Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Queen Street

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

Tel: 0131 220 2044
email: [email protected]
Mon 12-2.30pm,
Tue-Sat 12-2.30pm & 5-9.30pm

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

About Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Queen Street

The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street welcomes new faces and old friends with traditional fine dining paired with culinary invention, expertly prepared by our chef James Freeman. Enjoy distinguished flavours with personable service in our relaxed, refined Georgian dining room.

Minimum age restriction: 18 - however, should there be younger guests within your party, please call the Society directly and we may be able to offer you a private room for your dining experience.

Cuisine: Fine Dining
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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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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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

We were disappointed with our experience yesterday. We have dined at the MWS on many occasions over the years and have always had excellent service and cuisine of the highest standard. However yesterday the food itself was fine but not up to the usual quality,there was no amuse bouche and the staff were pleasant but untrained. We hope this is a minor blip in the service and that standards return to the high level we are accustomed to receiving.

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Many thanks for taking the time to submit your review, and I am very glad to hear that on your your usual visits you have been happy with the service provided. I am therefore very sorry to read that your experience on Saturday evening did not meet our usual standard and your expectations. For that I certainly apologise. I would like to ask you to contact me personally should you choose to visit us again, so that I can personally welcome you and apologise. - Sarah Prior, General Manager, [email protected] or 0131 625 7483. Many thanks

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

Always a treat to visit SMWS, food is great, staff attentive and engaging and the whisky heavenly! Never been dissapointed in any way. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

A great night out. Thanks

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Excellent food in nice surroundings. Particularly liked having no background music.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Really enjoyed the taster menu and matching whisky; all drinks were paired well and the explanation about the food and whisky was thorough and interesting. The restaurant setting was very relaxing and we never felt rushed. Our server was fantastic; she was so knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy her role as a whisky ambassador. I will definitely be back, perhaps to try the wine pairing next time.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Beautiful food served by friendly knowledgeable staff. Such a gorgeous building. A real gem and would recommend to friends without hesitation

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Magnifique établissement, nous avons passé une très belle soirée. Le repas était très bon et les propositions de whisky accompagnant chaque plat étaient parfaites. Le serveur (parlant français) nous très bien bien conseillé. Merci encore.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

Excellent service and extremely well looked after by the staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Excellent service with each course explained . The waitress was especially excellent

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Food was delicious, pairings great, staff member very knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommend for a lovely dinner out or special occasion

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

Good service and we handed in a birthday cake which they dealt with exactly as asked, which was important as it was our customer's birthday.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 November 2019

A highly enjoyable experience. Many thanks to Karen for looking after us so we’ll.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

My family had given me a voucher for two for my seventieth birthday which aneighbour and I used on Saturday afternoon. I knew it would be a good experience, but it exceeded my expectations!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Lovely meal, great friendly service, wonderful atmosphere with no distracting background music! We enjoyed our meal and would have preferred at least one ‘plain’ choice of vegetables as the deliciously complex flavours of the duck only needed a simple accompaniment. Thank you for a super evening. The best chips ever are available in the bar!

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

I had booked this as a birthday treat for my boyfriend and the service, atmosphere and food was perfection! We had the menu du jour where it was 3 meals for £29 which is incredible value for money when the food was that spectacular. Our main dish (sea trout) was one of the best meals I've ever had! I would happily go back and recommend it to anyone

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

We had a really excellent dinner on 5th November. All the dishes were beautifully presented and had wonderful flavours. Wine selection could be a little broader. Service was very good.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

Just great to be at your place, everytime! Thx a lot Urs Zeder, Swiss Member

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Four of us had a really lovely dinner last night, the food was excellent and whilst the front of house staff were helpful the team seemed to be understaffed and therefore overstretched and not as attentive as I would have expected for a meal of this type. It was noticeable enough to make me think twice about going back if this continues.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Excellent food and friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. The wines recommended to us were great.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

We had a very enjoyable evening in the Hunter Room hosting 16 guests... Our only comment would be on the small portions that are offered on the fixed price menu. We would rather have paid a bit more and at least had vegetables to accompany these small portions or two more generous plates for the price. The cheese board was also meagre However we were well taken care of and all staff worked hard to make our evening a success.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Great service and lovely food which looked and tasted really good. Good value for money for lunch. Wine list a bit limited and pricey. Staff in the members area a bit mixed, one looked very fed up the other was in great form!

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