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The Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17 Railway Road | Co,dublin, Dalkey, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Guinea Pig restaurant is under new ownership. The food was excellent and if you go for the early bird menu the price is excellent. The choice the presentation the service is also excellent we will be back worth the visit. Hopefully they won’t change...More

Thank DalkeyPhoto
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

For more than 30 years The Guinea Pig gave us reliable and excellent cuisine in Dalkey. When Mervyn (chef/owner) retired last year he sold the premises and name to a French chef who has kept the place going under the same name with very much...More

1  Thank James G
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We went for Sunday lunch. The food and service were superb from start to finish. The highlight of my meal was the Fish Mixed Grill, main course. The three types of fish were cooked to perfection, as were the veg & potatoes. The total bill...More

1  Thank Liamo1953
Reviewed 14 February 2018

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 12 February 2018

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

2  Thank John Paul M
Reviewed 4 February 2018 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 February 2018

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 30 January 2018

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 27 January 2018 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

2  Thank nalasrednuas
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John Paul M
24 February 2018|
Response from John Paul M | Reviewed this property |
What do you mean, What would I like to know about this restaurant ? I think I have replied to that question with my review of my experience there on the 10th of February. Did you not read it. I have since written to the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$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, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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