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The Living Room - Edinburgh
The Living Room - Edinburgh

The Living Room - Edinburgh Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.thelivingroom.co.uk
  • Phone: 0131 226 0880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM; Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00PM-10.30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private dining, group bookings available for up to 200 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicola Melrose 0131 226 0880
  • Entertainment: Live musicians from 8:00PM - 10:00PM Thursday to Saturday and 2:00PM to 4:30PM Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Castle Street
  • Public Transit: Rail: Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Living Room - Edinburgh
At The Living Room our focus remains on sourcing the best quality ingredients, preparing them simply and delivering bags of flavour and texture on the plate. This is good, honest, robust and stylish food with its origins firmly in the European tradition with international touches. There is nothing frilly or fancy. Small plates - such as wok fried edmame beans or Italian olives – allow for casual snacking while sandwiches and salads enable one-course, easy and casual dining. All-day opening is designed to facilitate easy access and reinforces a core ethos behind The Living Room; you, the customer, is the one empowered to make decisions and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to do that, enjoy it and be comfortable.

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Diner Reviews
  • "If I could of given it 0/5 stars I would. service was awful, food was rubbish and staff knowledge was distinctly lacking. There isn't enough space in this box to fill in everything I want to say, so I'll leave you with this. You get better service and food at your local pub!"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Despite having a children's menu, a burger was served coated in mustard; probably not suitable for most children. On the plus side, a phone call to the restaurant said "no room" but I got a table via OpenTable."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We booked a table for our anniversary, ordered rump of lamb, part of it was cooked the rest of it was all gristle and not cooked properly, overall the meal was very poor value and we would not return again. The waiter on the other hand was lovely and very apologetic and refunded the price of the meal. My step daughter had also arranged for us to have an anniversary cocktail which she had organised beforehand, which we were no aware of but we didn't even receive this."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "The service was fairly slow i.e. waited 15 minutes for the Martini's. They also didn't have the wine I wanted though the alternative was nice. The rib-eye steak was the highlight of the meal but the rest of the food was average."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Have eaten in the Living Room on a few occasions now and have never had any complaints about the food or the service , a very enjoyable experience on all occasions"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Initially no atmosphere in restaurant as we were the only 4 people there, but a noisy table of 21 arrived and the noise was so overwhelming we took our coffees and liqueurs to the bar area as we could not hear each other speak! Overall food and service good."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food. An empty restaurant meant it all felt a bit, well, average. Fine service. Nice menu choices. Good value."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Supper club menu is good value. Service was excellent."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Not good management need to get a grip on the service, both for food and wine. Train your waiters/waitresses"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "we always go on special occasions and decided to treat ourselves on our second anniversary. the food was fantastic as was the atmosphere and the staff. great service. will defo be back xx"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Very accommodating restaurant with excellent service and top quality food. The Chateaubriande was fabulous. Good for couples and parties"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Two of us had lunch here recently. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and lit, but was very quiet, with only three tables occupied. The full menu and lunchtime menu contained a wide selection of dishes. My steak frites was nice, but not as pink as I was expecting, and my brother's vegetarian sausages were apparently good. We both had sticky toffee pudding, which was OK but could have been much hotter. Overall, fairly average."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "The food was of the highest standard however the service did not mirror this, we waited to be seated for 10 mins (it was not busy) before seeing ourselves to our seat to then discover that although the website states 2for1 cocktails Mon-fri, this is not applicable in Scotland and we were advised that if we checked the tiny small print on the website it would advise this - which we still cannot find? This was one of the main reasons we chose this restaurant on this particular Friday for a special occasion so we were understandably disheartened. If the service matched the food it would be magnificent."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We had lovely fillet steak on Friday night and shared the dessert platter which was very good value. Port was delicious as was the red wine (can't remember which one!). My bottle of Peroni was not chilled but they replaced with cold draught without question and the bread and oil portion was a bit mean but they also brought us another complimentary one when we pointed it out so I have no complaints really, they sorted without question and we had a lovely night. We will both go back."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "enjoyed our meal we where a party which ranged in age from 7 years to 65 years and found that there was something for everyone only disappointment was there was no Sunday roast on on menu however that may have been it was 6 30 pm. Also no vanilla vodka which a cocktail and a dessert where unavailable however overall nice evening on a bank holiday weekend"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "i would not recommend this at all one of the worst meals i have had. Service was dreadfull and food was poor quality. I plan to put a review online "
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "I cook a lot at home so find it easy to criticise when going out for dinner, but the good was fantastic, the ambience was excellent and the decor was great, lovely evening I would go again"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "We went to the Living Room with good friends to celebrate my wife's birthday. The food was great - it's not fine dining but it's good quality, well cooked and presented nicely. The staff were really friendly and helpful and even though the restaurant was busy it didn't feel overcrowded; the live music from the bar really added to the atmosphere. We had the table from 7:30 and we were still sitting there at 11 - nobody tried to chase us away or insist on getting the table back and altogether it made for a really relaxed night out."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "The food was lovely and well presented. The service was very good."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "I have gone to this place many times for drinks but this is the first time for food. I found the dishes creative and fresh at a great value. "
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Chicken salad from their healthier, low calorie option costing £8.95 was very disappointing. The salad consisted of a layer of chickpeas, spinach leaves and half a chicken breast that had previously been cooked making it very rubbery and not very appetising and a little salad dressing. :-( "
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "My partner and I thought that the special offer of £14.95 each for a 2 course meal and a glass of house wine for the Supper Menu was really good value and the choice from the Supper menu was very good. It would be nice if they had this type of offer more often for week nights."
