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Abbotsford Restaurant, Edinburgh,

Abbotsford Restaurant

4.4
4.4
69 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Abbotsford serves wholesome pub food in one of the busiest parts of Edinburgh’s New Town. Classic pub fare is the mainstay of the menu, with dishes including beer battered haddock and chips, steak and ale pie, and haggis, neeps and tatties, and diners have the choice of dining al fresco, in the main bar, or in the restaurant. Situated at 3-5 Rose Street this is a pub beloved by diners and popular with locals and tourists alike. Edinburgh Waverley station is a five minute walk on foot, and historic Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile are a ten minute walk.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    0131 225 5276
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Old Town
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    2 minute walk from closest bus stops on George street, Hanover Street, Princes Street and South St David Street.
  • Additional
    Beer

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

69 Reviews
  1. CityBreaker

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Friendly and helpful staff but restaurant wasn't accessible as it was up 3 flights of stairs. Limited menu and very disappointed that there was no Sunday roast on offer.

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  2. HenryS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    food good Sevice very good Could have been better in the freshness department ...felt perhaps the food was frozen before cooking

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  3. ScaraBeemo

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, but the waiter was a little cringe.

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  4. LindaF

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent fresh and hot food and service with a smile 😀

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Österreich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner, warm welcome, great service and the price was alright

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  6. KatieAnn

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a rugby weekend so I appreciate they were busy, waited close to an hour for our food, which was basic when it arrived - it was what we expected so we weren't 'disappointed' in that sense, but I wouldn't go back to eat.

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  7. DAVIDG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A warm welcome when we arrived, the young lady and gentleman in the restaurant were excellent. Their service cannot be faulted, along with the meal which was amazing. We recommend a visit to the Abbotsford for good food and excellent service. Thank you

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  8. HELENEB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. We highly recommand the Abbotsford's restaurant.

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  9. PeterL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience! Good table…excellent food….and lovely friendly Australian waitress. We will be back again.

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  10. Stephen

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch. The food was excellent quality and the Australian girl who served us was very friendly and efficient.

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  11. AngusW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joseph was really attentive and the food was lovely

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  12. SamG

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had burns supper there last week with 3 friends. We all really enjoyed it, of course we had the haggis. Good portion size, well presented and the whisky sauce was delicious. The food came quickly and the staff were friendly and attentive. Based on this experience I wouldn't mind going back again to try out what else is on the menu.

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  13. AnneD

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time there and not disappointed. Staff very welcoming and attentive.

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  14. LindaF

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived 10 minutes early for a 12:00 lunch reservation but were not allowed into restaurant. The waiter could have been a bit more welcoming however was polite and food arrived reasonably quick after ordering and was very fresh and overall very good. Overall our first experience at the Abbotsford was very good.

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  15. SohiniK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was so lovely and the meal was great! Will come back again!

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  16. SalvatoreL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In onze word super! The service -the ambiance the music and the food was very good Big portions and a good quality/price I would definitely recommend everyone to come and experience the Scottish pub/restaurant

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food with very good service, but staff were under pressure due to the numbers of diners and we had a wait some time to initially order drinks after being seated. Another member of staff would have been a great help as drinks were all orders and brought up from the bar downstairs.

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  18. JennaL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food, great service and brilliant value for money.

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  19. KeithG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. 2nd time we've been there in a matter of weeks and we've not been disappointed. Food is a decent portion and the staff are so friendly,helpful and patient. Definitely will be back

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  20. ChrisH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service to begin with, the male waiter in particular was a great character, charming and polite with a great Scottish mannerism. Food was fantastic and proper grub that keeps you going for the evening. Relaxing atmosphere and decor albeit with a busy pub below so a little noise but nothing to put you off visiting.

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  21. SheilaM

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter Joe was exceptional. Incredible Scotch whisky selection and good Scottish dishes. We were not rushed and enjoyed a long dining experience.

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  22. GabriellaP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant, we really enjoy our meal really tasty, the haggis was very well prepared everything was so yummy.

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  23. danielc

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice staff at the restaurant Nice advice for whisky

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  24. GerardineB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Totally awful experience. While we were eating our meal 2 mice under the table next to us. Moving around in and out. Awful. I said to waitor and he asked if I wanted to move tables. We did not move. Could not finish my dinner felt sick. Paid for meal and left as quick as possible. This place should be closed down.

