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23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH – 0131 523 1819
The staff at the Apex was extremely courteous, cheerful, and helpful. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a good stay. The room was attractive, clean and comfortable. The location is perfect because it is very close to many attractions but just far enough off the beaten path to be quiet. I highly recommend the Apex Waterloo!
The best spa day & lunch day I have had in ages! The spa is beautiful and uses Elemis products which is great. Staff at the restaurant were great with accommodating my questions about ingredients and what was suitable for vegetarians. It made such a difference and was such a great lunch. The bread rolls were the best ever. Highly recommended.
8 Young Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4JB – 0131 539 7119
Cosy and quaint, old man pub. Looks rough on the outside but is actully pretty decent.
Good drink, good food, fast service. The selections of ales is pretty large, which is good as I like beer. It's best to attempt to get a table though as there isn't really much standing space in the bar area. Staff having to squeeze past you constantly if you're in a bigger group.
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR – 0131 556 5565
A lovely place for a drinks, pre- or post-theatre. The staff were attentive, but were quite quick to pounce on us to say that they would be 'closing soon'.
think I chose to go to this hotel at the wrong time - Christmas, myself and family went for Christmas lunch. I was impressed by the interior and the food served, however this was greatley let down by the service, or lack of it. They really could have benefitted by having more staff serving as we waited more than the expected time between courses. A-ok for Christmas lunch, but probably not worth the money paid and will be looking elsewhere for our lunch this year.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF – 0131 225 5613
Stunning place. Great place, great food. I would eat there everyday, if it was slightly cheaper. But definitely an unforgettable experience.
My husband and I had lunch at the lovely Witchery restaurant, to celebrate my birthday, which we had flown to Edinburgh from Southampton especially for and we were not disappointed! The food was excellent, as was the atmosphere. The service was friendly and very attentive without being clinical and robotic, like you find in some of the Michelin Star restaurants. It was well priced and a great experience.
National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF – 0131 225 3003
Honestly not as good as I was hoping for or had been told about. The view of the tower was amazing, but the food was just ok. Steak was chewy.
Fabulous food, well prepared, exquisitely presented and full of the flavour you would expect. Service is quick and extremely friendly with personable staff and a great range of local dishes and exceptional wines. a great place for some great food.
16 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF – 0131 270 3900
Classy restaurant and bar that is one of the busiest nightspots in Edinburgh at the weekends. They have a fantastic range of drinks available with loads of cocktails, spirits and even some local craft beer as well. Their whisky collection is decent which surprised me. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant. I can’t speak about their lunch or dinner but their breakfast is ok. Not an amazing selection on offer, all very standard and run-of-the-mill. Very nice surroundings though for dining but at weekends it will get very busy early so if you want a table you will have to phone up to reserve. The place is quite relaxed during the day but gets a lot more lively as the night goes on. And later it is good laugh if you’re there with a group and have a table. However it’s your typical George Street venue with cheesy music, pretentious (then later drunk) people and very expensive drinks. If that’s your thing then you’ll like the place.
Much like Tigerlily, from what I have experienced, the drinks are great and the atmosphere is OK. I have given Le Monde 'the benefit of the doubt' many times, but it's never gotten better (for me). The last time was there, the only reason it was better is because I was with a former employee who had colleague discount. If you enjoy a cocktail with little atmosphere on a Saturday night - pay a visit.
1-2 Warriston Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 5LE – 0131 556 1781
A step above your average Chinese take away. Good range of dishes, with no gloopy, brightly coloured sauces here. My favourite is the crispy beef in child sauce. It's delicious and just spicy enough - not dried out like you get at some takeaways. It's more expensive than other takeaways but you get what you pay for in this case. Can eat in or take away.
Really good I like deep crispy chicken in chilly sause. Staff are very pleasant my friend and i go there a lot, my favourite xx
26-32 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh EH4 1LY – 0131 332 3621
This is decent, solid Chinese food. Nothing fancy, nothing to get too excited about, but a place we wouldn't mind eating at again. The food was tasty enough. The decor and drinks selection at the restaurant are nothing special, so I think we're more likely to get this as take-out next time around.
Pretty nice Chinese restaurant, which also does takeaway. Traditionally styled interior, and polite, efficient staff. One of the better sit-in Chinese restaurants in town.
