La Cucina

4.3
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310 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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P
Montreal
22 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

A
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KK
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

IM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

E
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 18 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Generally very bad value. Drinks far too expensive!!

AK
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
23 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Stuttgart Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

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 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I have been to La Cucina four tines and have kept going back because the food had always been fantastic. However very disappointed by food on this occasion. Burrata starter was very poor and I love Burrata. Antipasti meat was ‘ok’. Steaks for main were ‘ok’. Risotto was very poor. Overall very disappointing based on last experiences. The waiting staff were excellent.

SR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Time slot are too short. Please let people eat at their own pace!

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Very authentically Italian, great food, very good value set brunch menu. Try the rhubarb Panna Cotta, it's amazing!

p
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a really enjoyable evening last Saturday, food etc was of a good quality but the one thing gives this restaurant 5 stars ar3 the staff especially Alanna and matatus they were brilliant and the main reason we will be returning

HC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing evening. The atmosphere, food, and service was out of this world. Highly recommend and we’ll be back ! Thank you

J
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, staff were welcoming and attentive, making you feel very minded. The decor is beautiful, the only tiny thing I would say is that the live music was a tiny bit too loud, but otherwise was wonderful. Will definitely be back. Thanks for looking after us!

L
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Upon arrival the server was a bit forceful and intensive trying to tell more than listen. The starters where better than the main course by a long shot!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pre theatre dinner. Nice food and great service

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