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Karen's Unicorn

8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131 556 6333
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Ranked #180 of 1,857 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Cowgate
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English first
Pangbourne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I love Chinese food, and this is simply the best Chinese food that I have had. We booked a table for two on a Thursday night (based on Trip Advisor reviews of course) on a trip to Edinburgh. The food was just amazing, everything we tried we loved, the service was fantastic, attentive but not intrusive, friendly and professional -... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I have eaten at Karen's Unicorn for many years and it has always at least been good, but a recent carry-out was terrible. It tasted and looked like it just been re-heated in the microwave. Both the beef and chicken were really poor and the rice oily. Not what you would expect from a usually good restaurant. A sad drop... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. Staff were extremely attentive and menu choices (particularly for vegetarians) were extensive. Food was delicious and plentiful. It was all reasonably priced too. Will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh and would highly recommend to all.

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York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the food was something else....so good, staff were great,my brother really enjoyed his birthday meal...thanks karen and your unicorn

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A second visit to this restaurant and I'll keep going back. Only bad experience this time is a glass of red wine spilt over my partner by a young member of staff and they didn't even wipe it up, apologise or bring a replacement glass. I had to request it!

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Belfast, N. Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Despite its quiet and unassuming facade this was quite a trendy restaurant inside. We had a simple lunch from the two course menu and we were both very pleased with our choices. The waiters were unobtrusive but very helpful. From the look of the clientele we thought this was going to be a lot dearer than it turned out to... More

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Mmmm. Poor. Pak choy tasted like kitchen cleaner. Mediocre found. Used to be so much better. Very disappointed. Will not come back.

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London
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88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

No no no! We come to Karen's Unicorn each year when we visit the Fringe. It is our standard first meal, so it's become a tradition. The restaurant bills itself as "late night dining" so when it's closing time is 11pm and you rush over from the Old Town and arrive at 10:45pm (knowing what you would like to eat... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Beautifully decorated, clean and surprisingly ‘quiet’. A good spot for romantic dinners. Staff is friendly and very efficient, albeit a little militaristic. The food is fantastic .. great flavor and nicely presented with good portions. An overall great experience.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Visited with my husband and 2 children after a busy afternoon at the fringe and seeing a show. The staff are very attentive and helpful, always there to fill up you water glasses. The food was very good, kids found it a little too spicy so we would ask them to tone down the heat next time. The vegetarian options... More

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