14 South Saint Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ – 0131 557 3737
For a truly Chinese experience, my main advice when visiting any new restaurant is to check for other Asians - you won't find Chinese people visiting a Chinese restaurant that doesn't serve authentic Chinese food. It's only at Saigon Saigon that you get to truly experience Chinese dining, the main one being 'yum cha' or tea time. The name can be slightly misleading though as yum cha is done anytime from 5:30am for the elderly generations who meet their friends early in the morning to chat and catch up over tea and shared dishes to lunch time for everyone else. Dim sum (literally translated into little heart) is served during this period, aptly named because you get small portions of each dish so you can try a little of each dish. Booking by phone can be a problem, the background noise makes it difficult to hear the person at the other end of the phone. Sometimes when you manage to make a reservation, you turn up to find they haven't taken your details down correctly or they haven't got you on the list. The best thing would be to just turn up and be prepared to wait as it can be quite busy with most Chinese people taking advantage of their dim sum menu which I haven't been able to find any other restaurant offering. The dishes they offer are as authentic as what you can get in restaurants in Hong Kong though. I've brought different non-Chinese friends to Saigon Saigon just for this experience and everyone enjoyed it very much and asked me to bring them again next time.
Food good. Staff could be a little more attentive about food and ordering. Watch out for the "ODD"non Chinese dude working there! what's that about?
150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6LB – 0131 555 2255
Ended up here for a work meal out. Nice curry and very friendly service. Just a short walk to a number of nice Leith bars.
Britannia Spice is a lovely restaurant with superb surroundings. Nice welcome along with prompt service. The menu is big and varied depending on how hungry you are. Wine list is also first class. My favourite is chicken biryani and can't wait to go back and have it again. Please don't be in a great hurry as all food is cooked from scratch and well worth waiting for.
15 North Saint Andrew Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 1HJ – 0131 556 5028
Don't hesitate to eat at this restaurant. I wasn't sure on first appearances but the food is excellent , first class Indian,s. Father and son form North East of England.
Well, cold midweek Wednesday it was quite quiet. It's not huge (although there may be a downstairs) but modern and clean. Friendly staff supplied the mandatory large Cobra and off we went. Prawn puri starter was luverly, four small puri around the edge of a fresh crisp prawn mix, Sir Walter Scott's lamb/mustard curry warmed the cockles, the lamb so tender and a rich sauce. The garlic nan defeated me in the end. The physical menus could do with a reprint, they're falling apart, but overall I loved it, the food that bit different and carefully prepared, served well in a great atmosphere. Visit. PS right by the tram stop.
1 York Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3EB – 0131 557 9899
First class food, full of flavour, did not leave with the usual bloated feeling after an indian meal. Very pleasant staff , will definitely visit again.
135 George Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4JS – 0131 225 2555
I've been here for dinner a few times and I'm always very impressed with the standard of food. I went with friends last Christmas Eve. The staff were excellent. I ordered the tuna steak and when all the other guests were served I was told the chef felt it was overcooked and recooked it. To me this is exactly how restaurants should operate. When I got the tuna it was perfectly cooked and was a huge portion. Don't forget to save room for the nutty calzone, the best dessert I've ever had. Make sure you sign up to their online loyalty scheme which offers discount in any of the Gusto restaurants. It's free to sign up too.
Gusto has been here in Edinburgh for some years now, and we believe has continuously been ahead of its other competitors on George St, perhaps even across Edinburgh. Owing mainly to the way in which this restaurant is managed, from the welcoming 'front of house', to the team in the open view kitchen preparing your meal. Our experience here has been, that the waiters/waitresses are attentive not harassing. Also, that the food is seldom too late or early, and always of a high standard. Across the board here in fact, you will find the best quality for the best price. The restaurant is in a great city centre location, whilst inside it is smart without being too formal. During the day or evening, we expect that if you visit, this establishment will be enjoyed by all. This branch of Gusto has ticked all boxes. Very much recommended.
12-13 Saint Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AF – 0131 523 1171
My boyfriend and here had a wonderful night here. Although it was a busy Saturday, they managed to squeeze us in- we hadn't booked. They brought us our drinks quickly. I had a vegetarian pizza, that was absolutely divine, and a very generous portion! The base was lovely and thin and crisp.The OH had a steak and chips, he was chuffed with his meal. The service was fast and friendly and overall we had a great night.
The best Italian I've had in months. Amazing service impressive decor generous portions. I had halibut and tecommend it.
113 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH7 5HR – 0131 556 6171
My favourite Italian in Edinburgh. Atmosphere in the place is great and the waiters/waitresses are what makes this restaurant what it is. Always accommodating with great sense of humour. Great restaurant for a relaxed, chilled out Italian meal. Food is delicious. Strange layout as there are several seating areas so ask for a good table.
