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The Guinea Pig

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17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey none, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
17:30 - 00:00
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Shortly due to celebrate 40 years in business this establishment never fails to deliver great food coupled with warm and friendly customer service. OH and I enjoyed a faultless meal here yesterday evening.

1 Thank Sussexwife
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

thank you,mervyn More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Have eaten here a number of times. In the past!! Always hoping for a better experience..had a great reputation once. Cramped space..that wouldn't have been an issue but food was very average and management not interested!!! We went as it was once a favourite of our parents..their choice!!

2 Thank Angela O
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

i was disappointed to read your review,as the chef owner i take all comments seriously, i wish you had made your comments on the night and we would have tried to address them rather in this media, i am very proud of eimile and kevin. my management team and would be surprised to ever hear that they did not care,i... More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our night for our anniversary. The food was fantastic and we had a really good waiter tending to all our needs. The head chef/owner, Mervin came and spoke to us and was extremely pleasant and informative. The girl who greeted us at the door was extremely unfriendly. We felt like an unconvince. We were not greeted nicely and... More 

1 Thank JULIE K
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

i was saddened to read about your experience on arrival at the guinea pig recently,the young girl was not my daughter,she is in her 40s,she has always been praised for her professional and courteous manner,she would never pass on customers to anybody but always brings guests to the table herself, i checked with staff and discovered a young waitress opened... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

This restaurant is a family favourite. Who cares if the decor is dated, the food reigns supreme. The scampi I had was delicious and everybody else was very pleased with their selections. As always, we will be back!

Thank 186605Jacqueline
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

thank you for your kind words,mervyn More 

County Wicklow, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Food is very good at this restaurant, very friendly staff, decor could be updated. good value for money.

Thank _dicksonsusan876
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

thank you, the decor may not be to everyones liking but if i changed it my regulars and many visitors would not like it,most love the old fashioned style,i concentrate on good food and friendly service anyway i am a bit oldfashioned myself, my wife tells me i also need a makeover thanks for the comments,hope to see you again,mervyn More 

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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We had a Christmas dinner with co-workers in this restaurant. Scallops for starters was very tasty. Duck for main-yummy!

Thank Sigita A
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Rang ahead to let them know that we had a newborn baby as a courtesy and they were very accommodating. Food was very good, the Chef came out and met us and was very pleasant and the maitre d was excellent. The door bell thing (designed so that every guest is met) is a nice touch but inconvenient when the... More 

Thank Tmatty99
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

thank you for your well written review, i totally agree with your comments, it was a problem i tries to resolve at the table, the party have been coming to the guineapig for over 30 years,and the obnoxious guy runs a deli in dalkey,they were out of order without doubt,i did speak to the mother since in the rest and... More 

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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Had a meal here was disappointed with the quality of food. It was very average for the prices they charge! Decor is very very Very dated! Felt like I was eating in a nursing home. Would not come back

Thank Phillyandlals
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this review

please dont come back,how dare you denigrate our senior citizens,these so called old folks are the backbone of this country,they raised their families in the 60s and 70s under difficult circumstances ,now mostly married for over 40 years they are entitled to enjoy their old?age,most are active in local communities ,play golf and other pleasures, they dress for dinner and... More 

County Dublin, Ireland
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80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Had an excellent meal here. Outside, the restaurant is a little daunting but worth going inside. It is slightly 1970s in terms of decor. The fish is excellent. The lamb was also superb. The standard side portion of vegetables was generous and tasty. The chef came out from the kitchen to greet diners. The service was also very attentive. The... More 

Thank IE2015Traveller
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The food tasted so good my husband and i went over twice whilst visiting our family in Dublin. Mervin the head Chef/Owner is a joy to talk to and his daughter the manager cheerful with a fabulous customers service wit. If you want food that titillates your taste buds and reminds you of great home cookin' this is DEFINITELY the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$75
Irish, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey none, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dalkey
  • Phone Number: +353 1 285 9055
the restaurant opened in 1957 and is run by the stewart family since 1978 ,chef prop mervyn stewart,we specialise in fresh fish,beef lamb chicken duck and pork,80%fish ,on average 10 types daily,menus early bird from e20 4 course dinner including a bottle of wine e 90 per couple, full a la carte , full licence, situated in the beautiful medieval town of dalkey on the coast not far south of dublin city 40 paces from the d,a,r,t, We have recieved from tripadvisor a certificate of excellence for exceptional traveller ratings over the past year.Thanks to all who have taken time to write reviews good and not so goodit helps to keep me on the ball/.Mervyn stewart ,chef prop.Since 1977.

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