Fishers in the City

4.3
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565 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Scottish, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Lunch

Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Dinner

Monday - Sunday: 4pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
0131 225 5109
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AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Cross Street
Hanover Street
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Public Transit
Number 23 & 27 on Hanover Street
All buses which go down Princes Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely anniversary dinner. I had the mussels best I have ever had my wife had the fish soup which was lovely , we both had fish and chips - brilliant

OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

On this recent visit to Fishers in the City the food was good but the service was quite poor. The overall impression from our waitress was that she couldn't care less and she showed little interest in or warmth towards us as customers. My main course of monkfish and king prawn curry was, according to the menu, supposed to be served with an accompaniment of poppadoms and mango chutney - they failed to arrive when the main courses were served. Not only did she fail to notice this but also she didn't check back a few minutes later to see if all was ok with our main courses. After 10 minutes I managed to attract the attention of another member of the waiting staff to ask if I could be served the missing items - this lack of attention to detail lets this restaurant down! There's also too little time between courses - they seem intent on serving food very quickly to get customers out the door and the next ones in - it's disappointing as their fish and seafood dishes deserve better.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Will definitely recommend to family and friends, lovely dining experience

r
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are regular diners and always find the food and service of a high standard. Staff are attentive and well trained.

BJ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food excellent, although plethora of menus a little unhelpful. Limited choice fisheater - but thenwhygo.
Room gets hot and stuffy if busy. Staff excellent. Worth going.

CR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Came here whilst in Edinburgh for the weekend. Huge choice of fish and seafood on the menu and the lobster with garlic was the highlight. Also had the best chips I've had in ages.
Wine list was white heavy and reasonably priced.
Service was friendly and efficient.

EQ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our Valentine's dinner. Fishers was excellent as always! Will be back!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. The fish curry was the best I've ever tasted. Will definitely be back.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we like to go for a late lunch to avoid the crowds and Fishers in the City accommodated us perfectly. Not too busy at that time of day - on a Saturday - although previous attempts found them fully booked.
Food was excellent, service was friendly and attentive without encroaching unduly and was overall an outstanding experience for the price.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch for 4 for my father's birthday. Excellent choice of seafood starters and mains as well the likes of steak and duck as alternatives. Large wine list and other beverages available. Prompt, polite and unobtrusive service. Well worth a visit if you've never been before. Not a 'regular' but have returned on several occasions.

RM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Fishers on a Sunday evening, eating quite early. The restaurant was quiet, which felt a bit strange; we're used to the place being quite buzzing. But, as always, the food didn't disappoint. With so much great choice, we went for the fish and chips from the Favourites menu and starters of Chowder and fish cakes.

Service was quick, polite and unobtrusive. Food arrived piping hot. The fish cakes were great, and my other half really enjoyed the bowl of Chowder. The fish and chips - we both ordered Haddock - was also excellent; the beer batter was crisp and tasty.

Well worth a visit if you're in the capital.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy coming to Fishers. Excellent service, good ambiance, great menu. They really understand fish. Sometimes we would like the food to be more heavily seasoned, but that may be us, and it is easier to add than take away.

GM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality was great. Service was attentive without being too fussy. Time between courses was just right. Our waitress was so friendly & polite and knew her stuff.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the lunch menu and it was perfect. Just as an indication, I don't have a small appetite! The fish soup is the best I've had.

f
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff were excellent and the fish pie special at 10 was good value, but overall this was a disappointing experience compared with a visit to the branch at Leith some years ago. In particular there was a slightly strange smell pervading the place although none of my companions noticed it. I do have an acute sense of smell.

L
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Friends & I had birthday lunch here yesterday & I must confess to being disappointed. We've eaten here numerous times in the past. The food was lovely. We were seated by the manager (perhaps?) who was attentive however the rest of the service was poor. Although their online menu showed 1/2 lobsters as an option (something I've enjoyed in the past here) it was not on the menu. I asked if it was available (there were 1/2 lobster options on surf & turf & with scallops) & was told no. No I'll check with chef, make enquiries, just no. I was told it was available (on their Jan) offer on a Thursday- well it was Saturday so not much help today! I ended up ordering a cheaper option. Starters were all delicious - wee but shell in my crab & mackerel tart but I can forgive that. One friends main course (was technically a starter with side if I'm being precise) was "forgotten". Having worked in a number restaurants in my younger years I am astounded the chefs didn't query why only 3 mains were being ordered when there were 4 covers. In fairness they removed her starter from the bill without quibble. The waitress offered to keep her side "warm" however my friend asked for a fresh side to arrive with her meal- not sure whether that was carried out or not. For another friend's main, the muscle that attaches the scallop to the shells had not been cut prior to cooking so they were somewhat difficult to remove & eat. At £22 a dish we expected them to be prep'd properly. Also had to repeatedly catch the waitresses attention when required more wine. Other two mains were tasty - albeit my dish was not what I I had been looking forward to! All in all it was a disappointing lunch for somewhere we had grown fond of over the years. I'd recommend jumping on a bus down to Leith to either their sister restaurant (although in fairness I've not been there in a while!) or The Ship Inn (for that elusive 1/2 lobster!)

