The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

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

MONDAY – SATURDAY
9am to 5pm
(Kitchen closes at 4.30pm)

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

SUNDAY
10am to 5pm
(Kitchen closes at 4.30pm)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • 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 Sunday, 17 November 2019

Excellent service from staff.

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

There were 2 of us but the sweet plate contained only one pot of chocolate mousse. In fact there were only 5 items for two. The scones were delicious but I think the delicious smoked salmon pate would have been better served on blinis, rather than on a scone base too

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

No fault of restaurant about atmosphere. Just quiet because of the construction work outside. If you didn't know the restaurant was there you wouldn't find it. Food was perfect and service lovely.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Sadly the view of the gardens was lost to the preparations for the Christmas Fayre but the food was most excellent and the service from Isabel was impeccable and particularly attentive. Thank you :)

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

You asked for a review of our experience at lunch yesterday, 5 November 2019, at The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, on the Mound, but I regret to inform you that the service was not very good. Ok, there can be disasters in the kitchen, the lamb falls on the floor and you have to redo it, etc etc. But the main trouble was: the service - or rather perhaps the training concerning the service. Or supervision? The occasion was an informal birthday lunch. We were enjoying our starters in a nice relaxed ambience of the restaurant. Most of us had finished our starters, but the waitress suddenly cleared our plates and it was clear one of our party had not finished. We were too dumbfounded and taken aback to speak. (We wish we had!). The unfinished person then felt they had to rush to finish. We had been totally relaxed up till then. Then 10 mins later the main courses arrived. But only 3 of our party of 5 were served. We waited. And waited. The three didn’t want to start, but we asked them to because their food would get cold. We waited 10 more minutes before attracting a waitress, who apologised. A few minutes later the fourth main course was served - leaving one person still with no serving. More delay, and we asked to speak to the manager. The manager attended and apologised. After about 5 minutes the final main course arrived - a lamb dish - served by the apologetic manager. The plate was stone cold. She offered to change it, but we held onto the plate. The lamb was warm, but the vegetables were cold - not sure if this was the chef’s intention, but the overall dish was actually fairly tasty! We were not complaining about this, just remarking on why they hadn’t served the 5 dishes together. The manager kindly offered a complementary drink, but we politely declined. She offered not to charge for the lamb dish - which we agreed to! But then again suddenly - a service problem: the waitress started clearing plates before one of the party had finished. This time we cried out, and asked her to give us more time, which she did. At no time were we impolite or caused a fuss, but this unsettled us more, similar to when the starters were cleared too hastily. Later, another waitress cleared the table when it was obvious we had all finished. To summarise - main point: the service was poor, removing plates before everyone had finished, twice - this had been unsettling. Second point: if there was a hiccup with the lamb dish, what was the reason in serving 3 out of our 5 - wouldn’t it have been better to inform us of the situation, and then serve all dishes together? Remember, the fourth dish had been seriously out of kilter too! We’ve frequented the other Contini restaurants in the group, and enjoyed our meals, but this is the first time we’ve had cause not to recommend. Kind regards, Mr Ellis.

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

We really enjoyed our afternoon tea. My only criticism would be we got our tea immediately but it was getting stewed/cold by the time our afternoon tea goodies arrived. We were topped up with hot water which helped but would have preferred to have received it all at the same time.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Great location, great service, great food. Who needs more?

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Welcoming staff and a very pleasant environment. An excellent place for an afternoon tea with a group of friends.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 October 2019

We had an excellent time, but I was very thirsty because of a cold. The lovely lady who was serving us handled it beautifully, but it would have been more relaxing for the customer if she had been allowed to leave a jug on the table

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Visited On Monday, 28 October 2019

Service was friendly and warm. Food was very tasty and well presented. The only minor negative was the pork crackling was too hard to eat. This will not stop me recommending the restaurant

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 October 2019

We never visit Edinburgh without having lunch at The Scottish Café. The food is always perfect and the service is excellent. Thank you for a superb lunch!

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Fantastic venue for lunch. I will definitely be back.

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

One of the very best afternoon teas I have had - all very fresh - really lovely sandwich fillings, perfect scones and delicious chocolate treats to finish with. Perfect! I have already recommended!!

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

From the moment we sat down to the moment we left, sevice was excellent, food and coffees were delicious. I'd definitely recommend the crab and the lamb dishes.

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

This was my third recent visit. Food was excellent as before, but service was a bit sloppy. Twice we were brought food, which was for another table and at the end we were served with our coffee before we got our dessert - one of the supervisors did not seem to think that this was a problem.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Service very friendly but a bit slow. The savouries were absolutely delicious, and the scones too but the sweet treats were slightly disappointing. One person in the party knocked over her gin and lost it all, and a replacement was given free of charge which impressed me. However, the many napkins we used to mop up the spill were not removed by staff - we had to ask them please to take them away. Despite the negatives they were outweighed by positives and I would come again.Thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Lovely experience. Highly recommend as one of Edinburgh’s top dining experiences

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Love the new layout and look to the restaurant. Food was delicious. Would like to see some salads as an option.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Excellent lunch - great food - great service!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the great value, good old fashioned High Tea with a wee twist of pea and beetroot puree. The staff were very friendly and attentive and we were delighted with the celebration platter for our friend's birthday.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

Excellent lunch the crab starter and the lamb main were superb washed down with a soft merlot

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 October 2019

Excellent experience Beautiful setting with very pleasant staff and very tasty food Service perhaps a little slow but maybe we were just hungry!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 October 2019

A very special 90th birthday treat for my Aunt. The food was delicious and the service first class. You must visit !

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Visited On Saturday, 28 September 2019

Lovely lunch great setting

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Visited On Thursday, 26 September 2019

We had fish and chips and considered it only average, and overpriced.

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