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Ondine

2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1AD
Critics Review 14/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday - Saturday
Lunch 12pm - 3pm 5.30pm - 10pm
Sunday Closed

Facilities
  • Age Restricted in Bar
  • Business Lunch
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Private Dining
  • Disabled Access

About Ondine

Ondine Restaurant is based in the heart of Edinburgh's City Centre. It is a luxury Seafood Restaurant just off the Royal Mile.

Accessible and sustainable - that is what Ondine is all about.

We aim to provide a dining experience which provides customers with a menu offering choices and prices to suit most palates and pockets.

But we also are passionate about the sourcing and sustainability of our ingredients and produce.

Shortly after we opened our Edinburgh Restaurant in September 2009, in recognition of our commitment to offering customers sustainable seafood, Ondine gained certification from the MSC - the Marine Stewardship Council.

fish2fork is the world's first website to review restaurants according to whether their seafood is sustainable, and not just how it tastes. Ondine is now listed by fish2fork in the top dozen restaurants in the country. We also support Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's Fish Fight campaign.

Thanks to our brilliant customers we've been recognised as the UK's Fundraising Restaurant of the Year by the Fishermen's Mission. Put simply, Ondine's customers donated more to help hard working fishermen and their families than anywhere else in Britain.

Roy Brett Chef Patron

Cuisine: Seafood
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review By Andy Hayler
14/20
Ondine is a seafood restaurant that opened in September 2009, and proudly lists on its website some of the suppliers that it works with, getting its fish from Devon to the Shetlands. Roy Brett is the chef/owner. Prior to his own venture here he had worked for almost two decades at Scottish Dakota hotels as chef/director, and once worked with Rick Stein. The menu ranges from fish and chips through to more ambitious fare, and there is a separate oyster bar. Around eighty customers can be seated at full capacity. On this Monday evening it was packed. The wine list was quite extensive. Sample labels were the lovely and great value Villa Wolf Dry Riesling from Pfalz at £31 for a bottle that you can find on the high street for around £12, Rioja Bodegas Altanza Crianza 2013 at £41 compared to its retail price of £11, and Chateau Manoir de Gay Pomerol 2012 at a chunky £84 for a wine that will set you back £19 in a shop. There were a few posher bottles too, such as Margaux Cantenac Brown 2007 at a hefty £180 for a wine whose current market value is £58. The dining room is one floor up (above a Pizza Express) and looks out over the George IV bridge. It is smart and modern, with black and white prints of some of the restaurant staff on the walls, and a central oyster bar around which the tables are arrayed. Hard surfaces make for a distinctly noisy room (a peak of a troubling 136 decibels this evening, with average levels around a still high 110 decibels). A couple of gougeres made with Gruyere cheese began the meal, the choux pastry light and the cheese flavour a touch subtle to my taste, but nonetheless very good gougeres (15/20). Squid tempura was excellent, featuring non-chewy squid, a quite light tempura batter, red chillies and a good quality lime that nicely provided balancing acidity. It was a touch salty though personally I don't mind that (15/20). Potted brown crab from Dunbar was served in a little glass jar, the white meat topped with brown crab meat made into a polonaise sauce (literally "Polish style" with egg, butter, parsley and breadcrumbs) and crab mayonaisse, and served with warm miniature crumpets on the side. The crab was palpably fresh and the sauce nicely balanced (14/20). A salad of beetroot and goat cheese was pleasant and quite pretty (14/20). Haddock and chips were excellent, the fish having good flavour, the batter light, golden and crisp. The chips were thin and also crisp, and the fish came with pleasant minted mushy peas and decent tartare sauce (though the latter was better the night before at Scran and Scallie). Still, this was a most enjoyable fish and chips, which leaves me ever more bewildered as to why London seems incapable of producing anything of this quality. It is not as if haddock is unobtainable in London, or that deep-frying is an unfathomably complex technique, and yet this fish and chips trounced anything I have encountered in the UK's capital in recent years (easily 14/20). Wild sea bass from Cornwall came with girolles, celeriac purée and puy lentils. The fish had good flavour and was accurately cooked, the accompaniments harmonious and also well prepared (15/20). Crema Catalana, essentially a Spanish take on creme brûlée, had good texture and was light and delicate. It came with brambles, honeycomb and bramble jam, the fruit providing some balance to the richness (13/20). I was in the mood for a plate of cheese, which tonight was a selection of British cheeses in nice condition. The staff were charming, with drinks carefully topped up and no trouble getting attention if it was needed. The bill came to £69 a head with a pleasant bottle of wine and a glass of dessert wine, which seemed to me very fair given the quality of the cooking and the produce used. The food tonight was on the border between 14/20 and 15/20, and the overall experience was most enjoyable. No wonder the place was so busy.
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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2013

