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Merola's

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181 Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QS, Wales
+44 29 2039 8803
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19:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 19:00 - 23:00
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a pleasant time with my host family. Very good food, service and ambiance. Worth a visit, I would highly recommend if you are visiting Cardiff

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Thank Sanjay P
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful welcome, friendly witty banter, great menu, tasty food, such value for money. I had a great night here. I hope everyone supports this lovely family business. Every time I go I wonder why I've left it so long. Fab. Thank you.

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Thank IOT78
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended to come here and it was totally worth it. So much food we couldn't move afterwards and at such a good price as well. Service was charming, warm and friendly. We would definitely come here again.

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Thank Tom M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's tucked away in Grangetown. Go down the back lane to the side entrance, ring the bell. And wait...... It's probably fair to say that it doesn't look anything particularly special. But once that door opens, the ever-courteous Spiro , or the imperturbable Sylvia, will greet you warmly. There's plenty of choice on the menu, the food is freshly-prepared by... More 

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Thank Stephen P
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely One Of The Best Italian Restaurants We've Been To! Lovely Welcoming & Service From Owners Made To Feel At Home!. Will Be Returning!.x

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Thank Vicky G
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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347 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here midweek with friends and felt as if we were amongst friends. Informal but efficient and professional service gave a homely feel; the food was faultless. Vitello Milanese wasn't on the menu but it was cooked for me perfectly. If for nothing else, you should come here for the unique and absolutely delicious Salerno cheesecake. I was told... More 

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Thank Ian W
Barry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is the second time that we have been to Merola's, having previously visited around the same time last year for my wife's birthday. This time we booked a larger table here for 12 of our friends, and again it was for my wife's birthday. This is because we enjoyed the food and the friendly service so much last year... More 

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Thank RikSummer
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I have been visiting Merola's on and off since it opened in 1986. Shame on me that I've only now got around to writing a review. The décor nor menu has changed much over the years, but the reason I have been returning time and time again is because the service and food has remained consistently great. I can honestly... More 

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Thank lullawp
Newport, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This lovely little restaurant is a favourite with both family and friends. We were here for a friend's birthday and there were 14 of us. On enterring it was obvious a busy night was in store for the staff. We placed our order most of the group opting for steaks the rest pasta from their extensive Italian menu. We weren't... More 

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Thank ColAng520
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Well what can I say this is a hidden gem. The best Italian restaurant in Cardiff! The atmosphere is wonderful as its family run. So very caring about their customers and attentive, nothing is too much trouble. The food is superb, fresh and delicious. We have never ever had a bad experience. The prawns are amazing the sauce is divine,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
19:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 23:00
Thursday
19:00 - 23:00
Friday
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QS, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2039 8803
Description
Welcome to Merola's. Located in the very heart of Grangetown, Cardiff, we offer the very best in Italian cooking inspired from the regions of Sorrento, Positano and the gorgeous Amalfi coast.

We prepare produce sourced wherever possible from local producers, fishmongers, butchers, bakers to ensure the food we prepare is the freshest available.

Why not treat yourself to an evening of wonderful Italian pasta, home made pizzas, or a lovely fish dish with great wine and great hospitality at Merola's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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