Monteiths

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Scottish

Monteiths bar & restaurant is nestled in a fairy-lit close in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The award winning venue is located just off the historic Royal Mile and combines chic cocktail bar with intimate restaurant. A favourite of locals and visitors alike, Monteiths is a must for relaxed dining and innovative cocktails.

Due to licensing restrictions Monteiths cannot accept children under the age of 5 at any time. Children aged 15 & under can be admitted until 6pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Monteiths is by the team behind the White Horse Oyster Bar, Chop House Leith, Market St. & Bruntsfield.

Special Offers

3 course lunch: £18.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 5 September 2019

Ends: 5 March 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00

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Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 5 September 2019

Ends: 5 March 2020

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-23:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 1166 People Are Saying
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DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find!! ... were travelling from abroad and found it hidden away in an alley ... our best meal in Edinburgh!!

c
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful. Great cocktails and beer. Ordered the chateaubriand and was delish

S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is to die for and I love this quirky and cosy atmosphere.

M
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very unique ambience, cosy place. Food excellent and good variety . Staff very attentive, it was a very busy time early Saturday evening, staff apologised for the wait for our main course- we had not even notice and where happy enjoying our drinks and relaxing

JT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food
nice food but the portions were extremely small, pretty shocking for the price to be honest.

Staff
friendly however the tables are far too close to one another and the staff literally have to stand over the top of you with the card machine to get a signal.

Music/ambience
Music was superb, the loudness wasn’t an issue but the tables being so close to one another made other people’s conversations noticeable.

Menu
Not many options. Knew this before booking but just a heads up for anyone that’s planning on going, have a read first.

Overall 2/5.

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but it look almost 2 hours for our food to come.

CA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, Monteiths were very accommodating. I increased the number in the party 2 hours before wet we’re due to arrive but they found us a fantastic table with plenty of space.
Service and the menu were excellent.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were looking forward to this meal as our last in Scotland after a two week long trip. Upon entering, the atmosphere and decor looked promising. That faded quickly however, as we waited an unacceptably long time for anyone to take our drink order, even longer for the drinks to arrive and even more extended amounts of time for our main order to be taken, starters to arrive and mains to arrive. Service was not only slow, but at times terse and unapologetic.

There were too many tables in the small space making seating very tight (two of my party had to get up so I could exit and use the washroom during one of the long waits for service) and conversations from nearby tables made it difficult to converse with my own table. To make the experience worse, a VERY loud group was directly behind us. I realize this is not the fault of the restaurant; however, this group’s at times offensive remarks made for awkward stares at our table and glares from other guests nearby. I’m quite surprised no staff asked them to lower their voices or apologize to those around them for the unpleasant experience.

On to the food - it was OK. They clearly were going for very upscale presentation but two in my group got incomplete or wrong orders and some of the food that did come was improperly cooked, lukewarm, or so overdone that it was difficult to eat.

The final blow to my low review was the fact that the bill did not include the 15% discount Open Table advertised for this restaurant. I didn’t book this place for the discount, nor was it even a deciding factor, but it was a benefit after booking that I didn’t receive. Once we finally got the bill, I was beyond done and the group behind us growing more obnoxious that I didn’t ask for the bill to be revised; however, if this is a benefit offered, it shouldn’t be the responsibility of the guest to ask for a correction.

Overall, this was not the experience I expected and I certainly would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was a little slow, but it was a busy night. Lovely setting and fantastic food. Would definitely recommend.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant of our entire two week trip in Scotland!

BH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cocktails in Edinburgh! great menu, great atmosphere, really enjoyed it.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and excellent food. Set lunch value for money.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely long lunch fantastic atmosphere - small portions suited some not others - will definitely be returning

JL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Accommodating serving staff to my dining partner desiring a starter as a main, no problem. Also helpful advice over choosing a wine to suit our palate. I had the cod which was a little over cooked in my opinion but certainly not something to complain about. Be mindful you need to order side dishes to get a portion of veggies with your meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Not much of a selection. Very small portions.

