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La Cucina

4.3
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391 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 391 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShonaH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night! Incredible food and amazing service! Had a great night

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were late for reservation, not a great start and were reminded of this lateness by the staff- so punished by being sat literally beside a cutlery station- literally under the bar and beside a large drawer of cutlery- with deposits/ withdrawals being made regularly! luckily, we managed to get a different table. menu has shrunk to a one pager- Italian fast food ( just missing the deep fried garlic mushrooms)as opposed to the promise on the website! food was mediocre to say the least but the real gem came with the bill . Party of 2 with over 10% service charge included- when I questioned the waiter, answer - yes you must pay that- later retracted by him, once I summoned the manager. i asked for a copy of the original bill with this charge but it seemed to have disappeared once it was clear i was not paying it- in fact, i always make a point of tipping but take complete offence to being told i must! DO NOT GO to this restaurant! over priced: dated and dingy decor and a staff who simply think they are better than they are- hence the compulsory tipping for the joy of their presence as opposed to anything else...

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food, good atmosphere and ambience. Good value

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service with some really thoughtful extra touches for a birthday celebration. Really enjoyable evening

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Henar
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, place and staff. To highlight the mains and the attention received.

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Cmccccc
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Felt there was no safety measures taken into account here which made myself and my friend a bit weary. Waiters and waitresses had protective visors not worn properly when interacting with customers, which was kind of inconsiderate. We were also on top of another table and asked to move and said they couldn’t give us an alternative table. They should take in less customers or something so customers do feel at ease and maybe tell the staff to put their visors down on their face or at least wear a mask? It’s government regulations so you’d expect for a business to follow the new measures.

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ColmM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, very fine food n wine, bit costly but that’s the new abnormal now 🤷🏻‍♂️

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CiaraT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Crostini was too hard to cut. Went flying off my plate. Seafood linguini was slightly cold. Wine that was chosen for us was excellent. Cool brickwork on the walls.

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Mackers
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, vibrant experience. Pity I did t know the loo was in the basement as I went upstairs to the bar and had a shock with all the people there! Overall very good however.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food so honestly amazing and I love how the chef came out on a food a couple of time to ensure everyone was happy with their meals. The staff were also very good and so helpful. Such good value for money and I’d highly recommend it to anyone

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GuneetK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is brilliant and the food even better. Had a fine evening there.

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Ruairi
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. Lovely food and great value. Fab ameretto sour

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Megan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The booking turned out to be in a neighbour venue upstairs, wasn’t anything like what we expected.

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SEANM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was delicious, particularly our starters (crostini) and the mains (ragu). The meal was also good value for money. However, the noise levels were very high which made the socializing during the meal difficult. We requested that the noise be turned down however it only stayed at this level for a short period of time before returning to it's previously high levels.

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SarahW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian dining.
Small menu, but top quality cuisine.
Casual fine dining!

Definitely recommend!

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend- good value , great setting , super friendly staff.

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SymphonySkis
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

it was lovely, i've been there before, however was a bit disappointed with my food - the ragu - i've ordered it before but this time it was very tomatoey and saltless. And was disappointed with the lack of social distancing between tables.
However, service was amazing, really nice waiter, and the inside of the restaurant is quite lovely and romantic. Wine was fantastic
I would go again :) maybe i'd order something else

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KieranG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cosy restaurant tucked under powers court townhouse. We loved the cave style feel and decor. Food was authentic to its Italian roots. Great service, affordable and central location. No complaints at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely spot. Nice ambiance. Limited menu probably due to Covid but the food was tasty. Enjoyed a very nice glass of wine with my meal. Staff very friendly and attentive. They adhered to all the a Covid restrictions.

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Juju
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service. Really reasonably priced. Would 100% return again.

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AislingO
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

La Cuchina was great value for money and a very vibey spot for a girls night out. The cocktails were delicious and so was the food, and at just €22 for two courses, I will definitely be coming back. I’d recommend la Cuchina to anyone looking for great cocktails and yummy food for great value in the heard of Dublin.

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DebbieB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and great food, would recommend to friends for sure

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NoelleO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Little bit pricey for a lunch.Service very efficient and friendly.Could have had sanitizers on entry into restaurant.

La Cucina
Responded on 5 August 2020

Hi Noelle, Very many thanks for your review of your recent dining experience at La Cucina. Regarding your query relating to Sanitisers, we have sanitiser units fitted in both entry and exits of the restaurant and bar as well as on our bar tops - however, we will look into perhaps highlighting this more to guests on entry for their use. We are delighted to hear you found our service efficient and friendly - its what we pride ourselves on. Warm Regards, Alanna Feeney

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MMart
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
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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RebeccaT
Limerick
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelieable food, atmosphere and overall dining experience! A definite must try when visiting Dublin! Has to be said best la cucina!

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BarbaraD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
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
16 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
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
16 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
4 reviews
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
8 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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La Cucina is rated 4.3 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.

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