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Italian, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff were super friendly, I was given a menu that the chef had checked what I could eat safely - the kitchen is small and they can’t guarantee there is no cross contamination but I chose options which were the least likely to be...risky. The food came and the gluten free dishes were visibly different which is always a positive sign! The food was amazing and super flavourful, I didn’t feel like I was missing out at all! I am coeliac and had no issues afterwards either. Would absolutely recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here before with friends and came again tonight for valentines, the wine was excellent as well as the focaccia, burrata and goats cheese polenta starters. However the carbonara boccatini was not good- the pasta was chewy and gummy so an indicator of overcooked or...not made properly. The chicken parmigiana was bland (boiled potentially? ). The crispy gnocchi side was lovely. Service was not good but only 2 servers for a near- full restaurant, waited 20 mins for our bill. Otherwise lovely restaurant and atmosphere- mains let it down.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 January 2024

We usually come here for family and couple meals and it has never disappointed. The food was good but the service was shocking, after receiving our food the waitress (with purple hair) didn't visit our table for over an hour. Manager saw this and didn't...do anything, such a shameMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 November 2023 via mobile

Went here in recommendation of friends. We ordered a Sunday roast beef board for 2. Service was excellent, all the accompaniments were excellent. The best gravy ever! However, the beef was so tough we couldn’t saw our way through one of the slices………absolutely dreadful beef....We may give Il Pirata one more Sunday visit to see if any improvement. Interestingly we spoke to friends who were there after us on the same day and had the roast beef and reported the same issue. Il Pirata……….you need to revisit your beef offering if you are to get repeat business!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023 via mobile

Delicious I ordered lemon chicken. Sides of Parmesan fries were excellent. Nice space and staff attentive. Good atmosphere

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023 via mobile

Very disappointing. The food was pretty awful, especially considering the price. It’s probably the worst vegan meal I’ve had and my husband’s chicken wasn’t good either. I don’t usually give bad reviews but it was so bad I felt like I should.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2023 via mobile

This is one our local restaurants and we have always had lovely meals. We went before going to a concert recently and we were shocked at the decline. The menu seems to be getting shorter and shorter and therefore, very limited. My husband ordered the...duck Ragu with gnocchi a dish he has ordered many times before. He said the gnocchi was very wet and loose and the ragu didn’t have much flavour. I ordered the roast hake with Parma ham and caviar. The hake came out fish and one piece of grilled leek. Then a small jug of cream sauce. The Parma ham in very small pieces was in the sauce and the caviar -I’ve no idea where it was! The dish was bland. Just a nicely cooked piece of fish with a cream tasteless sauce. I gave the waiter feedback saying it was fine but bland. He apologised and came back offering free desserts. We selected one which was fine but again flavour limited. We will continue to visit for Sunday roasts but apart from that there are better places to spend your money!!!!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

First time visiting, food was amazing and can definitely see why it was recommended to us by colleagues. Food alone carries this establishment.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023

Visited with a friend for a weekend girls night, very lucky to get a last minute reservation. Cocktails were amazing! The menu was confusing- we dont speak italian and are pescatarian and vegetarian, so googling nearly every word on the menu to see what it...meant was really annoying... We had given up googling the menu (malfatti, panelle, baccala, peperonata, trapanese and so on) We ordered “ Bresola with Fig Mostarda, Taleggio, Walnut” amongst other dishes… the bresola turned out to be cured meat.. I realised after i had already taken a bite!! After 8 years of not eating any meat i was eating a cured meat covered in fig molasses **cries** … the King scallops also come with meat on top and in the butter sauce .. on closer inspection of the menu again by candle light it says underneath with “carbonara butter” so disappointing two dishes were ruined for us, granted partly our mistake. There are no symbols on the menu indicating what is vegetarian/ vegan etc and some sort of an explanation even on the back of the menu to say what these things mean would go a long way!! Lovely service all the same. Menu needs work for non italian speakers!!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2022 via mobile

Th food was great but the service was exceptional. The wonderful guy that looked after us was called Brett. He could run a waiter school! He was just brilliant in every way. We will be back to Il Pirata very soon and when I book...I will be asking if Brett is working. Congratulations on a really lovely experience this evening.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 25 November 2022 via mobile

We visited Il Pirata for our anniversary meal after seeing that it was Michelin recommended. To be honest, compared to some other places in the Michelin guide we left unsure of why Il Pirata was in there. The food was nice, but nothing overly special....The portions are pretty small - my pizza, which I intended to share with my son looked more like a children’s pizza. My husband ordered the duck after seeing it recommend and although delicious, again it wasn’t a huge portion. That being said it was tasty. We wanted to try more than one dessert each, so ordered more, and it was a good job as again these were very modest portions. However, I certainly feel that with the desserts this was reflected in the price. Fortunately we’d had a later lunch on the day of our visit otherwise I think we may have still been hungry after our visit. The restaurant itself was pretty busy and noisy, with the noise probably enhanced by the lack of soft furnishings. Our waiter was very friendly and polite but absolutely rushed off his feet. Although the food was very tasty and we had a nice time I’m not sure why this restaurant receives all the hype that it does.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022 via mobile

We were a party of 14 in total and met up for Sunday lunch. We had great service from the staff and the food was fabulous. Some of us had the Sunday sharing platters which were quite substantial and others a selection from the menu....We had starters and dessert all of which was delicious. We would definitely return. ThanksMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 October 2022

Family group of five. Great food and good service. Great range of starters.For Mains-Two had the shared beef platter and others had seafood linguine. Allergy to celery catered for by chef.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 September 2022 via mobile

We had called to book for the Sunday carvery, when we arrived we were told they had sold out and that it was a first come, first served basis - understandable, but wish we had been informed during the initial booking of this, as we...had explicitly said we wanted to book for the carvery. Should mention at this point we were advised by friends the carvery was very good - hence the initial reason to book. We opted for alternative starters and mains and unfortunately they were just not as good as you would have expected. One of our party order 'lemon and herb chicken' and the plate came swimming in sauce. The others had cod (possibly frozen). All food was ok, but compared to other restaurants in Ballyhackamore there is definitely improvements thats can be made. The service was good, the waitress was friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022 via mobile

The food and ambience in this place were great. The menu is very extensive and every dish we received was beautiful. It is well worth the money and a visit

Date of visit: June 2022
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The IL prata I reviewed is in Belfast. Can't help I'm afraid but hope you have a good trip.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4