G
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another great meal at this restaurant which I have found to be consistently impressive. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The food is fabulous and reasonably priced. The service is attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommended!

DD
London
27 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

second visit here with business colleagues this time. Service was bit lacklustre - asked for water when seated - had to ask again around an hour later - wine was served promptly. Seemed confused about whether could order from both set lunch menu and a la carte. Oysters were ok, squid ok although guest said just ok. Fish and chips went down well as did the muscle curry - despite waiting staff saying not big portion was more than sufficient for lunch.

If service bit more 'present' - not necessarily more visits to the table but more getting things right first time, would be better experience. For that reason market ok to fair.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstandingly consistent delectable food. The ribeye steak melted in our mouths and the langoustines left you just wanting more. Unpretentious surroundings with friendly staff who deliver excellent service & who make you feel nothing is too much trouble. Can't wait for my next visit.

VA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, my husband had a cold fish platter and I had the queenie scallops to start with, which were lovely. We then had the halibut which was cooked to perfection. Chefs are very good.
Only downside was we were squashed in between a large table behind and another couple eating beside us, who was close enough that I could have quite easily could have touched his shoulder! One waitress kept bumping in to our table.
We booked 2 months in advance for our wedding anniversary. Booked online maybe next time I would call the restaurant to request a better table.
Otherwise food was amazing a worth paying at the higher end for great quality food.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great seafood. We are in Edinburgh at least 4 times a year and always stop here for lunch or dinner. We love the Orkney diver scallops. Be sure to make a reservation as the restaurant is not that big.

a
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We eat here a lot. However, as a party we felt the food was not up to its usual standard. Portions were small on both the starter and the main course. It was very busy but service was very good as usual. Staff are always very nice. So we are hoping that the drop in the usual good food, good value was just a blip, in what is normally a favourite place to eat.

OT
Cumbria
53 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, really good service. This is an excellent fish restaurant.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2015
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I'm a frequent luncher but this time the food was good rather than excellent and the service was poor, clunky and verging on rude...quite a contrast to the previous two visits. The food will keep me coming back but there are cheaper places to eat well in the city and so little things matter and can discourage.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically looked after by Holly and served great sea food. One of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh

JG
Aberdeen
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had booked for 2pm but your lovely staff took us in out of the rain early at 1.30. The food was as good as we had anticipated, accompanied by a chilled Cloudy Bay Sauvignon. Would revisit any time when in Edinburgh!

c
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Eat here often but Saturday's meal was not of a standard you would expect from Fishers. Twice cooked soufflé was a poor example, flat only warm and overpowered by the chutney. Smoked salmon was a single slice split in two served on some salad remnants a totally overpriced dish although the gin and tonic sorbet was the highlight. Main courses were ok but nothing to right home about and the service on Saturday was really poor, no engagement never asked what we thought of food in general the whole experience would put you off going again.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meals were delicious and the waitress, French, lovely and helpful. Sadly, after the starter and the main, I couldn't take a dessert! Bit it was too good to leave the mussels and the Sole in the plate!

S
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely lunch as a break from our Christmas shopping. Glad we had booked though as it was very popular. Staff were very friendly and accommodating and our two children (9 and 11) both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our youngest daughter chose two starters instead of having a main course and this worked very well. All the food was delicious and, though it was busy, we didn't seem to wait long for any of our courses. Looking forward to a return visit!

F
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was anxious as I usually go through to Glasgow but this time the girls were coming east for me. Another restaurant had been requested but not open on Sundays so Fishers was my choice.
No worries it was brilliant! We all plumped for the table d'hôte , and for starters all opted for the tempura squid. This was the most perfect squid any of us had ever had, anywhere . The others chose the curried fish and I plumped for the hake and we could only give praise.
No pudding as my daughter had organised cupcakes with candles for my birthday but we felt the meal was excellent, great value and the staff were pleasant, friendly and appropriately attentive .
I look forward to returning for dinner .

l
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favourite fish restaurant in Edinburgh city centre!!

C
County Durham
85 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well prepared food and friendly service.

E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner at Fishers on 26 Oct. The food was exceptional and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend the scallops with half lobster. Prices for dishes are very good value.
We intend to book Fishers again when we return to Edinburgh.

LV
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food, choice, wine, service and atmosphere was all great for our romantic night out.

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the easy to use online booking service to the point where we paid our bill Fishers in the City was outstanding. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the food was scrumptious. I had the hot shellfish platter & at £40 for one I certainly felt I got my monies worth. My other half enjoyed a plate of Aberdeen Angus steak, chips & salad Not the cheapest place to go I'm sure but in this case it was worth paying for the quality & I did not feel like the skimped on the quantity either.
We have put Fishers on our short list of must return to places.

l
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

really good ambiance and service in Fishers. excellent choice of food to suit all tastes

our waiter "Archie" deserves a special mention!

QB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch with very good service. Good value for money. We shall be back to try out the Christmas menu.

OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fishers in the City never fails to please . The food is always good and the staff friendly and helpful.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time I've eaten here & didn't disappoint in any way. If you live fish you'll love Fishers in the City. Excellent service by friendly, fun yet professional staff.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh seafood served in a lively bistro atmosphere with no pretensions. Is one of our favourite Edinburgh restaurants and we have never been let down by the food or the service

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