The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

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

Reopening from 6th May

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
10am to 5pm
(Kitchen closes at 4pm)

Open 5 days from 17th May

WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY
10am to 5pm
(Kitchen closes at 4pm)

Afternoon Tea served 10am to 4pm every day
Coffee Lounge open 10am to 4.30pm

Please note government guidelines:

26th April to 16th May:
Inside: Tables of 6 from 2 households. No alcohol served.
Outside: Tables of 6 from up to 6 households. Alcohol served.

17th May to 31st May
Inside: 6 guests from 3 households. Alcohol served.
Outside: 8 guests from 8 households . Alcohol served.

Please note that we are unable to reserve outside tables and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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 and afternoon tea.
Fantastic large terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months.

Afternoon Tea is served daily 10am to 3pm

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

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

Really nice atmosphere, service and food. Would definitely recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

Staff 100%.... food 100%... a wee bit too much ice in the drink .. I should have asked for less myself but never thought.... enjoyable experience xxxxx

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Felt very comfortable and very welcome, excellent service and very tasty food. And possibly the biggest slice ever of carrot cake 😃

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Perfect carrot and chocolate cafe and best coffee I have ever tasted - seriously good coffee - Your well being after lockdown will be restored thanks to the excellent food and drink here - as Solomon said "there is nothing better .... than to rejoice and do good .... and eat and drink " (Ecc 3:12, 13) https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/101999730?q=Italian+coffee&p=doc

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

It was great to be able to visit the Scottish Cafe on its first day of re-opening, and it surpassed our expectations. Thank you everyone.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Staff were wonderful. I had my granddaughter and the staff were just so attentive and caring. Food was very well presented and served. Will certainly be returning.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Couldn’t rate drunk as only had water . Hopefully next time

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

The fruit scones were dry. We were assured they were freshly baked this morning (Thursday 6 May). We asked for replacements but they were also dry. Later the waitress came to apologise and said the chef had forgotten to put them in the steamer!! ( hardly reassuring) we were given two biscuits as compensation; more appropriate would have been not to charge for stale scones. Not what I would have expected from previous visits.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Best bacon rolls in Edinburgh and Dana is a lovely server

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Visited On Thursday, 24 December 2020

Delicious food and friendly staff - we will definitely be back again soon 👍 Thank you! Merry Christmas ✨

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Excellent locally sourced food and impeccable, friendly service. Not cheap, but worth it.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Always friendly. Food lovely. Take the Covid regulations seriously and you feel safe and well looked after.A great place for lunch or coffee. Feels a wee bit special

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Fifth time visiting since after spring lockdown I love this place Great food, Seriously tasty Beautiful surroundings Very Covid friendly And best of all Lovely and efficient staff I’ll be back in February I hope! Emma ( Edinburgh)

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

I love this restaurant. I love the location. The amazing staff & the food are truly wonderful - a little coffee & cake or a meal, you just cannot find a better place. I cannot wait till we can eat here again in 2021.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Best fish and chips in town

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

The Christmas lunch special was so special we had to come back again just 2 weeks later. 5 stars across all criteria. And all with the comfort of such discreet yet careful hygiene precautions. The only pity is such an ambassador of Scottish cuisine should have to close its doors for weeks. Scandalous.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

A great place to visit, the food is of a consistently high quality, as is the staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Service was over the top Covid secure - really not necessary. Cafe lacks atmosphere. Food ok but portions too large.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Blown away by the service - such lovely and thoughtful staff. Thank you for a great experience!

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Great food, great service

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

All good-especially the coffee.

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Excellent service from entry to exit Tasty food, good service

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Service from the staff was exceptional, food was great quality and value for money. Some of the highest levels of COVID secure measures I have seen, and fully adhered to by all staff, and all customers made aware. Really enjoyed our visit and will be back,

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

The restaurant was very clean and the servers were very friendly. We felt very safe.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

We had originally booked afternoon tea w prosecco and moved the booking around eight times due to covid restrictions! In the end we gave up and booked the festive afternoon tea - it was absolutely delicious and great value, although it would've been nice to get the extra tea on the house. Service was exemplary and hygiene measures second to none - we felt very safe and well looked after throughout. Bravo!

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