Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

4.3
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262 reviews
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€30 and under
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Italian
Welcome To La Caverna Restaurant and Wine Bar. Located in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar, La Caverna is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. La Caverna is an Italian restaurant that boasts a large menu and an excellent selection of wines. This is an ideal setting for romantic meals for two, family lunch at the weekend, large groups ( private rooms available ) or even a place to hang out and sample Italy’s finest wines.

Experience our off-the-pier-fresh seafood, hand-cut beef filet, scrumptious stews or any of our other mouthwatering dishes. Our chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces.

Our menu emphasizes the use of simple fresh ingredients, skillfully combined to bring out the best of a wide range of traditional Italian dishes.

Enjoy
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OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here!

DD
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I was in Dublin for few days on the BH week-end in October. I don’t remember the last time that I had such a terrible experience.
The FOOD was terrible, we took a dish with guacamole sauce and there wasn’t any guacamole sauce the waiter didn’t even apologize. The SERVICE was terrible as well... the east European lady was really funny and we had a pleasant conversation but for all the rest was a complete NO experience.

CG
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Both Pasta Main courses were nice, Carbonara and a salmon dish however the starters left a lot to be desired. One was calamari, which wasn't tender and was served over-cooked and the prawn starter was quite tasteless, served with a central mound of rice (?) and peppers scattered around it.
The waiting staff were very polite and attentive, however, we won't be returning for the food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Lighting in the main dinning room reminds you of a dinner

MS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely, one of the best retaurant we visited in Dublin. The hostess, Monica, is terrific. She really made the dinner special. The food was fabulous! Great place

SC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated in the lower area (cavern), the food was outstanding! Service was great! They offer a vegan menu as well. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service.. Looked after our big group very well.. Food was A1... Thanks a million..

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a big group of over twenty. I was a bit worried because it was cultural day and every restaurant was full of ppl. Moreover i reserved from Korea just by online. However, we enjoyed best italian menu without any unexpected events. Food was wonderful, atmosphere was very warm and noise level was much less than surrounding restaurant near the Temple bar. We had a semiclosed space in 2nd floor. Monica, the main manager, was very friendly, helpful and professional in every aspect. I was really impressed and definitely recommend this restaurant, especially you are organizing a large group.

ES
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and lovely staff! We were a party of 14 and the food all came out together and in a good time. I really couldn't fault it!

H
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary meal here. Service was great and staff all v friendly. Great selection of starters and main courses and also good value. We ordered a dessert to share, found desserts to be a bit over-priced compared to other places we have been. 10euro for a few scoops of ice-cream?
Overall we had a lovely meal and would recommend.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Incredible

MJ
Montana
57 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience, food and wine were all excellent!!

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great time while visiting Dublin. Wait staff were very friendly and portions were BIG!

RK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very cool set up. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic also! I would definitely recommend and return!

NB
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Was there on Friday 16th for a birthday meal with family. Greeted with such enthusiasm. The service was spot on and the staff were so very friendly.
Will definitely be making this a regular venue when we visit the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Me and my friends had a horrible dinner. First, the starter menu wasn’t clear about the plates and we order three to share but it came as main, with rice etc, totally wrong. My calamari was more like salad which has many onions on it and I hate! Then we order the main dish, but then we asked what the other table was having, because that pasta wasn’t in the menu (at least not in the paste part). We switched out main and, even though I asked mine with organic past and without onion, they didn’t respect. My came with less food than my friends. The wine was very expensive and poor quality. We will never come back to this place. And the service was horrible, they took too much time to take our orders.

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

I went with my 81 yr old mother who is is in fine fettle but does need a walking cane. The waiter did not greet us in a friendly manner and directed my mother down a steep flight of stairs to the secondary sitting area despite her apparent apprehension. The food was simple but fresh and tasty. Portions were a little large but reasonably priced. The cavern is noisy when everyone is talking but there was a pleasant atmosphere. It could be really good if there was a little more charm.

GM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff, Monika is a marvel. Delicious food, always a wonderful experience.

KK
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Monica was awesome. Great energy and food!!! Bruscetta was best ever

P
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Apart from the lovely food, the service was exceptionally good and all done with a smile. Well done!!

O
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service was exceptional! The homemade Tiramisu was excellent! The vegan menu is outstanding as well. It's a bit of a noisy atmosphere but the food makes up for that. We will definitely come again when back in Dublin.

TS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

it was an ok italian restaurant but rather more that carried a few things that lingered a little, not all the meat had got the right preparation, and irish coffee cannot be recommended

KM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at caverna the service was excellent and the food was delicious. The lady at reception was verythema friendly. We will definitely return.

D
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good but what stood out was the female host who is huge asset to that restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was outstanding. Service and food were top notch and we highly recommend it. Great experience and really good for a date night. Btw, they played classic 80’s music all night. Added bonus!

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The main reason we booked the restaurant is because they had such a vast vegan menu. The rest of the menu was also very appetizing for the non vegan members. Food was fresh and very tasty indeed.
The staff were very welcoming and he service was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Graduation

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SP
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Not great at all, not as per advertised pictures and staff not professional or particularly welcoming.
Won’t be returning or recommending.
Very poor

HE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The presentation of the food was lovely and there was a great variety of food to choose from, no limitations. From the starter to the dessert the food just melted in the mouth and the flavours were lovely. Staff were very courteous.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the lasagna! Sit in the basement where the ambiance of the wine cellar is so nice.

J
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and staff were very good, enjoyed it! Only down fall was annoying Americans who over exaggerate everything haha....

OT
Dublin
24 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice charming place, good selection of wines and friendly staff, very friendly, loved it. Food good and cheap price. A good place to talk and have good meals with good music.

E
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and supreme food. Pasta was delicious and fresh.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with super food and service. Will be back.

OT
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for dinner while on a weekend trip to the city for my partner’s birthday on the back of reading reviews and was not disappointed.

The restaurant was lovely the food was superb and the service was friendly and really attentive, thoroughly enjoyed our evening and when in town again will be sure to visit.

RP
Dublin
11 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

The staff was amazing and the atmosphere is nice. The pizza though is like frozen pizza, which cannot be acceptable for a restaurant that names itself "Italian" (I'm Italian and I know what I'm talking about). Put 3 stars only for the staff, but I wouldn't go back there for a dinner unfortunately.

MA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty and fresh pasta sauces and cheese. Friendly service.

n
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service & meals were Excellent! Amount of food you get for the price was amazing. Would recommend to anyone wanting a nice meal away from the pub atmosphere.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was AMAZING !!! The previous night we dined at a steak house only a few metres further away from the Caverna paying €34 for a steak alone we were more than disappointed this time we paid €26 euro for a steak chips & sauce could not be more pleased with the meal it was just gorgeous ! Steak cooked to perfection chips nice & crispy garlic sauce was strong corr it haunted me for a few days haha ! Would tell everyone to visit & next time we are i Dublin this will be our first stop !! Fantastic staff also could not be faulted in any way ! THANKYOU for an amazing evening :)

D
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the filet and quite possibly was in the top 3 I’ve ever had...absolutely perfect...
Service (Monika from Poland) was an absolute dream...she made our dining experience over the top...sweetest woman...
Everything was fabulous...do yourself a favor and eat here!!