L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare) restaurant

Kildare Chic Outlet Shopping Village, Kildare, Kildare Town

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3 stars - based on 47 reviews
L'Officina is Italian for 'the workshop'; like its twin in Dundrum, this is a place where tradition meets the modern age and meld the two to form something that transcends both. L'Officina, in Kildare Chic Outlet Shopping Village, offers the tastes and flavours of historical Italy with a fresh twist in a location where urban metropolis juxtaposes pastoral Ireland in the rolling landscape of Co. Kildare - akin to the L'Officina cooking style, the line between new and old blur.
Kildare Town itself is a veritable treasure trove of historical locations - as this map shows - so explore the history of this great isle before dining on a delicious Italian meal that, like most of Kildare, has foundations that predate modern history.
Fresh tomatoes on moreish bread drizzled in extra virgin olive oil, the classic Italian bruschetta makes a wonderful snack while lounging outside on their sun-kissed frontage - when the sun shines, L'Officina would not look out of place on the streets of Rome or Florence.
For bookings of 7+ please contact our booking office at bookings@dunneandcrescenzigroup.ie or by phone at 01 524 0628

AWARDS & PRIZES

We seek out the best establishments in every part of Ireland for inclusion in our guides and, because we work independently and without charging a fee, you know that we can be trusted to lead you to the best places over a wide range of categories. Every year, the Bridgestone editors set out to find those restaurants that offer the best cooking and the best service in Ireland. This book features grand city restaurants, and tiny little one-room restaurants in the wilds of the country. There are restaurants located on islands, and restaurants that reverberate with the energy and mania of the city. The Taste of Ireland Recommended award is bestowed on exceptional eateries by Paolo Tullio - Ireland's Leading food and wine writer. All the restaurants included have been independently reviewed.

OPENING HOURS

Mon9:30am - 7:00pm
Tue9:30am - 7:00pm
Wed9:30am - 7:00pm
Thu9:30am - 8:00pm
Fri9:30am - 8:00pm
Sat8:30am - 8:00pm
Sun9:30am - 8:00pm

CAPACITY
160 people

CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian, Wine Bar

FACILITIES

Wheelchair Accessible Will cater for children Allocated smoking area Accept major credit cards Veggie options available Terraced dining area

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare) reviews

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L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

karlpkeeley95576412
Laois
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd August 2015 (visited 12 July 2015 )

We visit this restaurant regularly , in particular we go for the mornings at the weekends. We find it a great place, really good food and super friendly staff. Sometimes during the day it gets chaotic , like when a big shower of rain comes and everyone runs in together for shelter and food or when 6 bus loads of tourists arrive simultaneously, but show me any restaurant that can deal with that with affecting waiting time. This is a really good spot and I'm off there now for breakfast !

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

cleereemma46092756
Tipperary
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd March 2015 (visited 28 February 2015 )

Soup was inedible. The bread that came with it was stale and tasteless, mozzarella panini was poorly put together and one of the worst I have ever tasted. We had to go to another restaurant in Kildare to eat as we chose not to eat the food. Food menu was ridiculously overpriced for its quality and 6% service charge included was insulting. Won't be returning to this restaurant ever again.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

mandp
Dublin
36 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st August 2014 (visited 30 August 2014 )

A bit pricey, especially for children and non discretionary 6% service charge on too of this is cheeky!

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

ageaney
Dublin
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th May 2014 (visited 11 May 2014 )

My first time eating in Dunne & Crescenzi in Kildare village both Myself and friend ate the Kildare sandwich from the lunch menu & was pleasantly surprised that it came with a cup of heartwarming soup, we weren't waiting long for the food and it was very tasty. Apart from being quite pricey I only have 2 issues, the water level in the teapot was less than half way down meaning I only got 1 cup of tea and we were trying to get the attention of the waitress for too long when we looking for the bill. Apart from those little quibbles I'll visit again.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

Roc

19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th October 2013 (visited 19 October 2013 )

