Rosa Madre

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421 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Italian
Rosa Madre is the most authentic Italian restaurant in Dublin. We are located in the heart of Temple Bar, one of the most exciting and vibrant areas of Dublin with great shops, bars and many five stars hotels.
We specialize in fresh fish, delivered daily by local suppliers and we guarantee to always have the finest quality available. Our seafood cuisine is characterized by the simple quality of the catch. We place our orders during the night, directly from the port where the fish is delivered to ensure we always get the freshest product available.
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OM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good fish restaurant. Good value for Temple bar. Service was friendly. The raw fish plate was delicious.

PG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Best meatballs in the world. Authentic Italian Bravo!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food and great service. Will be heading there again.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good. Pasta a little too al dente but sauces were delicious. Tiramisu was wonderful. Could get a good bottle of wine for 35 euro.

RR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very small portions and potatoes were extra with veal and only got about 5 or 6 sautéed potatoes for €5.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

if you want to try authentic italian cooking this is the right place. The ingredients are superb and the chefs are top notch. Excellent wine offer. The ambient is classy and cozy. Service is five stars (thanks again Max!). It may seem a bit pricey but it's more than fair for what's offered. We'll definitely go back.

MM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Want to feel like family on your first visit? This is your place! Service was off the charts, yet was casual. PERFECTION! Thank you Rosa Madre for the best dinner imaginable. We loved being with you guys. You really know what you're doing!!!!

P
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish. Staff are extremely friendly and service was great.

JL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good Italian food, I ordered the truffle ravioli and they did not skim on the truffle filling. Very good value considering the price. Will return again to try more of the menu.

City centre location, nice decor and on a side note, bathrooms had hot water and hand moisturiser.. not a big deal but it is surprising how many bathrooms don’t have hot water in restaurants.

LT
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious, classic Italian, with a focus on fresh seafood. I also love their Millefoglie dessert.

c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All clean and simple and therefore nowhere to hide. Beautifully baked scallops, sole prepared properly for the table without a single bone, lumps of delicious fish in bowls with separate bowls of grilled vegetables. Wonderful homemade tiramisu. A distinguished wine list.

MM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and my husband went here on a Friday evening. We loved the place. We first fell in love with Italian food on our trip to Rome last year and this is as close as we have come to matching the true Italian feel. We would highly recommend Rosa Madre. The staff are excellent and friendly. The food is top class. There is an extensive wine menu but I think maybe a couple of less expensive wines on the list would be a good idea.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This authentic Italian restaurant in the middle of temple bar was everything we wanted. Incredible and delicious food options, friendly servers, and tasteful wine. I recommend this spot for dinner.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Misleading menu descriptions, ordered a risotto that was supposed to have prawns, was pointed out to the waiter and he went away without giving any further explanation

JM
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood is the nicest in Dublin

N
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I really do not understand all the good reviews of this really mediocre restaurant, as our experience was the exact opposite. No appreciable service, and the food was certainly not an experience either. It's a pity to have such an experience when celebrating a special night.

CH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere , great food and wonderful service

CH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, food and service were good, great selection of wines, however, I have paid less in other cities with higher rents and taxes than Dublin.
That said, I would go back.

CR
Sacramento
61 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Great wine, great food (especially the caviar). Really good waiter. Really nice ambiance. Would definitely go again.

PD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service - choose fresh fish over pasta.

AP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A really great evening! The food was delicious, especially the sea bass carpaccio, truffle ravioli and fresh line fish. A slight pity was that our first choice aperitifs and rose wine were not available.

But this was more than made up for by the great service and the fabulous huge red teddy bears that sit dotted around the restaurant. What a unique touch - made even more special when one joined our table!

BB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely little restaurant in the centre of Dublin . It has a great atmosphere and is very comfortable. The menu is varied and interesting any food I have had always was of a very high standard they have an extensive wine list with prices for every one . The emphasis here is on seafood and Italian food . It’s good value and ideally suited for business or pleasure with a respectful but friendly casual service . I would recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding anniversary

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

Excellent service. Comfortable seating and excellent food

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

I can't recommend this place highly enough. I tend to be critical of restaurants in general and often leave disappointed in something. I honestly can't find anything that could have been better. The welcome and service were first class. The atmosphere was just right: busy, energetic, not too loud and not too quiet. The food was absolutely delicious. Would go back there every time I return to Dublin.

MH
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife & I went there on a Monday evening to celebrate her birthday. Had to ask to be moved from our allocated table of first floor because of noise/draught from a mobile dehumidifier - moved to table at top of stairs. Starters: Her Prawns with spinach was good, my Scallops in the shell were small & dry with too much breadcrumbs. Main course: Her Pasta with Sea Bass was good, My pasta with Lobster was tasty but seriously lacking in lobster. Dessert: shared frozen fruit sorbet OK. Wine: Sicilian Red (€45), one of the cheapest on extensive list, was good. Service: efficient but cold. Bill: €135. Overall: Poor value for pretty ordinary fare.

DH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and most enjoyable. Red prawn and scallop starters gorgeous. Pasta with lobster and pasta with clams lovely. Shared sea bream which was delicious. Cosy place, very hospitable. Looking forward to returning!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was told by the host that despite our reservation, we would have to wait at least a half hour to be seated, as two other tables with reservations had already been waiting a half hour. When we said we would try our luck elsewhere, the host smirked and said we would not find a table anywhere else. We walked across the street and were seated immediately - had a lovely evening. Front of house needs improvement!

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

It was my first visit to Rosa Madre and I sure hope so it won't be the last. Everything about this restaurant was amazing: the food, the drinks, atmosphere and staff. Staff was friendly and polite, atmosphere was like visiting little Italy in Dublin. Owners are really passionate about their business, and it show in the quality of food and service. I could not suggest this restaurant any more, if you are in town and want quality evening to spend, spend it in Rosa Madre.

SM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was very nice- staff courteous, friendly and helpful. It was we thought expensive for a lunch time meal. I would suggest a lunch special and maybe it would get more footfall and then as a result create more of a buzz in restaurant. Overall the food was very tasty and we enjoyed our lunch

A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked from Australia. We travel extensively, 90 countries. We love food and cooking. Rosa madre was absolutely in our top 10 world wide. Thanks to the staff especially the lady who was delightful and certainly an asset to the restaurant.

e
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome and stunning food, the freshness and skills of the chefs are evident. Our waiters were really friendly and helpful and cannot fault a thing. Would highly recommend.

ES
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Catch of the day in the oven with no taste, very disappointing 5 olives for souce
Ravioli heavy in cream
Very expensive
Don't go to this tourist trap

CS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with good food and top service😊 We were so tied and could’t eat that much so the place took one of the courses from the bill, very nice done

j
Dublin
15 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about our meal great friendly professional service
Highly recommend

D
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding we had the halibut and it was so fresh and delicious. The appetizers were well prepared with a nice presentation. The service was excellent. We are from NYC so we are accustomed to excellent-restaurants if we lived in Dublin this would be on our list of go to restaurants

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

Really authentic Italian. Highly recommend the Lobster pasta.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Dublin for service, quality of food and overall great experience

EW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Rosa Madre with my wife for our 10th wedding anniversary. It was delicious. Very authentic. Quirky interior that hasn't been 'designed' in any way, just like you might find in Italy. Attentive, honest friendly staff and super tasty food and wine. We really enjoyed it.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Il cibo è veramente buono , vera cucina italiana ! Vasta scelta di ottimo vini, ma il location è piuttosto bruttino , trascurato non in linea con il prezzo della cena . camerieri gentili..

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