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 Ryan Turner. 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 Tuesday, 17 September 2019

I understand you may not be continuing with the dining room, which would be a shame as it was the best meal we've had in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Excellent quality of food in a lovely environment with friendly efficient staff.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Sehr tolles Tasting gehabt! Die außergewöhnliche Namen machen ihrem Namen alle Ehre :) Absolut empfehlenswert!

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Brilliant waiting and bar staff who are clearly passionate about their service and whisky!

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

A fascinating tasting menu consisting of a succession of well-structured dishes with stimulating textures and intriguing flavours – the sea samphire and tomatoes salsa accompanying the fillet of halibut was a total hit – complemented beautifully by the well-crafted whisky flight made up of some of the Societies younger more vibrant whiskies. In fact this is the first whisky food pairing that for me has consistently worked. Careful thought had clearly gone into the never less than interesting selections by our consistently entertaining and informative whisky sommelier, while the matching of a wood-smoked Ardmore with the tempura oyster accompanying the scorched mackerel and a flavourful Inchmurrin with the chocolate parfait and pear ice cream were sublime. A stimulating and satisfying evening amply supported by the good-hearted service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 September 2019

We had a truly wonderful evening. Our friends loved the Club and we enjoyed the new look, which we had not seen. Wish we didn't live so far away. Can't wait for our next visit. The barman in the members room and our Hungarian waiter were especially impressive.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Excellent menu du jour, great flavours, excellent plating. Enjoyed the amuse bouche. Friendly, prompt service. The pretheatre timing set menu is excellent value, but this place is so good, I think its worth the full price! We've been back here everytime we visit Edinburgh.

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

The food was delicious - thank you so much.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Like every year we were fortunate to end our vacation with a visit to the members bar and afterwards an exquisite dinner in the restaurant. I enjoy the good service and the flavorful food. I am sorry to hear that the Dining Room will close early next year.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 August 2019

Another wonderful evening of great food, drink (both wine and whisky) and friendly knowledgable service. Reassured to know the dining experience continues into 2020! We will be back again (and again) :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

Great service with attentive staff. Food is excellent and of course the whisky speaks for itself.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Fantastic food, friendly service....love it!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

One of our most favourite restaurants

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 August 2019

This was an unbelievable dining experience. This should be a Michelin rated restaurant. The food, presentation, and service were that good. Thank You from Nova Scotia

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Splendid evening with fine food and excellent whisky.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

A great day taking in a couple of festival shows was rounded off by our fabulous dinner. Food, service and whole ambience of the place ticked all the boxes for the four of us. Easily added to our "must return" list.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

A magical lunch experience, perched at a table in one of three towering (original) sash windows overlooking Queen Street Gardens. The food was consistently superb, from and amuse bouche followed by bread and airy harissa, to starters, lamb mains (fantastic layered confit potato) and elegant desert. Witty yet discreet service. The Dining Room is an exceptionally rare opportunity in Edinburgh, London or Dublin to eat on the piano nobile of a Georgian townhouse, and is without question the best conversion anywhere that is respectful of the house’s 18th-century character while expressing a fresh, contemporary aesthetic - all delivered with a deceptively light touch. The experience comes with the added boon of an exhilarating assent up the original cantilevered staircase. What a shame if the rumours of closure of this very special place next year come to pass. We need more of this quality, not more bar stools and dressed-up slate fodder. For now, top marks.

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Friday, 23 August 2019

hi I brought 22 Paramedics from Dublin to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo we stopped off at the Whisky society on Friday 23rd August my colleagues were overwhelmed with the service and professionalism and the crack [fun] with your staff. A personal thank you to Hana / Alan and the other bar man for the great time we had on the day it made our trip very special and truly Scottish [ As a Scotsman it made me very proud ] keep up the excellent work guys

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, we enjoyed having you all in the venue and hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

Great food as ever

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

great food and service

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The service was fantastic and the whisky tasting experience was wonderful. The standard of the food didn't quite match this. We ordered the Charcuterie board to share and the 'artisan bread', as specified on the menu, tasted a bit damp and stale unfortunately. The cuts of cheese were very small too! Overall, however, we very much enjoyed ourselves.

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. I have taken note of your points in regards to the sharing boards and will discuss this with our chef. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

Food was excellent. Choices were diverse and interesting. The waiter was knowledgable with a wonderful sense of humor. We were entertained while eating quite a delicious meal.

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I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that our team looked after you well. - I do hope we can welcome you back in the future. Sarah Prior - General Manager

Responded On Monday, 26 August 2019
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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A disappointing visit- we came last year during the Festival (we live in Sheffield), and had a great experience, so this year we brought a friend for his 60th birthday treat. When we arrived we were told that the main dining room was in use for a private function, so we would be in the side room. If I had been told this when (or after) I had booked, I would have changed the booking, as a great deal of the experience is being in your lovely main dining room. The side room is characterless, and we felt very much sidelined. First of all we got different menus, with some different dishes on each. When we sorted that out, we ordered a bottle of red wine for over £40 (available in the shops for £16, so a steep mark-up) and a glass of white wine. They should have arrived before the first course, but they did not, and when the red arrived I had to ask again for the white wine. Then I was told the one I asked for was unavailable, so had to choose again and wait again. We had side plates, so were expecting to be offered bread - but no. We had to ask near the end of the main course. Either offer bread, or don't put out side plates! We were served by two people, and there was some confusion over who was serving us. The food was good, but the service not as good as last time - the servers were pleasant (especially the chap), but all in all it was not the experience we expected for a bill of £220 (including a £20 tip we left in cash).

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

We arrived early but this wasn't a problem and was handled with professionalism and charm

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Fantastic service and great food

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