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The Unicorn Restaurant

 
  1. Dublin's Oldest

    Italian Restaurant

To all our wonderful customers: Join us from Thursday 2nd July evening. Initially we’re planning for weekends only and will move to full opening as soon as possible after that.

So Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays only for now.

Our new menus are finalised and we have a wonderful selection of dishes and wines for you to savour. 

We will be making the most of our terrace and open areas on the laneway to create a safe space for customers. We’re also fortunate to have the indoor space for safe dining. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Join us and enjoy our new Summer menus

Book On-Line here

Check our Summer Menus here

  Our 2020 Summer 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 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. 

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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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About

The Unicorn

Celebrating

80 Years

To all our wonderful customers: Join us from Thursday 2nd July evening. Initially we’re planning for weekends only and will move to full opening as soon as possible after that.

So Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays only for now.

Our new menus are finalised and we have a wonderful selection of dishes and wines for you to savour. 

We will be making the most of our terrace and open areas on the laneway to create a safe space for customers. We’re also fortunate to have the indoor space for safe dining. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Join us and enjoy our new Summer menus

Book On-Line here

Check our Menus here

We hope to see you all back again soon after these difficult few months. At the moment we are finalising new summer menus for the Unicorn and No 5  with we will be operating as one unit to make the most of the space available. We’ll keep the website updated so check in.

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.

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Reservations

Reservations

To all our wonderful customers: Join us from Thursday 2nd July evening. Initially we’re planning for weekends only and will move to full opening as soon as possible after that.

So Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays only for now.

Our new menus are finalised and we have a wonderful selection of dishes and wines for you to savour. 

We will be making the most of our terrace and open areas on the laneway to create a safe space for customers. We’re also fortunate to have the indoor space for safe dining. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Join us and enjoy our new Summer menus

Check our Menus here

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

Menus

To all our wonderful customers: Join us from Thursday 2nd July evening. Initially we’re planning for weekends only and will move to full opening as soon as possible after that.

So Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays only for now.

Our new menus are finalised and we have a wonderful selection of dishes and wines for you to savour. 

We will be making the most of our terrace and open areas on the laneway to create a safe space for customers. We’re also fortunate to have the indoor space for safe dining. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Join us and enjoy our new Summer menus

Book On-Line here

Enjoy a 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 loyalty.

Summer Dinner a la Carte

Summer Express Menu

Summer Lunch Menu

Special Summer Desserts 

To match these dishes and exquisite tastes we have updated our wine list to bring you a comprehensive selection of Italian wines, with many  tasty 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 Menu

 Call us to see if we can cater for your group requirements in our different areas in the restaurant or private hire. Your safety is paramount so call and let us know your requirements.

Phone 01 662 4757 or  email reservations@theunicorn.restaurant

Covid Management

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

Here at the Unicorn the health and safety of you our Customers, Staff and Suppliers is paramount.

We are making the best use of of our space, outside areas and good hygiene practices to bring you safe dining in the city centre.

Our approach is focussed on using distance, minimising interactions and good hand hygiene practices to protect you and staff from Covid.

Tables are distanced and we have reduced capacity. We have made use of the outside terrace and good ventilation to create a safe environment. We are not using separators as we have good distance and separation in the restaurant.

We will have sanitiser units in place at entrances and exits so guests can clean hands on entry and exit. Our own staff will be washing hands on a regular basis and have been briefed on requirements.

Masks, wipes and visors etc are available but staff will not be wearing masks. We believe we are mitigating risks through good practice and distancing and that good mask usage is not practical in the restaurant setting. Obviously, we will keep this under review and feedback from guests  and guidelines/directions from the HSE.

Contact details for all bookings and table allocations will be recorded in our reservation system and will assist in contact tracing, if that is ever needed and we hope it isn’t.

On arrival one member of the group should make themselves known at reception and we will quickly seat your group at your allocated table.

Sanitised menus will be given to you and orders promptly taken. You can call in your order ahead of time, if that works for you, so you can make the best use of the time allocation – currently 1 hour 45 minutes.

Tables are cleaned down and sanitised between use as are the oil, vinegar ,salt and pepper. Disposable sachets are available if you prefer.

Waiters will safely place food for guests and minimise time close to guests. Wine and water bottles can be opened and poured by our staff or opened and left for you to pour – just let us know your preferences.

When using toilets please stay to walkways and be aware of other guests. We will have our normal disposable towels and soaps so you can practice good had hygiene.

At the end of your meal we will process your bill at the table as usual and request you use the designated exit in the restaurant and through the terrace so we can minimise contact with guests entering the restaurant through the main entrance.

We hope you enjoy your visit and be assured that behind the scenes we are working to maintain the highest levels of hygiene and good practice to ensure minimise the risks we all unfortunately face.

private laneway location
Private laneway in the city centre