La Cucina

4.3
248 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Cosy
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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BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and excellent server. Jamaican fellow was excellent,

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went for a celebration meal and were disappointed the minute we arrived as the restaurant was very quiet yet we were placed at possibly the worst table in the whole place - on top of another couple squished against a wall - it was as if the restaurant was packed and they tried to squeeze us in yet there was only about 4 customers there at the time. We thought maybe as we were only 21 they noticed we were younger and maybe they thought it wouldn’t bother us or we wouldn’t say anything if we placed at the worst table. We then kindly asked to be moved as we could see even the couple beside us were uncomfortable / surprised with us being placed so close. After we were reluctantly placed at another table, we were then ignored and not even offered a drink for at least 10 minutes , and it’s not as if the restaurant was busy. After this we were told there was an issue in the kitchen , which after reading other reviews we learned this was not a first and happened often - and even still we weren’t even told about these issues for around 15 minutes. We then ordered food , still felt rudely treated though. Food was tasty no complaints there.

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RM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was almost perfect service is great. Wine list is amazing coxtails we're brilliant. The starter we had was a bit cold in parts but still tasted nice. Really good

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R
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely happy athmosphere, attentive staff, stylish dining room and good food.

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AO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great time for my birthday! The staff was genuinely lovely and made the evening special. The food was amazing. Thank you.

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AB
Waterford
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a great ambiance. Musis volume was being turned up and down so noise level fluctuated which was the only downside. Steak and Chicken Supreme were both delicious with good portions and sides of potatoes and greens. Service was very friendly and helpful. Staff smiling and looking like they enjoy their jobs. Will definitely be back.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

La Cucina was excellent in many ways. The service was great. The food was great. The atmosphere was great. But what spoiled it for me was all the conditions laid down. If you don't turn up you will be charged so much. If one of your party does not show you will be fined so much.... You have one hour and a half only etc. It read like a penal code for rules of the road. After one hour and a half we had finished the starter and the main course. We were asked if we wanted a desert.... I looked at my watch, saw that the hour and a half, the time allotted was up so decided to go elsewhere for desert. I really think you need to review all this because the service, food, ambiance etc was excellent but I was tense before the meal in case one of the party did not show, tense during the meal because of the time restraint. I love the Italian style on the continent where eating out is to forget time and to relax with friends ALL evening if you wish. Because of that I would not recommend La Cucina to a friend.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner after having a drink upstairs at Farrier & Draper. The ambiance is very cozy, like being in a wine cellar. Our main courses were delicious, having the linguine with clams and gnocchi! Highly recommend the gnocchi! Our server was very nice!

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OB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal. Quality ingredients tastefully presented. Staff friendly and helpful. Great experience.

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JN
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great value Early Bird menu. Ideal before heading to the Gaiety. Friendly, non intrusive but attentive service. I would go back again for sure.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came whilst on a short break away - couldn’t recommend more! The food and service were both superb. If we ever return to Dublin, we will most certainly visit! Thanks

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OB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing place and food!! Just maybe music in the restaurant was a little too loud

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NT
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in the country. Highly recommend this place. Feels like your in Italy. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and beautiful interiors. Will be back for sure.

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MP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the whole experience throughout the visit, staff were very nice and attentive, food was delicious and portions were the right size too. I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone and I will be back for sure.

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a
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from start to finish apart from dessert. Neither tasted like they were made on site. Will definitely be back!

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to try this restaurant and I’m so glad I did. We had a party of 5 and was given a nice table that we could chat at in a cosy corner. Menu had a great variety and food and service was excellent, the prices were very good for a top city centre location. Everything was so fresh and presented impeccably. Service wasn’t rushed and we didn’t feel we were the last in the restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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SC
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Early bird extremely good value and corn the most part delicious. Only thing I wasn’t huge fan of was the walnuts in the risotto, seemed to take away from the flavour. Pizzas were gorgeous and loved affagato to finish off. I thought setting was really cool and staff were lovely!!

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A
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The early bird is such good value with a range of options. Venue is cosy and cool and staff could not have been more attentive.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food accompained by an amazing service made our evening unforgettable. We’ll be back for sure!

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s
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely setting, very reasonable, good staff. Live music was excellent but a little too loud. Would be useful to have somewhere to hang coats.

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JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. However, the price piont was a bit high for what was on offer. Also the restaurant was quite dead, but that's more so due to the fact we were eating early.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rude and intimidating staff. I ended up leaving before we ordered.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Three of us had lovely meals here last Saturday night. We had to wait over 20 minutes for our table, and the background noise levels were pretty loud, but it was a Saturday, I guess. The food was, as ever, very good, and their wine list is impressive.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the staff were very helpful in trying to cater to our requirements. It’s a beautiful and atmospheric restaurant. I would like to go back again for sure.

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LB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a lovely time with work friends, everyone enjoyed their food. Good value for 3 dishes and wine.

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LL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in town ! Service was great, as well as the Menu !
If you happen to be in Dublin, it’s a must !

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CB
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice little find located below Powerscourt Centre it suited my wife and I. We were treated to a lovely limoncello after our dessert when my wife had mentioned it was our wedding anniversary. I had the pappardelle which was very filling but it wasn't really for me. I had tasted my wife's pizza which was a delicious picante pizza. Great work from the waiting staff and kitchen, and it was a great day and time of year to go since there were only a few tables occupied at the time.

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RH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal and the service was excellent. Great choice of wine by the waiter , food cooked perfectly and we weren’t kept waiting between courses. We sat and chatted and there was no pressure to vacate the table at the end. New favourite.....

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m
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a basement setting, the young lady who seated us and served us oozed Irish charm. we were there for a Bowie themed brunch,the music was great and the DJ really good and chatty,as was the cocktail server upstairs,all the staff were so professional,all in all a Fab afternoon.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Music was too loud.

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AO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff. Busy News years Eve but staff polite efficient

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P
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The space was cramped, the food was tasteless and rushed - we won't be back!

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JW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Welcoming staff but got our starter order wrong.

Portions relatively small so do not arrive hungry.

Cool venue and good music

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OH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The venue and ambience is fabulous. The food on the night we dined was limited in choice and rather inoffensive. Needed more options

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Extremely busy but the staff were excellent and service was very good!

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Staff were rude when we asked to move the table (as the bar hung over the table preventing us from sitting down!). Waited ages to give our drinks order, and food took even longer. Heard another couple complain and leave- should have taken this as a warning! Fire alarm went off multiple times. We were then told the kitchen had a problem and we could only have starters. Then told it was fine. Then told it was still closed. Very unclear and stressful situation and never a proper apology from the manager. We ordered deserts (as we were starving!) which were terrible- avoid the tiramisu and miniature cheese board. We were then told the deserts were cancelled and we were getting main courses- however it was far to late -we had to leave (this was over an hour since we arrived) so we insisted on just the deserts and left. We weren’t charged for the food, but managers and wait staff never apologised to us as we left- just stood there watching us go. Stressful, uncomfortable and unfriendly- wouldn’t return!!

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O
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful decor and wonderful atmosphere! Service good but food average! Good for a group meal and the live musician was a nice touch :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

For the amount of food and the quality, the prices were not justified. Service was fine, but wasn't expecting to pay that much for what we got.
Competition provides better, more of it and cheaper

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T
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, lovely atmosphere. Would definitely return!

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DT
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ok for going with kids. For was very nice. Side plate of veg was a bit "decorative". Would go again.

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