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The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EL
Restaurant info
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, Afternoon Tea, Brunch, Sunday Lunch
Dress Code: Casual
Price point:
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Visited On Sunday, 30 December 2018

We had afternoon tea for a party of two, one of us is a vegetarian. The food was okay but, in relation to the quality, overpriced. It also leaned heavily on the sweets side. The sandwiches tasted a bit bleak and contained nothing fresh (except for raw onion!), the pastrami sandwich had meat I couldn't chew so I had to leave it on the plate. We've had high tea in London (Soho) before, with one serving (at £23) includig about the same quantity as your place serves for two, and with sandwiches that were outstanding - creative, fresh, and very tasty. Service was okay - our waiter ignored us after serving the dish, but others responded when we signaled.

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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

The polite, enthusiastic and energetic staff made our lunch an absolute pleasure!

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Visited On Thursday, 03 January 2019

Overall just ok. I had the open salmon sandwich. It was sloppily put together. Too much cream cheese, not enough salmon, side salads were pointless, no dressing on green salad and coleslaw pile of cheap mayonnaise and cabbage. I've had much better at other 'cafs'.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 January 2019

Disappointed after several previous good experiences. Girl who took the order was very pleasant but then disappeared and a variety of other people brought water (why always glasses rather than a jug??) and tea, then main courses. Had to ask twice for butter with the bread that came with the Cullen skink, which was lukewarm at best; side order of chips had to be chased and then arrived after everything else had been eaten so was sent back. Always had to flag down a server to get anything. Fish and chips were good but on the whole thought the meal was expensive for what we had, and the service was poor.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

We visit regularly and are always very pleased with all aspects of the Gallery Restaurant. As Friends of the Galleries in Edinburgh, we rate it highly in its quality of service, food and drink - not forgetting its excellent staff, who always make us feel very welcome.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 December 2018

Fabulous food, super friendly service and a great view ans location

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

Fantastic food, nice atmosphere and ideal location, will be back soon

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Visited On Thursday, 27 December 2018

Love your bacon rolls

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

My sister and I had an excellent Christmas lunch -delicious vegetarian food, a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and good service from Giuseppe and his colleagues. We're looking forward to our next visit!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Brilliant venue - especially on this occasion with friends when my wife fainted due to a seasonal illness: the staff were most helpful, kindly and professional including first aider Reuben. We look forward to returning in 2019 on our next Edinburgh holiday.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

We requested a window table which we got and that was nice. The menu offered a good selection. Unfortunately the soup, a coconut butternut sqash was a little too sweet and thick which would probably have been ok if it was hotter. My main was salmon which was excellent. The staff were all very friendly and efficient. Overall a pleasant experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Lovely lunch. Good atmosphere despite restaurant being very busy. Lovely waitress Agnieszka and good to be greeted by Victor himself.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Food and service as always were fantastic.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Absolutely adore Continis George Street but this is not in same league! Staff were lovely but soup was without much flavour, was given the non gluten free bread but told it was gluten free, quickly corrected but not what would be expected and would have liked to seen more options to have smaller plates for lunch .

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Visited On Monday, 17 December 2018

It was a lovely surprise to be given a window table and have a great view of the Christmas market and funfair.

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Visited On Monday, 17 December 2018

This restaurant is excellently situated and overall we enjoyed our meal. I do think you should provide water jugs and glasses at the table. This is routine across the globe and it is annoying only to be given tiny glasses and told to go help ourselves but jugs are not allowed on table. YIKES. I was really looking forward to eggs benedict. Why stop serving them at noon which was when we arrived.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Lovely!

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

A great place to meet friends and family. Service and food were excellent despite a reduced breakfast menu. We will be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

The bar service was atrocious with our ladies wine arriving half way through the main course. Waitied at least 10 minutes for a jug of water. The turkey was dry, the ham was overdone and half of the parsnips were inedible. When we complained we were told we should have complained at the time but having experienced a situation like this before, what happens is that while they fix the meal, the other guests finish their meal. Not conducive to a Christmas lunch party of 6 ladies. We were offered coffee and cake as compensation which was appreciated. Very often you are told the next time you come in you’ll get a discount so pleased at the way our complaint was dealt with.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Afternoon tea - tea was served about 10-25 minutes before the food. It was overpriced for what it was

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Felt it was slightly pricey - Cullen Skink at £15 and one of our party had a main course which was a pretty small portion

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Christmas dinner and pudding were superb! Excellent service.

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

Excellent ‘old fashioned’ service , taking coats and saying goodbye personally is all lovely - very polite and friendly staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Understandaby restaurant very busy but plenty of staff all of whom were very efficient, fried ly and attentive. It was my guests first visit and she was most impressed and commented very favourably on the very tasty fish

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A nice way to spend the afternoon. Great service.

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