Whighams Wine Cellars
Whighams Wine Cellars

Whighams Wine Cellars

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://whighams.com/
  • Phone: 0131 225 8674x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner - All day menu
    Monday - Sunday: 12.00pm - 10.00pm
    Prix Fixe menu.
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 7pm.
    2 courses £10.95 / 3 courses £13.95
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Dougie Lyall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whighams Wine Cellars was opened in August 1983, on the site of early 19th century cellars, in the basement of a private residence in Charlotte Square, situated in Edinburgh's city’s Georgian New Town.
  • Private Party Contact: Whighams Wine Cellars 01312258674x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Sunday 8pm till 1pm
    Live blues first Tuesday of the month 8.30pm till 11.30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charlotte Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On Street Parking and Multi Storey Car park within 5 mins walk.
A word from Whighams Wine Cellars
Whighams Wine Cellars was opened in August 1983, on the site of early 19th century cellars in the basement of a private residence in Charlotte Square.
Over the past 30 years, Whighams has grown to become a leading wine bar and restaurant in Scotland"s capital city, frequented by locals as well as visitors from all over the world.
Whighams Wine Cellars, through its unique design offers a choice of settings, from intimate cellar snugs to more spacious open areas, marrying old world and contemporary styles.
It is possible to enjoy a meal or snack at any time of day or evening, choosing from menus which are freshly prepared in our kitchens by our experienced team of chefs. We source produce daily and as locally as possible, with the emphasis being on fresh seafood as our speciality.
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Whighams Wine Cellars reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.8
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (19)fit for foodies (17)pre/post theatre (14)group bookings (12)business meals (11)outstanding value (10)romance (9)sunday lunch (7)good vegetarian options (7)brunch (5)child friendly (1)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Always Good
    JJBB
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    As always a very enjoyable evening. Thanks.I will be back soon.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect Evening
    Fussydiner
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    From the minute we walked in the staff were friendly and welcoming. It was my companions first time at Whigham's..... chosen as a belated Birthday treat and the staff went out of their way to ensure we had a great night! We loved the buzz of the place and so impressed with variety of menu. My brother took opportunity to try Cullen Skink for first time and enjoyed it so much he intends to try it out at home himself....."Always thought it would be too creamy but that's just brill!" (his words). Each of us had a different starter and all more than happy with our choice. The mains were cooked perfectly.... lobster (x 2) and King prawn linguine (x1) all topped off with Sticky toffee pudding. Absolutely gorgeous... wonderful!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Great atmosphere but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We went to have a special meal and liked the atmosphere of the place, nice buzz and cosy on a wet evening. Starters of oysters and mussels were, particularly the mussels which were plump and delicious. However terribly disappointed in the mains chosen from the 'Specials'. Herb crusted coley with new potatoes and green beans in a wine sauce sounded nice but the beans ran out and replaced by the stringiest toughest samphire ever tasted. Think it must have been bought in to be a dressing not for eating. Coley tasteless and covered in a grey crust that had no flavour at all. Potatoes were unremarkable but fine and not worth the £12.95 each. The wine was good though and we would go back but be much more cautious with our choices.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always - the best
    JJBB
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We were 5 meeting for a school reunion and we had the most wonderful evening catching up. The company was great however the lovely food, great ambience and excellent service was much appreciated . Our next reunion be at Whighams again. Thanks :)
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Good lunchtime salad
    Liv2dine
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Ate in one of the booths which allowed a private conversation over a large bottle of fizzy water Nice healthy avocado, orawn and crab salad that was really fresh
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    pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Staff are very,very helpful and friendly. They are very attentive and patient although the restaurant and bar where both bust due to festival goers etc. I can also recommend the menu which is very reasonable priced with good selection of produce. The menu is also well represented with special offers such reduced mains for Aug. overall a very enjoyable dining experience with good food and great service.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    JJBB
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Whighams never fails in producing good food and wine plus the staff are friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely food and dog friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    We were sat in a little cellar booth which was great for the dog as we weren't surrounded by lots of people and distractions. The dog was provided with a bowl of water and our food was delicious. The staff were attentive and friendly.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Book Festival Dinner
    pamlyall4
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Whighams is in an ideal location for a visit to the Book Festival and the waitress was very willing to get our order in quickly to meet with our time constraints. The food was very good - I had a mushroom risotto which was excellent! - and the service friendly and not all pushy. It was a very nice start to a good evening.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a catch-up
    K80H
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    I visited with friends. The service was attentive but relaxed and the food good. I've been a few times for both work and leisure and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    JJBB
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    This is my favourite place for both food or just a drink. Excellent selection of food on the menu and an outstanding selection of wines. Also has the type of beers my husband and his friends like eg Deuchers. So good all round.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • good size portions
    csl77
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely meal at the weekend. For a Saturday it wasn't too busy but assume as the festival kicks off it will get more busy. I had plenty of options from the menu but unfortunately my husband less options as he's not a big fan of certain fish and other than steak and some meat salads it was primarily fish related for mains. I would go back again with friends.
