Welcome to

The Unicorn Restaurant

  1. Dublin's Oldest

    Italian Restaurant

Book On-Line here

Check our 2019 Menus here


Our new 2019 menus are packed with dishes that let you enjoy the best of Italian slow cooking and fresh seasonal products with a few our own twists. Hearty warm dishes using the best of the Autumn season ingredients. We’ve put a lot of thought into creating an exciting offering with a wonderful selection of dishes to meet all tastes.

All of this is matched by an exciting range of Italian and international wines and the best selection of Antinori Tuscan wines in Dublin.

If you’ve more time to relax or are heading out for the evening sample our 2 and 3 course set lunch and pre-theatre menu featuring our selection of our favourite dishes.

This customer review says it all: “I love everything about this restaurant a great atmosphere, excellent quality of the food and a fantastic staff. I recommend it 100%”. Or this one :

This is a delightful restaurant tucked away a little and off the main road (always a bonus!). We were greeted on the main road by a fabulous guy (76 years old, he told us!) who showed us his photo album of him with many famous people. What a character! This just added to our dining experience! We were lucky enough to eat outside. Food and service was second to none. Would highly recommend anything on the menu. We had quite a large selection and it was all excellent”.

And for groups and events here’s a recent review “.. we had an after-civil-ceremony-wedding lunch and all I can say is that we had a great time! Valentina was very kind and patient with dealing with all of my questions regarding the reservation, table decoration and surprise cake for newly wedded couple. Graziano – the Manager and Gianni were very professional, patient and kind; always making sure we had everything we needed throughout the lunch, frequently checking back and paying attention to details at our table. Congratulations to The Chef – the food was amazing! It was our first time in that restaurant, but definitely not last! Looking forward to visit them again! Thank you all for making my best friends day even more special than it already was!

So, if you have a special family event, business dinner or wedding come and share the Unicorn experience.

All dishes are cooked fresh for you in our kitchens and our chefs take time prepare our own stocks and sauces with natural ingredients and flavourings.

We always working hard to make the Unicorn Dublin’s favourite place to go for family celebrations and business dinners and events. Enjoy your dinner with some fabulous Italian and international wines – and finish the night with one of our delicious cocktails.

The Unicorn is the ideal location for family, group and corporate outings. 


Just off St Stephen’s Green and close to all major hotels and tourist sites we’re the ideal place for your lunch, dinner, event or special occasion.

Dublin oldest Italian restaurant and voted  No.1 Italian restaurant in The Independent’s Life Magazine.

The Independent Life Magazine No. 1

Lucinda O’Sullivan called us “a different beast” –  with a new team firmly in the saddle, the legendary restaurant is back to its best (we say even better) with fantastic food, superb service and wonderful atmosphere.

Come and try our “faultless performance” and “great value” – book online or call us on 01 662 4757.

Check our menu page and come and enjoy our exciting range of old and new dishes.

Visit us at 12b Merrion Court, Dublin 2 – off Merrion Row and St. Stephen’s Green.

Marchesi Antinori

Food at the Unicorn

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The Unicorn



80 Years

Book On-Line here

Find Our Menus here

The Unicorn has been operating in Merrion  Court since 1938. That’s pretty unique in the restaurant world and speaks to the special place the Unicorn has earned over the years.

The restaurant has been the city’s favourite Italian establishment due to its culinary delights, charming ambience and secluded location. Our menus offer contemporary Italian culinary and dining experience while retaining the restaurant’s heritage and famous friendly service for business and family events alike.

A combination of the finest cuisine, wine, cocktails and impeccable service in the heart of Dublin’s commercial and tourist area offers the ultimate Italian dining experience for our new and regular clients.

Guests can use our outdoor terrace to dine al fresco and we 
provide the perfect location and setting for business lunches or dinners, important celebrations or simply a lovely afternoon or evening out.

No matter what the occasion, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience and you will be truly captivated not only by our beautiful cuisine but by that wonderful Italian charm. Come and join us.






Book using our on-line reservations and enjoy the taste of Italy.

Note on-line bookings are restricted on Friday and Saturday evenings.

For groups of 6 and over, special requests and events – 

 Call us on 01 662 4757.

Thanks for choosing us.

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Our Menus

The Unicorn


Book On-line Here

Come and join us and enjoy our Winter 2019 menus. Winter menus run through November and our Christmas menus will begin in December.

Book early!

Enjoy a long leisurely lunch or dinner with some of our superb matching wines including the best of the Antinori cellar and Super Tuscans; probably the best in Dublin. Or enjoy a wonderful evening out or entertain colleagues and clients – we’ll make sure everything is just right for you.

Our team has worked hard to bring you the best of the old Unicorn favourites and classic Italian dishes. Regional specialties and slow food are our hallmark – and we aim to bring you the authentic tastes of Italy here in Dublin’s city centre.

You’ll also find some dishes with an Irish & international twist and if you have special needs or requests let us know and our chefs will be pleased to create dishes just for you.

We like to keep our information up to date but there might be some small changes to our menus from time to time as we source the best seasonal produce and wines to give you the best experience possible. We hope you enjoy and we appreciate your feedback.

Our Winter Dinner a la Carte Menu

Our Winter Lunch a la Carte Menu

Our Winter Lunch/Pre-Theatre Set Menu

Our Winter Dessert Menu

To match these dishes and exquisite tastes we have updated our wine list to bring you a comprehensive selection of Italian wines, with many Tuscans, and our pick of world wines. You can check our wine list here.

Book On-Line Here

Our Wine List

Call us on 01 662 4757 if you have any questions or special requests.

Our Group & Christmas Menus

We’re the ideal city centre location for your group, event or Christmas – lunch or dinner.

Our menus are created to cater for all tastes in your group and to make it a special occasion. Let us make it a really enjoyable time where you and your friends can experience the Unicorn’s much loved ambience.

Our Group menu runs to end-November and Christmas menus run through December. Note there is a discount on the Monday to Wednesday sittings.

Contact us directly to discuss your requirements and any special requests.

Check our Group menu for parties of 6 or more.

Our Winter 2019 Group Menu

Our 2109 Christmas Set Lunch Mon to Wed

Our 2019 Christmas Set Lunch Thurs to Sat

Our 2019 Christmas Dinner Mon to Wed

Our 2019 Christmas Dinner Thurs to Sat

Phone 01 662 4757 or  email reservations@theunicorn.restaurant

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The Unicorn - at Home; in the Office; at your Wedding.

Home, Office or Weddings - Unicorn Catering Services


The Unicorn Restaurant is available for private hire for your Wedding or Special Event; at Home for groups and parties; in the Office for events and client entertainment; and at your Wedding at an outside location.

If you have a special event then relax and leave the cooking and stress to us. Hire the Unicorn for your event or wedding and if you want us to come to your home; office or outside location then just call.

For small groups to large we can customise a menu to suit you and your budget; prepare the food in our kitchens and deliver to you; and provide set-up and waiter & bar services all with the Unicorn stamp of quality and excellence.

So if you want to enjoy the famous Unicorn service and cuisine just call to discuss your requirements.


private laneway location
Private laneway in the city centre

Unicorn Wedding & Event

Relaxed setting for your wedding