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Donatello’s Restaurant

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Main Street | Unit 1 Town Centre Mall, Maynooth Kildare, Ireland
+353 1 628 9660
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17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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mayo, ireland
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed with service. although they were busy not really an excuse, felt like we had been forgotten. bread left down very late,no water left to table, never asked if we wanted our wine or drinks topped up. it took an age for our main course however when it did arrive, food was very tasty. and when were were served it... More 

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Thank timeout000
Maynooth, Ireland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. It's a proper Italian restaurant. Great pizzas, lots of lovely pastas and lots more too. Very kid friendly, popular with families, but later in the evening, it's a cosy, dimly lit, inviting restaurant. Staff are always really nice too. Been many times and looking forward to my next visit.

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Ireland
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped by and got a table; had a lovely starter from 'specials board' -- a bruschetta that arrived with three different types of bruschetta with a small salad. We ordered 3 different pizzas to share between two adults and two kids (age 13 & 11) and we took two slices of pizza home, so the pizzas were definitely filling... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I have to say somebody about this amazing beef ribs... Never ever ever eat something perfect like this. This is not just a pizza and best pasta around, this is something more there, thank you, see you soon.

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Thank pyzza
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I've frequented this restaurant over many years when on business in Maynooth. The food has always been excellent and the staff are very friendly and obliging. i'm looking forward to my next visit!

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Thank nigelp65
Derry, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

23 guests from all over Europe sat down to a fabulous 3 course meal. Service was excellent, staff were friendly, food delicious. Will definitely return.

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Thank Nicola C
Dublin
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Knew nothing about this restaurant before we went one night. Excellent menu, fresh produce beautifully prepared. Beef Boruguignon is out of this world! Service is attentive but not intrusive. Would highly recommend and will definitely visit again, and again and again!!

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Thank ryanadi
1 review
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We picked this place for dinner on Thursday, attracted by the nice reviews. Well, I have to say that this time reviews were right. The place has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The food we had (steak and risotto) was really amazing. I liked the open kitchen an spot- so you know exactly how your foods are made. Excellent... More 

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Thank Julita P
Maynooth, Ireland
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This used to be our favourite restaurant in Maynooth but the last 2/3 times we visited we were not impressed. I'm gutted as it really was so delicious. Will go back again at some point but not in a rush at the moment.

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Thank Kate H
Maynooth
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Paid a quick visit for an early bird and I would recommend it. Something for everyone and very tasty. Great service as always. Highly recommended and you can watch the food being cooked if get the right position at the table. I'm sure we will be back again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$32
Cuisine
Italian, European, Pizza
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:30
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Unit 1 Town Centre Mall, Maynooth Kildare, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kildare  >  Maynooth
  • Phone Number: +353 1 628 9660
Description
Twenty years ago, Donatello Ristorante was the first restaurant in Maynooth and for two decades it's acted as a community hub for everyone in the town. Now the family run business are celebrating their launch 20th anniversary by re-launching their business under a new name La Maison Donatello . With a refurbished interior and new modern French and Italian fusion menu, La Maison Donatello is already proving to be a restaurant worthy of a detour. Gone are the tables clothes and old menu, replaced by a much more modern and comfortable feel along with a regular changing menu and fantastic daily specials. Head Chef Antonio Cascella is now merging French & Italian cuisine with innovative cooking techniques that are built firmly on the foundations of the classics. A new French chef, Magali Blosson has also brought her Michelin star experience to the kitchen where she will be working alongside Antonio. The Cascella family come from a rich family history of restaurateurs. Antonio's grandfather entered the business in the 1930 while relatives own restaurants in Miami , the Dominican Republic , New York & Sicily. Nowadays his three daughters are all working in his restaurants and have brought their own individual flair. Simply put, food is in the Cascella's blood. Antonio, along with his wife Valerie, showcase their passion for food and hospitality as soon as you come through the door. An open kitchen fills the dining room with mouth watering aromas while an elegant decor creates a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. A similar characteristic that is also on show at the Cascella's other restaurant - Picaderos. Their sister-restaurant which specialises in fusing Spanish and Latin has only been open for one year, but thanks to their impressive menu and authentic food, customers have been flocking there ever since. Seeing the success that Picaderos had as a fusion restaurant, Valerie and Antonio decided to call upon their own culinary expertise and introduce new offerings into La Maison Donatello. Magali brought some of her own skilful recipes, but other gems came from Cascella family recalling food experiences they had while eating abroad. Valerie & Antonio, along with their three daughters love their food and enjoy eating in the world's best restaurants. They have learnt a lot from these trips and are now bringing some of their best ideas back. However, not everything has changed in La Maison Donatello, they have stayed loyal to the way they source their food. Whether it's from their own garden or neighbouring farmers, Valerie intends to continue to feed the community with local produce and support the Maynooth economy while she does it. The Cascella's have a little plot of land where they harvest seasonal ingredients for the restaurant such as wild rockets, garlic and a variety of berries. They also supply the restaurant with produce from local farmers in Kildare while their guineas fowl, rabbit, chicken and pheasant are all sourced locally too. The community touch can also be seen with the paintings that adorn the newly furbished walls of Donatello Ristorante. A variety of works by the late Vincent Doyle , a well known and local artist, really add a homely sense to the modern restaurant. Thanks to this welcoming atmosphere, locals have chosen the restaurant for a variety of events since the day it opened. So whether it is a christening, graduation or birthday, La Maison Donatello can cater for anyone. Guest can now sample a new range of delicious dishes that take a modern approach to classical French and Italian cuisine. For example, they can pick from braised wild venison with pearl barley, celeriac and autumnal vegetable to Italian styled fresh sea bream with langoustine bisque, fennel puree and samphire sea asparague served with Clogherhead crab, Once you sample the new menu and enjoy the comfortable surrounds that the Cascella family have to offer, you will soon find yourself amongst the many loyal regulars. So you best book a table soon because there is no better time to visit Donatello Ristorante.

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