Blackwoods Bar and Grill

3.9
115 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steak
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Blackwood's Bar & Grill is a stylish restaurant located within a Georgian Towhouse in Edinburgh's New Town. Although only 10 minutes walk from the City Centre it doesn't feel that way due to the peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of the city

We specialise in authentic, Scottish, natural, elegant, chargrilled dining using our Josper grill at its heart - The Josper oven burns charcoal at high temperatures to retain food’s natural moisture and flavour.

All of our produce is sourced locally and selected for its quality. Beef from Buccleuch Estates and Fish from Eddie's Fish Market in Marchmont are only two of our local suppliers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Scottish
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Daily 17:00–22:00
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Phone number
0131 225 2720
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We source local and regional cuisine, featuring ingredients farmed,
caught or bred in Scotland. From farm or fishery to fork, we trace the provenance of our food, focusing on fresh, seasonal supplies. Keeping food
miles to a minimum, our Chef goes out of his way to create succulent Scottish dishes.
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Cross Street
Edinburgh
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Parking Details
On-street parking is available and is free of charge from 5.30pm each evening and all weekend
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Special Events & Promotions
Christmas Day, Hogmanay, Valentines Day, Easter Sunday - why not join our mailing list to be kept up to date with our news from Blackwood's Bar and Grill
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Special Offers

Hogmanay 5 courses with complimentary glass of champagne: £75pp

Hogmanay 5 course set menu with complimentary glass of Janisson NV Brut Tradition and Coffee and petit fours. £75 per person. All Reservations for Hogmanay are required to be fully pre-paid in advance to secure the booking. The restaurant will be in contact directly to take payment.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 31 December 2018

Ends: 31 December 2018

Availability: Mon 17:00-21:00

Cote de Boeuf for 2 to share: £44

Cote de Boeuf for 2 to share, served with Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal veg, sautéed mushrooms, bearnaise, red wine reduction for £44 per couple.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 4 people

Starts: 4 June 2018

Ends: 29 May 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-21:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Daily 5:00PM - 9:30PM

What 115 People Are Saying
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DP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was very good, just a lack of customers the problem. I’d recommend them doing a chateau de Beouf and a bottle of wine for 2 for £60. That might get the customers in.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately, I have to say, one of the poorest dining experience of my life.
Apparently lovely food but ribeye poorly cooked, fries uncooked.
Catch of the day without trimmings
Chocolate fondant with shortbread that tasted like shoe polish
Appalling service
I thought I was in a Fawlty towers sketch
Very disappointed and disappointing
Money down the drain...

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Kinross-Shire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Received a gift of a voucher for chateaubriand for two with fizz and tried to book using the live chat, as I had a query I needed answered before I wanted to go ahead with the booking. This didn't seem to be working effectively and advised me to book a table through the the online booking site.
I received a call a day or two later following up on the enquiry.
I visited in a party of four adults and we were the only people in for dinner at 6pm on a Saturday night so there wasn't much atmosphere. That said, the new wallpaper, curtains and seating were very nice.
We elected to stick with just the chateaubriand and I'm so glad we did. The sharing wooden platter which the main course for each couple arrived on was groaning with meat. When we have dined on the chateaubriand on two or three occasions previously it was been melt in the mouth and a generous portion. This time it was quantity over quality. There was twice as much meat as was required but the quality was not as nice as we had had previously -so much so, we took the remainder of the meat home-enough for another meal.
The parsnips, carrots and green beans were overlooked. The chips were tasty but lacking in quantity. The tomatoes on the vine were tasty. Both sauces were tasty too.
The waiting staff were friendly but the younger man seemed to be suffering with nerves and was very shaky-which he acknowledged.
Overall, less impressive than on previous visits

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s
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

QUIET AND ROMANTIC MOMENT

SERVICE COULD BE IMPROVED EVEN GOOD

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Was 20 minutes before anyone even showed us a drinks menu, in the end I had to go up and ask myself. One waiter seemed to be actively avoiding eye contact when we tried to get his attention. The waiter that served us eventually was at least then good and the meal was ok.

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OT
Hamburg Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Das Restaurant hat ein tolles Ambiente, dem das Essen in keinster Weise gerecht wird.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for our 6th Wedding Anniversary. It was a Monday Evening so very quiet, however great service, Great food, Great wine and just made us feel good on a special night

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MM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing visit. Standard has fallen significantly sincr my first visit in 2014. Owners too removed from the business to care.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the £49 deal for the chateaubriand for two. It was amazing!! Awesome staff to.

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d
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We returned as the Chateaubriand was so good last time we visited and such great value as we got the deal for 2 sharing. This time however the meat was really strange. Didn't taste at all like last time and meat was tough and hard to cut into and had a strange thick skin. Tasted smoky and not even sure what the meat was but we were really disappointed. The seafood starter was good and the dessert was nice but portion of ice cream served with chocolate fondant was so small it was embarrassing.
Good service but shame about the food. Will be a while before we return and won't ever order the chateaubriand again.

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AS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Located in the Blackwoods hotel, this restaurant does suffer from being off the main drag and a bit quiet. If you are looking for a hot spot bustling with locals, this may not be for you.

That being said, we enjoyed our meals.
The fish was perfect. We had haddock, over samphire greens, absolutely delicious.

There was a salmon salad, dressed in a balsamic dressing and citrus, nice compliment to the fattiness of Scottish salmon.

We also really enjoyed our host, who was warm, funny and very helpful.

Recommend!

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d
London
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the chateaubriand special and was fabulous. Great food, wine and service. Really cosy intimate dining and excellent value for the quality. Highly recommend!