You choice of somewhere to eat in Kildare Outlet Village is a toss between overpriced coffee flavoured hot water, crepes from a hut out beside the carpark and LOfficina. We picked the latter today for something small. After waiting for what seemed an absolute age at the door, as staff walked passed up without even acknowledging our presence, and only then approached us as three women came in behind us, we were shown to our table, only then to be shown to another table even though we agreed on the first. It felt like our business was not wanted. Anyhow, we looked at menus and both fancied the soup/ciabatta. Priced at €10.50 we were expecting something substantial. Soon after ordering we were told that there was no soup left. None of the three on the menu. We were offered an alternative. Salad or roast potatoes or tea??? Tea??? Instead of soup and bread?? Come on!! Our ciabatta's and sides finally arrived cold after being walked around the restaurant twice! Not a good experience at all and we both left feeling like we lost weight. Not a bad thing, but it was the wallet feeling much lighter and our belly's feeling even hungrier. Kildare Village needs fresh and good value restaurants and fast!

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

Racing Lady
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th August 2013 (visited 26 August 2013 )

We ate at l'officiana in Kildare Village yesterday and I feel compelled to write this review after our experience! We had main courses; I ate the risotto with the Tuscan sausage and my sister ate the Goats Cheese Salad with Pear. When we asked for water, after being left an age without menus or attention, it came lukewarm without even a cube of ice...not a good start. The food came and we were asked it we'd like some parmesean. The cheese never came, instead it was offered to a male diner beside us, who the waitress obviously fancied. The food itself wasn't up to much either, my risotto was tasteless and my sister's salad contained wilted lettuce. When it came to the bill we were shocked to read that there was a 6% service charge added! A service charge for 2 people and not even acceptable water or even a bread basket to the table! We were livid. When we queried it with the waitress, she said that its just added and didn't know the reason for it. She also advised us all the prices for the food on the menus have been increased as well as this "service" charge. The worst of all is that the service charge goes directly back to the restaurant and the staff do not get it!! I cant wait for this new extension to Kildare Village, so we can ensure our dining experience there in the future will be with the new restaurants built and NOT in L'Officiana. Shame on you, your greed will be your downfall.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

ilovegreatfood
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd December 2012 (visited 2 December 2012 )

The worst meal I can remember eating. Risotto a horrible combination of overcooked courgettes and undercooked rice. Lentil soup inedible. Bruschetta, which should be a safe option, absolutely terrible. Been to this chain in other locations and always left happy. This place has really dropped the ball. Won't be back in Kildare.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

watchorc
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th May 2012 (visited 19 May 2012 )

This was my second time here, first time I was paying so I realised that the food is overpriced, the selection of food was not great and the starters were extremely pricey with goats cheese bruschetta a whopping 9e! The house wine was good and the service was good, however it was very busy and that set a bustling atmosphere for our meal, I would have preferred a more relaxing venue but there isn't another option unfortunately!

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

cilantro
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th May 2012 (visited 12 May 2012 )

The first time I visited I have really enjoyed but this time I had the worst lasagne in my life - just pasta and dry overcooked burned meat with no sauce and maybe a spoon of parmesan on the top. Didn't really have a chance to complain as nobody checked on us and service was very chaotic even though there was a lot of staff. The rest of the food for the table was OK.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

louse
Dublin
46 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th April 2012 (visited 11 April 2012 )

I was very disappointed with my trip here. The lack of choice in Kildare Village meant we ended up going here. We went to the 'fast food' section of the restaurant where you can get a few different sandwiches, ice cream cones and coffee. Was intitially irritated by the que of about 12 people ahead of me; fast service was not their priority. I watched the lady in front of me get served the incorrect meal twice all while the rude waitress huffed and puffed. She then asked for a cup for her can of soft drink. This too was a big inconvenience. I ordered a coffee (all overpriced) and an ice cream (which at this stage was half melted as I had to get it from the ice cream stand at the other end of the café). The waitress did not greet me in any way and when I asked for a glass of water she pointed at the bar. I will definitely not be returning here even if it is one of the few options there!

