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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 #168 of 1,859 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
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
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Found this online through reviews. We concur that it was great food and please Any attentive staff . Table was a little close to next guests bit that wAs really the only fault. Would return if back in the city,

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Nantwich
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I can't really review the restaurant accurately since we weren't allowed across the threshold. We'd walked for 2 miles with 3 very hungry children, having read the positive reviews! Unfortunately the door man said there was no table. However he asked for the ages of our children before telling us we couldn't be accommodated. He suggested we visit the 'eat... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I visited Karen's Unicorn for a meal with 10 family members and 2 small children. The food was excellent and we were well looked after by the serving staff. They were attentive, polite and made as feel welcome. The food itself was superb. I have ordered take-away from Karen's on numerous occasions and it is always of a high standard,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Beautiful food, fantastic service, lovely setting. I'm wheat free and had forgotten to book in advance and warn them - they were still able to accomodate this, producing a gluten free menu which listed everything on the menu that was gluten free or could be adapted.

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