The Cellar Door
The Cellar Door

The Cellar Door

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecellardooredinburgh.com/
  • Phone: 0131 226 4155
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday: 12pm -9.30pm
    Tuesday: 12pm - 9.30pm
    Wednesday: 12pm - 9.30pm
    Thursday: 12pm - 10pm
    Friday: 12pm - late
    Saturday: 12pm -late
    Sunday: 12pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Scottish, Modern European, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can cater for large parties in our 50 cover restaurant downstairs and are more than happy to accommodate private parties Sunday-Thursday.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Street Parking after 6.30pm
A word from The Cellar Door
Having taken over the restaurant in October 2012 we are passionate about creating Scottish dishes using fresh local produce. We are a relaxed family friendly restaurant, non-pretentious offering flavoursome food served by friendly staff. Happy to accommodate any dietary requirements. We can cater for large parties in our 50 cover restaurant downstairs and are more than happy to accommodate private parties Sunday-Thursday. Combining local produce and excellent service, we can guarantee to make your experience a highly enjoyable one.
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The Cellar Door reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since 21 November 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4
    Value3.9
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (54)pre/post theatre (47)romance (45)group bookings (34)fit for foodies (33)outstanding value (30)business meals (27)sunday lunch (20)good vegetarian options (10)child friendly (7)brunch (5)afternoon tea (3)disabled access (1)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Something for everyone
    Yummy
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Particularly liked how item menus are marked for gluten free options so there is no need to quiz staff. Very pleasant, friendly staff. We were last to leave the restaurant (sorry!) but weren't chased out at all. Thank you! Big portions - I struggled to finish my main (even though it was delicious) - I only had one of their appetisers and not a full blown starter - but maybe that's just me. I've eaten here a couple of times now and I would definitely go back. Not an extensive menu but certainly something for everyone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • edindine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had a lovely evening. The food was delicious with great choices - all of us could have chosen a number of things from the menu. The service was warm and friendly and we were not at all rushed. Highly recommended - my only very small gripe was there were maybe a couple too many tables fitted in which meant it was all a bit tight but that wouldn't stop me returning.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • wonderful delightful meal
    Stone78
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant on time and were seated straight away. The waitress was quick and efficient with taking our order and providing our drinks. We had an entree instead of starters which were chunky potato chips that were warm to dip in a choice of two dips these were lovely and set us up for our main course. We chose the venison and steak meal and both tasted wonderful. We chose a dessert too i had sticky toffee pudding and my husband had the cheesecake again lovely and just the right amount. The service throughout was efficient and friendly and the price of the food wasn't too expensive. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and would gladly rebook on our return to Edinburgh again. Many thanks to The Cellar Door
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We chose the set menu offer but still had lots of choice and were able to pick and mix where necessary from the A la Carte menu. I had Cullen Skink as a main but was listed as a starter . Service was friendly and helpful. Would strongly recommend the restaurant but especially the home made sticky toffee pudding.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lisabelleg
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We had a lovely meal here which was the second time I'd visited, the first with my girlfriends the second with my husband. My husband is notoriously fussy and always finds something to moan about but he loved it and said it was the best meal he's had in a long time!! Good value too.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    cLHG
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Beautiful meal in nice surroundings. Looks very underwhelming from outside and probably would've passed by had we not been recommended but main area downstairs was much larger. Food was lovely and all four of us enjoyed it; we each had a different item off the menu. Will definitely be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We are steak lovers and were unable to get into our usual haunts so following the excellent online reviews decided to give The Cellar Door a try......we are so glad we did! Restaurant has a lovely ambience, the staff were all friendly and attentive (even though every table was taken) and the food was excellent, the Haggis Bon Bons are a must, our steaks were cooked to our likening and was disappointed not to have room for desert and the choices sounded amazing. We felt that the restaurant was priced competively and had the edge as the steak price includes your sides unlike other well know steak restaraunts. Well worth a visit will be adding to our local list now!
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • A welcome return
    ASmith032VIP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Booked a table for lunch with friends from out-of-town - great selection on the two courses for £9.95 menu, great price for a bottle of prosecco and a warm & attentive service from the staff, despite how busy it was.
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    brunch, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • A Scottish Meal
    Oldscenesrevisited
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Very Scottish menu with a broad variety. The service was OK but needed a bit of chasing up particularly at paying the bill time. BUT my Italian companion thought it was excellent and it was her introduction to eating out in the capital - so really from her a 'bravo!'.
