Rosa Madre

4.6
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491 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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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Although the restaurant was nice. We thought the menu was very overpriced. The wine was extortionate.

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Booked for a rare night out in town and ended up coming away disappointed. The food was great but the service was bad. Firstly we arrived on time but had to stand in the doorway for 10 mins while they found us a table. We were in the for waiters getting fish from the display and for other customers coming and going. We then got a nice quiet seat upstairs. So quiet in fact that the waiters barely noticed us. Our meal took 3 hours from start to finish with most of that time spent waiting to be served. It got to the stage where we ran out of water and wine but couldn’t find someone to order from. I probably should have gone wandering to find a waiter but when you’re in a nice place paying good money you expect some service. We got the excuse that it was busy and there was a large party there at the same time but if you are going to accept the booking make sure you have the staff to look after everyone. It’s a pity because the food was really good but I won’t be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious

O
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I was very disappointed with the service in Rosa Madre. I had booked a table weeks in advance yet when I arrived I was kept waiting by the door , next to the fish tank for twenty minutes. We had to move constantly while standing there , as other customers were entering and exiting and waiters had to access the fish tank. When we were eventually shown to our table no-one offered to take our coats. We had to ask about the specials of the day when the waiter came to take our order. The food was delicious when it eventually came and the waiter was helpful when we were selecting our wine. However, when we tried to order dessert some items were not available and we should have been appraised of this when we were given the menu. Overall, I felt the service was appalling and when we brought it to attention at the end of the evening were told 'It's Saturday night and we were busy'! I would not recommend the restaurant to anyone.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Great food and hospitality.

HK
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent dinner experience. The food was very good - we especially would recommend the risotto (a special main course). The service was attentive. Ambiance was okay, nothing special - but we sat across from the kitchen, and could see how hard - but with apparent pleasure - the cooks were working. The prices were a bit high, but well worth it. We will certainly eat here again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, simply delicious

PP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thanks, we had a great time and lovely food in your restaurant!

LV
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spending our last night in Dublin, we were delighted to spend it at the Rosa Madre, a beautiful quiant restaurant with excellent food, service and wines.
The starters, Carpaccio di Manzo and Jamon Iberico with Bufala Mozzarella and Seafood platter were TOP.
Main courses with the Beef Tagliata di Manzo was another hit, and not forgetting our Tirami Su and Torta di Cioccolata...stunning.
Guys ye have a beautiful Restaurant and everything at perfection.
We will definitly be back.
A Presto y grazie mille.

MF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Siamo stati due volte: la prima volta si è mangiato bene e la mia recensione è stata positiva.
La seconda cena invece è stata deludente come sapore dei piatti, ed uso della materia prima (scarsa opp di bassa qualità) considerando il costo elevato. La capacità dello chef è basica: nessun estro nei piatti.
Pesce fresco.
La struttura va decisamente rinnovata: si sentiva cattivo odore di umidità e muffa. E la moquette in un ristorante non si può proprio vedere: dá un senso di sporco, oltre al fatto che sembrava non pulita e tenuta bene.

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EW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Disappointing New Year’s Eve. Food overall good but service and ambience very poor. Wine water looked bored and didn’t care what or how much poured.

Will not return

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and exelent food! Recemend this place.

AB
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rosa Madre is a well established restaurant, located in a quiet part of Temple Bar, away from the madding crowd! There's a lovely warm welcome when you come through the door and we were made feel very at ease.
The menu is varied and enticing - we went for the Carlingford oysters to start, which are served perfectly on ice, with a little squeeze of lemon. We chose the Sicilian prawn carpaccio also, which came recommended online and was definitely a winner - would highly recommend!
For mains, we chose between us the spaghetti vongole (clams) which was JUST what I wanted, and the special of pan fried sole (buttery, lemony and delicious again!).
My only negative about Rose Madre is price - the mains, especially the filleted fish are VERY expensive, but at least you know you are getting high quality, fresh produce. If you want some extra veggies (fish is served with potatoes or spinach), you will need to pay for them.
Despite the dent in my wallet, I would definitely return - the restaurant itself is calm, relaxed, nice ambient music, with lovely wine and attentive, but not over-crowding service.
A nice treat!!