A meal I will remember for a while! Great food and great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2013

Totally delicious food. Contemporary setting was a treat. Service was good but a little slow at times...but as an American I think we're not used to leisurely service.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2013

It was a very different dining experience which we very much enjoyed. We always visit Ondine when we cometo Edinburgh and have never been disappointed. I thought the last act was superb but two of our party in particular were less impressed with the first act. Nothing detracted from the food however which was as usual sublime.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 August 2013

I would like to say we booked a table for a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful time. The waitress who served us was Carey and an absolute credit to your establishment. She was very attentive and knowledgable about the food and wine as we had many questions. Nothing was too much trouble and she also gave us some birthday truffles for our guest at the end. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I would recommend Ondine to all my friends and family. Great establishment with a friendly team!

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2013

Not cheap but for you get what you pay for, service is perfect and nothing is left to chance, vegetarian in our party was wonderfully catered for and everyone in our party of seven was delighted with the whole experience 10/10

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2013

my wife and I had a fantastic time on Saturday night . the food was of the highest quality befitting the surroundings and also a credit chef roy brett and his team in the kitchen .but they were outdone done by the front of house staff who were amazing ,we were giving two rounds of drinks on the house firstly for moving to the bar to free a table up no problems we were the givin a another two cocktails by the barman as he and his partner shared them on there first date amazing kindness ,also he had a couple of funny moments which just made us laugh our heads of and will keep us laughing a bit longer.we will be backand will be recommending your wonderful establishment to one and all. yours sincerely john and shona donnelly

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2013

We sat at the bar and had a great meal. I would recommend and next time I am in Edinburgh I will definitely go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2013

The lunch menu offers good value for money. The oysters were particularly good.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2013

Friendly staff and great food and service

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2013

Very nice meal as usual - superb food - lively, friendly atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2013

Very good experience all round. Charming waiters and nicely presented food.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2013

Fantastic evening, lovely food and great service. You listened when I put on booking form that it was my daughter's birthday, and added a wee touch that made it feel a bit special.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2013

superb lunch!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Superbly cooked ingredients of the highest quality (best fried potatoes EVER with the monkfish - beautifully presented pristine oysters, a risotto that managed to have that ideal Italian consistency). Price/Quality is excellent, including the wine list. In short: this is what a seafood restaurant ideally should be. Our best meal in the UK.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Sitting at the Oyster Bar was a great experience. Staff were fantastic.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

By far the best restaurant we visited all week. Superb food, great service and not overpriced - we will be back!

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I brought two family relatives from New Zealand and they were greatly impressed and in fact said it was by far there best dining experience ever - well done.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Great food although service was indifferent.

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2013

Spot on! You have a great formula. Stick with it. My lemon sole was soooo fresh, perfectly cooked, with a tasty garnish. Nice wine list and a front of house team that really looked after us. La Poissonnier.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

service was excellent

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

We had a very fine meal. The fish was excellent and the plating was unusual. The service was great

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Love it - great place ... We will be back again soon ... Maybe would enjoy a chance in menu however all the food is great so it's just a minor comment

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2013

its was a busy night when we came we got taken to our table drinks order taken,then it seems we got forgotten we had to ask where are drinks were.the food was good,the service was below what I excpected.There was nothing personal in the service we just two in the crowd,We aslo asked if the air conditioning could be turned down as we were cold we were told it was done ,I don't think,so.. my husband had to put his jumper on. Its the first time in a luxury restaurant that we did not tip Our experience could have been oh so much better and a little more special ,with better customer service

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Visited On Sunday, 11 August 2013

Fantastic meal, would love to return next time we're in Edinburgh. The only thing that would improve things would be better directions to the restaurant. Next to the Missoni Hotel would be a big help!

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2013

Loved the Gatzpacho with crab meat and the linguine vongole was tasty although it lacks the white wine jus I'm used to. I had to ask for my bill twice before being presented with it.

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