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  • Good food, noisy restaurant
    SJWr
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We had very friendly, efficient service and all 6 in our party had good food. It is noisy, however, and my elderly father found it hard to hear any of the conversation. Limited wine list. Overall an enjoyable meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good.
    Italianglutton
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    I appreciate the crew courtesy and the good food. Starter (Salt and pepper squid with aioli and garnish) was well-cooked, soft and not chewy. Main course (Baked fillet of scottish salmon with a sesame and corander crust, pak choi and noodles in miso broth) was a good surprise. It was the first time I tasted a thai dish. I chose well.
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    outdoor eating
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  • Nice
    burtoni
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Food isalways good here. Good options for non-meat eaters.
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  • Loved it
    lovemefood
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Booked it as a surprise for my boyfriend as a romantic intimate meal with great food. Id never been before but i wasnt disappointed as it was a beautiful meal with outstanding service, will look forward to returning on my next trip to Edinburgh
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value lunch
    elliemay
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Enjoyed lunch here with 4 friends. We had excellent service, good food and it was great value. We'll be back and recommend this restaurant.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful find
    Lizzey
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Made a booking without any previous knowledge of the place. Very pleasantly surprised. Interesting room downstairs, lovely choice of menu at reasonable prices and very helpful and friendly staff. Food was excellent. O
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    best
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We had a most pleasant lunch with very charming service. As a consequence, before leaving, we booked for a small group on another occasion
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    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Charming restaurant
    WorldTravelor
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Small downstairs restaurant with great ambiance, wonderful staff, and terrific food. I had the mussels app and salmon. Both were very flavorful and beautifully prepared. My wife the fish of the day and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    A civilized yet relaxed atmosphere in a family friendly restaurant. Stand out dishes were the Venison which was soft and succulent, the catch of the day Plaice which was juicy and perfectly cooked with inventive and delicious acompaniments.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant - great food
    FrodosFolks
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Tucked downstairs ( as the name suggests) on George IV Bridge is the lovely restaurant, the Cellar Door. We have dined there during the festival when it is heaving and also when it reverts (as Edinburgh generally does) to normal. The menu is enticing, the food is excellent and the service is very good. It is also good value in an area where it is quite possible to pay a lot for a little.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    chrisinberks
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    4 of us visited the Cellar Door for the first time for a pre theatre meal and were not disappointed. The menu had a great choice of interesting and tasty dishes and it was difficult to choose which to select. We all had something different for starters and main courses and all were very good. Beware if you order the fish and chips as you get two fish - they were lovely but a bit too much for me. Service was attentive and friendly throughout the meal - this was especially impressive given how busy they were. The atmosphere was lively, friendly and relaxed all at the same time. Definitely worth a re-visit next time we/you are in Edinburgh.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Disappointed with lunch service
    Wendywoo
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    I have been twice to the restaurant recently during the festival. The first time was for dinner. The food was good and service was friendly and efficient , all round an enjoyable experience.The second time was for lunch and was quite disappointing. The scottish menu was very similar to the dinner menu and starter options available as main courses.The food was good and the waitress pleasant however three of our four main dishes arrived 75 minutes after we sat down. According to the waitress , the kitchen had forgotten about the fourth dish. An apology was given and when the food arrived it was tasty and fresh. I would recommend the place but make sure you have plenty time as service is very slow
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  • excellent lunch
    suziemc
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    The cellar door lunch menu is excellent value and the food was delicious. The service was good and i would definitely recommend.
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    business meals, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Very easy to book for a group of 9 ! Staff was very helpful. Rib eye steak was good but cold unfortunately.
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  • Nice
    Nugohs
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Steak was amazing! Good variaty of desserts. The Room is very small and it can be very loud...
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Robert57
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, great servoice, great value........will be bacck
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  • Disappointing
    Terry
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    I had been for lunch in 2013 at Cellar Door with business chums and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went again for dinner a year later on 13 August 2014 and it was poor, fair at best. They made a mistake with our wine order, the fresh sea bass was a miserly portion for the price (only one small side) and it was over cooked. It was so noisy that we could hardly hear each other over a small table. I doubt if I will be back unless someone else takes us there.
