Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.contini.com/
  • Phone: 0131 225 1550
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast

    Mon - Sat: 9am - 11:30am

    Sunday: 10am - 11:30am


    Lunch

    Mon - Sun: 12pm - 5:00pm

    Thursday: 12pm - 7pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Scottish
  • Executive Chef: Suzanne O
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Private functions range from corporate dinners and launch parties to exclusive
    fashion shows and wedding receptions.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Regular buses on Princes Street makes The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant perfect for easy access. Stones throw from Waverly train station and St Andrew Square bus station.
  • Parking: No
A word from Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Located in the heart of Edinburgh"s Princes Street Gardens within the National Galleries of Scotland, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant lovingly creates contemporary and classic dishes using the finest Scottish ingredients.
The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant invests a huge amount of time sourcing its produce direct, with 90 per cent of its ingredients coming from more than 50 Scottish artisan suppliers including Cuddybridge Apple Juice; Peelham Farm; Manna House Bakery & Patisserie; Campbells Prime Meats; Scotherbs; Caledonian Breweries; H J Errington
Cheese; Phantassie Organic Vegetables; Graham's The Family Dairy; Summer Harvest Rapeseed Oils; Heritage Potatoes; Findlay's of Portobello; Crabbie's Ginger Ale and Royal Mile Whiskies.
We update the menu every month to cater
for seasonal produce and tweak recipes daily according to supplier deliveries.
Everything is prepared fresh on a daily basis from breads, pastries and cupcakes to jams, marmalades and chutneys.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScottish
Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.5
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
afternoon tea (28)fit for foodies (25)brunch (23)sunday lunch (18)special occasions (14)child friendly (14)disabled access (12)outdoor eating (11)good vegetarian options (11)business meals (10)group bookings (10)outstanding value (7)pre/post theatre (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Extremely helpful staff even sourcing Rabbie Burns mustard by special request. Hot and well cooked food, very tasty. Would recommend without hesitation.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Afternoon tea quite nice but sandwich bread was a bit dry Cakes could be more interesting
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  • Excellent setting but slow service
    Tojag22
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Well worth a shot. Good choice in menu slightly pricey . Let down by very slow service, the restaurant was not really busy. Will return when time for extended lunch allows.
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    afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch and Service
    foodie
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Varied selection on menu, choose the full meal but there were options for lighter lunches, if preferred. The main courses were very tasty and very well presented, followed by equally good desserts. The service was efficient, staff very friendly with a good sense of humour, and we were given plenty of time to read the menu and to linger with our coffees at the end of the meal. All in all we had a very enjoyable meal in relaxed surroundings.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go as a big group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Good was great - perhaps a little pricey for lunch. Service was slow due to us being a group of 9 but staff were friend it and attentive. Layout of downstairs area is a little awkward for staff to serve a long table. On the whole, it was nice.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely go back
    grubsup
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Great atmosphere and tasty interesting dishes. Wheelchair access was simple and staff very accommodating. Fantastic views over Princes Street Gardens. Service a bit slow, but understandable since restaurant was very busy. Great place for a special lunch.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Cold food
    Blackers
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Ordered the Sunday roast waited quite a long time for the food to come which was cold. When I complained that the food was cold the waitress didn't understand. I requested 3 times for some hot gravy which after 10mins a very small bowl was placed on table, I then explained to this waiter that the food was cold. He said that the food comes straight out from kitchen and he would look into this. He didn't come back to tell us his findings. The food would have been perfect if hot but as all 3 of our meals were cold we were very disappointed and can't recommend.
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  • food for art
    constantdine
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    The combination of the art exibition upstairs and the beconing lunch table downstairs makes for a package appealing to all the senses. The friendliness of the staff is also a most pleasant experience and makes one feel really welcome.
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    afternoon tea, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant
    Pennard
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went to the Contini ristorante on George Street for an Italian lunch excellent in every way. Lunch at the Contini Scottish Cafe and Restaurant was a different kettle of fish. Food lukewarm and lack-luster, staff cheerfully helpful but inefficient nevertheless, table top sticky, crowded atmosphere played against rather than for the venue's ambience. Will not go again.
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  • Lunch during Festival
    Foodfamily
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very nice setting, lovely menu and family friendly. Reservation service very efficient too. Staff delightful, but overstretched when it got busy and therefore slow to clear and bring desserts. Overall good, but if you were pressed to complete the meal you'd be frustrated.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating
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  • Perfect
    Maria55
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I love the scottish cafe. The food is excellent and the location perfect. I like to go here mainly for breakfast or brunch on a day trip to Edinburgh
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you have 2 hours to eat
    Overpriced
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It took over an hour to receive our main dishes. We had reservations and were seated immediately.
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  • Happy Reunion
