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La Cucina

4.3
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367 reviews
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€30 and under
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Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 367 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MMart
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm, welcoming and knowledgeable service. Nothing was too big of an ask. Extremely accommodating.
Food and wine were beautiful.
Our go to restaurant in South William street.

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BarbaraD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time in city centre. I had got recommendations for la Cucina. It was better than I expected. Layout in keeping with guidelines helped me feel safe. Three course menu with good selections for €25. Very good value. We had a bottle of red wine from Puglia which was soooo nice. Overall our experience was very good. I want to compliment staff who were so professional and helpful especially Ricardo who went round all tables to make sure everything was ok. Will definitely go back.

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vipJohnnyW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ricardo and Paddy...at their best!

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FergalP98
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambience in the upper bar. Beautiful setting. Its like being in the National Art Gallery but sipping Chardonay. Service very friendly and engaging.

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Leslie
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything of La Cucina is perfect for me.
Food is delicious,environment is romantic and quite.Eating here can really release my nerves and make me feel very comfortable.
I recommend La Cucina for people who would love to make themselves enjoy a wonderful meal and lovely time.
Will definitely come back,thanks for the excellent services from the staff of La Cucina,stay safe and best wishes to all of you.

Kind Regards,
Leslie

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DeirdreC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

Menu very limited - we understand why but one of us is celiac so quite restricted. Portions were small but food good and service excellent

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vipJohnnyW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great night!

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KateB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very small portions on a very limited menu. Staff very friendly. Would not return with menu as it is. Quality of food excellent.

La Cucina
Responded on 22 July 2020

Thank you very much for your feedback Kate, we are delighted to hear you found our staff to be friendly and our quality of food to be excellent. We are disappointed to hear that you found our menu limited-given that we have just reopened post lockdown, we specifically have designed a menu that allows for minimal wastage and is cost effective and economical for our guests at €25 for 3 courses. We will be developing the menu to include daily specials and increasing our options shortly.

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Olivia
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely food and very friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent seafood pasta and amazing chocolate pizza for dessert. Very friendly and helpful staff. Will be back

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MichaelaP
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely, romantic dinner on Friday evening. Beautiful setting and delicious food. Definitely recommend for a date night!!

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Lynn97
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

I found it too expensive for what we had: paying 37e for a dinner with mostly (3/4) pasta dishes is a bit exaggerated in my opinion. Tiramisu was not too impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

lovely Restaurant in the center of Dublin

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viptomd
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

These are difficult times for restaurants but ALL staff were just amazing in their level of care. Fab food as always. Brilliant example of reactivity.

La Cucina
Responded on 14 March 2020

Waking up to read a review like this has truly made our day. It is a very difficult period for the entire country and particularly the hospitality industry but we all really love what we do in La Cucina and are so appreciative of your kind words. We hope this is purely a transient period and that normality will resume in due course. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again soon, Renewed thanks, Alanna Feeney, Restaurant Manager La Cucina

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PascaleW
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Easy to book by the internet. Friendly people, good service, nice food, nice interior.

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AmeliaW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accommodating we were late. We all enjoyed our lunch and there was plenty of options. Beautiful interiors and friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a gem! It was amazing all around. A must hit in Dublin!

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HollyB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The staff were all friendly and very attentive. The atmosphere was lovely and we had a nice night overall. My portion of ravioli was very small (6 pieces) for €22 which was quite expensive considering my friends dishes were all quite big portions. But still lovely ravioli

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We loved it but they rushed us off the table even though the place was pretty quiet, there were 4/5 empty tables

La Cucina
Responded on 15 February 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words relating to La Cucina - we are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us but we are sorry to hear that you felt you were rushed. Tables of 2 are allocated for 1.5 hours per table on premium demand nights - occasionally we have the flexibility to extend this time however, on a night such as valentines we would have to adhere to the guidelines. We apologise for any inconvenience with this and hope it will not deter you from returning in the future. Best, Alanna

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Camcgc78
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Food came cold and little sauce on the pasta. That being said restaurant dealt with it very well and would go back to try again. Lovely restaurant

La Cucina
Responded on 16 February 2020

Dear Camcgc78, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to La Cucina. We are sorry to hear that there was some issues with the food presented to you which is needless to say reflected in your low scoring to us. However, we are pleased to hear you appreciated how we dealt with this from a customer service point of view and look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again soon, Warm Regards, Alanna Feeney, Manager, La Cucina

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was average, staff really good!

