I Monelli Authentic Italian Restaurant

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Ivano’s and Gianni’s philosophy and passion for food was cultivated at childhood and developed while working for some of the most renowned establishments in the world. Gianni, Ivano and his team strive to make dishes that fulfil a true Italian’s most essential senses-exceptional tasty but simple food, beautifully presented in austere but welcoming surroundings. Ingredients are sourced from around Ireland and Italy interpreng dishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia, and reach further into the Mediterranean with Moorish influences revealing dishes with bold yet clean and distinct flavours.
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MR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great personalized service.

DB
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here about 5 or 6 times now,have never had a bad meal,original food freshly cooked . In house bread to die for !!!
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SP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

None of the food we were served was fresh and hot. The risotto was brought to the table cold i5 minutes after we ordered.

TV
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great restaurant by the canal, both service and food was excellent. Worth knowing that they don't have a pizza oven.

SK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff, will definitely be making a return visit

TH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Monelli is what you want out of a restaurant experience. High quality environment. Beautiful location looking out over the Royal Canal. A phenomenal owner who spends time with each table checking in and seeing how you've been or how you are for the first timer. I have to say it has become my partner and I's "place".

We are both highly critical of restaurants and don't offer praise easily. It's the best italian I've had outside of and possibly in Italy.

JD
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely dinner true Italian
Great experience

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. Authentic Italian food with homemade pasta. Ingredients were fresh and tasty. Being from New York/New Jersey area we have excellent Italian restaurants there, but Monelli’s doesn’t disappoint.

S
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A nice restaurant with a good menu. The food id nice, not special but overall good! Service very friendly.

BC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This appears to be a house converted to a restaurant. Their menu was a little limited especially on the pasta with protein options. My wife had the fish special and I had the pasta with mushrooms, both were good flavour wise, but mine would have been even better with some kind of protein option. Service was good, but we had a little wait for the bill as their WiFi was acting up. Overall I would suggest a visit and have no problem going back again.

BD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing. Made reservation weeks in advance for second night in Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin from US, got a message that restaurant had unilaterally cancelled our reservation with explanation or apology.

AM
Memphis
41 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gianni and his service people were great. My husband has a special diet and the chef prepared his to specif8catuons. If the prawns with balsamic reduction and strawberry sauce is still on the antipasti menu, order it! I’m going to try to reproduce it when we get home.

F
London
85 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a few months since we'd dined at I Monelli but it was as good as ever for an early evening Sunday dinner in May. It was nice to see that there are some new additions to the menu as well as the tried and tested dishes. I had one of the new starter dishes, cold beef tongue with a parsley and olive oil salsa. The flavours of the dish were very good but the tongue itself was a little overcooked and therefore tough. Since it is a new offering, this may be just a teething problem. My wife tried two of the new dishes, a steak tartare for starter and a risotto infused with buratta for main, both enjoyed very well. The third person in our group was happy to stick with two standards, minestrone soup followed by the pappardelle al cervo, which I chose for main course also. These were prepared to the usual high standard. We enjoyed three glasses of Franciacorta as aperitifs and drank an outstandingly delicious Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 'Amaranta di Ulisse' during the meal. Gianni and his crew were as engaging and as efficient as always while the ambience of I Monelli remained as authentically Italian as ever.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful Italian food and wine at a very reasonable price. Would definitely return

RW
London
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

As this restaurant had good reviews, I had high hopes. I was impressed that the waiter who seated us quickly returned to tell us he would move us to the next table over once its current occupant had left, as it was a better table. The starters (minestrone soup; prawn + leeks) were fine, although I'm never a fan of unpeeled prawns and the strawberry cream with the prawns was just... odd. The mains, however, were the real disappointment. The risotto was basically a plate of unseasoned rice with a few prawns and slivers of radish lurking in it, and the cannelloni had either been overdone on reheat, or left under a heat lamp too long, as the sauce had a skin on it and some of the pasta was burnt. We had to ask twice for the dessert menu as the first waiter we asked didn't return. We opted to skip the desserts and ordered a Bailey's coffee and a regular americano; the americano turned up quickly, but first we were told they had no Bailey's and offered a Calypso coffee instead, and then /that/ failed to show up to the point where we had to ask again at which point it turned up almost immediately, and had clearly been sitting somewhere while we waited for it as it was lukewarm.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italien restsurants we have esten in.Great food,great service and ' authentic' dishes. We shall return!!@.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

