I Monelli Authentic Italian Restaurant

4.4
123 reviews
€30 and under
Italian
Head Chef and owner of I Monelli, Ivano is a passionate and truly Italian chef with many years of international experience.

Before settling here in Dublin Ivano worked in various Michelin star restaurants and 5 star hotels around the world​, preparing exquisite recipes in Italian, French, Spanish, African and Irish cuisines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 123 People Are Saying
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Scooby
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great Italian restaurant! We will be back soon!

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Moco
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite really difficult circumstances serving only outside, they delivered an outstanding meal with great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was fine the food was great but I didn’t fully enjoy it because of the whole eating outside regulations.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place was fab! Lovely setting for outdoor dining if the weather is ok and the food exceeded expectations.

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NyreeB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting in the Covid times. Understandably got chilly towards the end of the night I would recommend wearing warm clothes & bringing a blanket. The warm welcome of the staff was lovely with attentive service without being overbearing. The food was superb I would highly recommend at visit.

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DanielleR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, dined outside which is nice watching the passerby’s on the canal with great fresh food to match. Will most definitely return and have already recommended to others

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice local authentic Italian spot. Great fresh food and lovely friendly staff. We really enjoyed our night here, we will return.

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Dona
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian restaurant in Dublin.
The waitress(from Bari)that looked after us was very professional and friendly!
I will surely be back.

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CiaraD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Service really good. A little to pushy on the wine. Food excellent! Would definitely go again

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RayN
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Worth trying. Service very attentive and friendly. Some unusual flavor combinations.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely date night in Dublin - had a great meal and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I were visiting Dublin and I had done some research on great places to eat. I Monelli stuck out and we were not disappointed. We were looked after really well, food was amazing and the organic Pinot was very light and refreshing.

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MartinR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great personalized service.

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DaveBLiverpool
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 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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ShawnP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 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.

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vipTV009
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

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SharonK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ThomasH
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 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.

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JohnD
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely dinner true Italian
Great experience

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garyF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 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.

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Susanne
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

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BobC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 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.

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BernardD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 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.

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vipAlyceM
Memphis
43 reviews
Dined on 18 May 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.

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vipFuzz
London
85 reviews
Dined on 6 May 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.

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AndrewC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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RonanW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Anonimo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 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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Anna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 November 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.

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LynnB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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vipDonaB
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RonH
1 review
Dined on 26 October 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.

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GayleC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 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.

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Mummi
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

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sophiea
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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GeraldineM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 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

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OliveM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFuzz
London
85 reviews
Dined on 5 August 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.

FAQs

I Monelli Authentic Italian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. I Monelli Authentic Italian Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 454 6057.

I Monelli Authentic Italian Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.