La Cucina

4.3
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318 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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food ambiance excellent and service really good

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We arrived 15 minutes early 19.45 and were told abruptly by the hostess we are too early and they are running 10 minutes late- no offer to sit at the bar and wait- First impression rather rude! The restaurant was chosen based on previous food reviews and it’s quirky design. We came back 20.10 and still we had to wait-this time for a few minutes. We decided on two starters, a risotto and sea bream as main courses as well a bottle of white wine for €45. Our starter of artisan bread was served immediately and the wine we ordered was warm and not chilled! The waiter offered to put in extra ice and apologised, that they don’t have any ‘Gavi’ chilled, but the ice cube will do the trick! we were left with just water , bread an warm wine. Ca 10 minutes later, another waiter came and ask us if he could open the wine and we complained that the wine is warm and the few ice cubes would not chill the wine quick enough. Having ordered a €45 bottle of white wine you would expect for this to be chilled. Another waitress appeared who was nice and apologised and offered us to choose a different chilled wine. we decided on a different option. our main courses were served: risotto and sea bream with a side salad. Both main courses were tasty and we enjoyed our food and wine. When we just finished our main course, we were offered dessert. we asked we need a bit of time to let the main course set and enjoy the wine. Ca 10 minutes later our waiter came back and apologised but he had to serve us the bill now! No offer if we are ready now for a dessert or coffee We still had 1/2 bottle of wine left and were asked to pay our bill! We complained we had to wait more than 10 minutes for our table on arrival, an expensive white wine served warm and not being able to finish the rest of the wine and asked to leave is simply rude! We’ve asked if we could at least finish our wine, but he left and put the bill on table! So we gulped down the wine in one go, paid and left after 1 hour!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was good ! Food amazing and the service friendly!

TL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cosy spot with excellent service and food. Wine list was superb too. Definitely our favorite Italian and dine out place in Dublin

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great hospitality of the staff here! We were welcomed very nicely and served very well.
The ambience is lovely and the only negative point for me is the overpriced price of wine - 9€ per glass. Food was good and well presented!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was very nice but not worth the price the lamb dish was cold when it came out as it was not on a plate but a board and the side of potatoes where not cooked through.

ES
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent from start to finish. The food was amazing as per usual. Would return every weekend if I could.

PA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Hey all, look this is tough to write as the staff and the location was lovely, but to be honest the food was ok at best. The restaurant is very well designed and the tables were well placed. Its cozy and clean and the restrooms were excellent. We had two starters and two mains and 1 dessert and 1 bottle of wine. My starter and main to be fair were tasty and enjoyable even though I chose simply as wasnt that hungry so it was a prawn start and main with linguine, as I said nice but simple. My partner has bruscetta starter which was overpowered with garlic and soggy, she chose the seafood special which sounded amazing, unfortunately it didn't deliver, the mussels were just ok and most of her clams were closed and the calamari was chewy and rubbery, it was served on tagliatelle and to be honest the sauce was tasteless. I tried it and I'm not that keen on seafood but the sauce was just bland. So for a "special" it was disappointing. The staff were attentive and friendly but when my partner hadn't finished her meal which was clear to the server as it just wasnt nice the lady offer to box it up to take home, now granted we should have said at that time that it wasnt nice but it was late and we were heading off soon anyway and weren't going to eat another main at that hour. The desert we share was a delicious ganache and the coffee(expresso) I had was lovely. The last bit of dissatisfaction was that although the food was very reasonably priced. The wine menu starts at €39 for the cheapest bottle of red. While we dont mind paying for decent wine when out. For a quick meal late at night it was more than we expected as the food was so well priced. The wine was nice but not great. Overall we enjoyed the experience and the location is nice, but sadly I dont think we will return. To finish as I said the staff were polite and attentive but sadly the rest let us down.

P
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a cool location. We had a lovely meal. The food was tasty and the service was good.

A
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the dinner and would like to recommend to my friends.
It was reasonable dishes and services. We could not find good restaurant in Dublin but it was one of better restaurants.
Interior gave good impression when we arrived. Food was reasonable, better than others I experienced in Dublin. Volume was as expected and good for Japanese.
Wine we chose according to recommendation was good with reasonable price.
One thing I think to improve was that they accepted order but actually they could not deliver all and asked us to change some of main dishes.

CF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Staff were lovely and I wouldn’t fault them however I did not feel it was good value for money. Portions were very small. I had the chicken which came on it’s own on the plate and asked for a side salad which was 4.50
Extra and consisted of rocket leaves only with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top.

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great, design inside is neat with all of the stone walls.

Food was good. My Mum ordered a spicy pasta dish which was really, really spicy and does not like spice, but they offered to make her something brand new. It was disclosed as spicy in the menu, so our fault!