Easily my Italian favourite restaurant in town, friendly attentive waiting staff, warm friendly welcoming atmosphere, and excellent well-prepared delicious food. The Tortellini and the Deluxe Pizza are two which I go back to time and time again, which is almost a shame given there's so much good food on the menu. If you like Italian food, I'd recommend this place.
94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 1DR – 0131 225 2131
Best vegetarian meal I've had in a long time. The atmosphere was lovely as well since the live music was a nice touch without being too loud. I could actually carry out a conversation while enjoying the guitarist. Would be rating it higher if the food wasn't so pricey for small portions. The main courses were big enough but the starters were a little small. The bruschetta, for example, only came with one piece which I've never seen before in my life. But it was a damn good one piece of bruschetta :)
I love Henderson's. The food is great and the atmosphere is very relaxed. It is a perfect place to go for a quick bite to eat or big a meal, any time of day. My Mum loves it too - she suggests a trip to Henderson's every time she visits Edinburgh!
56-58 Saint Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SX – 0131 556 5888
This is a quite upmarket restaurant. Nice atmosphere, very creative and tasty vegetarian food. Highly recommended.
On recommendation, we ate lunch at David Bann and were impressed by respective main courses. Nice flavours, well presented and in a timely way. The experience was let down by poor service and below average desserts. We weren't offered further drinks after our arrival and had to hunt down a member of staff to request coffees, after sitting around waiting for almost 30 minutes. The desserts were a real disappointment. My ginger and lime ice-cream lacked the 'bite' anticipated and the accompanying orange cake was a rather sad, squashed looking affair. Certainly not the flourish we'd hope to end our meal on. We did mention this to a member of staff and it was inferred that it was our problem as everyone else 'raves' about them.
1a - 1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427
Perfect for evening drinking and the BEST bar menu around. Mugs of meatballs and macaroni cheese - yes please! Good selection of beers and a monumental whisky list. Try throwing the hoop to win a dram!
Bustling friendly pub with "mugs" for lunch or snacks. Sister bar to Teuchters at the West End albeit without the TVs. Very large whisky selection and when it's warm the option to go out on the floating landing is fun - just remember it gets windy!
131 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 – 0131 225 4442
A classic of George Street, Browns is one of my favourite meeting points not only because its food, drinks and service are always consistently good or above but also because many of my friends have children and they can accommodate them no problem. As usual the front of house was welcoming, even though the place at lunchtime was rather busy. As I was having a business lunch I got the Fish & Chips (cod) with pea and mint purée, tartar sauce & chunky chips. The two pieces of cod were very tasty and the lightly battered coat was perfectly crispy, a real delight. Chips and tartar sauce passed the test too. Thanks to the strong O2 WiFi I was able to complete some reports in-situ, and after that the very well deserved pint(s) of Amstel lager to wash down the whole lot. Even though food prices range from average to the upper side, alcoholic drinks are, as expected in George Street, rather expensive. The service was good, professional and efficient as always. Will certainly go back, keep up the good work!
Nice centrally located restaurant on George street. Food was good and service was alright. Perhaps a little expensive for what you get but maybe that's due to its location. Always busy and always has a buzz in the place. Now with some of George street shut off to traffic there is an area outside that you can sit at which is very nice. I would recommend booking ahead especially at the weekend as it can be very busy at times.
5-11 Leith Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3AT – 0131 557 5830
I’m a regular to this place as we quite often go to the quiz night here on a Thursday night. It definitely is one of the best quiz nights that we’ve tried as there’s always a lively atmosphere in the place. Decent drinks selection available and there is decent pub grub available at reasonable prices too. Drinks aren’t cheap but that’s to be expected in such a central location. Great place to go after work for a few pints, highly recommended.
Always wanted to visit this place because of the cool lights it has in the window. Went in for lunch for the first time and the waitress we had was lovely and so approachable. I ordered vegetable soup not expecting anything special but it was amazing! And for some reason it stayed hot right to the last spoonful - don't know how they achieved that but it really was lovely. Reasonably priced too. Definitely go there again!
15 Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4QZ – 0131 225 6060
Good food, good music and great staff. They also do bottle to table service which very few places do.
Over priced. Pretentious. Go to the West Room. You'll get better cocktails for less money and better service. The service at the Sygn is good, but it's just a busy bar trying to be as hipster as possible.
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