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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 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
Dress Code: Casual
Price point: $ $
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Visited On Saturday, 16 September 2017

The table was too small for 6 people As a result of the cramped condition ,one member of the group knocked over a glass of red wine probably ruining his jacket, his wife's blouse and another man's shirt. The waiter brought us a "free" replacement glass of wine. It was very noisy.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Petit Fours dessert was A-MA-ZING.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant is one of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. Great food lovely staff and a wonderful atmosphere.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A lovely view by the window to the Princes Street gardens.

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Visited On Friday, 08 September 2017

Very nice location for meeting friends from different parts of country food excellent. Liked the options of small plates like smpked salmon pate

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Visited On Saturday, 02 September 2017

We come to Edinburgh from Galloway about three times a year for a day of culture and shopping and Continis is our go-to restaurant for lunch. The food is first class and the staff are friendly and efficient.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 August 2017

We had a very nice lunch. Service was good - the waiter brought an open sandwich instead of salad I had ordered (although waitress had correctly repeated back the order). After a few bites I realised it was ham and not the roast beef I had ordered, as was my friend's. We carried on as we like ham anyway! 2 peppermint teas came, not 1 we ordered!

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Visited On Friday, 25 August 2017

Lovely setting, waiting staff, food! What more do you want?

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Visited On Thursday, 24 August 2017

Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 August 2017

Excellent!

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Visited On Thursday, 24 August 2017

Good food, would like better selection of lighter meals. We had the fish/meat sharing platter which was good and interesting. The bread was a bit chewy and not very 'moreish'. A bit expensive for the selection presented, but no complaints about that. Excellent attentive and friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 August 2017

This is a lovely brunch venue, in a great location. I would give a 5star review, but they were missing a key Scottish ingredient - the Aberdeen Buttery. This was part of several menu options, and (for me), replacement by toast didn't really cut it. However, the specialist porridge option was very good.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 August 2017

Excellent service and food with my family during a very busy Fringe Festival Sunday. Most impressed.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 August 2017

Had a very nice lunch here last week. Festival was on so very busy everywhere. Waitress was very efficient and friendly. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 August 2017

The fish and chips were very greasy. Water had to be asked for twice.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is a favourite of mine - lovely setting, great service and fabulous food. I'm a tour guide and always recommend the restaurant to my clients who are staying in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Friday, 18 August 2017

There were 4 of us. We all had a lovely relaxed lunch. The staff were exceptional.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 August 2017

On arrival, no one could find my booking. Fortunately there were tables available. Given that I had confirmed by e mail the previous day, I was a little surprised.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 August 2017

A very enjoyable lunch. Staff doing very well at such a busy time in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Six of us attended to celebrate an 18th birthday. We ordered our food, and were promptly served our starters. One was missing so i told the waiter i was waiting for my salmon starter. I eventually insisted the group start without me, as people had chosen hot food and it was going cold. After five minutes or so we had to call over another waiter who went off to get it. At this point one member of the group had already finished their starter. When my starter arrived he did apologise but, he didn't sound either convincing or explain the reason behind the delay. Another member of the group had ordered the lemon, broccoli and potato salad. There were a couple asparagus tips and what could possibly be stem from broccoli but no florets to be seen at all. The salad was huge compared to the ham croquettes starter, which was tiny by comparison. The rest of the food was very nice, good flavours and well presented. When the waiter collected the plates he flicked his wrist as if to say "pass it down". Sadly the service was well below par and as a result i wouldn't recommend it to anyone or return any time soon.

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Visited On Monday, 14 August 2017

As a solo diner, I felt very comfortable and was well looked after. Food was lovely and well presented.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lovely food, as always!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Really enjoyable lunch with friends who traveled far to meet us. We weee given a lovely bench seat. Y the window as requested... so that was good. Service was friendly and timely... lunch was very good. And, importantly, we were not made to feel we had to leave. We had a lot to talk about!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Very nice experience - we'll be back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 August 2017

It was a nice meal. My main 'negative' comment is that the place is far too noisy and it's hard too hold a conversation at the table. But I don't suppose that is easily remedied. But other than that, very nice.

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