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DorothyF
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Unfortunately we ere rushing to the theatre and did not get the full value for our visit.
Service good. Staff friendly and welcoming.
Food good.
We only had 2 courses... pizza Okay. Small and v thick base.
Authentic Italian
Lighting was a bit dim to read the menu
Overall v good and we will return

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Our experience at the cucina has been very poor. First, the service was extremely pushy. We had a booking for 8h15 pm on a Saturday evening and were asked to leave about 1h later while the service condition mentioned that our table would be booked for 1h30. Second, our mains were rushed into our table not even 5 mins after we ordered them and arrived cold, while our desserts portion (tiramisu) were ridiculously small. On top of that, we got mandatory 12.5% service charge added to our bill as we experienced the pleasure of getting rushed through the end of our bottle of wine..... In short, we won’t come back.

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vipJohnnyW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alana & Paddy...a pair of Superstars out the front on the floor with a magical Team in the Kitchen. Authentic grotto-type Italian ambience, wonderful food and wine. What a spot!

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MadelynH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and great experience! Overall very impressed!

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ShaneLola
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time visit , and the staff were excellent along with the food

JW
vipJohnnyW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Alana and Paddy were fantastic hosts and ensured a wonderful night had by all. Terrific location, ambience and service. Magic Dingle G&T! On my favourite List!

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Closed
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Restaurant was closed when I showed up - couldn’t get in, was never seated so I don’t know why I got an email saying I was. I called and it went straight to voicemail with no details of opening hours to even explain. Really disappointed because I was meeting a friend while on vacation from Hong Kong. Would not recommend restaurant to anyone.

La Cucina
Responded on 15 January 2020

Our restaurant had to close for emergency maintenance on a vent unit in our kitchen. All reservations for the Sunday were notified on Saturday (bar one) as we could not get through to you as the mobile number assigned to your booking from your web reservation was incorrect. Unfortunately we had no alternative method of contacting you. We hope this clarifies the matter for you & apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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rosemaryo
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good overall food options limited but quality good

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Totally recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambiance was absolutely lovely. The only minor thing was that we brought our two kids and there are no real options for the kids to eat, but they ended up splitting the risotto and we’re very happy! They had a limited menu because of Christmas and while everything was really good, we found it to be a bit pricey for what we got. Definitely our most expensive meal in Dublin even though we only got one course and shared a bottle of wine. Still, a memorable and enjoyable evening in a venue with lots of personality.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very warm in the restaurant

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MaureenR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal on Christmas Eve, particularly liked the concept of trying different starters. Main-course of seafood linguine was excellent. The service was very good and it was a lovely dining experience.

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ClodaghH
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing !! Six people having dinner and we all thou roughly enjoyed our food. The service was amazing!

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LuisV
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

I have been in the place before and had a great time. I went there on Thursday and I was shock how tasteless and simple was the food considering the price. From starter to dessert, disappointment over disappointment.

La Cucina
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi Luis, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent trip to La Cucina. We are sorry to hear that despite our 5 star service and winning ambiance that you felt it necessary to award us only 1 star. We always strive to wrong the right on any given night and wish you had told us of your displeasure with the food at the time which we would have changed immediately. We hope this will not deter you from giving us a chance again in the future. Best, Alanna Feeney, Restaurant Manager La Cucina

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food and wonderful service

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Cookie
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Ridiculous table with cutlery drawer behind table so waiters had to lean across to get cutlery for other tables.

Over priced, €22, mediocre pasta.

Nowhere to hang coats. Get a coat rack!

Three different people asked if we were ready to order in the space of 2 minutes. Confusion.

Management came across as arrogant.

Setting is somewhat romantic.

So to sum up... a rip off, badly run, sloppily managed, confused service, poor food, charming restaurant!

Stay the f@#K away!!

JM
JohnM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice atmospheric setting.Waiting staff were friendly and professional.
Menu was quite limited under the guise of "Christmas Menu".
Starters were fine.One main course -fish- was quite skimpy and represented very poor value for money

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Asked to pay bill and leave the table at 8.50pm when 2hr reservation wasn’t up until 9.15pm - really poor management.

La Cucina
Responded on 15 December 2019

Your reservation was for 7:15pm - of which you arrived nearly 20 minutes late. We outlined to you upon arrival that tables for 2 are only assigned for 1 hour 45mins and that given that you were late, we would still require the table back in advance of another sitting at 9pm. You agreed & stated once the food was served in time you would leave. You dined off a 3 course meal & refused to leave. Nonetheless, delighted you enjoyed our food. Wishing you & yours a Merry Christmas from all the team.

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Jonas
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Nice, good food but very small portions and due to that the prices are way to high.
Some of the staff (just our waiter) was arrogant but the restaurant is very cozy and nice.

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