Lavanda

4.3
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62 reviews
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€30 and under
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Mediterranean
We are a Modern European restaurant offering a range of locally sourced, freshly prepared, and seasonal dishes with a heavy Mediterranean influence.

Our signature dishes include: duck confit with red wine jus, chicken wrapped in smokey bacon served with Brandy-infused onion gravy, and 6-hour lamb shank.

Our Lemon & Vanilla cheesecake is everyone's favourite, and is served with a tangy berry compote.

Lavanda is one of the first restaurants in Dublin to offer Croatian wines on the menu. You can order these by the glass, if you want to try more than one type!
What 62 People Are Saying
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CG
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy and friendly place. Food very tasty and portions generous.

K
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Don't be put off from the outside. I guess this place is the perfect quintessential hidden gem.
Four of us went there on a Tuesday night, so we had the restaurant to ourselves. Two fussy eaters, and two who enjoy a challenge. We were all very pleased!
The duck confit was the best he had, so the girls also ordered it to share, and devoured every scrap. That was after lovely starters. I had the chicken in tomato-based sauce and boiled potatoes, which I found disappointing. Thin slices of chicken which lacked flavour, and the tomato sauce needed to cook for another hour or so: bland. But that won't deter me: I saw lots of other dishes I want to try. The menu changes regularly, and so we will be back ... soon.
We really appreciated the staff meeting our requests, when we only arrived at about 9.15. We had a lovely evening, enjoyed by all.
Give it a go, it's reasonably priced, of a high standard, and the atmosphere is what you make of it.
Thanks Lavanda.

IO
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I had the pleasure of dining here last Saturday evening, Whilst we thought the restaurant was slighty on the small side and had a large party of tourists in our misgivings were soon put to rest when we met our convivial host. The Croatian wine to my simple taste was beautiful and that set the tone for what was to come. The food was superb, every course a winner, the lamb shank was the best I've ever eaten and my fellow diners agreed. Do your mouth a favour and pay a visit, if you dont agree your tastebuds are broken.
Cannot wait to return.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Lavanda with excellent service. Great value for money and the food was delicious!

JW
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

No way this place is a 5. Food was good but not great and wine was bad. Sent back the first glass. And the bathrooms are not very nice. Good value, but they need to update their menu on Open table.

F
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Lavanda. Half of our large party (10) were running late due to a pre-booked taxi (Lynk...) being 40 minutes late. This was unfortunate, as we were trying to make a scheduled concert after dinner. The proprietor, Robert Velic, was very understanding and welcoming, kind, and had a good sense of humour. He attended to us immediately and our drinks and food were served both quickly and gracefully, without a sense of rush. The food was really excellent, too. We look forward to returning to Lavanda again for a relaxed meal that we can savour, as well as another encounter with Mr. Velic, a real gentleman.

LB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

fantastisch gegeten, prima wijn, fijne bediening, prijs/qualiteit dik in orde. Grote aanrader.

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous little restaurant with great food and lovely staff, we'll be back

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a quiet small venue and we were not sure at first if it was opened, however once inside the owner was very hospitable and the food excellent! Great presentation and portions sizes.

I
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lavanda looks inside not as nice as the food tastes... Gorgeous food and incredible tasty!! Highly recommended insider advice- small menu but food is cooked with lots of love

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed it.

CL
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pretty good food, though perhaps a bit pricey and the seating could be better.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice and humor boss.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience! Fantastic service and food. Well able to handle a coeliac diner with no issues. Our favourite neighbourhood restaurant!

S
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place

AP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and so was the host. Thank you, we had a great time

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and chose Lavanda based on previous reviews. We were looking for small and intimate. On our arrival we were warmly greeted and taken straight to our table. Our waiter was attentive yet not overbearing and came with drinks straight away. The highlight of our visit was the food. We both had the ribeye steak which was cooked to perfection followed by cheesecake and a take on ‘Eaton Mess’. Good value and would definitely recommend.

NH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So pleased we checked this out on trip advisor rated no 1 ! Lovely hidden little gem food was lovely, service perfect lovely atmosphere would definitely recommended!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Best new restaurant found for long time. A must if you visit Dublin.

WL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been here since it rebranded, and while I confess I do miss the simplicity of "Italian Restaurant", there was nothing disappointing about the experience. We had good portions of delicious food (and wine!) at very reasonable prices, all served with an incredibly friendly smile. It's great to have a place like this in the neighbourhood.

a
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Lavanda for my birthday and it exceeded our expectations, tasty authentic food and great service

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Would definitely return

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

All the food was well presented and tasty. My only small thing would be the steak for 25 was very small. It is a nice quality and tasted good but it was a very small portion for 25 euros. House wine was excellent and service is friendly. I had the lemon cheesecake which was very light and it was a crumbly crust but I didnt care for the crust much. I like a nice sweet graham cracker crust to offset the taste of the lemon in the cheesecake but the crust didn't have as much flavor and the consistency was too dry.

S
Kiel & SH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointing, totally overrated, no recommendation

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lavanda is a very low key no frou frou dining experience, situated a stones throw from Cornerstone. I think the owners much be Serbian or Croatian. The food is solid but nothing special, great wine list, great service and sort off the beaten path making it quieter venue. I had the duck and enjoyed it. My husband had the chicken and did not enjoy as much, probably because of the sweet glaze. My bet is that the pastas are great although we didn’t try them.

MC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great little restaurant with good food and a friendly atmosphere. The lamb shank special was particularly good.

PD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very subtle attentive service. Well presented and enjoyable food. Great to find a quiet small place without the crowd and loud music for a quiet dinner with friends who just wanted to talk and enjoy an evening together over good food and good wine. And it was all that for us.

GW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant restaurant situated just outside Dublin City centre. Good menu and opportunities to choose from specials board. Worth considering if in the area,

MD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately we were most disappointed with the quality of the food despite the excellent reviews which we went on. The waiter and chef were lovely people - so personable, helpful and engaging. However the food was far from good but we chose not to comment at the time as it was evident the staff were trying hard to please.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovley Bistro Food, with a good bottle of wine. Host very pleasent

PB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Very dated decor with smell of stake cooking oil. Some of the food was actually reasonable and waiter was very nice

DR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed our meal. A small menu which is no bad thing. Would be nice to have some fish added to menu. Wine is pricey enough but nice to have some Croatian options. We'd go again.

AW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, service, value and atmosphere. Would recommend!

VR
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Walked by this restaurant after a day in downtown Dublin and decided to go back and give it a try. We were very pleased with everything we had...from the delicious vegetable samosas to the authentic Croatian cabbage rolls to the very drinkable house red wine. Lovely experience, excellent food, super friendly service.

PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Reallly enjoyed the meal,
Lovely flavour combinations
they haven’t got a big menu so worth asking about the specials, before booking,
red and white Croatian were lovrly.
Staff were really pleasant
Would defo go again

n
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wery friendly stuff, tasty Food, big portion, excellent wines and not pricy.
Highly recommend

BT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening at this neighbourhood restaurant. Food was fantastic, service excellent and the the Croatian wines were great. Thoroughly recommended!

B
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice with ok food. A bit noisie at arrivial but the noisie guest left. A bit to laud music but ok.

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious meal with friendly service! Excellent cheese plate and wine, the specials were lovely.

TD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find, near to Jameson Distillery. We toured the Distillery and were looking for a nice local place to eat. The sauces were outstanding, and the service (by the owner) was very attentive. Croatian restaurant. Try the "Mess" for dessert - very good!

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