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The Unicorn

#303 of 2,012 Restaurants in Dublin
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12B Merrion Court | Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 662 4757
17:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 12:30 - 16:00
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Andrew W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Winnipeg, Canada
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91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is authentic Italian fare. The service is very attentive and friendly. I recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank GaryCWinnipeg
Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here last night with two friends. My scallops were perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection as were my friends' scampi. We all ordered steaks cooked differently and in my experience there's always a delay or mixup with an order like this but not so here. Each steak delivered at exaclty the right time, again, cooked to PERFECTION. Hand... More 

1 Thank Tara K
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning, intimate and wonderful eaterie in a terrific location. My scampi linguinie was the best I have had anywhere in the world (warning: very spicy indeed) and my partner's scallop starter had her drooling. Bit unsure on the wine as it is 99% Italian but helped to a great and very reasonably priced choioce by the professional but very friendly... More 

1 Thank Nfiver
Wilton, Connecticut
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious Italian food, and a great wine List all led to a very enjoyable evening. The Unicorn Is down a side alley right near the Shelbourne Hotel across from St. Stephens Green. Our meal began with bread with tapenade (though there is a 4€ charge for this), and I had Gambas with Chorizo and My husband had a... More 

Thank Cecelle62
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good staff but limited menu (for me). Not too many appetizers of interest but lots of people were enjoying the mostly Euro menu.

Thank Zihuajim
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My wife and I eat here in March 2017. Starters at €17 was hugely overpriced. Our table was 6 inches from nearby table so you had absolutely no privacy. The main course was adequate and the wine was nice. All in all a very mediocre experience and certainly not worth the money. I had a €100 voucher which was to... More 

1 Thank Daithiocea
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Ignore that the restaurant is full of well heeled Americans. If you want excellent traditional Italian cooking, this Dublin institution never disappoints. On this visit we ordered beef fillet and veal (escalope and the special chop) for mains and grilled spicy shrimp and pasta with Italian sausage for our starters. For dessert - just about all the selections are worth... More 

1 Thank Athyrium
Dublin, Ireland
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We visited the Unicorn as a party of 6, we had booked well in advance. On arriving we were shown to a table right beside the door. My partner was annoyed that we seemed to be given the table that most restaurants reserve for walk in trade. it was a cold March night and every time the door opened we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$17 - US$45
Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?