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WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Chosen for our son's 18th birthday as he loves a steak - we were here for his 15th birthday! Venison and pigeon starters were gorgeous but the tomato salad was a little lacking in excitement, especially at almost the same price. We ordered 1 x chateaubriand and one fillet steak but were not asked how we wanted them cooked when we ordered, however, they were all lovely. We had to remind them about the portion of chunky fries to go with the steak. Small dessert menu but only son wanted so not a problem. A lovely evening but a little room for improvement.

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P
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food

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RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting in a Georgian townhouse with high ceilings. Food is presented well, and service was attentive (it was not a busy time of the evening). My only complaint was that the steak was overcooked compared to what I'd consider medium rare, but the good quality of the meat made up for it.

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LL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have written on the website for the above restaurant. We were there on Saturday night . Service was very good and the gentlemen serving our table were very polite and knowledgeable re the source of the food. Both my husband and I had starters and both order steak for our mains. I had the Fillet and my husband the Sirloin. My fillet was not superb, It did arrive cooked to my specification however there was stringy bits and also some fat which I would not have expected with the steak costing £36 this was including 1 side and a sauce for the steak. I ordered a portion of lean beans. As I say the service and food apart from the steak was good. I know everyone is different re meat choices however I have purchased steak in both Morrisons and M&S and never experienced them being stringy or fatty. It is not that I would not recommend your restaurant but I would be telling them of my experience. Also although it does say on your website that casual is acceptable there were a few clients under dressed in our eyes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catch up meal with a great friend- food was great and ambiance was lovely for us to chat and catch up.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, waiting staff first class and fact they support local produce and brewerys makes it more special. Would definitely highly recommend a visit. Sampled the chateubriand deal £49 for platter for 2 which was more than enough for 2 steak lovers. Get yourself down there then wander into Stockbridge which is minutes away .

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome by the door man, waiter a funny guy and very accommodating, food was fab and didn't wait too long between courses. Definitely worth visiting again. We will be back

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London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommend the meat! Friendly and kind service

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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came here for our monthly date night and left a little disappointed with the whole experience.

First of we were shown to our seats and sat with menus then we waited for for about 25 minutes for our drinks order to be taken - Drinks came quite quick after that but then we waited another 10 minutes for the food order. What took us a little by surprise was how loudly our server was talking - It seemed that he wanted the whole dining room, which was quiet, to hear him.

Our starter was the venison, smoked duck, crispy duck & smoked chicken which was very strange - Crispy duck leg was not crispy and looked terrible. Full of gristle and fat and not very appetising at all.

Our main course was delicious and made up a little for the starter but we then needed more drinks and were almost finished our main course by the time we could attract his attention.

All in all a little disappointed in what we thought was going to be a great experience.

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Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good . Service abysmal. One waiter for 8 tables. Didn't get drink order in til 1/2 hour after arriving. Needs a better manager and more help

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our visit was disappointing to say the least. I have already put a review on Trip Advisor and would rather not go through th experience again.

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MK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious châteaubriand from their special grill, lovely fishy starter, except for the bones in the pate! Otherwise perfect

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KW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent value chateaubriand deal which was as delicious as all previous visits.
Not impressed to be told -as we ordered - that our table was needed back within 2 hours ... then 15mins before the 2 hour deadline we were told the table wasn't needed and we could stay as long as we wanted!
Wine list was also limited with wines 'sold out' at 7pm on a Saturday night.
Hoping this visit was just an off day for front of house as it's a favourite place for us to go for a special treat dinner.

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FF
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing value with the chateaubriand £45 for two deal. So much food! Excellent chargrill-roast-smoky flavour from the specialist oven, a real treat. Staff also deserve a mention - friendly, chatty, knowledgeable and not imposing.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night in Edinburgh and we were looking for a smaller, more intimate dining venue. Blackwoods was perfect! We started in their lounge area for a cocktail and later moved to our table. Shared Chateaubriand for two. Perfectly medium-rare with all the trimmings. Service was excellent! Highly recommend for a special evening.

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NK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with tasty Scottish menu. Ambience was is atmospheric. Chateaubriand for 2 was delicious.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible meal. The mussel appetizer was delicious with an unbelievable sauce. The salmon dinner was scrumptious! My friend had the stuffed squash and it was incredible,'I've never had anything like it. The portions were of good size, the atmosphere was chic and cozy. Would highly recommend!

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j
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant... 2nd time everything just perfect... staff excellent

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L
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the elegant atmosphere and fish prepared just right.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Fantastic food and nice cocktails. 15 minutes late seating us & the waitress was extremely slow, took 15 minutes to get a menu and then another 20 minutes for the bill.

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T
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was fantastic and the service, although warm, was a bit too informal. This is a restaurant within a hotel so expect higher prices. But superb food & lovely staff.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, nice service, nice room

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

first class event, the meal was excellent ,as was the service .would certainly go again.

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CA
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Charming Location
Food so and so. There were not so big choice of plates. I asked a soup, it was good and chicken not really good. The menù was not so attractive. Wine completely wrong temperature.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service and we love the updates to the wine menu.

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K
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our wedding night at the Nira Caledonia so for our 2nd anniversary we decided to celebrate by going back to enjoy dinner at the Nira Caledonia's restaurant "Blackwoods Bar and Grill". We utilised a Groupon for Chateaubriand for 2 and were not disappointed. This is a signature dish of Blackwoods and you can immediately tell why. The amount of food served was amazing - we left feeling quite full. The main dish would normally have been more than enough food for me, but since it was our anniversary we decided to celebrate in style and also ordered appetizers: my husband had the mussels and I had the soup of the day. He says that the mussels are the best he's ever tasted in Edinburgh - the broth was delicious. The soup was hearty and enjoyable. We also both enjoyed dessert. All of the desserts were amazing and fabulously plated. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome.

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CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed the chateubraind.

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T
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and attentive, food was delicious , steaks are some of best I've had in the UK.... and my date was fab

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