Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Queen Street

28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 1JX
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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
28 Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 1JX

Tel: 0131 220 2044
Sunday - 12noon until 10pm
Monday - Wednesday - 11am until 11pm
Thursday - Saturday - 11am until midnight

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Event Space
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Awesome View
  • Age Restricted in Bar
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About Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Queen Street

THE DINING ROOM IS NOW CLOSED. - WHISKY TASTINGS CAN BE BOOKED VIA OUR MAIN WEBSITE: https://campaign.smws.com/edinburgh-whisky-tastings/

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is an international members club that bottles the world’s widest selection of exceptional and rare single cask, single malts for discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the world.

We like to think of ourselves as unconventional, adventurous – and a lot of fun.

Cuisine: Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

I am afraid this won't be good. We traveled up from London as a party of 3 to specifically eat at your restaurant on 28/12 having eaten with you on 2 previous occasions. The booking was for 5 and made over a month in advance. When we arrived we were told our 14 year old son would not be able to sit in the bar area and when I advised we had a restaurant booking the manager came down to tell us that children were not permitted in the restaurant under 14 years of age and claimed this was stated on the website. I've since checked the website and I can see a small statement that the venue is over 18 years of age, but I completely missed this when booking. First piece of feedback is to ensure the age restriction is stated clearly at point of booking not just on landing page where it was missed. The manager at no point offered any solution to the situation even though the website it states private rooms are available for children under 18 years of age. I feel very disappointed. We had a family member and a friend flying in from Los Angeles to eat with us on that evening as well. Their evening and ours was ruined. I've eaten in many high end restaurants around the world and this is the first time we've ever encountered an age restriction on children in a restaurant area. I feel so frustrated and disappointed that I let my family and friends down that I will not be renewing my membership. Please count on additional reviews and feedback.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Wonderful food, flavourful and beautifully presented. Our room had a lovely atmosphere and combined with the excellent service it all made for a very memorable evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Excellent Evening. Food and service very good. We will be back, For special occasions this is our favourite place to Dine in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

A combination of surly staff attitude and slow service,45 mins wait for Coffee???, takes some doing and highlights a disappointing drop in previous high standards set by SMWS..

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Excellent venue, food and of course drink. Staff are friendly, helpful and very knowledgable.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Great evening although our table was a bit wobbly. Great food as usual and staff attentive. Thanks

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

A visit to The Dining Room at the Scottish Malt Whisky Society is always a very special experience. We had a lovely meal. Thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A fabulous high quality lunch in a relaxed setting.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Fantastic 5 course taster menu with wine and whisky pairing between my wife and myself Special mention for the staff at Queen Street especially the Sommelier on the evening who gave us great insight into all the courses and accompanying drinks... Bravo...

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Excellent menu. Food was of a very high standard, and compares well with the best Edinburgh has to offer.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

Great setting, amazing service and one of the best meals we've all had in a long time. The best salmon dish (starter) I have ever tried! Just an incredible night!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Tasting menu with Whisky pairing was superb! Staff very knowledgable, and it was great to be introduced to new Whiskies and flavour profiles.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

Perfect venue, food was delicious, attention to detail was perfect and the staff were amazing!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

Service was impeccable, cheerful, attentive and relaxed. A very happy time for friends enjoying lunch together.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

An excellent evening. Taster & whiskies superb. Karen looked after us really well. Thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

What a great night my team and I had at Queen Street. All but ALL members of the team from SMWS were outstanding. The food was beautiful (again, so much so I`m going back tonight), the events staff were and are so accommodating, and if your thinking about booking a tasting event make sure you ask for "BIG AL".

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

Most excellent food. Staff seemed a little overstretched which meant service was slower than expected - Christmas pressure?. Patrick was attentive, professional, smart and welcoming. Five stars for food and five stars for Patrick. Love your own gin.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

excellent and friendly service. Great food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 07 December 2019

Thank you very much for making my wife’s birthday celebrations so special. The food was fantastic and the attentive service provided by Sarah was exceptional. Moreover, the venue on queen street was ideal for this private function and all of our guests really enjoyed their meals and the whiskey! Thanks again for making this such a special evening.

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Visited On Monday, 09 December 2019

An enjoyable meal in comfortable, relaxing surroundings with friendly and attentive but unobtrusive service.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Very sophisticated foods and good service made us very happy.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

A truly memorable night-amazing food, great wine and some stonking whiskies!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Hi there, I've just become a member and took friends for our first meal at SMWS Queens Street. Food and wine was absolutely spot on. Cannot fault the quality of the food at all BUT... 1. We did not get our wine list until we were about to order our food 2. It took 45 min for bread and an amuse-bouche to arrive 3. An hour passed to get our starters on the table 4. It took some time to get our mains on the table as well 5. Our friends missed their train because we had to wait 20 min for our bill to be completed 6. I had to refill our wine myself - no attention to detail or needs of the customer 7. We had to ask every time for the one white wine drinker to have her class filled. We were desperate to have some whiskey to close the night but this went out the window with the time lost in serving food. The confirmation email stated to have the table back by 21:30... We were just served our starter by this time!!! Don't know wheat went wrong last night in the kitchen - our waiter kept on apologise for the time delays but don't know for what caused it. Fantastic food tainted with very slow service. Regards Ron Tait

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Good morning Mr Tait, I would like to thank you for taking the time to post your review. I would like to personally apologise for the service you received on Saturday evening, as you can see from our usual reviews, this is certainly not our usual standard. I note that you have just become a member of the Society and would ask that when you next visit Queen Street, please do let me know, or ask for me on your arrival, so that I can welcome you personally and apologise for your first experience with us - Sarah Prior, General Manager: [email protected] or 0131 625 7483

Responded On Monday, 02 December 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Stunning meal in arguably the best venue in Edinburgh. Attentive, knowledgeable service and truly excellent meal. The only thing I missed with this new menu arrangement is the little whisky tasters between courses which is a shame you’ve stopped doing.

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