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

Livelifetothemax
Kildare
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th March 2012 (visited 27 February 2012 )

Was here recently on a Monday & the place was heaving, which was great to see. We were seated promptly & our order taken nearly straight away which was good. Ordered the Bruschetta which was lovely & fresh, exactly what is expected from a Bruschetta, had the Salmon pasta, always my favourite there, very tasty. Lattes always top notch, piping hot & good quality.. Would recommend here to my friends, just if there busy they can sometimes be stretched but other than that food good quality..

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

Grebe
Dublin
65 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th October 2011 (visited 29 October 2011 )

The husband, son and I took a break from shopping and headed into L'Officina just after 12.30pm on a wet bank holiday Saturday. We were just in time. We beat the queues. The husband had a bowl of minestrone, which he described as tasty, with plenty of vegetables and not having the canned tomato aftertaste. He could choose from white or brown bread. The son had a bagel with steaky bacon, cream chees and jalapeno relish. All I can get out of him is that it was good. I had the Siena sausage ciabatta: not as exciting as I'd expected. Afterwards the husband had a very generous portion of tira misu: luscious (I thought there was too much cocoa on top). The son had pinenut custard tart which he described as "really nice." I had a selection of biscuits: all well presented and tasty except for the hazelnut and chocolate ones. The food, a smoothie and two coffees came to about Eu46, including service charge. The service was mostly efficient and charming, the exception being a delay in bringing two of the desserts. The husband thinks it was a little on the expensive side for what it was. I thought it was fair.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

mimic
Dublin
51 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th October 2011 (visited 1 October 2011 )

Visited on a very wet and windy Saturday and the restaurant was packed! We'd a main course, glass of wine and a coffee each, the food was lovely, very fresh and tasty too! Setvice was good in spots but not consistant. We paid €25 each including a tip, so not the cheapest lunch but enjoyable all the same!

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

Norbury
Kildare
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th August 2011 (visited 6 August 2011 )

A very good Italian restaurant given it is situated in this very busy shopping outlet with no other lunch/dinner competition. There is no doubt it is more often than not very busy and noisy. Having said this, I continue to queue for a table here each time I visit Kildare Village as it is a great place to meet a friend for a catch up and a good bite to eat. The wait staff do not rush you and are efficient and polite, characteristics which remain important for a positive dining experience. On my most recent visit I ordered bruscetta to share for starter which was lovely with a generous portion of fresh and tasty chopped tomatoes with olive oil, salt and basil. Simple, uncomplicated and delicious as this dish should be. Next I had a Vegetarian Tortellini. It a was a nice sized portion, was tasty, albeit quite salty. Looking around me I noticed that many people had opted for the panini options, which I have had in the past. Irish people really should move away from the love of the safe sandwich. Italian food, particularly in this authentic Italian restaurant is quite delicious and there is more to it than lasangne, pizza and paninis, as the menu in L'Officiana proves. I find the dishes are a little bit pricey, up to 14 Euros for a simple pasta dish. Having said this I am willing to return to this restaurant again and again as the quality and service are very good indeed. One criticism, however, is the opening hours which do not extend past the opening shopping hours and thus an evening meal in L'Officiana is not an option.

L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)

eatsoutlots
Dublin
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 14th March 2011 (visited 6 March 2011 )

had lunch here with 2 friends we had to q for a table as the place was so busy. we were seated quiet quickly at a table at the end of the restauant. we ordered a bruchetta to share between the 3 of us which was flavoursom for such a simple dish. my two friends ordered pasta with salmon which looked a very generous portion. i had a taste and it was great if a bit salty. i had a pannini of goats cheese and italian sausage which also was very good and came with a few leaves at the side. the service was better this time than before as we were in a hurry and asked for the bill quickly and they organised that with no problem. if you are looking for a quiet lunch this is not the place for you as it always a bit noisey. but couldnt fault the food. the bill came to €49.

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