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“Not as expected”
Review of Lalis Restaurant

Lalis Restaurant
Ranked #1,563 of 2,616 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: US$22 - US$29
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
dublin
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Lali's is local and seeing as it was my dads birthday I decided against advise of going there instead of to Malahide. It was a Saturday evening. Even though it was not very busy, the service staff stuggled to cope. We were waiting almost 20 minutes between when we got the menus to actuelly having our order taken. We both had garlic mushrooms to start off with which weren't garlic mushrooms or did not feel like it but more like grilled mushrooms toshed around in a pan. My fathers steak was tasty but tough to eat. My pasta was very tasty though 2 slices of garlic bread was dissappointing.

We were finished a while and the waiting staff (in their own clothes which is poor) still did not come so we decided to forget desert and have coffees instead. I am all for taking your time having a meal but Lali's is not such a place. You can be seated very very close to the next couple which makes things kind of awkward. Overall we were almost 2 hours there which is too long for a meal such as this. I will take others advise and go elsewhere next time.

  • Visited April 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
330 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Very good.”
Reviewed 19 December 2012 via mobile

Haven't been in years. Went back for their famous chicken kiev and wasn't let down. Loads of garlic. Had kids and they all enjoyed. Very suitable for a nice family outing.

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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Lalis is the best restaurant in Portmarnock. The owner is lovely and there is a great atmosphere in it. The pizzas are fantastic as are the pastas. The views are amazing and the deserts are great. I could not find one complaint with it.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Daniel K
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
487 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
“Leisurely dining”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Stayed in the nearby Portmarnock Hotel and walked a few minutes up the road to nearby Lali's for our evening meal. We had made a reservation and were greeted by a friendly waitress on arrival. We got a table in the window to the front, which was lovely, but they could do with bringing the covering on the window up just that little bit higher. We felt as if we were 'on view' to passers by. If the covering even came up to shoulder height it would be much better, and would still allow diners to see the lovely coastal views. There is also a dining area to the back of the restaurant, but we are glad we weren't seated there as the toilets open right on to the area! The food here is well cooked and tastefully presented. Service was good (even though our waitress was a bit scatty). We enjoyed a nice bottle of red wine with our meal and shared a pancake dessert with ice cream. Be warned this is a HUGE dessert for one person! The restaurant was pleasantly busy all evening. We finished our meal off with two coffees before a leisurely stroll back to the hotel.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank DubTwosome
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Leeds
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Busy and friendly”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

We were staying at the Portmarnock hotel but prefer to go out for a meal and Lali's was literally a few minutes stroll away. As we went early, it was the Early Bird and of course it was very very busy! The tables are a bit close together but apart from that , it was a great relaxed atmosphere and the service was very friendly and efficient. The food was good - although can't remember what we had now, but know we enjoyed it!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Rosie D
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