The Living Room - Edinburgh
The Living Room - Edinburgh

The Living Room - Edinburgh

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.thelivingroom.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01312260880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM; Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00PM-10.30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Comfort Food, 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 01312260880
  • 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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The Living Room - Edinburgh reviews from OpenTable diners
271 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.6
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (124)group bookings (103)romance (81)pre/post theatre (70)business meals (64)fit for foodies (61)sunday lunch (44)outstanding value (39)brunch (38)good vegetarian options (22)afternoon tea (20)disabled access (14)child friendly (12)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • Bad service
    Nothebest
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Food was good, service was really bad. We were sat at a really small booth for 5 people .. We never had cutlery and sat next to a large group of loud guys. We were served our drinks which we asked for bottles of tonic instead of daft and it came daft tonic. The mains came which 2 people of our party had fish and chips. But 1 was served with a empty bowl on the plate which they had forgot the peas. Then we order desert and a gin and tonic which we never got. It was an all over bad experence.
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    business meals
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  • Fabulous!!
    Kimmyfraz
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Love this place!! Service was a little slow! Cocktails and food was amazing! Definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simmy58
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Could not fault the service, waitresses very attentive and friendly and nothing was to much bother for them. We have eaten here a few times when in Edinburgh and have always enjoyed it.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • hubby 50th
    50th
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Booked this restaurant as we love the glasgow one. Not dissapointed. Fab as ever. Food superb .Thanks
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    afternoon tea, brunch, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Frasers
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Dinner for four on a Saturday night, good atmosphere, good service, good food.
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    brunch, romance, special occasions
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  • food good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food good but head waiter lacking in customer skills very rude. Our waitress was lovely and not pushy but some was collecting our drinks glasses before we had finished them! We had booked month before but got the sit here or dont then scenerio!
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner
    jamesjbr
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Lovely setting inside, food was very good, I do find it slightly pricey but for the area it occupies I guess that is reasonable. Will most likely be back again.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • We went pre theatre
    Foxilady
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My friends and I went for a early dinner as we were going to the theatre and could not fault the meal or service. Would have liked the restaurant to be a bit busier but the time of day was to be expected, at the other side bar area was busy.I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing cocktails
    Carrie
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Good food and cocktails to die for, what more can you ask (place is really nice too).
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    brunch, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    occasionaleater
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We went here for my birthday and we're glad we did. The food was delicious although I did mention to the staff that the chips were a bit overdone. It was reasonably priced, not as expensive as we thought it would be. Would recommend if you're looking for somewhere nice for a meal.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    I went with a party of four and in fairness they didn't have this issue, but I ordered something off the menu (the lamb - not cheap) and the portion size was so small we all had to almost laugh when it came to the table. Obviously I was finished eating far before anyone else and still quite hungry. I ordered a cheese board for dessert, hoping that may help and it was double the price of all the other puddings, however again didn't feel it was a generous portion at all for £10! I don't think its particularly good value for money. I'm not a large eater and still found this the case.
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  • Didn't live up to expectations
    Makeameal
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    We dined here for our daughters 18th birthday and it was a bit of a let down to be honest. We waited a millennium for our drinks, (they said they were short staffed). The food came reasonably quickly though but for the price was only average. Nice enough but just average. We thought it was going to be special, that's why we chose it for such an important occasion. The young girls who were waiting the tables obviously had not been trained as they were clearing our table before everyone had finished, actually leaning over someone who was still eating to get an empty plate from someone else. Not their fault if they haven't had the training, I understand. All in all I wouldn't go back and for what they were charging I couldn't recommend either
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  • fun and great service
    McCoy
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    food was good, considering size of restaurant / number of covers. Wine list okay, if a bit heavy on the markups. Great service from start to finish.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We had a dinner with my fiancee , service and food was good only the salmon was a bit watery and tasteless. We can recommend it and probably we'll be back as well .
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service, Substandard Food
    Matt
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Took 25 minutes to even have a drink order taken at the start of the night to be told the cocktail I had asked for couldn't happen because there was no Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, not a big deal though. When I got my starter (Tomato, Mozzarella and Red Pepper Risoto), it had been completely over seasoned with Coriander. Probably in an attempt to give it some form of flavour. When my partner got her Pulled Pork sandwich, she found it had been seasoned with Cinnamon and 5 Spice, completely overpowering the dish. Too noisy, too much seasoning, too slow.
