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The Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 216 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Dave O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the longest operation restaurants in Dublin, fully owned and operated by Mervin and his wife Florence. Super setting central Dalkey, accessible by car, bus, dart, or taxi, outstanding food international, excellent staff, one of the best restaurants in Dalkey, have been dining with...More

Thank meermurphy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last minute visit to the Guinea Pig- they were able to take us early in the evening. Remembered the last time that helpings were large so I avoided a starter -bread to start but others enjoyed crab cakes. Excellent fish pie - others had stuffed...More

1  Thank whatsnewbt4
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

One of my favourites. I've been eating here since the 80's but had not been here in around 10 years.... glad to say standards are as good as ever... We had a group of 14 and luckily had the intimate back room all to our...More

2  Thank 9Hostages
Reviewed 24 June 2017

It was one of those days - sultry weather, didn't feel like cooking but didn't want another salad, so we decided to have an early bird at the Guinea Pig. We were greeted warmly and shown to a comfortable table; a jug of tap water,...More

3  Thank Northbrook
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Okay the Chef may be accruing a few years on the age front , and I'm hearing locally that he may be considering retirement in the next year or two but his excellent and superb cooking style still remains the same. my Wife had decided...More

2  Thank Irishsunsearcher
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

For 18 years Mervyn has been serving us at this restaurant. The smokies were introduced to us in 1999 and since then we make a yearly pilgrimage to this world class establishment. We stay at the castle and never miss an evening at this beautiful...More

2  Thank peterT3094UU
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner a while back with friends. Great food and service. Lovely evening . I had the lamb . Did not disappoint....

2  Thank Alex O
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This is one of the wonderful original restaurants in Dalkey and well done to its chef / proprietor, Mervyn Stewart. Fish is its speciality but other food is equally as good. Yes, the premises is up for sale but the restaurant continues (and will continue)...More

2  Thank David P
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$23 - US$82
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
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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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