Pana Cotta was lovely with Rhubard and good selection of wines. Would eat here again!

t
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

would have been nice to get offered tap water not to pay for a bottle of water,i found it hard to see the menu lighting was not great,i dont think i got what i ordered but that didnt matter it was so nice

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We happened upon La Cucina in a brief stop in Dublin in May 2019 and had such a great dinner we took their card and promised ourselves we’d come back. We did and it was just as great as the first visit. We very well might come again before we leave Dublin this trip. Wonderful food, great service. World class

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Our first time in La Cucina but definitely not our last.
Five Star 🌟 Service , excellent food and ambience . Our steaks, pasta, prawns, anti pasta staters, desserts were all fantastic 👍

b
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor was interesting. A little too dark for my liking. The service was outstanding as was the food.

DK
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak I've had in a very long time. Really nice ambience and an amazing space. Perfect for an intimate evening.

KK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Service
The Bet Food
Thx🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

IM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my evening here.
Last minute decision to go out, and had only visited la cucinda once before with a large group.
Setting is very comfortable, and easy to converse.
Food was very nice, and attention was just right, not feeling forgotten, yet not overpowering.
Will be back.

p
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere combined with fantastic service . The food is good too . Big selection of drinks and serves pints👍 , Guinness , Moretti , Heineken etc . Went to the lovely music bar behind restaurant afterwards for a dance. Overall a great night .

CO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food. Lovely atmosphere and attentive staff. Will be back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

MS
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant from the people working there, to the food and setting! We had such an amazing service the whole way throughout the dinner. We ordered seafood pasta and king prawns for starter and we will definitely be returning for those dishes, wow! Wine was also very very good. From start to finish couldn't recommend this place more.

WM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely staff and food very good but too dark to read menu etc. Overall great place to eat.

CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Booking for 8.30. Table was not available. Had to wait. I asked for a table out front but was put down the back. The waitress was very nice and sorted it out.

I don't like eating at 10. Too late

NO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal with friends ... casual & relaxed with a great view & great service

E
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a lovely ambience. The staff were attentive but not annoying. And the food was top notch. Also.. the music!! All the Motown classics. I love this place! Especially the early bird option. It’s a great deal.

SO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Patrick our waiter was fantastic! He made us feel so welcome & was happy for us and our celebrations! The atmosphere I’m the restaurant is so nice. Food was delightful. The only downside was the portions were smaller than expected. Would still highly recommend La Cucina!

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Generally very bad value. Drinks far too expensive!!

AK
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived to a very warm and professional welcome. Excellent friendly and helpful service all round. Excellent food👌 and wine. We will definitely be back and highly recommend la cucina

RH
Dublin
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food..
Good pint of Guinness!
What more do you need!

A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nice food but very expensive compared to many other italian restaurants around. Place is lovely but there was no light. it was extremelly dark inside and we had to use our phones to see what was on our plates. The service was the best about it

L
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, really nice service and great location. However, the music was too loud, together with the noise of the other guests we could barely understand eachother.

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My friends and I hit new places to explore food in Dublin, every Friday. This time we chose La Cucina based on reviews and strong recommendations. At time of booking we noted a different menu and felt happy about options available. However, in restaurant we were presented with a different menu that had very less options for us to chose from. Upon confirming with our server, Charlie, we learned that other menu that we saw on Open Table is available for serving till 06:30 PM. We were dejected but can’t do much about such occasions. No hard feelings about the restaurant but our decision to go here was based on the menu we saw at time of booking. We felt the prices on the upper side than usual for fairly less quantity.

We do not think we will consider this place as a dining option again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, very good food and nice service. Pizzas, linguine with prawns and burrata were all very nice. Starter with turbot fish was so so... Will definitely go again.

BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, great food, had a wonderful date with my partner on Friday night.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The portion of pasta was very small for the price, it was quite expensive and was charged €4.50 for some bread. I thought the value of the meal was very bad but other than that the service was very good

LM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I would rate 5 star for everything but we were sat beside the Micros and cutlery drawer. Unfortunately 2 glasses were broken from the suspended glass rack and audible cursing could be heard from the gentleman (I assume bartender/bar manager, I didn’t catch his name). Both servers were very friendly and nice, specials were explained in a clear manner as were the desserts. I rate it so low because it took 15 mins for the starters to be cleared after we were finished. And once we received our mains our water glasses remained empty until we moved upstairs. We were in no rush, I didn’t mind, this is just feedback. We both loved the food, and I can’t stress how lovely the staff were, just service was a little slow. I look forward to coming back.

OT
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and an amazing location. Perfect brunch!

DD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there wonderful service and food really enjoyable night highly recommend