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About Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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.
We are proud to be the only Restaurant in Dublin to serve the entire wine collection also by the glass.

12 Fownes Street Upper
Temple Bar
Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 PY51
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday: 4pm - 11pm

Saturday - Sunday: 1pm - 11pm

Cross street:
Dame Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
€30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(01) 670 3110

Website:
http://www.lacaverna.ie/

Entertainment:
Amy McCalister
https://www.facebook.com/amy.m.mcallister.7?fref=ts
http://www.amymcallister.co.uk/

Catering:
Private Events, Business Meetings, etc

Public Transport:

Luas Red Line, Dublin Bus - 11a, 11b, 13a, 16, 16a, 19, 19a, 46a, 51b, 51c, 68, 69, 78a, 83, 121, 122, 123

Executive Chef:
Adriano Mancini

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (17)
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Casual (13)
Authentic (11)
Group Bookings (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Neighbourhood Gem (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 7 October 2017

We have been to this restaurant so many times and it is just brilliant every time. The staff are great, the food is delicious and the value is unbelievable. Fantastic wine selection too. Will keep going back to this absolute gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

We went for our daughters graduation . The food was excellent we all had different dishes and all equally delicious . The staff were very helpful and friendly . Didn't actually see gluten free bread on menu but should of asked , but apart from would defiantly return . Thank you so much for ending our celebrations perfectly .
Marion

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 6 September 2017

Good choice of authentic Italian dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. Friendly, professional service in a great location.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Excellent food great location. Staff were really friendly would definitely recommend especially Galway Muscles

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Hampshire)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Beautifully cooked scallops in my scallops and prawn tagliatelle. We shared the bread as a starter which was just as well as it was a generous ciabatta baguette , too much for one person. Portions are generous, we had no space for dessert

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 27 August 2017

Great food. Friendly staff. Wonderful atmosphere. Excellent place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on 27 August 2017

Enjoy the visit to Carverna, pizza was perfect and my other guests enjoyed their meals. Wine list impressive and service very good.
Thank you all at Carvena, We will call again!.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 26 August 2017

Food was fab, gorgeous wine and staff were really lovely. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 20 August 2017

A gem of a restaurant just a short walk from the middle of Temple Bar. Great food, great staff and great value for money. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on 18 August 2017

The vegetable lasagna did not have any noodles, all veggies.

Also the place is quite smaller than the pictures portray.

The staff however was delightful!

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 18 August 2017

Absolutely amazing! Amazing food! Brilliant location! And such lovely staff! Especially monkica who sang to our bride to be! I can't recommend this place enough! Will be there again and again whenever I'm in Dublin! Thank you sooooooo much!!!!!!!! Xxxx

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 16 August 2017

Awesome place!!!

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Went there while on vacation in Ireland, food was excellent. There was a bit of a wait because it was a busy night, but it was totally worth it - delicious! The hosts even gave us free desert and drinks. All in all a great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 7 August 2017

We had a wonderful Italian meal right in the heart of Dublin. The food was delicious and fresh, the ambience was divine (there was some fish tanks in the table!) Overall we had a good experience and would highly recommend for anyone looking to have something a little different in Dublin.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 July 2017

We visited on a very busy evening. We had to wait a short time for our booked table. Service was not rushed and adequate. Food was good but the ambience in the part where we were was quite flat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 15 July 2017

It's hard to put a review for this restaurant into words as they won't do it justice.

The staff are extremely friendly and polite, the food is amazing too.

We have been 3 times since March and every time we have ordered the same food because we know what we are getting. It's mouth watering so it is.

It's one of Dublin's hidden gems, such a nice place, every time we are talking to our friends we always recommend going to this restaurant. It's always going to get a 10 out of 10 from us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 5 July 2017

The lower room was interesting but being first seated it was a tad creepy and very cold. Once tables filled it was comfortable.

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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Good value establishment in the centre of temple bar. Seems to be popular with the tourist/stag and hen temple bar clientele. No complaints with the food or service, totally adequate. My only negative is the ambiance is a bit lacking.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on 30 June 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our meal here. There was a negative review on here from my account previously that I did not write. I'm not sure how that happened.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Atmosphere was fantastic, 10 business people and we could all see and hear each other! Food was delicious and our server was pleasant and informative!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 13 May 2017

The food was amazing - just what we needed after a hard day on the tourist trail. Service was very attentive and I would recommend this.

Tags: Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 8 May 2017

Both the food and service were both excellent. Well cooked tasty Italian food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 29 April 2017

Very lovely dinner, food was very nice and the staff excellent. Amazing experience. Keep being friendly as it does make a big difference.
We will come back again:) - loved the decoration, quality of service, food and wine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 27 April 2017

Great food and service! Would definitely recommend

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on 17 April 2017

Gluten free pasta! It's nice to have that option. We got a pizza and the carbonara pasta. Very good!

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 14 April 2017

The food was fantastic. Everything was great from the food to the staff.

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Food5
Ambience5
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Great food and lovely accommodating staff. Really helped to make our night special. People we're still talking about how lovely the meal was the following day.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 1 April 2017

As usual everything was perfect. Monica the hostess makes the night, and all the staff are a pleasure. Will be back for more "life is beautiful".

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Newcastle)·Dined on 29 March 2017

lovely in town restaurant . Great menu lovely presented and great taste
nice ambiance

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on 12 March 2017

Monica and staff were fantastic! Love the fish in the table!

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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 2 March 2017

Service was excellent, as was the selection of the menu. The food was also very good. We will probably return in the near future!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 29 December 2016

well located small italian restaurant serving a good variety menu, our meal and service were of a excellent standard and the service was both welcoming and prompt.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 28 December 2016

Fantastic food and service, will come again next time I am in Dublin. You would walk past it in the street and not think much of it, I had booked on line before my trip, I was very very pleased, it was busy but service was very efficient, food was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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Food4
Ambience1
Service3
Value1

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 26 December 2016

Food was good but very expensive. Was put downstairs at our table(only 2 in the room) we was left and forgot about. No ambience. Once other tables (2 tables) had people at them it improved. Very small cramped area and wasnt fully occupied.

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 24 December 2016

We had a family Christmas Eve Lunch here,had never been before and was pleasantly surprised, the table was dressed festively, the service was excellent and the food was very good, overall a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
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Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 17 December 2016

I booked la Caverna for a Christmas night out with 9 friends. We were given a lovely square table on a floor with just one other group. The food was tasty and great value. The service was very good and not intrusive. I would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2016

Very nice experience
Friendly staff , great food and service. Very good authentic food. Highly recommendable

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quick Bite, Authentic, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on 11 October 2016

Exceptional service (Monica is amazing) and delicious food made our experience at Caverna one that won't be soon forgotten.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 11 October 2016

Good value early bird, food was not bad.
It was served quickly so it was good for getting to theatre

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food3
Ambience5
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Value3

 
·Dined on 7 October 2016

Food was nice! I definitely would return to try more dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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