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Karen's Unicorn

#155 of 1,768 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
New Town
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8B Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
0131 556 6333
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By far the best Chinese food I have ever had...we booked by phone for the Friday night and just as well as it was totally full, we waited in a little waiting room for about 5 minutes then were lead to our table... Drinks for us were bottled beer not cheap at £4.00 a 330 ml bottle but the food... More 

Thank polly45
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't like Chinese food at all and once my good friend had a dinner in Karen's Unicorn and was so delicious and pretty modern Chinese food that I started going there with my fiancé and introducing it to all my friends! And the service is very polite and friendly! Lovely restaurant !!

1 Thank Paulina S
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here for an early valentines dinner. The food was delicious the staff were friendly and attentive but the final bill came as a bit of a shock. We have eaten in numerous Chinese restaurants but this is one of the more pricey ones.

1 Thank TheTravelQueen09
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked this on the back of Trip Advisor reviews and so glad we did. Feels abit odd when you arrive as you have to wait in an isolated reception area before a member of staff comes out to deal with you. The room we were in, which was described as the large dining room was not over big and perhaps... More 

1 Thank elle090
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant food and brilliant service staff really good and what a lovely atmosphere pity it's so far away if in Edinburgh would definitely go back

1 Thank ruth t
Wilmslow, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Had a lovely meal here my starter was very tasty prawn toast and main chicken seasonal veg with rice. Was very quite when i ate here.

Thank Kat W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Amazing! After hearing great reviews, decided to give the restaurant a go and was not disappointed in the slightest! My companion and I ordered 'Banquet A' for 2 people, and despite there being a large amount of food, the food was incredible. Our first course was the 'Crispy Platter' which had Chicken Spring rolls, Ribs, Chicken Satay Skewers and Butterfly... More 

Thank Georgia P
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This was my fourth visit to Karen's Unicorn Food is quite expensive and they now add on a service charge. Lemon chicken was delicious but Singapore noodles weren't up to usual standard and spicy beef wasn't that spicy. Nice touch that they bring hot towels after starter and main courses.

1 Thank cannytraveller2008
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I were looking for a nice Chinese restaurant to try on our trip to Edinburgh. Wow, is all I can say! Food was amazing, so fresh and tasty. Staff were very attentive, Lovely interior, great choice of dishes on the menu. It was very hard to choose. Nice selection of wines too. I highly recommend this restaurant... More 

1 Thank Sharong1975
Auckland, New Zealand
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This place is very expensive and yet they have the cheek to add on a 10% service charge for a table for 2 on a Thursday evening! This annoyed me as the prices are already extremely high. I would have asked them to remove the service charge buy I only noticed when I got home. Don't get me wrong the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8B Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 556 6333

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Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
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 neighborhood, 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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