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The Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“guinea pigs” (85 reviews)
“duck” (19 reviews)
“chowder” (18 reviews)
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Irish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were on the early bird menu...good few choices ...reasonable price...... There is nothing basically wrong with the food here, but it's not exciting! It's nice home cooking but it's not what a group of ladies on a night out want.....we need more ! The...More

Thank Sineadbh
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went there last Saturday 10th Feb, booked the table for 8.30 arrived 8.25 and were given Table 1 beside the door. The young lady showed us the table and was about to walk away I asked her for two Gin and Tonics. They arrived...More

Thank John Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just had wonderful lunch in newly reopened Guinea Pig Restaurant. We would highly recommend it. Beautiful food, suits young and old, friendly and personal service, homely atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back!

1  Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely meal , fish pie as good as always, new owner Jerome very friendly, wishing him the best of luck, staff very friendly, Joanne wishing you every happiness , enjoy your wedding 🍾🍹

Thank _katiecro38
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Guinea Pig has been in existence since the late 1950s and can probably justly claim to be the oldest restaurant in south Dublin's gastronomic capital: Dalkey. During its long existence, the Guinea Pig has undergone three changes of ownership, firstly by the Murphy Family,...More

3  Thank Oddysseus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit under new ownership and in my opinion a few things need to attention - decor needs a lift (just basic stuff), menu needs to tell us what the chef does best- my chicken dish demonstrates the chef’s sauces are one of his...More

1  Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Ate here over the Christmas 2017 season. The place was not busy, about 30% capacity. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I call this review “Fawlty Towers-esq eating experience” as that is what it was. Let me start by saying I was a...More

1  Thank nalasrednuas
Reviewed 15 December 2017 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.

1  Thank Jill F
Reviewed 12 December 2017

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

2  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

2  Thank McAud
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 87
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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