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The Unicorn

12B Merrion Court | Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 662 4757
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
12B Merrion Court | Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You will love this Italian. Nothing extraordinary, but for Dublin, this is a great place and you will have a great evening. Table are small but the service is very good.

Thank Sierra B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has been operating since 1938 and is located in an alleyway near St Stephens Green. Hard to find but really worth the effort ! The two overworked but very friendly wait staff - Gianni and Valentina - are much part of why this...More

Thank HH922
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely restaurant near Merrion Square (a little tricky to find, streets are not clearly marked in Dublin). We had a delightful meal here: wonderful food, friendly service, and lovely ambience. We started our meal with the scallops and the ravioli; both were...More

Thank 2forever1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have just met the new chef at the Unicorn, Roberto from Sardinia, nice guy, producing super food. The whole party shared the fritto misto which was superb followed by the best seafood risotto this side of Amalfi. Food level at this price is incredible value...More

Thank cinemaparadiso57
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in The Shelbourne Hotel and was informed of this fantastic restaurant. My wife and I booked a table and from the moment we walked in until we left it was amazing. Food excellent, wine list even better and desserts to die for. Highly...More

Thank Food4thought1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been yesterday evening in this little gem in the heart of the town. Food was delicious, place was amazing and waitress was super! Definitively a place to be. Vale, ogni promessa e' debito. Ci vediamo presto.

Thank Carlo Z
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We had a reservation for the Unicorn and were walking down Merrion trying to find it where we were met by a friendly and helpful doorman at the top of the alleyway who lead us down to the restaurant. All the appetizers we tried were...More

1  Thank pds1231
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Had a business lunch here recently. Just two of us. Recommended by a friend. Staff were welcoming and menu was ok. Both of us had the Carbonara which was just average...nothing spectacular and seemed lacking in some flavour. I finished with the ice cream which...More

2  Thank Serial-Diner
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyable, professional, raged 4 stars intentionally. Food at that level, but not overly creative and the wine list the same. Gnocchi was quite good and well spiced, but again not a dish that would make me return.

1  Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The food was excellent, the service outstanding. This is a very good Italian restaurant, good location in a quiet corner in center of town.

Thank jessicagilboa1
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18 January 2015|
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Response from FoodyCa | Reviewed this property |
I've only booked directly with the restaurant or through hotel concierge. Sorry, I've never used the booking agency your mentioned above. And I've never had a problem with the restaurant going direct.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$47
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12B Merrion Court | Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: South City Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 1 662 4757
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The Unicorn is Dublin's oldest and favourite Italian restaurant. Under new owner and team, the Unicorn is now providing an exciting blend of modern Italian cuisine fused with the best of the classical regional dishes. Committed to Italian cuisine the restaurant has probably Dublin's best selection of Italian wines. In its own private laneway, the Unicorn offers the ideal secluded and tranquil location for a business or personal lunch and dinner. So join us for the best Italian cooking in the Dublin.
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