Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Italian
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.
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Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and lovely staff! We were a party of 14 and the food all came out together and in a good time. I really couldn't fault it!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Incredible

H
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely anniversary meal here. Service was great and staff all v friendly. Great selection of starters and main courses and also good value. We ordered a dessert to share, found desserts to be a bit over-priced compared to other places we have been. 10euro for a few scoops of ice-cream?
Overall we had a lovely meal and would recommend.

MJ
Montana
48 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience, food and wine were all excellent!!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great time while visiting Dublin. Wait staff were very friendly and portions were BIG!

RK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very cool set up. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic also! I would definitely recommend and return!

NB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was there on Friday 16th for a birthday meal with family. Greeted with such enthusiasm. The service was spot on and the staff were so very friendly.
Will definitely be making this a regular venue when we visit the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Me and my friends had a horrible dinner. First, the starter menu wasn’t clear about the plates and we order three to share but it came as main, with rice etc, totally wrong. My calamari was more like salad which has many onions on it and I hate! Then we order the main dish, but then we asked what the other table was having, because that pasta wasn’t in the menu (at least not in the paste part). We switched out main and, even though I asked mine with organic past and without onion, they didn’t respect. My came with less food than my friends. The wine was very expensive and poor quality. We will never come back to this place. And the service was horrible, they took too much time to take our orders.

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I went with my 81 yr old mother who is is in fine fettle but does need a walking cane. The waiter did not greet us in a friendly manner and directed my mother down a steep flight of stairs to the secondary sitting area despite her apparent apprehension. The food was simple but fresh and tasty. Portions were a little large but reasonably priced. The cavern is noisy when everyone is talking but there was a pleasant atmosphere. It could be really good if there was a little more charm.

GM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely staff, Monika is a marvel. Delicious food, always a wonderful experience.

KK
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Monica was awesome. Great energy and food!!! Bruscetta was best ever

P
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Apart from the lovely food, the service was exceptionally good and all done with a smile. Well done!!

O
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service was exceptional! The homemade Tiramisu was excellent! The vegan menu is outstanding as well. It's a bit of a noisy atmosphere but the food makes up for that. We will definitely come again when back in Dublin.

TS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

it was an ok italian restaurant but rather more that carried a few things that lingered a little, not all the meat had got the right preparation, and irish coffee cannot be recommended

KM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at caverna the service was excellent and the food was delicious. The lady at reception was verythema friendly. We will definitely return.

D
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good but what stood out was the female host who is huge asset to that restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was outstanding. Service and food were top notch and we highly recommend it. Great experience and really good for a date night. Btw, they played classic 80’s music all night. Added bonus!

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The main reason we booked the restaurant is because they had such a vast vegan menu. The rest of the menu was also very appetizing for the non vegan members. Food was fresh and very tasty indeed.
The staff were very welcoming and he service was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Graduation

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SP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Not great at all, not as per advertised pictures and staff not professional or particularly welcoming.
Won’t be returning or recommending.
Very poor

HE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The presentation of the food was lovely and there was a great variety of food to choose from, no limitations. From the starter to the dessert the food just melted in the mouth and the flavours were lovely. Staff were very courteous.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the lasagna! Sit in the basement where the ambiance of the wine cellar is so nice.

J
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and staff were very good, enjoyed it! Only down fall was annoying Americans who over exaggerate everything haha....

OT
Dublin
24 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice charming place, good selection of wines and friendly staff, very friendly, loved it. Food good and cheap price. A good place to talk and have good meals with good music.

E
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and supreme food. Pasta was delicious and fresh.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with super food and service. Will be back.

OT
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for dinner while on a weekend trip to the city for my partner’s birthday on the back of reading reviews and was not disappointed.

The restaurant was lovely the food was superb and the service was friendly and really attentive, thoroughly enjoyed our evening and when in town again will be sure to visit.

RP
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was amazing and the atmosphere is nice. The pizza though is like frozen pizza, which cannot be acceptable for a restaurant that names itself "Italian" (I'm Italian and I know what I'm talking about). Put 3 stars only for the staff, but I wouldn't go back there for a dinner unfortunately.

MA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty and fresh pasta sauces and cheese. Friendly service.

n
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service & meals were Excellent! Amount of food you get for the price was amazing. Would recommend to anyone wanting a nice meal away from the pub atmosphere.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was AMAZING !!! The previous night we dined at a steak house only a few metres further away from the Caverna paying €34 for a steak alone we were more than disappointed this time we paid €26 euro for a steak chips & sauce could not be more pleased with the meal it was just gorgeous ! Steak cooked to perfection chips nice & crispy garlic sauce was strong corr it haunted me for a few days haha ! Would tell everyone to visit & next time we are i Dublin this will be our first stop !! Fantastic staff also could not be faulted in any way ! THANKYOU for an amazing evening :)

D
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had the filet and quite possibly was in the top 3 I’ve ever had...absolutely perfect...
Service (Monika from Poland) was an absolute dream...she made our dining experience over the top...sweetest woman...
Everything was fabulous...do yourself a favor and eat here!!

RB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening, staff were super friendly and and the food was delicious.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance. Got to sit in the Cavern and we loved it. The food tasted authentic and the staff was very friendly. We would definitely recommend this and would eat here again if ever back in town

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food great service over all really good place

JU
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had a gorgeous meal will be back; grilled calamari, garlic prawns, tagliatelle carbonara and Irish steak burger on ciabatta!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, friendly staff, superb value.

A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, great service and delicious food. The lamb shank was amazing.

PM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Me and my girlfriend went here for our three year anniversary which was very special to us. We were here for the first year together and many times in between and we have always loved it and recommended it to our friends. Today was different. We came in , the waiter said table for two and we said yes we have a booking in which he didn’t acknowledge. Our special occasion was dismissed. Our order was taken. The waiter went and watched his laptop during which when the food was being prepared, we could hear the noise from his laptop, the service was not good. We were disappointed with both service and the food as we always love this place. Not sure if we will go back.

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