Da Vinci’s

Da Vinci’s

Garhoud restaurant aiming for Italian authenticity 17 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

As Italian restaurants go, Da Vinci’s is one of few in Dubai that stays true to the European nation’s dishes. The quaint eaterie offers authentic starters and main courses for diners with varied tastes.

Typical pasta fare is offset by tastier cuisine such as breaded chicken breast, which is covered in a light tomato sauce, filled with creamy cheese and served on a bed of tagliatelle. The duck option, combining asparagus, mash and mushrooms all dressed in a delicate, tomato and garlic sauce, is also particularly appetising.

With generous helpings on offer, light eaters should avoid the starters. But those able to withstand two gut-busting courses have several options to choose from. The onion-filled mushrooms are satisfying, while the garlic bread covered in mozzarella cheese is an equally tasty, if unspectacular, appetiser. The setting is suitable for those wishing to sample bona fide Italian cuisine in a serene environment.

Light music drifts through the room, enabling diners to converse without raising voices. A slight criticism concerns the decor, which bears little resemblance to a traditional Italian restaurant. While a few well known prints of Da Vinci paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and Renaissance Man, adorn the walls, there is little else related to the venue’s supposed roots. Service is faultless, with staff scurrying around to ensure guests never wait long.

They also ask whether the food is satisfactory following each course, and recite the specials without a prompt.


By Jeremy Lawrence

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 702 8818
  • Travel: Casablanca Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Talal on 11 Aug ' 13 at 19:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

After reading the reviews here on this site we were hesitant about going to the Restaurant but since the last review was written in April 2012 we thought that the maybe the bad management would have changed and gave it a try and it was absolutely worth it. The Manager has changed since May 2012 and is now Merwin Fernandes - very firendly and nice and so is the whole team. I am a big fan of Italian food and after moving to Dubai i was disappointed in the poor quality of Italian Restaurants. Da Vinci's has it all - the food was excellent - we had Carpaccio which was perfect, Pasta (Cannelloni which also tasted amazing and a Pizza, baked just the way it should be - and even the dessert (combination of Creme Brûlée, Chocolate Fondant and a Pistacco cake) also all very good! Great food, Good Service and nice Restaurant! All in all nothing to complaint about - so if you are looking for a good Italian in Dubai you know where you have to go to!

Posted by: Mohit on 02 Apr ' 12 at 03:00
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Considering the rude behaivour of the Restaurant Manager, i wouldnt go to this restaurant ever again. Perhaps there are many other italian restaurants in town which offer better food & customer service.

Posted by: Mohit on 02 Apr ' 12 at 02:59
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Considering the rude behaivour of the Restaurant Manager, i wouldnt go to this restaurant ever again. Perhaps there are many other italian restaurants in town which offer better food & customer service.

Posted by: keshav on 22 May ' 11 at 17:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We thought we made a mistake by ordering a wrong pizza and the tiramisu might compensate for this, only to find that pizza was actually a lot better tasting than the tiramisu which apparently is their signature dessert.The only thing going for this restaurant is the decor and ambience.Not the worst Italian joint but not good either.

Posted by: Nayoul on 09 Mar ' 11 at 15:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

My husband and I have been to this restaurant many many times in the past and loved its food, service and ambiance. We decided to go to spend St Valentines day dinner there. We were greatly disappointed with everything from A to Z. They had a terrible set menu for the night with the cheapest choices one can have both in terms of prices and quality. Perhaps they did that to attract people for the night. But it was enough for us to leave thinking that would be the last time we will go there. The bad taste even removed the romance of the occasion.

Posted by: Timo on 22 Feb ' 11 at 06:27
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went for our anniversary and heard about the restaurant from a friend. I surprised my wife and we got one of the private booth. They nicely arranged decorations and service was very good. The food is amazingly good italian food. It is really what you eat in Italy and what a european person expects of it. The Manager is a great character, handling guests well and seeming to be good with his staff. Working in a restaurant in Dubai myself I can only say thumbs up, this is a truely great dining experience in Dubai which you can afford.

Posted by: adi on 08 Feb ' 11 at 18:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

food not like be4 , money value to high

Posted by: Sreda on 02 Aug ' 10 at 09:30
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have to say that this is my favorite Italian Restaurant in Dubai. Service is excellent, Menu choice is amazing, they keep it updated and prices are very good. You do get value for money that you do not expect...and this place is open for 20 years now....
They have my vote for the best restaurant in Dubai!

Posted by: Mansi on 03 Jun ' 10 at 08:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went for dinner last night for my sister's wedding anniversary. We were a party of 10. First we did not get a table as according to their management rules they cannot accommodate so many people on the ground floor. So we moved upstairs where the air conditioning was not working properly and even the lights were very dim. we were provided only 1 table fan and the 10 of us had 2 adjust with that. We even tried complaining to the new manager, Khalid. He was very rude to us and did nothing to help us. The food was fine which made us stay and finish our dinner. But this is 1 restaurant we have been going to for a long time and after last night we will not going again.

Posted by: Manav on 17 Mar ' 10 at 12:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The last few times I have visited Da Vinci's, I have met staff that always appear to be cheerful and never seem dissatisfied with their job. Though the only view offered is of the busy traffic outside, the restaurant quite easily makes up for it with their excellent quality of food. From their exquisite penne pasta to their soft and smooth margarita pizza, Da Vinci’s never fails to impress even those of highly critical minds. A further positive is that, if you tell the restaurant before hand that it is a companion’s birthday, they will offer the chance for the staff to personally sing to the specific person and hand them a birthday cake, making it much more family friendly than other restaurants.

Posted by: Asha on 15 Feb ' 10 at 07:22
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Food was just ok; nothing spectacular to talk about; menu had a good variety; decor & ambience were fine. Prices were surprisingly low considering it was in a 4-star hotel.

Posted by: martin on 18 May ' 09 at 12:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very good value for money

Posted by: Hanan on 11 Mar ' 09 at 15:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the new menu is amazing

Posted by: Dick on 05 Feb ' 09 at 12:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Last time I was there, I think that there were 4 birthdays in the evening.

This led to all of the staff singing happy birthday on 4 separate occasions - loudly and disturnbing all other diners. Why not do all four at the same time?

Posted by: valentina on 14 Jan ' 09 at 14:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

New Chef, new menu, great food and very good time.

Posted by: Benoit on 14 Jan ' 09 at 14:50
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Food is great.

Posted by: asmaa on 14 Jan ' 09 at 14:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

A new chef started recently and he just launched a new menu which is great.

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