La Cucina

4.3
297 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
19 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

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere. Food was lovely however not sure if worth as much. Service was brilliant.

TB
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, music was a little loud and it took a while before we got our drinks, as it had to come from the bar upstairs. All in all good, albeit on the expensive side.

CM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable night in a relaxing setting with friendly and helpful staff. Food was top drawer

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had made reservations over a week ago for 8 pm Easter Sunday. My son and his girlfriend preceded us into the restaurant, were seated, and immediately the waiter asked them our whereabouts. My son told him we were parking and will follow shortly. "Well, we are closing soon" replies the waiter. My wife and I arrived two minutes later, took our seats, and our son told us of the exchange. When the waiter came over we asked if it were true. "Yes. The kitchen is closing in 15 minutes." Seriously? Was that information posted on Open Table? Yelp? Zagat? The restaurant's website? Did anyone give us the information when we initially made the reservation? Not at all! We decided to skip dinner rather than be timed and shooed out the door. As we got up to leave we were followed with a snotty comment by the waiter. I'm sure the owner will be delighted to know how the business is being run.

CN
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. It was our first time there. Staff so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.

PB
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Highly recommend it

PD
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered fillet steak came cooked wrong!
Mushrooms not cleaned properly had grit in them.

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

Great decor and lovely bar upstairs to have a drink before dinner. Maybe it was just the day we went (Friday evening) but they were a bit too rushed coming over to take our order, 3 times in first 5 mins. I felt our waiter was annoyed we hadn't looked but we had literally just sat down. Needed to secure the booking with a credit card too and there is a policy that if you are late you are charged or if members if your party drop out you are charged 10E so good to be aware of that if you have flaky dinner companions. I didn't want to give my credit card number over the phone and I got the impression the guy on the phone was annoyed I didn't trust them, but sure like they clearly don't trust you cos they want to secure the table with a credit card! It could be done online which felt a bit more secure! Lovely place though very chic.

SS
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing extraordinarily for the price
Staff are very nice. Food arrived on time and it was ok.

O
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service very good, our group opted for pre theatre menu enjoyed the meal. I dislike when their is extra charges for certain items on the menu also wine was very expensive cheapest bottle of house wine 30 Euro.

SN
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and loved it. Everything was perfect. The waiter was so friendly and made us feel right st home. We’ll defiantly be back!

J
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Celebrate two birthdays, food & service was amazing. Very accommodating for every request.

HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, we were left waiting with no drinks and we had to call for attention.
Food was OK. I had fillet steak that was apparently an 8oz cooked med. It was seriously tiny! If I had it well done there would not be much left on the plate. Also it had melted cheese on top but nowhere on the menu did it say cheese was to be served with it.
The sea bass was delicious.
To be honest I was a bit disappointed with the whole experience.
Lovely place but food and service on this occasion wasn’t up to scratch.

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