La Cucina

4.3
265 reviews
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€30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Cosy
Hidden below the buzzing South William Street, in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter you will find an authentic Italian hidden gem, situated in the original kitchens of Powerscourt Townhouse. Home to a rustic, old school style of dining in an intimate environment, offering those who dine a truly memorable Italian experience. The culinary team at La Cucina ensure that the traditional Italian "Al Forno" cooking technique is utilised throughout the menu. The large open wood burning oven is central to this concept, along with handmade pastas. In essence the food is traditional in taste, modern in presentation, classic in technique and where possible of Irish provenance. Enjoy generous sharing plates of Prosciutto, Bresaolo and Roast Aubergines. Delicious Crab Linguine or Pulled Organic Pork Papardelle for the main can be finished off with an Affogatto or a Cocktail from the excellent list in the comfortable armchairs upstairs in sister bar Farrier & Draper.
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CN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. It was our first time there. Staff so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.

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PB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Highly recommend it

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Jersey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Ordered fillet steak came cooked wrong!
Mushrooms not cleaned properly had grit in them.

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E
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Great decor and lovely bar upstairs to have a drink before dinner. Maybe it was just the day we went (Friday evening) but they were a bit too rushed coming over to take our order, 3 times in first 5 mins. I felt our waiter was annoyed we hadn't looked but we had literally just sat down. Needed to secure the booking with a credit card too and there is a policy that if you are late you are charged or if members if your party drop out you are charged 10E so good to be aware of that if you have flaky dinner companions. I didn't want to give my credit card number over the phone and I got the impression the guy on the phone was annoyed I didn't trust them, but sure like they clearly don't trust you cos they want to secure the table with a credit card! It could be done online which felt a bit more secure! Lovely place though very chic.

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SS
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nothing extraordinarily for the price
Staff are very nice. Food arrived on time and it was ok.

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O
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service very good, our group opted for pre theatre menu enjoyed the meal. I dislike when their is extra charges for certain items on the menu also wine was very expensive cheapest bottle of house wine 30 Euro.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time here and loved it. Everything was perfect. The waiter was so friendly and made us feel right st home. We’ll defiantly be back!

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J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Celebrate two birthdays, food & service was amazing. Very accommodating for every request.

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Service was slow, we were left waiting with no drinks and we had to call for attention.
Food was OK. I had fillet steak that was apparently an 8oz cooked med. It was seriously tiny! If I had it well done there would not be much left on the plate. Also it had melted cheese on top but nowhere on the menu did it say cheese was to be served with it.
The sea bass was delicious.
To be honest I was a bit disappointed with the whole experience.
Lovely place but food and service on this occasion wasn’t up to scratch.

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DK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance and great service. The food was good but the marrow starter was a bit bland and very small and the fettuccine I thought could have had just a bit more sauce. However I’ve already made a booking to go back so overall I thoroughly enjoyed my experience!

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

Jamaican waiter was lovely! Food was good and the live performer made the night!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A real hidden little gem. Unusual in this city as a lot is overpriced and mediocre. Cosy and welcoming, Food is as good as italian as you can find. Atmosphere is great, live music was a bonus and very good. Location perfect and the staff.. well, my partner left her handbag.. 5 mins later they phoned us to let us know, having to look up my phone no. too. Recommended..

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JH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The atmosphere and decor was lovely but the server we had was quite rude, pushing items around the very small table with the plate and making it quite awkward for all. Food was nice but was in no way very impressive

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really nice evening, the host was lovely and accommodating. Waiting staff at times a bit rude, but I couldn’t fault the food or drink. Atmosphere was lovely. Overall, I’d recommend and would certainly return.

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RS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was absolutely fantastic. The food was amazing and match the time that we've finished the starters, that was awesome. I do recomend this place.

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H
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Good and service was excellent. Live music was a little overbearing as we were a larger table trying to chat.

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BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value and excellent server. Jamaican fellow was excellent,

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We went for a celebration meal and were disappointed the minute we arrived as the restaurant was very quiet yet we were placed at possibly the worst table in the whole place - on top of another couple squished against a wall - it was as if the restaurant was packed and they tried to squeeze us in yet there was only about 4 customers there at the time. We thought maybe as we were only 21 they noticed we were younger and maybe they thought it wouldn’t bother us or we wouldn’t say anything if we placed at the worst table. We then kindly asked to be moved as we could see even the couple beside us were uncomfortable / surprised with us being placed so close. After we were reluctantly placed at another table, we were then ignored and not even offered a drink for at least 10 minutes , and it’s not as if the restaurant was busy. After this we were told there was an issue in the kitchen , which after reading other reviews we learned this was not a first and happened often - and even still we weren’t even told about these issues for around 15 minutes. We then ordered food , still felt rudely treated though. Food was tasty no complaints there.

