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Viva

#173 of 1,941 Restaurants in Dublin
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27 Richmond Street South | Portobello, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 424 4043
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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County Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Never fail to impress in Viva. Food is to die for and best thing is they've great gluten free choices. Their chickpeas dish is amazing. Highly recommend it. If you like Spanish food you'll love Viva in Wexford Street

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Thank Ann B
Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worst Paella I have eaten I can make better at home. It was very dry, no flavour and contained hardly anything other than the mouthsfuls of dry rice. I have been given better food than this for free in Spain, I wouldn't eat here again, not even if it was free.

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Thank Pat B
Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Viva for the first time on Saturday night and were looked after by the lovely Ramiro and his team. The restaurant is quite casual, but very comfortable. Service is very friendly, and fast. The menu is a selection of tablas (sharing plates of meats and/or cheese), a small number of main courses but is mainly tapas dishes. We started... More 

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Thank HBurke
County Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a Tuesday there, It was quite and relaxing but with a good atmosphere. Everything that we had ordered tested nice or better. Friendly staff and congratulations to the chef

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Thank Luimenlo
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited recently with my mum for the first time, both of us being big fans of Spanish food and tapas in general. Viva feels wonderfully authentic from the moment you walk in the door. Ramiro, the infectiously happy and friendly Spanish restauranteur, made us feel instantly welcome. And thanks also to the charming waitress Sarah - lovely staff and excellent... More 

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Thank ronank2
Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Intimate and vibrant Spanish tapas wine bar. Stopped in two times during our stays in Dublin. Delicious olives, bruschetta, flan. Charming Spanish server added to the ambiance.

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Thank Grover42
Paris, France
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Run, don't walk to Viva for incredibly authentic taps (other other superb Spanish dishes) - to say nothing of the superb wine selection. We had a great time and only wish we'd had more time before running off to catch our plane on Sunday late afternoon.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Went to Viva on Sunday evening with my friend on our last night in Dublin. The first thing you notice is how lovely the staff are. They could not do enough for us - recommending drinks, what dishes to order and the number of dishes to order. We had 4 tapas dishes and a couple of cocktails each and the... More 

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1 Thank AJ002
Gareth K, Owner at Viva, responded to this review

Thanks so much AJ002 for your fantastic review, All our staff commented and said it was a joy to have you with us. Hope to see you again soon if you get back to Dublin. Kind regards, Gareth & Ramiro More 

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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

By a country mile this is the best tapas I have had in Dublin, although it is not as trendy as some eateries, the quality and taste of the food more than makes up for it, it is very authentic in terms of tapas and the wine list is extensive, affordable and superb choice. The staff are extremely pleasant and... More 

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1 Thank dasherdo
Gareth K, Owner at Viva, responded to this review

Thank you dasherdo for your lovely review, We were never trendy always ahead of our time lol. Authentic home cooked food made with love is never out of fashion. We look forward to your return any time. Kind Regards, Gareth and Ramiro More 

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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have just had the most lovely evening sitting in Vivas' sunny terrace enjoying excellent home made tapas and sangria. The calamari was fresh and tasty as were the Serrano bechmel croquettes which were out of this world. We devoured the chorizo tortilla and lovely garlicky spicy potatas bravas, crusty bread and olives added to the mix.... More 

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2 Thank Duigenan1
Gareth K, Owner at Viva, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the wonderful review Duigenan1, and even better that you got to enjoy your Viva experience "al Fresco"! Wonderful. Kind regards, Gareth and Ramiro More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $34
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Richmond Street South | Portobello, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 424 4043
Description
Viva is a Traditional Spanish Tapas Restaurant right in the heart of Dublin city.We opened our doors to the public to share our love of good quality, great value Spanish food as we like to have at home.Opening in 27 South Richmond Street in Dublin 2 has given us the opportunity to keep to our ethos of good quality ingredients 100% Guaranteed tracable Irish and Spanish meats, Spanish cheeses, delicious Seafood, Premium Spanish Coffees, a wide selection of Teas, Traditional Deserts and a good range of Spanish, Argentinian and Chillean wines and Cavas...With seating for over 80 people and outdoor seating in the front and a private Terrace to the rear al fresco dining is a pleasure on a warm balmy evening or a long brunch with friends.All we need is a little sunshine and you would almost think you were in Spain give or take a few degrees!We love to cook and nothing gives us more pleasure than a customers gratitude and compliments to the chef.Taste is key and expanding our menu little by little offering you the best we can along with our keen pricing we know you will enjoy our food again and again. Viva!

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