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27 Richmond Street South | Portobello, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 424 4043
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to this restaurant recently after having read a favourable interview in a newspaper. Despite having seen one or two reviews of the food not being consistently good. I can be short. I ordered three tapas of around the 7 euro range each. They arrived (too) fast, and were lukewarm at best. Taste wasn't great either, it felt like... More 

Thank Paul B
Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Loved everything about Viva from the warm welcome, the amazing food and great wine. Would recommend to one all :)

Thank Stephen E
County Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 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

Thank Ann B
Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

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.

Thank Pat B
Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

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 

Thank HBurke
County Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

Thank Luimenlo
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 

Thank ronank2
Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

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.

Thank Grover42
Paris, France
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank JosePIETRI
Halifax, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $33
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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