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OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. The menu wasn’t very extensive but they were able to adapt to specific requests and everything we ordered was delicious. The service in particular was outstanding! The staff was brilliant in adding an extra fun to our serving! Will come back for sure

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RM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was almost perfect service is great. Wine list is amazing coxtails we're brilliant. The starter we had was a bit cold in parts but still tasted nice. Really good

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

Lovely happy athmosphere, attentive staff, stylish dining room and good food.

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

I had a great time for my birthday! The staff was genuinely lovely and made the evening special. The food was amazing. Thank you.

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AB
Waterford
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a great ambiance. Musis volume was being turned up and down so noise level fluctuated which was the only downside. Steak and Chicken Supreme were both delicious with good portions and sides of potatoes and greens. Service was very friendly and helpful. Staff smiling and looking like they enjoy their jobs. Will definitely be back.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

La Cucina was excellent in many ways. The service was great. The food was great. The atmosphere was great. But what spoiled it for me was all the conditions laid down. If you don't turn up you will be charged so much. If one of your party does not show you will be fined so much.... You have one hour and a half only etc. It read like a penal code for rules of the road. After one hour and a half we had finished the starter and the main course. We were asked if we wanted a desert.... I looked at my watch, saw that the hour and a half, the time allotted was up so decided to go elsewhere for desert. I really think you need to review all this because the service, food, ambiance etc was excellent but I was tense before the meal in case one of the party did not show, tense during the meal because of the time restraint. I love the Italian style on the continent where eating out is to forget time and to relax with friends ALL evening if you wish. Because of that I would not recommend La Cucina to a friend.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We came for dinner after having a drink upstairs at Farrier & Draper. The ambiance is very cozy, like being in a wine cellar. Our main courses were delicious, having the linguine with clams and gnocchi! Highly recommend the gnocchi! Our server was very nice!

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OB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal. Quality ingredients tastefully presented. Staff friendly and helpful. Great experience.

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JN
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great value Early Bird menu. Ideal before heading to the Gaiety. Friendly, non intrusive but attentive service. I would go back again for sure.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came whilst on a short break away - couldn’t recommend more! The food and service were both superb. If we ever return to Dublin, we will most certainly visit! Thanks

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OB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing place and food!! Just maybe music in the restaurant was a little too loud

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NT
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Italian food in the country. Highly recommend this place. Feels like your in Italy. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and beautiful interiors. Will be back for sure.

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MP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the whole experience throughout the visit, staff were very nice and attentive, food was delicious and portions were the right size too. I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone and I will be back for sure.

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a
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from start to finish apart from dessert. Neither tasted like they were made on site. Will definitely be back!

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have wanted to try this restaurant and I’m so glad I did. We had a party of 5 and was given a nice table that we could chat at in a cosy corner. Menu had a great variety and food and service was excellent, the prices were very good for a top city centre location. Everything was so fresh and presented impeccably. Service wasn’t rushed and we didn’t feel we were the last in the restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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SC
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Early bird extremely good value and corn the most part delicious. Only thing I wasn’t huge fan of was the walnuts in the risotto, seemed to take away from the flavour. Pizzas were gorgeous and loved affagato to finish off. I thought setting was really cool and staff were lovely!!

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A
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. The early bird is such good value with a range of options. Venue is cosy and cool and staff could not have been more attentive.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food accompained by an amazing service made our evening unforgettable. We’ll be back for sure!

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s
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely setting, very reasonable, good staff. Live music was excellent but a little too loud. Would be useful to have somewhere to hang coats.

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JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. However, the price piont was a bit high for what was on offer. Also the restaurant was quite dead, but that's more so due to the fact we were eating early.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Rude and intimidating staff. I ended up leaving before we ordered.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Three of us had lovely meals here last Saturday night. We had to wait over 20 minutes for our table, and the background noise levels were pretty loud, but it was a Saturday, I guess. The food was, as ever, very good, and their wine list is impressive.

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