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Karen's Unicorn

#109 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
New Town
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8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
+44 131 556 6333
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Today
15:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 15:00 - 23:00
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Edinburgh
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love Chinese food and Karen's Unicorn is consistently very good and in my view, the best place for Chinese food in Edinburgh. It is higher priced than most for take away, but I think sitting in is the best way to enjoy the food from here.

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Thank laura-willow
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food. Very friendly staff. A must visit. Maybe slightly on the expensive side but better to pay a bit more for quality food.

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Thank Brian R
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Away with friends for a midweek break. We came across Karen's Unicorn by chance. Had the set meal, they say you get what you pay for, you certainly do here. Food is well presented and very tasty with a high standard of service. The staff who served us were young, but they were so friendly. Thanks for a good night... More 

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Thank heather110011
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there because I wanted Dim Sum and Stack Dim Sum was closed. Karen's Unicorn (why the name? No idea!) was not so good, but acceptable. More expensive. Can't comment on the rest of their food, but the place was busy

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Thank Drew R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been going to Karens for a number of years (only by takeaway) it's in my view the best Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh. Favourites are the char Sui pork, shredded beef/chicken with chilli honey sauce, Singapore noodles and special fried rice. I've eaten lots off the menu and I'd say these are a safe bet every time. Right, I'm off... More 

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Thank Mark C
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect food, great staff. Will be returning. The duck from the starter menu is a must and the Tsingtao lager is even better!

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Thank Adam J
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Atmosphere is poor. Cramped room with basic decor. Toilet had run out of paper towels and in two visits over 2 hours they had not been replenished.

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Thank 13bobby
Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

6 of us went last week. Another brilliant meal. Tried some dumplings and an aubergine dish as well as our normal dishes. Both were excellent. Booking essential. Can't wait to get back there.

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Thank akldb
aberdeenshire
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Karen's unicorn for the first time yesterday and it will be a visit to remember, for all the right reasons. Nicely welcomed, service was absolutely first class and the quality of food was outstanding. Cannot give this place enough credit. You really must go and experience first class quality Chinese food beautifully presented.

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here without a reservation and we were able to get a table. The food was amazing and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We started with the pork bao and ate the rest of the food family style. I would recommend you visit this place if you're craving good chinese food! If you can't get a reservation, they do take... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
15:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 6333

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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