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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Italian, Pizza, European
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic meal and service, one of the best pizzas we have ever had it was delicious, would highly recommend, my husband is Italian and a chef and he gives this place a massive thumbs up

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Decently priced wide menu with a variety of pizzas and pasta. Ate here for an evening meal - would go back!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a delicious meal at Dodds while we were on holiday in Ambleside. Husband had pasta and I had slow cooked lamb & gnocchi. We ended with a shared tiramisu and coffee. We turned up about 6:20pm and were seated straight away. The service was...prompt and friendly. Would definitely recommend and will return next time we're in Ambleside.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just had an amazing meal here. Lovely decor and service with great food to match We all had pizzas and all of ate every bit Good value for money £110 with drinks and desserts 🤑

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very busy place, constant queue at the door. No bookings - walk ins only. We were greeted and told to wait at the bar. Seated quite quickly. Ordered the croquettes and soup of the day for starters, both were good but croquettes were quite...cold. For mains, we ordered the rib eye steak with pepper sauce and chips, the chips were disappointing. The steak was nice though. I had the belly pork, that was very very nice indeed. Would recommend this place, just be patient waiting for a table because the food is worth it. The service is good but nothing above and beyond, they are very busy people.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on a Sunday night which was a bit quieter than the other weekend nights when the restaurant is very busy. The food was enjoyable and we didn't have to wait too long for it to arrive. The atmosphere is good. Wine prices slightly...more than the other restaurants we visited. Paid £30. Service charge is included in the bill which we asked to be taken off. The reason for this was we were served by a very miserable looking waitress who made us feel like we were an inconvenience! This is a shame as the other members of staff were doing a good job.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 21, 2024

Arrived at lunch before lots of others did too. Had the parmesan cheese base pizza. Was delicious. Served quickly and politely. In and out to spend more time by the lakes. Would gladly return again.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 9, 2024 via mobile

We visited with the family in April. Didn’t have the booking but they did their best to accommodate. Explained the waiting times and invited us to the bar. Due to the cancellation we didn’t have to wait long. Food and service was great. Would highly...recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 8, 2024 via mobile

We’ve been to the restaurant several times over the years. Visited last week and the food and service was exceptional. Be advised, they don’t take bookings so get there early to avoid disappointment!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 3, 2024 via mobile

My partner and I stayed in Ambleside recently and walking round looking at menus we found in his one enticing. The restaurant was really busy but the host offered to take our number and would call us us in 30-40mins for a table. We popped...round the corner for a drink and sure enough, within 30mins we received the call. We were shown straight to our table and then shortly asked for our drinks order then after a few mins our food order. We found the staff attentive and very friendly. We ordered a shared baked Camembert starter followed by 3 mains as my partner was u sure which to have! Everything was good excellent. We also enjoyed a couple of very refreshing cocktails to wash everything down with. All in all a lovely vibrant restaurant with excellent food and exceptional service. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 25, 2024

Second time visiting here, food was amazing both times. This time the restaurant was quieter and was not full however we felt very rushed. Food courses came out with quick succession and plates were quickly cleared afterwards. The staff are nice, if a little too...efficient, we would have punctuated our meal with more drinks, but we sisnt have the chance. But still, food excellent!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 24, 2024

My husband and I came here over a long weekend in January. We went a little early around 6:30pm, and it was buzzing and we managed to get a table straight away but it was full. The atmosphere was fantastic, we were by the kitchen...and saw the chefs cooking and the food was fantastic and so tasty. I had a special on the menu, which was a lamb, red pepper and tzatziki burger, and my husband had a pizza. Can’t wait to eat again to Dodds when we visit Ambleside in April.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024 via mobile

3rd visit. 3rd fabulous and delicious meal. Lobster ravioli was superb. Really good portion sizes as well. Helpful friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it again. Strongly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 22, 2024

Wow, love this place. Called in at 6pm only to take shelter from the rain. Ordered 2 pizzas and they were so tasty, really enjoyed them. Excellent service. No booking so go early.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 22, 2024

Celebrating our friend's birthday in Ambelside with a delightful 2 days at the Salutation, Dodd's was my her Saturday night choice. Everything was good apart from the hostile, unfriendly service we received from one female waitress. It was so bad we had to explain to...another waitress who was lovely why we wouldn't pay the full service charge. It was as if she was angry with us the full evening you didn't even want to ask her a question. Miserable and should not be in a job dealing with the general public if she can't be amiable at least.Totally rude and what's worse is she was even like it when I made thd booking on the phone. The food was wonderful and as someone who lived in Italy for 10 years it really was great.Just such a shame the service was so poor 😢More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Dipper1976_13
August 11, 2019|
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Response from Doddsambleside | Property representative |
Dear Dipper! Unfortunately due to the size of the restaurant we are unable to accommodate dogs! I'm very sorry about this! Kind regards
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Response from Doddsambleside | Property representative |
Dear Pauline! We do take bookings for tables of 6 or more for NYE. The menu will be our winter menu (not available yet) and some NYE specials but it won't be a set Menu. For the exact booking details please send an email to... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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