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The Guinea Pig

17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey none, Ireland
+353 1 285 9055
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey none, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

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

1  Thank Irishsunsearcher
Reviewed 4 days ago 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

1  Thank peterT3094UU
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

1  Thank Alex O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank David P
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Great range of dishes on the menu. The highlight for me was the 5 mixed grilled fish for a main course. Beautifully cooked with option of lemon or garlic butter.

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Visited here with a group of 12. Most of us enjoyed our meals. Steaks had to be sent back. Service was a bit slow but I guess we were a large group. Chef/Prop came out towards the end of the evening to have a quick...More

Thank anniefinn123
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Greeted at the locked door by the chef/proprietor in chefs whites and shown to our table - charming introduction to The Guinea Pig. Never been before but struck by how ancient the place looked - like the 1970's and I felt through my backside it...More

Thank Russell H
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Shortly due to celebrate 40 years in business this establishment never fails to deliver great food coupled with warm and friendly customer service. OH and I enjoyed a faultless meal here yesterday evening.

1  Thank Sussexwife
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

thank you,mervyn

Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Have eaten here a number of times. In the past!! Always hoping for a better experience..had a great reputation once. Cramped space..that wouldn't have been an issue but food was very average and management not interested!!! We went as it was once a favourite of...More

2  Thank Angela O
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

i was disappointed to read your review,as the chef owner i take all comments seriously, i wish you had made your comments on the night and we would have tried to address them rather in this media, i am very proud of eimile and kevin....More

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our night for our anniversary. The food was fantastic and we had a really good waiter tending to all our needs. The head chef/owner, Mervin came and spoke to us and was extremely pleasant and informative. The girl who greeted us at the...More

1  Thank JULIE K
guineapigsareking, Owner at The Guinea Pig, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

i was saddened to read about your experience on arrival at the guinea pig recently,the young girl was not my daughter,she is in her 40s,she has always been praised for her professional and courteous manner,she would never pass on customers to anybody but always brings...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$78
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Railway Road | co,dublin, Dalkey none, 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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