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181 Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QS, Wales
+44 29 2039 8803
19:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 19:00 - 23:00
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this restaurant just around the corner! Thank you Trip Advisor. Fantastic food, friendly, family service. Will definitely be going again.

Thank Richard_IOW_828
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended! It was our first visit to Merola's last weekend but we were all amazed with quality of the food as well as superb customer service. I got admit it: your carbonara is just the best I ever tried. We'll definitely come back for more.

Thank Kamil G
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a family owned and run restaurant thatfeels like yu are a guest to a family meal. The welcome is genuine and the food is mouthwatering.

Thank Jamie M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We went to merolas for a birthday meal and having heard lots of good reviews we decided to go there. unfortunately we waited 2hrs for our food to arrive i wouldn't mind if it was rammed packed but it had a few tables in not busy but seemed like they were struggling with staffing in the kitchen. The service was... More 

Thank Louisa19872014
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This was the second time I went there with my Italian boyfriend. Both times food was fab! & service was great! Hospitality was brilliant too. We highly recommend this place!

Thank aninhavieira
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

I have been going to merolas for years. Happened to go there again this evening with somebody who has never been and i was very embarrassed to have recommended this place. The food has always been great and also was today but almost lost our appetite because of the service. We had to ask twice for someone to take our... More 

Thank Roshni P
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Came here with my wife on a little date night, the restaurant has a very family run feel to it, which adds to the atmosphere. The service was excellent, waiter and restaurant owner who greeted us, was very polite and kind! The food we ordered was very tasty. Ordered a homemade pizza, which was big. My wife ordered a pasta... More 

Thank JH300991
Northampton, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Having failed to get a table last time we were in Cardiff as it was near Christmas, I tried calling all afternoon and early evening, but no-one answered. We went to the restaurant and were told they had problems with the phone, but at least we got a table this time. We were delighted we did. Service is as good... More 

Thank GableEndie
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

The restaurant is located in at the bottom end of Clare road, the entrance is via a lane opposite the bus-stop This is third visit & gets better each time! The front of house staff are very friendly, the food & service was excellent! My last visit was six nation home game weekend so the restaurant was very busy but... More 

Thank Big_Mo_85
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

Went here this evening with a group of friends from work. When I asked for a glass of 'Pinot Grigio' they didn't have any and could only offer me one type of white wine. However, it was very tasty! Ordered the seafood main with pasta instead of the standard sautéed potatoes and broccoli. The tagliatelle came on the side with... More 

Thank Kathryn S

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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
US$9 - US$19
Italian, Pizza
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:00 - 23:00
19:00 - 23:00
19:00 - 23:00
19:00 - 23:00
19:00 - 23:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QS, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2039 8803
Welcome to Merola's. Located in the very heart of Grangetown, Cardiff, we offer the very best in Italian cooking inspired from the regions of Sorrento, Positano and the gorgeous Amalfi coast.

We prepare produce sourced wherever possible from local producers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers to ensure the food we prepare is the freshest available.

Why not treat yourself to an evening of wonderful Italian pasta, home made pizzas, or a lovely fish dish with great wine and great hospitality at Merola's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?