    oldgirl
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    An ideal venue for a relaxed lunch to catch up with an old friend on our arrival at Waverley Station. Our table was positioned so that we could converse in comfort and the harpist added to a restful ambience. The food was beautifully presented and the service unhurried. The cod was particularly delicious although the tasty broth served with it was a little on the cool side. However the day was rather hot, so it hardly mattered. Wine sold by the carafe was an inspired addition to the wine list for a lunchtime special occasion. Our visit to the Edinburgh Festival was off to a great start!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    Catherine
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've been to the Scottish Cafe several times and have always had a great experience - the food is wonderful and the location is lovely. However, this time (Sunday morning, not very busy at all), the service was worse than usual. Our order wasn't written down, so the waiter had to come back and check one of the choices; it took a long time for our food to arrive, and when it did, one of the three meals was brought much later than the others; we had to request butter for toast, which wasn't brought until a second time of asking (by which time the toast was cold); and we couldn't get the waiting staff's attention to get the bill at the end, despite being right next to the waiter station. Lovely food, let down by the service on this occasion.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art of Lunch
    NorwichCouple
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Our first meal in Edinburgh and a great start to our trip. Very attentive staff and lovely food.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth a visit
    PeterB
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Get a table by the windows and watch the world wander by.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Although the food was nice, if unexceptional, the service was dreadful. After along wait, the waitress told us our main courses were ready, but she had forgotten to put our starters order in, we could have those after our main courses! She was most put out when we suggested this was not acceptable, and repeated that our main courses were ready and could not be kept. When we suggested this was hardly our fault, we then waited 35mins for the starters, then 40 mins for our main courses. The side dish i had ordered was cold; waitress just shrugged! It was not deducted from bill, and no apology for any of the extraordinary delay. This was a special event for the friend i was entertaining, and frankly was nothing short of a fiasco.
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  • Mother's Day Lunch
    anon
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Good Food but we felt service was below par and a little chaotic e.g. We were only given the Sunday lunch options after most of the party had already ordered their meals. Our requested hot water to heat baby food never arrived either. It also took a long time to clear plates between courses - although our waitress did apologise for this. I know it was very busy which may help explain service issues somewhat and the quality of food did go along way to making up for it. We will return despite the moans and hopefully things will have improved next time.
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    fit for foodies, child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day service disappointing
    maxabelle
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    I have been many times and experienced good food And service. This time however the service was poor There was a definite staff shortage and it was def felt At our table.... Forgotten drinks, forgotten crayons and Dirty plates left on table. Everyone's food was good Except mine... Burnt buttery. I will go back but not at a busy time.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious breakfast
    foodie
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    We had a fantastic breakfast/brunch here. The fruit/yoghurt/oats combination was lovely, but the breakfast baps were the truly exceptional part of the experience. Everything about them was perfectly delicious - the bap itself, the bacon, haggis and egg - you could taste it all. The tea was lovely too and the staff were very helpful and polite.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Enjoyable Lunch
    Borderlass
    Dined on 25/3/2014
    Varied choice on menu. Very well sourced ingredients. Standard of cooking was high.Presentation was good.Service was friendly and polite.
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    fit for foodies, brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful venue
    breatheinparksandgardens
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Meeting with friends to the sounds of amazing live harp music and a view of Princes Street Gardens. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in March.
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    afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing this time
    Emmer
    Dined on 18/2/2014
    Have had great meals here - and was looking forward to another. V disappointed. Ordered spelt risotto and my fellow diner chose Cullen skink. Both of these dishes far too creamy - and not In a good way . Cullen skink texture of porridge and risotto Creamy but not with the pleasant starchiness of rice. Both seemed as thought the ingredients bound Together by some 'introduced' cream sauce. Not very Nice to eat. Service good.
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  • Agreeable ambience, good view
    OutandAbout
    Dined on 17/2/2014
    Agreeable ambience, good view and excellent service. Imaginative menu with fresh local ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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  • Good lunch on a damp February day
    Portnahapple
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We arrived in Edinburgh by train and so the gallery cafe is a pleasant stroll along Princes Street. Great that you can book a table throughout the day. We had the mutton stew which was very tasty. The brownie was delicious as well. Friendly efficient service added to the experience.
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    brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Scottish produce restaurant
    Lunchandchat
    Dined on 31/1/2014
    Interesting menu giving options for light lunch, sharing platters or main meals- all excellent Scottish food, well presented. Thank goodness for a quality well located restaurent with a flexible choice of dishes to showcase what good food Scotland can provide. A good choice for locals and tourists alike.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    purplepenquin