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "Wow , could not hear yourself think for, screeching hen parties ."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Might be a little noisy for some. "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "We wre a small group of friends who had a lovely meal and most enjoyable evening everything was excellent I would recommend to all"
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Lovely service. Not rushed on a Thursday evening. Actually really quiet. Good value pre 7pm menu. One of the steak portions was perhaps a bit on the meager side when compared to another portion. We should've said something. Overall a great night though. "
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday evening when it was really busy with a mixed crowed of couples and big friend groups. It's a place to go and eat something in a bar surrounding before you go on and do something else. The food was bland and expensive and could have been made by anyone but it felt like they were charging you for the venue/location it. to be 'out in town' rather than the food. We had the carpaccio, spring rolls and sticky ribs and some prawns but everything tasted like it was from Iceland. Cocktails were nice though. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Booked well in advance after a recommendation. Evening started well, good bar service on arrival, and when first went to the table with family. Starters arrived on time, and we all tried something different as there was a good choice. Mains arrived and food of good standard. However, after about an hour or so we ordered another bottle of wine and drinks but never arrived, and despite reminding the staff twice, still hadn't arrived. After another reminder the wine was brought but not the drinks. It was some 30 minutes of waiting which spoilt the night, so we paid the bill and left."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Had a meal at The Livingroom, Edinburgh last week. My wife had read some mixed reviews so she went expecting to be disappointed, but the food was so good that even she couldn't find anything to complain about. The battered king prawns were crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside and the ribeye steaks were perfectly cooked. The drinks are quite expensive, £12.50 for a pint and large glass of wine, but overall I'd give it a 4 out of 5 and would go back."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend for a romantic meal on a saturday night. Althought the restaurant was busy we were promptly offered drinks and allowed time to look at the menus. The staff were extremely helpful and polite. They served all meals and drinks without delay but definitely did not rush us. The food was lovely. Cooked to perfection"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "I would suggest booking, especially if wanting to eat on a Saturday evening. It's very popular. Atmosphere was great. Food was great. Service was great. Really made to feel welcome. And would certainly go back, next time I'm in Edinburgh"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "My finance and I took both Mothers out for Sunday lunch. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service was excellent with very friendly staff. We have both eaten in The Living Room before but this day was made extra special."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Booked The Living Room for Mother's day this year as I have been a few times before and really liked the food and ambience. Really disappointed in the food. Starters, polenta was very bland, smoked salmon was very fishy. Main course we had the mother's day roast special menu; the veg was okay, but both the pork with crackling was bland and crackling was soft and the roast chicken was undercooked and pink/red at the bone - I didn't eat much of the chicken and when I told the waiter he said he would mention it to the chef - nothing else was heard. We had sticky toffee pudding for dessert which was fantastic - but overall, lunch for 2 adults and a child cost £60+ thought it was a bit steep as the food was really off standards."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Had a table for 2 booked for 20:30 on Saturday night, We arrived and were seated at a table that was free? So seated we were, menus were provided and then......nothing, no drinks order no service at all. We asked at about 15 mins and again asked again at 20 and 25 mins by which time still no service so we made to leave. At the exit we informed the manageress? who told us that if we sat again we would be served straight away. Sorry, too little too late. The manageress? then took contact details and ensured us that she would look into this. We then headed to a Nepalese restaurant and had a great service with great food at half the price of a night out. Sorry to all at The Living Room, but lack of service really let this experience down."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Everything was going well, lovely food and nice wine, but after we had finished our main meals the plates were left on the table for over 20mins even tho the restaurant wasn't that busy and the guy serving us walked past at least 6 times! We asked for them to be taken away and were waiting for the dessert menu. Another 15mins and we were still waiting so we asked for the bill which came quite quick but yet again were left waiting to pay. We ended up taking the bill to staff standing at the other end of the restaurant and were asked how our night was to which we were honest. We did get an apology but it doesn't really make us want to rush back any time soon. The staff when we did see them were polite but more attention to all diners needed!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "2nd time at The Living Room and not disappointed. Food is well presented and delicious. Service was quick and efficient. We were there for a pre-theatre meal, last time was for lunch and both times thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Only one wee complaint that the coffee at the end could have been hotter but we were rushing on by that time so it didn't matter. Definitely recommend it for any meal of the day."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Both my friend and I are quite fussy eaters but all we ate was as near perfect as it could be! The staff and the service they gave was excellent. Would definitely go back again and would recommend it to anyone. Prices of both food and wine were very affordable."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "One of the nicest meals I've had! Good service and very accommodating to our needs."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Lovely food ,good service not too expensive .Yes really enjoyed it I will be back..."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "I was here last two years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the upmarket ambiance and food - my most recent visit made me feel like I was in an upscale pub, not a restaurant. Cheesy music, bright lighting and the food was very average. Unfortunately not what I had expected / remembered."
    dined on 15/03/2014