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8 Hynds Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666400
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our restaurant is situated in Hynds Square Portlaoise, (you can view their...
Our restaurant is situated in Hynds Square Portlaoise, (you can view their facebook page to see pictures)...in the Summertime we will have outdoor tables and sunshades...for the real Italian experience..!
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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Authentic Italian well worth a try !

Ate here a few times early on in the year. Chicken Arabiata stands out in my mind as my favourite. Great food, very tasty and always came away full. Great tasting wine, in my humble opinion. Warm, well presented and friendly service. Having spent a fair bit of time in Italy since I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2014
Dinnerpigganomnom
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Hella, Iceland
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hella, Iceland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Ate here a few times early on in the year. Chicken Arabiata stands out in my mind as my favourite. Great food, very tasty and always came away full. Great tasting wine, in my humble opinion. Warm, well presented and friendly service. Having spent a fair bit of time in Italy since I would this place is authentic. Look forward... More 

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Portlaoise, Ireland
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I liked this place as my friend and I were able to walk in without a booking thankfully there was a table for 2 which was a chance we took. I was dying to go there as I heard good reviews locally. I felt it was more for business people or couples as that was what I had seen. There... More 

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New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Thank you for the great food and service,the menu is very large and for everybody,waitress was very nice!

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County Laois, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have dined at thai restaurant 3 times previously and the meals have been very good. However, tonight the meal was exceptional. When we arrived the restaurant was very busy which is great. The atmosphere was lovely. We were met and escorted to our pre-booked table immediately. The waitress recognised us from our previous visits, even though our last visit... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Cold and unwelcoming - describes both the restaurant and the staff. It's big, open, dark, shabbily decorated, cheap furniture and the chairs are too low. Food is only average and definitely overpriced for what it is. Best dish of the night was the starter; CROSTINI TOSCANA (Toasted bread, melted mozzarella, homemade chicken liver pate, topped with mushrooms in marsala wine... More 

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Offaly
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Dined here for the first time last week and really enjoyed it. Good menu selection, generous portion sizes, food was well presented and very fresh and tasty. Would definately return.

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

this was my first time returning in about 3 years and it was fine then but i thought this time was just awful.to start with we wanted to get the early bird to save some money! but we were told that its only tuesday to thursday despite their website saying tues-friday we should have left then but we were hungry... More 

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Port Laoise, Laois, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

the best food here its just pizza but too cold other things just horrible worst then chinese restaurants Portlaoise have more better options ....and no Grappa here

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ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Recently had lunch here and must say it was really nice. Kids had pizza which they loved. The chicken crostini for starters was excellant and the prawn with courgettes and pasta was really good. Also the steak panni was excellant proper freshly cooked steak. The hazelnut ice cream was delicious. Will definitely return again soon.

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ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on a busy sat night with no reservation. We were staying at a local hotel & the bistro attached to it was booked out. The staff were very welcoming despite us not having a table booked & they were busy. We were glad w found this place. The staff were great, the food was excellent. If we are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Hynds Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Laois  >  Portlaoise
  • Phone Number: 0578666400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Our restaurant is situated in Hynds Square Portlaoise, (you can view their facebook page to see pictures)...in the Summertime we will have outdoor tables and sunshades...for the real Italian experience..!

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