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Excellent welcome and friendly inviting atmosphere. Not impressed with the menu. Disappointed there were no specials, dinner was mediocre. Service was friendly and speedy - but food just did not impress - sadly.

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Great food matched by great service. The Galway mussels and garlic prawns were very tasty. The fillet was tender and a proper medium rare. The pollo siciliano was flavorful and satisfying. We had 14 folks at the table and all had a great time.

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3.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Very small portions, although it was “Early Bird” they were still too small.
The head waitress was as mad as a March hare...she had a quirky phrase for everything (some in Irish!!) Service was good and efficient, but the bill was incorrect and we were overcharged.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Great restaurant in middle of temple bar area. Greeted by fantastic front of house and escorted to our seats. Food was lovely and constantly catered for during our visit. Would definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on 26 February 2018

Had a fantastic night, great food with lovely presentation. Venison was cooked to perfection.

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3.0Dined on 25 February 2018

To start with the service was amazing and a really nice space. The only issue was that the food was just not that good. All three of us had the same reaction and we all had different entrées. I really wanted to like it because of the people but ultimately it is the food that tells the tale.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

I wish I could remember the name of the wonderful woman at the door. She was so full of life and joy! Her welcome was a great start to a great meal. Fine wine, serious Italian food, candlelight - who wouldn't enjoy that! Thank you, La Caverna!

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

Delicious food, great service and just a lovely restaurant in general.

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

We went for a birthday meal and we ordered off the early bird menu. Great value for money, the food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Only criticism is there was no veg, salad with the main meal and this was not made obvious. We would have ordered some if we'd known. Other than that would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 15 January 2018

Have been a few times now and food is so nice every time. Service was excellent and Monica was a delight so funny and attentive

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5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

When we arrived we was greeted by such a welcoming friendly member of staff who showed us to our table and served us throughout our meal. It was such a pleasure and she couldn’t do enough for us. Very helpful offering to take photos and help us to find our bus stop. Also very helpful with our menu choices in such a joyful manner. She had amazing people Skills. The menu had a great choice especially for vegaterains and vegans which you don’t often see. We had bruschetta, pasta and then vegan brownie and all three courses was delicious and tasted homecooked. We shared a bottle
Of wine also and found our bill reasonably
Good value for two people in a city having three courses. Definitely recommend and would certainly visit again next time we go to Dublin. Massive praise for the quality of food and service from the lovely lady.

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5.0Dined on 4 January 2018

My girlfriend and I were in Dublin for a night and it was amazing! The food was amazing, the staff were friendly and the setting was perfect. Would definitely recommend

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3.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Somewhat Tacky so called italian restaurant- food is mediocre and overpriced. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Excellent food and service. Brilliant waitress. Great atmosphere too

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

Went with some friends for dinner on Christmas Eve to this restaurant, and the food, service, and value were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Italian cuisine. But please be sure to contact them in advance to make a reservation, since you might not otherwise be seated since every table was booked.

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5.0Dined on 21 December 2017

Wonderful staff. Terrific atmosphere. Had a brilliant night.

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5.0Dined on 18 December 2017

Fabulous service, great traditional Italian cuisine and the atmosphere very pleasant. The waiter gets a special award for tolerating one of group boisterously celebrating a birthday. With thanks to him and apologies to others near our group!

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Very enjoyable meal , good quality food very enjoyable occasion but felt the restaurant needed a bit more heat on the day.

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5.0Dined on 29 November 2017

Really decent food and cosy atmosphere. Tucked away in a sea of tourist traps but was very quality.

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4.0Dined on 26 November 2017

Goed veur mekaar

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4.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is a really cozy place and really like the basement, which is a bit like sitting in a wine cellar. I went there with a friend and we both had a lovely steak and some nice Italian red wine. The staff was friendly and helpful so can only recommend this place for a nice dinner in Dublin.

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

really enjoyed my meals always find find food is delicious ! However my mam and sister found the pasta wasn’t overally hot could have been a lot hotter. Otherwise lovely as always

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