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
  • 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 Sunday, 15 September 2019

We had an amazing breakfast! All of my guests commented on how amazing the porridge was.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Lunch was enjoyable. Thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Staff were very friendly and accommodating. We had the soup which we enjoyed very much. The cheese scones were delicious and highly recommended. A bit on the pricey side though.

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

The food was excellent. My guests commented it was thee best risotto they have ever eaten. Unfortunately the overenthusiastic waiter sounded a bit rude at times which was awkward as I was entertaining agents.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

A wonderful meal

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

Absolutely fantastic experience here! The food was incredible - best fish that both of us have ever had. The host and server were friendly and attentive. The atmosphere and decoration was gorgeous. The owners were Would highly recommend and will be returning!

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Visited On Monday, 09 September 2019

Always a delight to eat here

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

A particular Thankyou to the staff who were very helpful and friendly. The food was greasy, well cooked and imaginative. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

The new restaurant layout appears to create a noisier environment, a disappointing aspect of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Beautifully-presented tasty food in wonderful surroundings with friendly, helpful staff - what's not to love? And the new layout and decor make it look even better than before too.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

We were somewhat disappointed having come with high hopes of your reopened restaurant. For a start we were quite squashed in beside another couple and unwillingly were party to their conversation. I think they felt the same. The menu choices were constrained by some rather odd rules that made it difficult to choose.Rather than have "two courses for x" - it would have been more appealing to be allowed free choice. The food itself was interesting but too complicated. My husband had no complaint about the cullen skink which was delicious but quite pricey, and I had a buttery with chicken, bacon and cheese that was tasty, but quite a mouthful and difficult to handle. Perhaps if it had been cut into pieces it could have been easier to manage. Our server was charming and helpful and perhaps rather embarrassed because our food took so long to come. We would have stayed for coffee and perhaps a sweet if it had come more quickly. In summary, we chose what we were "allowed to", but other tasty sounding dishes were combined with things that we didn't want. Consequently I am afraid it will be a long time before we come again.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 September 2019

Beautiful venue, decor amAzing, my mother's 85th birthday, all the staff made us feel very welcome. Fish and chips really good, noticed some other lovely dishes being delivered to others in the restaurant, will definitely be back, service good.

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Visited On Monday, 26 August 2019

Ambience, service and warm welcome all spot on.

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Visited On Monday, 26 August 2019

Food was beautifully fresh and delicious. Great celebration of Scottish produce. Venue is welcoming and staff were very friendly and helpful

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Visited On Monday, 26 August 2019

The waiting staff were very helpful. The brunch food that we had was delicious! However we had booked based on the butteries section and were disappointed that there were no butteries available at the time of our visit. We chose to eat outside as it was a sunny day. At the end of brunch I walked around and in to the toilet. I was sharply greeted by the manager who told me there were no toilets in that part of the building and I had to go upstairs and round to the main gallery which was far away. She had not realised that I was a cafe customer. I left confused and checked with the waitresses who confirmed that there were toilets inside. I then walked back in and said I was a cafe customer so was then allowed to use the toilets. I am really appalled that, after spending £40 on brunch for 2 people, I was then lied to about their being no toilets! The manager should have said that the toilets were for cafe customers only (as then I could have explained that I was a cafe customer) rather than lying about their being none.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 August 2019

Very nice tea and great sandwiches. Good revamp on the restaurant area.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 August 2019

What lovely service and food in a lovely setting. Only suggestion - would have been good to have had some shade outside as it was very hot on 25 Aug, but otherwise brilliant!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 August 2019

Very slow service. High price for the experience.

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Visited On Friday, 23 August 2019

Delicious food; we had a wee gap in the service (perhaps our girl was on her break?) but always lovely to have a blether with Victor and Carina. Oh, the wine was really good too 😊

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Visited On Friday, 23 August 2019

The food was excellent , service just right, overall a very enjoyable experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

Lovely light lunch in a friendly, beautifully decorated restaurant. The owner came over and chatted to us which was a really nice touch. We had sandwiches and the combination of flavours worked very well. Excellent coffee. Only one small point, it would be good to get a jug/bottle of tap water on the table. Waiting staff were polite even though it was very busy. They maybe need to show a bit more personality like Carina though! Overall, we enjoyed at lot. Thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Excellent welcoming reception. The table initially booked wasn’t suitable for the wheelchair so they lost no time in assessing our needs and then moving things round to accommodate us. We wanted traditional Scottish food as the culmination of our visit to Scotland and we weren’t disappointed. The food was good value for money, considering we were in a city and so close to the centre, and the service very attentive. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2019

Had a lovely Sunday lunch for seven of us, we were welcomed and looked after very well by all staff. And the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Excellent service and food in lovely surroundings would throughly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

It was our first time at the Scottish cafe and we loved it. The food is great and it’s quality is outstanding. The atmosphere is really nice and relaxed and the service is of a very high standard.

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