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Dodds Restaurant

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Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England
+44 15394 32134
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Does what it says on the tin .... Great food, reasonably priced. No bookings ... just turn up. Seemed very popular .... busy when others in the area were less so.

Thank Robert T
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everytime we visit the Lakes, 5pm is Dodds time! There are fancier restaurants around, but Dodds nails it everyone. Great menu, absolutely amazing food (with changing specials) and prompt service. Must have been around 30 times over the years and have not once had a bad experience, which is more than I can say for some of the other big... More 

Thank Jason P
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65 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Joined some friends here for an evening meal. Party included kids and a picky vegetarian all of whom were well catered for. Staff we efficient and friendly and no real complaints. Food was of a high standard and would certainly have no issues eating here again. It's certainly better than average but lacks an authentic touch imho. One word of... More 

Thank HuttonsHonley
Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We prebooked a table for 4 for 5.30 and pleased to see when arriving it was already busy (always a good sign in my book) They accommodated my fussy 6 yr old's good request without batting an eye. The food was lovely and If I could have ordered the home made black pudding as a main on its own I... More 

Thank RhiannaW460
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in on a Saturday (early evening) and the restaurant was already very busy but we were shown to a table within minutes. The staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. We ordered drinks and three different plates of Italian food from the menu and everything was how we remembered after last eating here in 2012. We even recognised some of... More 

1 Thank Simon90125
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall we were very impressed with their service. The staff did all they could to find us a table. The quality of food was great. Would definitely recommend

1 Thank Lan R
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not been here for,some two years but when in Ambleside this is always our first port of call on our first night. You can't book, so you wait at the bar until a table is free. The waiter always somehow knows which order people enter the restaurant and normally gives you an accurate waiting time. There's a quick turnover of... More 

1 Thank Susanv82013
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is simply amazing. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Pinot rose is just perfect.

1 Thank Swamprocket1970
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is nice, the staff is friendly even though they expedite the orders. Nothing incredible and the pizza is not good but there is an effort in term of choice, and the venue is pleasant. I wouldn't mind going back if I want a quick meal.

Thank TripsAndTips80
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been visiting Ambleside for years and always stop in at Dodds. It's delicious! Don't let the queue put you off. They'll seat you quickly and it's worth the wait.

1 Thank AshWat1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32134

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?