The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EL
Restaurant info
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, 15 March 2020

Best Cullen Skink ever! And our vegan friend was delighted to have her own menu. Staff helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Fantastic fresh and interesting food. Only quibble was our side salad was very salty. Oversalted in my opinion.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

The Scottish Cafe never fails to deliver to its customers. Super location, looks wonderful after the recent update and the staff and food are, as usual, terrific.

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Visited On Monday, 09 March 2020

We enjoyed our lunch, particularly the two of us who chose the Buttery with Biggar Blue etc. Good, friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. Slightly pricey but we will return.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Excellent choice of good value food and efficient friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Perfect breakfest !

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Gorgeous food, lovely staff 😃

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

I think the menu choices were rather uninteresting ,and limited. You used to do a wonderful fish pie, please bring back ASAP! Very comfortable and friendly restaurant, with excellent service.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Delicious Lunch served by delightful young people. Great view. Nice atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

An excellent venue for a long lunch with friends. delicious food with local ingredients of the highest quality. Do not miss the soup, it is something special. Good service, friendly and attentive without being overdone.

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Visited On Monday, 24 February 2020

Had an absolute fabulous lunch out for my mums birthday. Food was outstanding and the staff went above and beyond. Will def recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

Really nice service and tasty food for a relaxed Sunday catch up with friends

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Fantastic food and lovely cool, laid back atmosphere. The team made a chocolate and dried fruit plate saying Happy Birthday for my friend and they were great with my allergies. Thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Enjoyable lunch with friends.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

This was our first visit. Online reservation process was easy and a table was waiting for us on our arrival. Staff were friendly and welcoming. I had the full Scottish breakfast and my partner had the smoked Salmon and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, well worth the money.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Excellent service, as ever. A bit quiet yesterday with the weather and gallery / gardens refurb and a shame that the Kombucha had run out, but no big deal. The hake and leek tart were both sublime.

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Visited On Friday, 07 February 2020

Late booking after being let down elsewhere......lucky us as our lunch was superb, food quality great, service friendly and discreet. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back or to recommend to family and friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

The toilets need attention in respect of hygiene and smell. Which is a bit off putting . The menu whilst good could be slightly wider in terms of choice . The wine we had was good and well priced.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

We did enjoy Burns Night however it did seem to take a time for food to be delivered. I think we were on the last table (19) and it was after 9pm before we got our main course. Haggis was lovely but not nearly enough of it - actually felt like a starter size. Enjoyed the ceilidh but as everywhere the dance floor was very packed.

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Overall very good quality food which is well presented and staff who are knowledgable about the produce. Only issue is that for someone with a slight hearing deficit the background noise can make it difficult,at times, to hold a conversation.

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

We were in early for lunch (12.15) but already there was only one leek tart left which I thought was surprising. We made a comment about there being a vegetarian in the company but at no time were we offered the vegan menu which would have had suitable alternatives. I was not aware of this option but have just found it on the website and it looks good - so sorry to have missed it!! I’m not sure why it is kept separate and would suggest that the dishes are incorporated into the main menu without delay. Staff members were all pleasant and attentive and the new decor looks good. The restaurant has a great situation but I’m not sure the current (lunch) menu lives up to it.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

Simply outstanding in every way

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Beautiful decor and setting. Service very good but food fairly average and we felt a bit overpriced. We finished with coffee and scones and the scones were too say the least, unappetising.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

All went well and enjoyed food. bit late with the scones but delicious when they came.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Love the new deco, very friendly staff and the atmosphere is relaxing. The hake I ordered was a bit too greasy though.

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