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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 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It has some of the nicest Italian food I've had in a very long time. The staff are kind and always asking if your food was nice. It has an early bird menu and a kids one as well. It is quite small but the furniture is arranged in a way to make it feel spacious

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Thank Matthew P
Maynooth
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Joined friends after the circus came to town in September. Got an early booking. Food was fresh, cooked almost in front of you. Nothing was any trouble when it came to feeding the young fussy eaters. Didn't know the actual location as it's not on Main St , Maynooth. However look and you will find a right little treasure. Will... More 

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Thank P. M
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Donatellos was the greatest place. A little off the street, very quaint and food to die for. Service was great, company was fantastic. Worth the wait for a table!!!

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Thank Vicky C
Maynooth, Ireland
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Great European feel, especially seated on the terrace. Very efficient and pleasant service, and most of all, the specials are really tasty and interesting dishes (tip: always take the fish special). They do the classics very well too: the best (only?) pizza in town. Couldn't do better than a meal and a cold glass of Peroni in Donatello's on a... More 

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Thank phillipsroy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Have been three separate times here and every time is better than the last. Delicious food and definitely fresh, made to order. Very tasty and very traditional Italian, bursting with flavour. I had the mussel with linguine. We also had cheese board and crostini. Limocello and cappuccino for afters. Only thing I would avoid was the red wine. We got... More 

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Thank Loreal W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

we ordered a take away from here.pizza was average adn the chunky chips were very greasy and tasted a day old. the chicken goujons were horrible - full of dirty oil. will npot get a take away again.

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Thank Fergus K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Went here with my girlfriend really nice food I got the pizza and the girlfriend got the lasagne both meals were really nice the staff are very friendly and welcoming and nice little cosy place off the main Street a must visit you will not be disappointed

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Thank Colin o
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I have always loved going this restaurant but the last time I was extremely disappointed Staff s wasn't friendly it was like I'll take your order and move on although our wine came out fairly quickly it was nice !!we had to ask for water twice , moving on to food it was very basic fast foodie type really dissatisfied... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We attended a conference which ran slightly late. When w arrived the staff were courteous and welcoming. We had a wonderful meal with excellent service. Thank you

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Thank Madeline M
Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Had a fabulous meal last night.Excellent quality and presentation,staff very attentive and professional.A real gem.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 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, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?