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  25. PatrikP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ent to Abbots restaurant three nights in a row and had three different dishes. They were all well done and well worth the money. Super nice staff made our three evenings perfect. It’s our go-to place for dinner when we are in Edinburgh! Patrik & Lisa

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  26. RonnieM

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went in for food and drinks all staff were very helpful.food was amazing and would definitely recommend this restaurantvto other friends and family.

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  27. HowardJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was there for my daughter's birthday. Good was excellent and service very friendly without being too chatty. Very good value for money. Will be back. Next time, could we have the corner window table?

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  28. ClaireS

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, so tasty and great value for money. Service was spot on attentive and friendly.

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  29. Luncher

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointed in this place. Food mediocre, server seemed sick and coughing. Overall not a good experience in Edinburgh.

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  30. CatrionaP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food good, great portion size nice pub / restaurant let down by the service -waiters friendly enough however didn’t seem to listen one got our drinks order wrong and the other Irish sounding one seemed totally disinterested in anything that was happening within the restaurant wandering around hands in pockets then sitting at the bar with the other waiter having their own conversation! No problem with this but at least make your customers feel important!!

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  31. DavidW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to book this restaurant, as family were visiting from midlands. Everything was excellent. Drinks, food, & staff as good as you could ever hope for. Edinburgh at its finest.

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  32. LorraineD

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant meal and service, great value for money, defo be back!

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  33. ShirleyM

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff were attentive and very well mannered. Food was lovely and reasonably priced , good selection of drinks . Small restaurant but nice ambiance would certainly make a return visit and recommend to friends. Would book table in advance

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  34. JacquelineG

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food in a nice atmosphere, the dining room is beautiful and very traditional without being stuffy. Service was friendly and good considering how busy the place was (every table was full and numerous walk-ins had to be turned away). Haggis with whisky sauce was very nice, as were the risotto and the steak pie. Burger was average but nicely accompanied and all portions were good sizes. Have eaten here several times and will do so again, it’s a good example of decent Scottish food at reasonable prices.

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  35. JohnG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, no rush when my guest was nearly 45 minutes late. Let’s lovely experience

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  36. RobertR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Upstairs dining area is great. Plenty of room and quiet enough for conversation. Staff were attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend

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  37. lgHarrison

    Edinburgh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely lunch with friends last Friday. Restaurant was busy and buzzy. Staff could not be more helpful and friendly. Food was so good and went down a treat. I highly recommend the steak and ale pie...tender steak and plenty of it. Fish and chips also a goes down very well. Never lets you down

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  38. JimS

    Perthshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a Xmas lunch with my partner and my brother and his wife yesterday in the Abbotsford restaurant, one of Edinburgh's oldest and most characterful pubs. Service was excellent and the two course full xmas lunch plus Xmas pudding was right on the money! Washed down with a couple of beers - great day enjoyed by us all. Then had a drink downstairs in the bar where the imitation gas fire was roaring in the grate - pub was full of Xmas shoppers/ local workers - great atmosphere as always in one of my favourite Edinburgh bars!

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  39. SandraM

    Inverness

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal Beautiful setting upstairs.certainly would visit again.

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  40. AngelaM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I have eaten at this restaurant any times over many years and last night was awful. The Xmas meal was bad - it reminded me of the Bernard Matthews Turkey of the 1970s Previously the Xmas meals were always good - Turkey looked liked it had been carved from a Turkey. The restaurant was almost empty and a large group of women had been split into 2 tables which were at opposite ends of the room despite the next table being vacant- staff refused to accommodate them blaming Open Table for allocating tables - saying that the table had been booked and although they had not turned up they could not re-arrange. This is not the Abbotsford I know - I have turned up with a large group of friends and staff have re-arranged tables for us. The staff were bored and so loud. The male had 2 children aged 10yrs and 11yrs old. The female offered to babysit. She sang to all songs being planned and was particularly keen on Stevie Nicks. The only positive aspect is that they do not add an automatic tip which I hate. I did tip.

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Abbotsford Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Abbotsford Restaurant

3-5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

Additional information

  • Area
    Old Town
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    2 minute walk from closest bus stops on George street, Hanover Street, Princes Street and South St David Street.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer
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