El restaurante buenísimo, de primero pedimos gambas con verduras y una salsa buenísima. De segundo, uno ravioli de ricotta y espinaca con pimiento picante que estaba también delicioso. De postre, tiramisú que estaba bueno pero no era como el clásico con galleta y crema si no que en vez de galleta tenía bizcocho, me hubiera gustado mas el clásico pero estaba bueno de todas formas. También había un buen aceite italiano en la mesa que acompañado de pan era un manjar. El camarero que nos atendió muy majo incluso nos llamo a un taxi al acabar. La cena incluyendo bebidas y café nos salio por 43€, me parece un precio razonable para lo bueno que estaba todo. El punto negativo es lalocalizacion está demasiado al sur de la ciudad, justo al lado del canal y esto puede ser un impedimento si no quieres salir del centro.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delitious food and a super friendly staff. The wine menu was never ending and included a good selection of dessert wines, which I love. We really enjoyed the appertizer, meals and dessert.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful food beautifully presented & friendly knowledgeable staff, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

DB
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly prepared Italian food, creative menu, exceptional service in a lovely setting.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent but especially the service from the second we walked in until we left and they called us a cab back to our hotel.

GC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the most authentic food I’ve had outside of Italy. Excellent flavors. The staff was helpful and their knowledge of wine was perfect for our male. We will be back.

M
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food, good wine list. Friendly but a lot of mistakes, could have been handled better. Overal a nice restaurant.

s
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit pricey but the food is good quality an taste !! The service was super

GM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about I Monelli is great, was our first time there, good excellent, attentive service and the tiramisu is worth going back for alone. Great evening enjoyed by all. Highly recommended

OM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

the main person at the dinner was very disappointed because there was no tiramisu left ..but otherwise excellent. Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not interested in writing a formal review. The service was very friendly and the food was outstanding.

F
London
85 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I Monelli continues to keep its standards very high and my wife and I very much enjoyed our Sunday dinner there recently. As well as the main menu, several special starters and main courses were on offer, all of them competitively priced. I particularly enjoyed the home-cured wild salmon which I chose as a starter. The seafood linguini I had for main wasn't quite as remarkable. The quantity of tomatoes used was excessive for my taste and I thought the dish would have benefited from having some clams included along with the prawns, mussels and white fish. My wife also had one of the specials as a main. This was ravioli filled with a pulp of monkfish and prawn with saffron sauce and confit zucchini. It was really delicious. Before that, she'd had the vegetarian cannoli as a starter. We shared a sambuca-infused pannacotta for dessert, an unusual but yet again delicious take on an Italian standard. We drank a reasonably priced Lugana and a large bottle of San Pellegrino throughout the meal and finished with two coffees. Two complimentary sambucas rounded off this fine dinner and the bill came to €108.

NW
Dublin
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!! Then Cannelloni was so good! Highly recommend this restaurant!

RB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

i have been here twice. The first time i went i sat downstairs and didnt find the decor very nice. it was very crammed seating but the food was excellent. the second time i sat upstairs which was spacious and nice. being a vegetarian though i had very limited options but the food is heavenly!

RM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A nice and friendly restaurant proving tasty Italian food. Good service and pleasant atmosphere at a reasonable price.

F
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic italian cuisine. Delicious homemade pasta. The Carpaccio was really good. Nice atmosphere. Very friendly and personal service.

SL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for our last night in Dublin! Highly recommend it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Authentic. Wonderful service. Brilliant

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best dining experience while on vacation in Ireland. The food was excellent, we enjoyed our chat with the owner who was very friendly and knowledgeable of Celiac disease. Top notch restaurant!

KO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and all food so good! Very fresh pasta and the burrata appetizer special was to die for. Excellent wine selection as well!

NO
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb, authentic Italian food. Staff were extremely friendly and everything we ordered was excellent, particularly the pasta.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic food, attentive waiting staff and the owner charming and helpful.
All in all and excellent meal and dinning experience.

JC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing night.
Recipe for success: Nice Ambiance, Friendly Staff, Excellent Food and Wine
The restaurant manager and the Sicilian waiter were both outstanding and the restaurant was packed.

LV
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service.