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    Had a lovely lunch with 2 girlfriends on a catchup after the xmas/new year holidays. Food very tasty, service very good, window seat as requested and set meal of good value. Good place to eat and catch up on a wet Edinburgh day.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sharing platter
    Mary
    Dined on 24/1/2014
    Struggled (but managed!) to finish The Mound platter between us. Delicious and loads of it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfaction achieved
    fraeoototoun
    Dined on 13/1/2014
    We had lunch. We were given a window table which I'd asked for in my booking, the staff were very friendly and attentive. Suggestions were made for alternatives when particular choices were not available eg wine and were good suggestions. We were not hurried out. The waiting times for courses were not too long. The food was as described in the menu and was tasty and well cooked. We were catered for with care and pleasingly catered to. We left feeling satisfied on all levels.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • We brought 2friends from Yorkshire
    Killer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We brought 2friends from Yorkshire and they were most impressed with the quality of service and food. Thank you for an enjoyable experience!
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    outstanding value
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  • Underwhelmed
    Timothy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This should be showcase restaurant. Brilliant location. Well appointed in all respects. But... Service was only just about OK: absolutely no "sparkle". Table had not been cleaned properly. ordered tap water and glasses of wine. Tap water was just one glass full: why not provide jug/carafe? No bread. Main course of beef casserole was a rather small portion and not as hot as it could be. For the price it should be much better.
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  • Relaxing and enjoyable
    Piscatorian
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Took family party here on 2nd jan . 8 of us - 3 generations. Good ambience and nicely met. Excellent for groups with kids. Service fine too. I always think it a little dear for what it is but the location and roominess compensate.
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    business meals, child friendly, brunch, afternoon tea
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  • A safe bet
    Michelinstars
    Dined on 22/12/2013
    Been to the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant a few times and it is always a reliable place to go close to the old amd new town. This time we were there when the Christmas market was on and having a window seat was a great added bonus. We ended up not consuming a full afternoon tea but there was no pressure from the staff. Service and food quality was good. The oversll ambience of the place is not the greatest though...a bit too soulless and unimaginative
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    Fab50
    Dined on 21/12/2013
    It was the second time I had been to the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant at the National Gallery of Edinburgh, but it was the first time I had booked, and it just took the stress out of finding a place to eat on my birthday. It was lovely just walking in and being led to our seat. The service was quick and the staff pleasant. We had a good seat and although it was very busy, there was a quiet air of busy-ness that was un-intrusive. The food was very good and I really enjoyed the experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Scottish High Tea
    MrsH1
    Dined on 15/12/2013
    We had an excellent high tea. The fish and chips with pea puree was superb - very fresh fish, lovely chips and all served with home made tartar sauce and lovely fresh bread. The cake selection was very good, and the chocolate brownies were to die for. We loved hearing the harpist playing live and the service was excellent with really friendly and helpful staff. We enjoyed our tea so much, we returned 2 days later and were warmly welcomed like old friends! I don't think you could get a better 'Scottish high tea' anywhere in Scotland
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    special occasions, child friendly, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    Mosey1
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Supposed to be vintage afternoon tea, but no table cloths on the table and tea was served in white cups and sandwiches and cakes were served in white stands which were definately not vintage. Service was slow and sluggish (although it was very busy). Not good value for money, we have had much better afternoon tea's in other places for much the same price we paid here. Food and drink definately over priced and the service was rubbish. The sandwiches and cake were nice but the overall experience was extremely disappointing. Guess what I am trying to say is that it was a basic afternoon tea and should not be advertised as vintage as it does not match expectation. Overall vist was disappointing and the bill was a bit sore.
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  • Most enjoyable lunch
    OkEdin
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Had a lovely lunch at the Scottish Cafe. Food was very good and setting is great, overlooking Princes St Gardens.
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    Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant, as always
    Aneta
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We had our lunch last Sunday and it was delicious. Fresh food, nicely presented & lovely atmosphere. We will be back! Even our massive buggy was not a problem. Thank you! You made our day!
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    disabled access, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, superb location
    Moominmama
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    My second visit to this restaurant, and it lived up to the excellent first trip. Perfect, central location, with huge windows overlooking Princes St gardens. Delicious varied menu, friendly and helpful staff, and the quality of the food was good. I'd recommend this highly to art lovers, shoppers, families - anyone who needs an excuse for a good meal in the heart of Edinburgh.
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    business meals, child friendly, special occasions, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since 24 November 2013
    • Average Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambience3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Value3.7
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Scottish Gallery
    Sharky
    Dined on 17/11/2013
    excellent lamb roast, staff knew where this was sourced from (Shetland) and were friendly and professional
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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