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Donatello’s Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Main Street | Unit 1 Town Centre Mall, Maynooth Kildare, Ireland
+353 1 628 9660
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Derry, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Nicola C
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!!

Thank ryanadi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Julita P
Maynooth, Ireland
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Kate H
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank P. M
Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the best italian restaurant round about, the chefs are amazing, and the food you have to try, it is something. always and always we are happy there, thank you. merry christmas and happy new year to you, see you soon, see you again in new year, thank you.

Thank pyzza
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Donatello's is situated just off maynooth main Street, a little gem worth finding. We ate there on Saturday,it is a cosy , first-class restaurant with fab food & brilliant service. Choose the garlic mushroom starter to share, well presented & full of flavour , had penne pasta with chicken & a spectacular arribrata sauce. My better half choose the chicken... More 

1 Thank Hogie_10
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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

1 Thank Matthew P
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 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 

1 Thank P. M
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!!!

1 Thank Vicky C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$32
Italian, European, Pizza
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
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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