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  • Sunday dinner
    Ryan
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    One of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. Nice ambience although was no Piano playing on this occasion maybe this is only on certain days? The food is always fantastic. Our starters were late as the order was missed due to a fault in the system, no compensation offered which I was disappointed with as this seems to be the norm when things like that happen. Cost was £52 for two course dinner for two with a drink. Staff are very nice and happy! I would highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lovely Lunch
    girlslunch
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Lovely sunday lunch, fabulous waitress who was very friendly and and made us feel extremely welcome. Food was lovely and will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Such a Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    I have eaten here a few times and just love the restaurant, the for and the very good service- Always something on the menu to generate interest
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Dinner at the Living Room
    Mumstreat
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Good central location. Surprisingly roomy. Excellent service. Menu was varied and gluten free options were available. The only downside whas the noise. The background music was overpowering.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good at the living room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Service at the bar was shocking, not friendly at all. More smiles needed rather than grumpy faces. Food was over priced for what we got. Was expecting better quality of food for the price. Would not eat on there again but will drink.
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    afternoon tea
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  • Cocktails are lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We went for dinner at 4 pm and restaurant wasn't very busy which suited us, we did put on the booking that we would like to be seated at the front, we were seated at the rear which in the end was fine. The meal was lovely, the service was ok but a waitress forgot a couple of things. When we went to the bar for cocktails, the barman was very knowledgeable and made our favourite cocktails.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Nice fare at the Fringe
    Bjsee
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    The Living Room in George St has a surprisingly large dining room behind a fairly small bar and lounge area - we were pleasantly surprised as we thought it might be a bit poky, but it was bright and airy. The food was good and the service friendly and efficient - the only slight negative is that the place was pretty quiet at 8pm on a Thursday during the Edinburgh Festival ( despite this we were initially put on a small table at the back when there were nicer, bigger empty tables - although we got moved when we asked). We would go back when we next visit Edinburgh, and have recommended it to some friends.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Great service and food
    No1foody
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Turned up early but were shown to our table straight away and served really quickly. Apart from being just a little too warm and noisy, the food was excellent and the service combined with the waiting times could not be faulted. A great place on George St and great value for its location!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great ambience,
    redmags
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We booked this for a meal pre-tattoo. The staff were extremely attentive even with us arriving 30 minutes than booked time we were taken straight to our table. Food was extremely good and good value too. Cannot recommend the chocolate fondant highly enough - it was amazing
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    special occasions
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  • Great place to eat
    dennyeca
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Booked table online which was most convenient. Staff were very helpful, kind and attentive without being over bearing. The food was delicious, not the usual mundane menu and very reasonably priced, all in all a very good dining experience and somewhere I'd most definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Good food,lack of attention
    Treciadiene
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Nice place, good food and good service! Maybe a bit pricey but food was really good. Lack of attention to details as we pre-ordered and pre-paid bottle of champagne as a surprise as it was the special occasion, unfortunately it hasnt been delivered. A bit of more communication between staff would have sorted this problem in no time. I would reccomend TLR for lunches or afternoon tea as food was really delicious.
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    afternoon tea, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor second experience
    Lorr
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I had a lovely experience my first visit, hence returning, very poor customer service despite there only being 2 tables being attended, poor customer service at the bar and the restaurant sadly. Food was very average, the fish was tasteless with no salad served as requested, the vegetarian glamorgan sausages were nice although the mash was warm at best. The only dissappointment about my Edinburgh experience was this restaurant sadly.
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  • Festival 2014
    Festivalgoer
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Food excellent, impressed with menu choices. Nice touch to have 2/3 course set price supper menu at this time of year....most restaurants cashing in on Festival visitors and prices invariably hiked up... Very galling for those of us that are local... Decor is lovely, staff helpful. I would definitely recommend to friends and will go back again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rubbish from start to end
    olim
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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!
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  • Maybe ok for kids
    Andrew
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary meal
    still2hungry
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    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.
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  • Mediocre
    Pollar01
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    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.
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  • cb11
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    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
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    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • First Impression
    Fletch
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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  • An ok meal
    GordonR
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Enjoyed the food. An empty restaurant meant it all felt a bit, well, average. Fine service. Nice menu choices. Good value.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fridaynighteventer
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Supper club menu is good value. Service was excellent.
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  • Poor. Un-coordinated, disjointed
    Foodie37
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Not good management need to get a grip on the service, both for food and wine. Train your waiters/waitresses
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  • amazing
    valentines
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Nice cosy good quality meal
    DukeofEael
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Very accommodating restaurant with excellent service and top quality food. The Chateaubriande was fabulous. Good for couples and parties
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet lunch
    Richard17
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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