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“Another Fab Meal at Dodds!”
Review of Dodds Restaurant

Dodds Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 112 Restaurants in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery
Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

When ever we holiday in the Lake District we dine at Dodds Restaurant in Ambleside! They are #5 out of 106 places to eat in Ambleside and have had 1310 mostly rave reviews for several reasons!

• The food is exceptionally good quality.
• Great value for money.
• Contemporary clean decor.
• Warm, friendly & efficient waiting on staff.

I had the Pork Belly served with black pudding Cumberland sausage, sweet potato and mashed potato with diced apple. My wife had a delicious wild mushroom risotto no two mushrooms were the same! Our daughter ordered a pizza margarita.

We'll definitely be returning in October!

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank DJMilly
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Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

So over rated
Very disappointed with our meal
Black pudding starter to share, no flavour, very bland not worth the money.
I had pizza, small size for the money, so hard to cut!!
Guys get new knives, did ask for a sharper knife, but still struggled.
My partner had the risotto, the prawn and squid.
It was so bland the only tasty thing was the Parmesan crisp
The service was rushed
The wine, Malbec we've had better
A waste of £50
Better places to try

Date of visit: May 2015
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Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

About the no booking policy causing chaos but decided to over ride that due to the positive feedback about the food. Arrived at 7:30 on a Friday night to be told a table would be 30-40 minutes. Had a drink at the bar, keeping a slightly paranoid eye on who had arrived before and after us. 30 minutes later, and in order of arrival, we were sat at a table. There was a good choice of food and it is all cooked to a high standard. When the waitress tells you the Etna pizza is really quite hot believe her. Four people, starters mains, puds & drinks + tip £110 so good value as well.
If you arrive and the wait time is too long go somewhere else and go back another night.

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank NWKTJJ
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Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

We always make an effort to visit Dodds when we are in the Lake District because it never disappoints. The food is always top notch and the choice is brilliant for all types of people and their food preferences. (I know it's a bit cliche what with it being an Italian restaurant but the spaghetti bolognese is amazing!)
Yes sometimes you do have to wait for a table as reservations aren't taken but it's honestly worth the wait. There is a small bar area so at least you can have a drink or two whilst you're waiting. And also- if it's crowded, surely that's a good thing because it means people enjoy coming here!
Honestly can't fault this place- friendly staff, quick service even in busy periods and amazing food.

See you again in the near future Dodds!

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank happycampers987
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Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

This is our third time to Dodds!! First time you could not fault on service or food! Last year 2014 food was bad not but not great!! This year oh my word won't be going in 2016, service and food not great asked if the chef's could do something for us with the pizza, I saw him pull a face! The lady came back and said No!! We sat there with our meals, the pizza we ordered was okay, the soup Mmmm salty! Did not say anything as the atmosphere in there you could cut with a knife!! The only thing I can say look around the other restaurants are full but you can always get a table here :/

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank Windypeak28
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