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    brunch, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food
    qwerty5678
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The worst food I have ever eaten in Edinburgh, seemed as though it had been microwaved, tried to over charge us on the bill. Avoid!
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  • Relaxed dining in great location
    Stephen
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    We went to Whighams to enjoy an evening of live music and were surprised by the quality of the dinner and the value of the wine. Service was friendly and professional. We would eat there again. Its location on Charlotte Square is great for a New Town visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • redspot
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We visited on a bank holiday Monday evening so not the busiest time but received really good food and service The house champagne recommended as excellent by the waiter lived up to its description and is well worth the £36 investment Would return next time we are in Edinburgh
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Bar Yes, Restaurant No!
    BlazerBoy
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Great for wine and tapas at the bar, not for quiet, romantic restaurant dining.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good ambience - service.. poor food
    Bogi
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Honestly, I was expecting good fishes and jazz music but I could not find either. It´s a shame because I really enjoyed the atmosphere and to be fair ....the service was perfect.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Whighams Wine Cellars Jazz Night
    foodieforlife
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants I have been to. The fantastic value for money with the delicious food, makes me salivate just recalling the meal. The lobster was sweet and tender and made to allow the quality ingredient to stand up for itself without over complicating it with other ingredients. The service from our young female waitress was professional, friendly and attentive. The recommendations and advice on the desert was spot on with the port and sticky toffee pudding going down so well, that a second helping had to be ordered. The live Jazz however, was the main celebration at this meal, creating a lively atmosphere that impossible not to enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • A relaxed evening meal
    Mars
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    I really enjoyed my meal at Whighams, the dinning area is well set out and did not feel crowded. There was a relaxed atmosphere and we must of sat at the table for a good hour after having finished our deserts. The food tasted good and was always well presented and prompt. I will definitely be back soon.
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  • Seafood Lovers Lunch
    Dode
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    As my wife and I love seafood, this is a great place to eat. Oysters, smoked salmon, mussels, langoustines and a nice chilled bottle of Chablis. Doesn't get much better !
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bluesnight
    kennyboy
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Brill evening overall liked the phone call re choosing suitble table to listen to music without being overbearing this extra service. Staff very helpfull. Party of 6 all enjoyed various fisg dishes all said would recommend Wighams to friends.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Class Restaurant
    Bluebell
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Great place to eat at anytime - good value and choice of wines.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    Phoebe
    Dined on 27/2/2014
    Great service and good value food from the 2 courses for £12 menu. It wasn't too busy either. Overall would highly recommend. Good wine list.
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  • Fresh as you like
    lindsay
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have been eating at Whighams for years when we visit Edinburgh. Not only a wonderful, unspoilt cellar feel but great unobtrusive service, and sensationally fresh seafood. Eat at The Kitchin last night and enjoyed Whigham's food better.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    Winston
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great buzzy atmosphere. Service and food great. Excellent value. Fish dishes are highly recommended. Don't rush you away from your table which is great. All in a great evening and great value.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, pre/post theatre, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful wine
    MMlon
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food was great very noisy as the dining area is just an area cordoned off from the bar - Friday night and rugby weekend bound to be busy! The fido was good but the wine was amazing and real value for money and I just had it by the glass rather than the bottle! Recommend the claret and Aussie botrytis!