LM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could leave no stars I would. Terrible experience at Rosa Madre, we left without eating. Arrived at 8pm, by 8:20 still stood by the door no one had acknowledged us. Staff were walking around avoiding eye contact whilst a queue was forming stood next to an open fridge filled with warm looking fish. We tried to speak to the host who replied with ‘can’t you see I’m busy’. He then went onto say ‘he’d see what he could do about a table in 15 minutes’ despite already having booked. We left without being seated as the host was extremely rude, also telling us he knows how to run a restaurant and place looked manic and under staffed not the dining experience we had hoped for. Coming from a busy city ourselves we are used to waiting and would of happily waited had we been acknowledged. We’ve never experienced service like it and certainly never left anywhere before eating, not a great experience all round.

ND
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine list. We had a fabulous time!

EG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have ever had in Ireland ! Amazing service , brilliant staff and fabulous food

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch with friends. Group of 4. We all loved it.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food! Even being last guest still being served with amazing food!! Thank you

KL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon at Rosa Maire. Superb fish, lovely wine list - don’t get a shock, we ordered one of the cheaper bottles and it was fabulous. A lovely, Italian fine dining experience.

AS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The best fresh fish in Dublin, with personalized service and tasty food

I
London
19 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Knowledgeable service. The table is by the bar area so gives a feel of being in a corridor but otherwise a great experience.

M
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Small personal restaurant ..Excellent food with a good selection of wine for every pocket.
Service was excellent ..We were looked after very well.
The only downside was it was very noisy due to 2 larger groups obviously out for Xmas. Staff were aware of this and immediately apologised for the noise which they really could d o nothing about due to the size of the restaurant.. which is normally a plus point.
Overall though a very good experience and would and will return.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall not overly impressed with Rosa Madre. The food was ok but nothing amazing and under seasoned I thought. The wine list is extensive but also very expensive....
The service started off ok but as the restaurant filled we got ignored and had to summon waiters on several occasions. Their attitude also was a bit unfriendly.
All in all we came away disappointed and not having good value for the amount we spent.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great wine list - such a treat to be there!

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely ambiance and service was superb. Only down side was the wine list. Great selection but prices way, way over the top

e
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were hugeky disappointed - it was overpriced and the food was really poor. The service was just service lacking any warmth or friendliness - hard to understand how it gets good reviews

M
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Ireland! Great service and outstanding food. Will definitely be back.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Beautifully fresh seafood cooked to perfection!! Very friendly staff! Can’t wait to go back!!

VB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little restaurant especially suited for fish lovers. Everything was very fresh and well presented. Service was very good, on an extremely busy night there were no delays between course. We asked that they wait to bring dessert after we finished our wine, and the waiter timed it perfectly. Happy to recommend.

BB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always everyone enjoyed their experience the food was excellent service great atmosphere. My Italian guest suggested it was the best Italian restaurant in Dublin.
They have a very interesting wine list some good value to be had great Italian wines . Luca the proprietor is a great host .

h
7 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed an excellent meal with an attentive level of service. Excellent restaurant for seafood. My seabass was cooked to perfection and the waiter gave me the option of taking it off the bone which I accepted. The starters were also of high quality and my seared tuna was the best I ever tasted. My wife and son were also very happy with their meal and we all agreed that we would return.

EP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service as always. One of my favourite restaurants in the city. Thanks Luca and team.

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, so glad I finally made it, I have heard so many good things!

D
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super food, great ambience and wonderful service. We really enjoyed our meal.

S
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb evening with three generations of women . Quality of food was excellent , service was professional fun yet non intrusive

Gem of a place

K
Dublin
8 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great, friendly and informative. Excellent combination of Italian and seafood. Relaxing atmosphere.

LD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal here, the main dish was actually the nicest pasta dish I've ever hand. Will definitely be back.

SJ
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with very friendly service. Fun atmosphere. We ordered champagne and I was asked if I'd like to top it with a sword. Great atmosphere. Food was amazing. Try Sea bass in salt crust. I will definitely be back.

C
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here many times and it’s always consistently good.

RJ
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very busy spot with good fish but pricey! Overall good but getting tables turned over is main priority for staff.