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The Italian Connection

#525 of 1,978 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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95 Talbot St, Dublin 1, Dublin Dublin 1, Ireland
+353 1 878 7125
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Operating since 1995, this family run business is casual and welcoming...
Operating since 1995, this family run business is casual and welcoming. We pride ourselves on our excellent food with fast and friendly service. Depending on the time of day, the atmosphere ranges from quiet and relaxing to noisy and buzzing. We offer great value lunch and early bird specials, making it ideal for a quick lunch or pre theatre get together. Our a la carte menu is available all day from 12 noon to 10pm and we also offer a full wine list and beer. So whether Dublin is your home or you are visiting our fair city, make a date with The Italian Connection.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very satisfying

We popped in off the street for a bite to eat & was pleasantly surprised at the smiles greeting us & the warm abience of the place. It was very busy yet service was excellent, food arrived almost moments after we ordered & it was very tasty. Super service, delicious food, nice decor, would give it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Aisling B
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is great value for money, the food very tasty, the wine list is good, the staff so friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We found this Italian on our first night in Dublin, it was small but cosy, lovely atmosphere and the staff were really friendly. The waitress especially was great, very busy but very efficient and nothing was too much trouble. I'm not normally a pizza lover, but after reading previous reviews decided to have pizza and I was not disappointed.

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Ireland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Was here for lunch mid-week. It was very busy, a little noisy, but not in a bad way. I went for a pizza and enjoyed it. Prices are good, the service was fine, and I'd be happy to visit again. Overall, a decent spot for lunch around this part of town. Nothing particularly bad, but not out of this world... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I have been back to the Italian connection again and again.. I just can't get enough! You don't expect to get great food at a great price so close to everything in Dublin city! The staff are always warm and welcoming with Aideen (owner) stealing the show! Her Husband is the Chef and always seems to be there cooking away!... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We visited late on a Monday evening, so maybe the timing wasn't perfect, but I wasn't impressed with the food. The pizzas we had weren't well cooked and the pizza was sloppy, with all the toppings just sliding off. The pizzas we had, although different, tasted similar and weren't all that flavoursome. Average price, slightly less than average pizza.

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Glenbeigh, Ireland
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is on a side street off O'Connell with very good food at very reasonable prices - think €14.95 for two courses and a glass of wine! The pizzas looked fabulous and we were tempted to have one for an extra for the table, but resisted.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The pasta is incredible & very decently priced. We had food envy when we saw the pizzas come out, might have to stop back before we head home. We arrived about 9:30pm after flying in, the meal came really quickly & the portion sizes were huge. Staff were friendly & efficient.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Came in here after the cinema and it fabulous. Food was beautiful, staff were very friendly and atmosphere was very relaxed and calm. I'll be back

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Dublin, Ireland
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61 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Visited for lunch with eork colleagues recently. Decent little lunch spot with a really cheap lunch menu. €10 for a restricted menu of starter and main course. Average garlic bread and pasta dishes, did the job! Tables quite cramped together, wouldn't return for dinner but would go again for work lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We popped in off the street for a bite to eat & was pleasantly surprised at the smiles greeting us & the warm abience of the place. It was very busy yet service was excellent, food arrived almost moments after we ordered & it was very tasty. Super service, delicious food, nice decor, would give it 5 star except the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 Talbot St, Dublin 1, Dublin Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 878 7125

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Dining on a budget

Description

Operating since 1995, this family run business is casual and welcoming. We pride ourselves on our excellent food with fast and friendly service. Depending on the time of day, the atmosphere ranges from quiet and relaxing to noisy and buzzing. We offer great value lunch and early bird specials, making it ideal for a quick lunch or pre theatre get together. Our a la carte menu is available all day from 12 noon to 10pm and we also offer a full wine list and beer. So whether Dublin is your home or you are visiting our fair city, make a date with The Italian Connection.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?