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  • Food was good but mix up with menu
    LK84
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When I booked my table at the time there was an early evening meal available, so I booked expecting to get this. However once there, we were told this did not apply during the festival, but they should have made sure that the website was updated accordingly. So was a lot more expensive that we wanted or expected to pay. Just to warn others in case this happens again.
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  • CurlyKirst
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Warning they add 10% service charge to not great service. Food not that amazing.
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  • Over rated
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Booked a table based on reviews and location and were left a bit disappointed. The service was very slow, we were left waiting on staff for most of our visit as were various tables around us. The restaurant was fairly busy as it was during the fringe however there were plenty of staff- they just seemed to be milling around the bar area instead. We were given a very limited menu which we struggled to chose from however other diners were served various meals which did not feature on our menu? Strange as we did not realise there were other menus to chose from? Overall we felt the menu was very limited, poor choice and poor value. The food itself was fine but nothing special and not worth the money we paid.
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  • birthday celebration
    AB59
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Booked table for 2 for my birthday on Friday evening 8th August. Good choice on the menu, helpful waiter service. Did not feel rushed to vacate table. Lovely modern setting, went down stairs. Very good value for money. Good bottle of wine.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Great night
    AlisonS1953
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were meeting up with two American cousins, they were delighted with my choice of Restaurant and the service could not have been better. Thank you for a memorable night & a great meal which we were able to enjoy once my husband had found a parking space.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buzzy atmosphere & good bistro food
    GH77
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went here for dinner on a very busy Friday night and had quite low expectations given the 'Scottish food' tag but the food is good; big portions, comfort food well done and lovely wine. Pleased to have found this hidden gem.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • melt in the mouth steak
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Delicious steak. Really was 'melt in the mouth'. Haggis bonbons starter portion was perhaps a little on the large side for a starter. Good choice of dishes, not too many but something for everyone. Loved the fact you highlight gluten free options. Reasonably priced wines too. Attentive service.
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  • Great Food
    SmokinDaz
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Booked the restaurant for a stag do and received great feedback from the rest of the group. Most of the group agreed it was one of the best steaks they ever had. They were able to accommodate an increase in the group number at a few days notice and found the servers to be very friendly. One negative point was some orders were initially given wrong such as missing chips and one of the desserts was only brought out when the staff were reminded although this was probably down to the large group size. Overall a positive experience and i plan on going again the next time i am in Edinburgh.
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  • Great value lunch
    falkirk52
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    2nd time in about 2 months we had lovely lunch here - it's great value 2 courses for about £10. Good choices and good food. Service friendly and attentive. Right amount of food so you don't feel too full to have dessert. We had fish and chips and I had raspberry cheesecake and my husband had sticky toffee puddying - all yummy. Wine and beer choices also offers decent choice and good value.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • 1st visit to Scotland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    We were in Edinburgh for the 1st time and ventured to many restaurants and pubs during our visit. The Cellar Door was very good, but not our best meal while in Scotland. I would recommend it to a friend for future visits, but it would be among a list of others. Food choices could be slightly more creative.
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  • Appropriate for families only
    JustFactual
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    If as part of your evening meal you are happy to be surrounded by children and the noise they make (crying, chatter, games) you don't require ambience, tentative service, good decor, or well presented food this is for you. If you are looking for thoughtfully presented food, consistency, soft lighting, statement decor and a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere try somewhere else. Food was fine. Portions large. Wine list limited but very affordable. Fillet steak excellent value.
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  • great find
    RLEatingtourVIP
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Friendly, great atmosphere and relaxing even though busy. Food superb
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spoiled by delays
    ManFriday
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    We arrived a little early, but our table was ready for us. Wine order was taken quickly and received quickly. Menu choices were taken shortly after. So service had been very good. However, our starters didn't arrive until almost an hour after we arrived. Another long delay followed before we got our main courses. We expressed dissatisfaction and were told that the chef had "badly sprained his wrist", hence the delays with the food. We chose not to have desserts as it was getting late by now and we feared how long they may have taken to arrive, though we did have coffee. Other diners around us were suffering the same fate as us, which was a shame for the tourists and an embarrassment for us. No recompense of any sort was offered.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining
    Biff
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    We have eaten in Edinburgh for many years at the same few restaurants so fancied a change. The Cellar Door was a real find. Can't fault the place. Great food, service and not too expensive.
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