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Dodds Restaurant

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Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England
+44 15394 32134
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Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been twice this week, having been so impressed the first time. We have eaten pasta, pizzas and meat dishes and each one was excellent, accompanied by friendly service. I would particularly recommend the rump of lamb served with a beetroot bulgar and crispy chorizo. Cooked and presented perfectly. The Ripasso Valpolicella was very good.

1 Thank David W
Glossop, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

had birthday lunch today both had lasagne which was gorgeous with garlic bread will definitely return

1 Thank jacky t
Perth, Australia
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109 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went twice, small but worth the wait. Excellent Italian food. Get there when they open and you'll be seated right away. A little cramped with a stroller, but the staff will get you sorted without issue.

1 Thank RachelU178
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant about 5 years ago and have been coming here ever since. Great selection of non-standard italian food and a good choice of wines. The beef ravioli was fantastic. Disappointed with the tiramisu as more chocolate than coffee. Shame as everything else was delicious as usual.

1 Thank msslink8
Irlam, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Dodd's many times over the last few years and should of wrote a review a lot sooner than today. As mentioned this is a restaurant which I have dined in over the last few years and regular occasions when I have been visiting Ambleside. I have never experienced a negative meal and on every occasion visited the... More 

2 Thank Daniel R
Burton Bradstock, United Kingdom
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502 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No reservations but we were lucky and got a table for 2 even though the place was packed. The staff are great. They really work hard but have time to take orders in a considerate manner. The kitchen is on view - always a good sign. The food was fab . We really enjoyed our evening and will make a... More 

1 Thank bbbythesea
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stay in Ambleside twice a year and recently in an appartment above Dodds so a visit was essential. No advance booking and there were six of us so we were there before 7 and were shown a table. The staff were lovely and gave us time to study the menu but finally we all ordered and the food was... More 

1 Thank DAVID F
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant fully deserves to be full on a Thursday in early January, as we found it. Very pleased we got a table as it was one of the best meals out I think I've ever had. The pork belly was to died for & the sticky toffee was gorgeous & a massive portion.

1 Thank M R
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, well cooked, good quality food. We started with the antipasti board- the meats were excellent and it was overall a very good starter. For mains we had the calzone - one of the best we've had and the rib - eye steak - perfectly cooked and an excellent cut of meat. The cheese to finish was a good selection... More 

1 Thank Chapmanss
Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit ambleside few times a year and always make sure we visit Dodds restaurant. Excellent service staff and food...

1 Thank Terri W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32134

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?