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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#194 of 2,089 Restaurants in Dublin
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US$5 - US$36
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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South City Centre
1.0 km from Saint Patrick's Cathedral
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Reviewed 28 September 2020

Because of restrictions etc, we ate outside, on the street. The fast were great and the food was really delicious. We've all walked the Camino several times and here we felt ourselves back in Spain. To be recommended.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 26 August 2020

Very friendly and obliging staff. Great choice of food - something there for everyone. Reasonably priced and restaurant is well laid out. Highly recommended and we will be back.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 3 August 2020

Delicious flavoursome tapas and really friendly staff. The best Spanish food we have had in Dublin and at excellent prices. Surroundings are basic but the food makes up for that. We visited after lockdown and they take covid seriously carrying out temperature checks, socially distanced...tables and sanitisation visible- felt very safeMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

Absolutely delicious homemade food, we had different tapas large size, chicken and chorizo skewers on sourdough bread, viva beef and chorizo burger was juicy and very tasty, garlic prawns and delicious homemade bread was superb, mini red peppers stuffed with beef mince, patatas bravas and...spanish sauces , everything was divine! Loved the atmosphere, spanish music and service was excellent too! Loved everything!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

Viva is a great night out. The food is always fab, it's reasonably priced and the service is warm and friendly. I always have a great time at Viva, highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 24 January 2020 via mobile

The food was ok. However, the restaurant was very cold and made it extremely uncomfortable to enjoy our time here without jackets on. Having told the waiters twice we were cold, and they moved us each time it was still so cold and seemed annoyed...by us feeling a breeze throughout the restaurant. We weren’t allowed to go into the cosier spots as they were reserved (for people which never arrived). Which means we won’t be revisiting Viva nor will we recommend to a friend. Bathrooms unhygienic and not at the standard of a restaurant more so of a petrol station.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2019 via mobile

Went here on a wet evening which was a bad omen. The menu seems confused to me, a case of less is more. The wine menu is all over the place. Didn't like the decor. Chairs are too small and tables very close together, but...some people might like that. Had a selection of tapas, which were okay. I think the prices are a bit high for the quantity - if it's tapas then charge tapas prices. Bread is normally served as a side with a cover charge but here, it's served as a dish? The peppers de padrón were really good, lots of salt and freshly cooked, the bravas also very good, the calamari so-so, the prawns disappointing, sardines were okay. We ordered raciones of some things but I'm not sure if that's what we received...I hope not based on the size of what we received. We were on a voucher and didn't receive a receipt, just told we were covered when leaving so we'll never know. It's not the worst Spanish restaurant in Dublin, not the best either. With a few simplifications it could be much better.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 13 October 2019 via mobile

Very relaxed atmosphere, with some live Spanish guitar playing. Food was very good and service was excellent

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 12 October 2019 via mobile

Ate here a couple of years ago and then heard it had got better so tried again. They have made the place have a warmer more interesting feel and lots of Spanish staff so it feels authentic. Unfortunately they also have a Spanish service culture...which is really poor. We asked for water on arrival and it took at least 15 minutes and a reminder. They didn’t take a drinks order until they took the food order which is poor salesmanship from my perspective!! Ordered a cod fish and chickpea stew which and no fish and was lbasicallg Luke warm watery soup so very disappointing. Prawn pil pil was basically prawns in chilli oil. Not at all like I have in Spain. The people next to us had the cheese and meat board which looked amazing. The bravas was however fantastic. Crunchy, hot and lovely sauces fantastic. The chicken chorizo skewers were I am told lovely. We didn’t want dessert but ordered a coffee and an extra wine for me. It took at least 10 minutes and we were sat by the bar so could see they were not busy. It just seems very disorganised. I wanted to get up and help it was so bad. Shame as it has the potential to be a grey spot.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 17 July 2019

Ireland and Spain are physically quite close, and the Spanish flavors at Viva are authentic. The service is always great, pleasant, happy and quick. The food is amazing, I've been here many times and always VERY happy. If the weather is nice, sit outside. Right...across the alleyway is one of Mazer;s famous paintings "Don't Be Afraid' which, in 50 years, will be a famous work of art. As an aside, Mazer does artwork in two cities, Dublin and Fayetteville, Ark., my hometown. Order about 1 tapas per person, eat those, then order another round at least that big. Get some wine with dinner, have fun!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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  • Yes, Viva offers takeaway services.

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  • Yes, Viva is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • Viva is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5