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Dodds Restaurant

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Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England
+44 15394 32134
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Lancashire
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very cosy welcoming restaurant, you can't book so we got there at opening time 5pm Sunday . We both had the steak which was cooked to perfection . Great service food and wine , will go back soon.

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Thank Sarah R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent meal and friendly and professional staff. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant. There was no need to book and we were made to feel welcome as soon as we walked in. Will definitely return if in this area again.

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1 Thank Susan L
Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told that this was the best restaurant in Ambleside so looked forward to the meal out. However.... Too many tables too close together so hard to have a personal conversation . The food was just 'OK' I can make better pasta at home and it wouldn't have cost over £50. The staff were friendly enough but I won't... More 

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Carnforth
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best mulled wine and garlic bread in the Lake District 😍🍷.. lovely food with very attentive staff!! No complaints, we will definitely be returning!

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I arrived on Saturday evening, about 7.45, to a heaving bar area and were worried that it'd take ages to be seated. However, as we were a couple we were seated within 5minutes. We've been here a few times on our Lake District holidays and have always enjoyed it. The food is great and the atmosphere laid... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here several times before and always wanted to do a review. What a lovely place with such amazing food and ambience! I know the whole turning up and waiting for a table issue annoys some people, but we have never been turned away and they are very fair. The menu is varied and we always have an... More 

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Norwich
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mackerel starter was fantastic so my husband said. My gnocchi main was without doubt the best I've ever had. Lovely wine and service welcoming and very polite. Can't wait to return.

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1 Thank Tylertrotter
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for the first time. Very impressed...great food and friendly service. The lasagne was particularly tasty. Cosy and warm on a cold November night.

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Lincolnshire
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Dodds on 3 occasions now as we love the cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and attentive- didn't make us feel rushed but were on standby if we needed anything. Only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is I did think the dessert menu was a little limited, just 5 to choose from and it... More 

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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could transport this restaurant to my local high street I would be in heaven. On our first visit, whilst on holiday we tried one of the 'specials', Risotto with salmon and mussels it was absolutely delicious. There were so many dishes on the main menu we could have chosen so we decided to return the following evening. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, 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?