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The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EL
Restaurant info
Opening Information

MONDAY – SATURDAY
9am to 5.30pm
(Kitchen closes at 5pm)

THURSDAY
9am to 7pm
(Kitchen closes at 6.30pm)

SUNDAY
10am to 5.30pm
(Kitchen closes at 5pm)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Hitlisted 2017/18 by The List Eating & Drinking Guide as well as Tiplisted for Afternoon Tea.

Award winning gallery cafe located within the Scottish National Gallery overlooking the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Fresh seasonal Scottish produce using small local suppliers and growers.

Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, Sunday roast and Sunday brunch.
Fantastic large terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months.

Available for private hire in the evenings

Afternoon Tea is served daily 15.00 - 16.15
High Tea is served Monday to Sunday 15.00 - 16.30

Cuisine: Scottish, Afternoon Tea, Brunch, Sunday Lunch
Dress Code: Casual
Price point:
£ £ £ £ £

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

Excellent ‘old fashioned’ service , taking coats and saying goodbye personally is all lovely - very polite and friendly staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Understandaby restaurant very busy but plenty of staff all of whom were very efficient, fried ly and attentive. It was my guests first visit and she was most impressed and commented very favourably on the very tasty fish

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A nice way to spend the afternoon. Great service.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

excellent food. will definitely return

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Charlotte our waitress was charming and when we wanted to change tables she couldn’t have been more helpful and did it all with no fuss!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Great service coupled with very good food and a nice view at a decent price what more do you want.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

expensive for the limited choices available and children's afternoon tea not tailored for children at all. Little one only ate reindeer chocolate out of the whole selection so was disappointing for how it was described

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

This was my first visit which was a very pleasant experience all round. Great food and very attentive staff. Thank you again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Very enjoyable lunch served by friendly and helpful staff

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Superb meal. 3 courses, and every course excellent. Reasonably priced for the quality

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

The restaurant was more like a motorway service station cafe than a quality restaurant. The piano music was 'plastic' played on a low quality keyboard and was no addition to the noisy atmosphere.....poor sound. Perhaps it was all because of the christmas market, but it was not a relaxing afternoon tea occasion.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Thank you for all the care you took ahead of the event and on the day. Everyone had a happy, relaxed time with excellent Festive food.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Fabulous place. Just need to book at busy times

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

Server wasn’t very attentive, part of the meal was forgotten and he had to be reminded. Server also didn’t offer a kids menu, despite 2 children being present, and didn’t seem to know if there was a kids menu at all. Food was excellent, but the service could be improved.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Far too expensive for the quality of food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

The lunch was delicious and the service excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

This is the second time we have visited for afternoon tea. I'm fairly sure there won't be a third time. we came back because we had enjoyed the first time so much but to be honest this time felt like you were skimping on what was given. The clotted cream was just literally dumped straight onto the tray with the scones - no butter was given. The sandwiches all tasted of mustard

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

The food was excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

The staff were charming, however when I asked if I could have another pot of tea I was advised my the young male attendant that he could only top up the pot with hot water! The tea pot was very small, however, when I asked for more tea I was given a fresh pot, by the young female attendant.Sat next to the window was good.Unfortunately, right outside the window were a few weeds, and lots of ciggy ends. Bit of tidy needed!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

We were disappointed with the roast choice - chicken and no alternative. Food was good but not special. Service was very good.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

Good food and menu, atmosphere more café than restaurant - loud and bustling. Service only OK - friendly staff but not enough of them.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

Excellent Cullen Skink yesterday. Your restaurant can always be relied on to produce good quality Scottish food, a great place to take our foreign visitors! Peter Stevenson

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

We were perfectly looked after and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch party c/o Contini's Scottish Cafe - every member of staff was super helpful, and the food was delicious - highly recommend this restaurant

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Amazing food and attentive staff. Will definitely return and recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Love the Playfair sharing platter, just the right size for a light lunch. Dhana / Diana (Waitress) really nice too, always smiling and engaging with patrons.

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