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The Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Disappointing meal. Chowder was vegetable soup with a little fish added and not a proper chowder. Onion soup could have been on the dessert menu it was so sweet. The mains are a very mediocre offering from the new owners. We will not be back.

Thank Jill F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Things that are amazing here - Welcome Service Food More Food Staff Food and wine I adore this place!

Thank rebelred2017
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Ate in The Guinea Pog on Fri evening which was a fantastic dining experience, as always. I believe the restaurant changes hands after this weekend. I sincerely hope the new owners give the same level of professionalism and good food. Mervin himself came out to...More

1  Thank McAud
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Our evening at the Guinea Pig has been my best seafood restaurant experience to date. The waiting staff were exceptionally professional and a personal welcome by Mervyn was a very nice touch. The menu, specials and wine lists were comprehensive and very reasonably priced. The...More

1  Thank Matthew F
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

The Guinea Pig is a superb experience. From the moment you enter when greeted by owner and Chef " Mervyn Stewart" you are treated beautifully. A wonderful cosy charm with beautifully set tables and attentive quality service. The presentation and quality of the meals is...More

1  Thank Prodiscos
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We are a family of three and live locally We have visited this restaurant regularly for the past 14 years and can honestly say that we have never had a bad experience . The quality of the food is amazing far superior to any restaurant...More

1  Thank marieoreilly5
Reviewed 29 August 2017

a party of us dined here at the weekend, great atmosphere and fantastic food unless you are a vegetarian. The vegetarian selection was very, very poor which was surprising since they have gone to the trouble to have a vegetarian menu, perhaps one freshly prepared...More

2  Thank geraldinefletcher
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

i am dumb struck at the recent review re a group who dined on my vegetarian menu recently,firstly as the chef prop for the last 40 years i do not accept that the vegetarian dish was not freshly prepared ,3 in total,were cooked, made to...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

The Guinea Pig has been in Dalkey for many years. Chef Mervyn has been there most of the time. Old fashioned premises. Comfortable and cosy. A great place for local fish. Friendly service.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We had a super meal. Excellent, professional and attentive staff. Food here is great. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Thank Dave O
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This is a very quaint and olde worlde restaurant, and if it was modernised, it would kill off the charm and atmosphere. It is situated right beside the DART station in Dalkey so was very handy access for us. Not sure what the parking situation...More

2  Thank DubTwosome
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$24 - US$82
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
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17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dalkey
  • Phone Number: +353 1 285 9055
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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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