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Donatello’s Restaurant

Main Street | Unit 1 Town Centre Mall, Maynooth Kildare, Ireland
+353 1 628 9660
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Main Street | Unit 1 Town Centre Mall, Maynooth Kildare, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Very impressed with food and service. I would recommend the restaurant. The chief had specials available which weren't on the menu.

Thank Brian108_11
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

My wife and I booked Donatellos for our first child's christening last October. The restaurant actually opened early for us on the Saturday which meant we had the whole place to ourselves. With a few young nephews and neices running around the place it was...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Donatello's is one of the finest Italian restraunt in Leinster . Great menu to choose from , but it has to be said they serve the best pasta dishes you will eat anywhere Service is swift & polite . Great range of wines to choose...More

Thank Hogie_10
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Having had two recent visits to here I can honestly say it’s one of the best eateries in maynooth. Excellent food, wine and service. We regularly order take away too which has never disappointed over the years. Can’t fault it

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

We arrived close to closing time and were worried it would be too late to order. The manager was extremely welcoming and said it would be no bother to serve us. We didn't feel at all rushed during the meal and all staff were warm...More

Thank Marie B
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I'd the lasagne which was a big portion. The waiter offered bread with my starter which was a bonus. I got tempted with a dessert too.

Thank cf_bib
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We visited this restaurant while visiting our student on Erasmus in Maynooth. The quality of the food was excellent and for very reasonable price. Even the wine was not extremely expensive, especially not compared to in many other places we visited in Ireland. Staff was...More

Thank Ingetjevd
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a lovely Saturday night enjoying the fresh Italian food served at this amazing restaurant.We had a prawn linguine and pasta carbonara both of which were cooked to perfection and served by welcoming and friendly staff.The depth of flavour was refreshing and the setting...More

Thank Deaglan
Reviewed 14 October 2017

When we first walked in we were given a seat right beside the bright lights of the open kitchen. Given the fact that the restaurant wasn't full I found it a bad choice in the start. When I asked if I could change the seating...More

4  Thank TerrybyrneIrl
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Can only say it was excellent! If your in Maynooth do visit ! The staff we kind and friendly . The food was so fresh , flavours in every course. Be sure to book as it is not very big dinning room !

Thank Pegtim
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Response from Martin M | Property representative |
You have absolutely nothing whatsoever to be nervous about! Our Restaurant 'La Maison Donatellos' is the oldest & one of the most charming, inviting & friendlies family run restaurants in Maynooth. We are a bit confused as... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$37
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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