The Unicorn Hotel

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$40 and under
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THE UNICORN HOTEL IN PADDINGTON IS A PROUD BOILING BILLY OF AUSSIE WINE, BEER, MUSIC, ART, FOOD AND CONVERSATION.

The first beer was poured at the Unicorn Hotel, Paddington, in 1941, after a rebuild of the Croft’s Family Hotel, which had stood on the site since the mid 1800’s. After many years of service to the locals of Paddington, the Unicorn Hotel is now owned by a ratbag crew of mates from some of Sydney’s most iconic hospitality names Porteno, Mary’s and Young Henrys. We look forward to pouring you a beer soon.
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What 48 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kris
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Unicorn is the best pub in Paddington. Fabulous, well-priced pub food. Good service.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the steak and it was so delicious! I loved that you got to pick two large sides. The bartender was also super helpful at helping me pick out a wine. Highly recommend for a fun take on a pub.

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HansK
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Unicorn never fails to hit the mark. Best Sunday Roast in Sydney.

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PaddingtonGirl
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

There appeared to be inconsistency in COVID related regulations. We felt like we were school children being chastised if we stood up and yet we saw blatant examples of massive group standing up and hugging. I think their approach to regulation adherence should be soft. They assume that their customers have all the context and don't go out of their way to provide it kindly.

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DickyGWesterosi
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great courtyard, epic service, ambience was great

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Kimbo
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, seamless dining experience. Good job during covid.

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Lena
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed my night at the unicorn hotel! The vibe was great and so were the staff. The staff were really attentive and helpful!

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TarrynT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Best Schnitzels in Sydney! I would definitely recommend it

KC
KaitlinC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for the Sunday roast and it was spectacular! Will be coming back

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ShankoSydney
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great spot with excellent choice of beers (especially Suds, Mary’s own beer). Unfortunately, the Mary’s Burger was not as good as we have had in the past (six months + ago) which sort of compounded our disappointment as our expectations were so high).

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MiriamM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a neighbourhood place for us and we do love it a lot and it is great to be able to go again. It does have a tendency to be pretty loud and sometime that is a bit much, but yesterday was perfect. Food great and staff excellent.

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MattMoran
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Unicorn is back and it's as beautiful as ever. I shed a single tear into my perfectly poured schooner as my steak arrived. Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned.

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DhaniD
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most delicious vegan Sunday roast ever!!! Huge serving, very satisfying!

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ElissaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The daily steak with mash and greens was fabulous & pepper sauce!

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vipPaul
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Was terrible. I understand that during restricted trading you need time limits but we were told after sitting down that we had one hour we showed them our booking confirmation that said 2 and were completely ignored - was a great venue but ignore till it is back to normal

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DeeP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Simple pub food but prepared to the highest standard. Delicious well cooked steaks, with good choice of sides, Mary's burger is always delicious. Food never disappoints here, although we were only allowed to stay for 1.5hrs as our table was booked after. The sort of food you get cravings for every so often.

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AntonM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best schnitty at the best pub in town. Never ever disappoints

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Pete
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and always great food and drinks glad that you are open again

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HansK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an excellent experience. The Unicorn is the best Schidy in Sydney.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Piano man is a lot of fun.

HK
HansK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Truly awesome schnitzel, must be the best in Sydney!

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Romana
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The staff were great and really friendly. They kindly accommodated our large group (20 people) at very short notice and everyone had a great experience. The food was excellent and the range of drinks available superb.

MD
MichelleD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Celebrated a birthday here with a group of 12 on Sunday. Great vibe, love the staff, the food is awesome. Can get noisy, and isn't particularly cheap, but not complaining. Thanks for having us!

JS
JemimaS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience at the Unicorn hotel for my birthday.
The food was AMAZING. The Service was WONDERFUL the staff were lovely and attentive.
Would definitely recommend.

DM
DaveMM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding made to order pie, creamy mash and unctuous gravy. 10 out of 10

The Steak Sarnie also 10 out of 10. Good attention to detail.

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HansK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Totally excellent as it always us. Never fails to please.

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DaveMM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10

Gorgeous home made meat pie. Rich unctuous gravy. Creamy mash.

Kingfish special perfectly cooked to order.

Huge Chicken Schnitzel. Crinkle cut chips a bit unimaginative considering the rest of the menu and quality of food.

Noticed the Beef Sunday Roast was cooked to perfection.

Making it a regular lunch spot at weekends for me and the family.

Keep up the great work.

KR
KathR
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mary’s burgers are always good. The staff here are the best in Oxford St, bar staff really know their wines too. I love my local! It’s got so much character!

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Mmmmmmm
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

The staff was very nice, and the live music was great, but we went for the roast lunch which we knew was more expensive than most, but thought it would be worth it. Unfortunately the pork roast was very fatty and there was only a slither of meat to extract. We paid $30 for peas, carrots, potatoes & gravy. Won’t bother going back.

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Bridget
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday afternoon is a great time to enjoy the Unicorn Hotel. The live jazz is incredible!

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EDHart
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

VAGUE SERVICE. STRONG SMELL OF ESCAPING GAS FROM GARDEN OIL HEATERS

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Beccy
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had my birthday party here last Friday and the staff were so amazing and extremely friendly. The table was all organised and the live music made the night even more entertaining. Apologies for my tables’ loud, and very off key, singing haha

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SallyAnne
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Quite understaffed on Sunday so meant a long wait at the bar and my steak was inconsistently cooked some parts medium rare some parts well done - this happened last time too

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Joanna
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely staff and great food ! Definitely recommend and good w kids too.

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The meal was good and then we had a bottle of red upstairs, which was then removed from our table with a third left. This was eventually resolved but it was far more difficult than it needed to be.

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David
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place for our mothers day lunch with our doggo.

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HMU123
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The atmosphere was punk/rock & roll, loud and fun. The food was good, but pricey for what it was. Having to order everything from the bar got tedious, but fit the set up for less table service. And the food delivery service and bar service was good except for one bar tender who seemed stoned.

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Kimchi
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Service and food were pretty average. We tried a couple of the natural wines and all suffered the most excruciatingly awful hangovers.
Certainly disproportionate to the amount of alcohol we consumed. Stick to the beer!

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Felixity
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Nice casual place for dinner and drinks. Didn't have my booking though which was disappointing and didn't really have a solution for not having it?

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff, good food (pricey for a pub) and cool ambience.
We absutely loved the piano man.
But a bittle of prosecco was 60 bucks!!

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The Unicorn Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

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