K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

High quality food although portion sizes were small so required three courses for dinner.

Didn’t like some of the flavours. Wasn’t too keen on the sauce with my haggis starter and the small onion things with the venison main (although this probably down to personal preference).

I must admit the mille feuille dessert wasn’t what i was expecting. It wasn’t like the cake version you get in a patisserie.

The service we received was quick and friendly. The restaurant is set just off the Royal Mile. Has a cosy feel to it although i did find it loud at times.

CC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy and cramped. Service a bit slow. Two meals were very nice but two were dry!

A
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were shown to our table promptly and also had our order taken and first drink quickly. Thereafter it was also-mo. And the food wasn’t hot. Unlikely to return in the near future.

LG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monteith's was, as usual, a great meal, lovely wine and the oysters were delicious and the lobster and chips was fab.

IR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service once again and the food was top quality. Our favourite place to dine and escape the madding crowds.

AT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heaven! Food was amazing and cocktails were wonderful 😊

B
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tucked into a cozy corner along the Royal Mile, it is a wonderful place for lunch.

B
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit at Monteiths was again a wonderful experience. From the cosy environment to the excellent food and good service - we truly enjoyed our dinner. I try to visit Monteiths whenever I am in Edinburgh and I love it. I‘ll be back. Thanks for the wonderful time. Bettina

SH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There were 4 in our party and everyone enjoyed every choice we had made from the menu. Scottish favourites such as haggis, Arbroath smokies (used in a rich and tasty risotto) and venison were served with individual touches that made the dishes special. We would definitely return next time we go to Edinburgh.

IR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way!

D
Glasgow
16 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Late lunch with colleagues..restaurant was very quiet. Food ok. Service ok...

JD
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff very helpful re allergies. However we go there to eat every year when we come to the fringe and found the choices were limited & portions smaller this year. My husband as no allergies and was disappointed with the limited menu

KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly & helpful staff. Great food (I even managed to get the recipe for their fabulous chutney)

RB
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific evening with excellent food and a masterclass in cocktail making. It’s the middle of EdFringe and the Tattoo, so of course the place was fully booked. Nonetheless the service was gracious and not rushed. The venison, new on the recently refreshed menu, was superb.

A
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious. The only reason I haven’t given it full score is because they forgot our order, therefore the food took very long to come.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We were a party of three. One person’s main course arrived as the other two were finishing.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fantastic food and a really lovely restaurant with great staff. Thank You we will definitely be coming back next time we are in Edinburgh.

AB
Berkshire
37 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant the Food and service is brilliant. Not pompous but very special

LS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Especially the cocktails were delicious! But price quality we thought it was a little bit too exprensive.

JC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Food was excellent, beautifully presented. Drinks were delicious. The lamb was the best I have ever had. Service was VERY good, our waitress extremely attentive. I would definitely recommend.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was great until we were completely finished, all dishes/glasses removed and the waiter was no where to be found with our bill. The food and drinks were really good and loved the ambiance, so I would come back just will make sure to get the bill early.

AB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening spent with friends. Had an a great meal and drinks .

TK
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely wonderful meal with great wine. Very attentive friendly staff. Great atmosphere perfect lighting. Only negative we felt the desserts are over priced. But we will definitely return.

TB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, though over-priced food, cheerful and efficient waitstaff, a bit cramped and very noisy, Monteith’s is a fine restaurant that has been around a while but might be best for affluent young people.

AM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

When I booked the table I requested a quiet table due to my husband having hearing issues. I asked if this wasn't possible then for us to be put at a table next to a wall so we would have noise on one side of us. We were seated at a table in between 2 tables with large groups of people and also in between the only 2 speakers in the restaurant. The noise level was so unpleasant and uncomfortable for my husband we left before dessert. The food was poor, herb twigs in my chicken liver parfait, chicken skin wasn't crispy on my roast chicken and the crackling on the belly pork was rubbery. We won't be eating here again. Birthday treat spoilt.

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