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    outstanding value
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  • Accommodating
    NeetsEdin
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    The food was great but what was better was the great accommodation to my food allergy. They were understanding and very helpful. Well done!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly bar/restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 23/12/2013
    Enjoyed a relaxed christmas lunch with three frends this week but ate off the normal menu as had b ookked through toptable which avoided the £12.50 deposit per head for Christmas menu - also better value. Good sized starters and Mains which did not dissappoint and a couple of us indulged in desserts which also lived up to billing. Washed down with a couple of well priced bottles of vino and coffees and the whole thing was £40 per head including tip. Service was pleasant helpful and attentive and the only error of a coolish cup of coffee was instantly and unquestioningly remedied.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed diner
    edindiner
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    Very disappointed, seated at 8.15 did not even get bread until 9pm. All of us bar one ordered steak to be told there was none left?? On a Saturday night?, we did at that point try to phone round other restaurants but all full, 2 settled for linguine which was dry and overcooked and 2 of us had fishcakes as a main course which were ok. We did not book a table until the Wed before and could have had one at another restaurant at 9.30 but we thought too late! we should have just gone with that.. Will not be back in a hurry to be honest, which is a shame since had high hopes..
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since 1 November 2013
    • Average Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambience4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Value3.8
  • The following 677 reviews are from the Whighams Wine Cellars reviews archive.
  • GREAT WINE BAR NOT TO BE MISSED
    EPKC
    Dined on 19/10/2013
    Wighams Wine Cellars in Hope St Edinburgh is a great spot. Its in the cellar as all good wine bars are so look out for the steps and get on down. Fantastic selection of wines by the glass at very good prices. All beers and spirits also available. Catcht he jazz band if you can they are great.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Just ok experience at wighams
    Anniemac
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    We had an early dinner. Cullen skink was ok - we both thought it was a bit heavy on the corn flour. Main course of lobster and fish pie. Lobster was ok nothing to be raved over. Fish pie was served luke warm and I asked that it be reheated. It came back like it came out of a furnace. Biscuits and cheese was the best part of the meal. (1 portion). Coffee non descript. Wine we requested wasn't available. In the past I was a regular diner but this experience - our wedding anniversary was disappointing. I won't be rushing back.
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  • Fabulous and fun
    MPSVictoria
    Dined on 22/9/2013
    My 3 friends and I had an excellent dinner and really enjoyed the light jazz after our meal. A great experience.
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as usual
    anotherhairybiker
    Dined on 20/9/2013
    Good fish restaurant (with non fish options) offering good value and a great wine list. Went for business lunchand would go back with friends.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for any occasion
    Fabfriday11th
    Dined on 13/9/2013
    I met my three friends for a bit to eat on Friday - great atmosphere with a good buzz for drinks and food. Food, service top class. I would recommend Whighams for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Whigham's 25thAugust.
    lizsings
    Dined on 25/8/2013
    As we had friends from Dundee and Paris meeting up for a meal in town, we chose Whigham's and were pleasantly surprised with the service and the food. The ambience was lovely, my lobster salad with fries was delicious, if a bit small! My husband and grandson had the chicken stuffed with haggis which was equally nice. The other guests had the same main course and everyone enjoyed it. The wine list was impressive, and the waiter suggested which one would go best with seafood or chicken. The puddings were very tasty and with coffee to finish and then to sit back and enjoy the Jazz for the rest of the e e ing was just perfect.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Very handy for our Book Festival
    Picky
    Dined on 14/8/2013
    Very handy for our Book Festival event. Round table for six made for jolly setting. Prompt attention,timely service and choice of starters and mains within pre 7pm menu. Ideal meeting- with -eating venue.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • We had dinner at Whighams
    Monkey
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We had dinner at Whighams for the first time and found the food, service and ambiance all excellent. We shall go again.
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  • Don't order any food
    hungrychap
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    The bar area has a great vibe to it, whereas in the eatery, it was a little stale. We had booked a late table to fit with our travel arrangements, and I don't know whether or not that contributed to our experience. The service was very good, the waitress was very attentive, but we were seriously let down by the food. My wife and I ordered the seafood platter followed by a couple of salads, all of which were well below the standard we were expecting. We paid before finishing and left to get burgers and beer at the festival. If I was to go back to Whighams, I'll be sticking to the drinks.
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  • Lovely Night
    Mand
    Dined on 28/7/2013
    Wigams was booked for a birthday celebration,staff,food and music all went together to make it a lovely night. :-)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit Although we have
    yorkshirelass
    Dined on 28/6/2013
    First visit Although we have recently moved to Edinburgh we hadn't visited Whighams Wine Cellar. Friends visiting from Yorkshire took us and we had an absolutely delicious meal. All the food was freshly cooked - we all had fish in various forms - fish platter, fishcakes and fresh tuna and none of it could be faulted. Service was perfect and the actually restaurant is fascinating. It's definitely gone on our list of places to visit again.
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    good vegetarian options, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.