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. Monteiths is by the team behind the White Horse Oyster Bar, Chop House Leith, Market St. & Bruntsfield.
First time at Monteiths. Beautiful entrance, lovely vibe, food and wine excellent! A real treat....
Absolutely loved the food and service here.
The menu was small but varied with plenty of side options!
Dessert what delicious.
Service was very friendly!
Excellent food. Good service
Really stylish restaurant for special occasions- only negative is that it is a wee bit pricey (but not unfair for the style and type of food) and that there are no vegetarian main course options which is a shame.
Food was incredibly good value. Service was sensational.
Superb meal. We started with excellent oysters. I then had the lobster thermidor and my wife had the baked cod. All was superb. The meal was so good, we had to have dessert. Lemon tart and poached pear were the perfect ending. Service was fantastic and the atmosphere was an interesting eclectic.
Monteiths had been highly recommended by two separate people when they’d learned of our trip to Edinburgh. Conveniently located in Old Town, we were sure to make reservations well in advance. Glad we did so as the table seatings are quite limited in this below street level dining facility.
The menu offered more selections than we anticipated with starters we enjoyed ranging from tomatoes and mozzarella (which our server identified as salmon when brought to the table), soup and chicken parfait/pate. My half lobster and fries with herb butter main course was excellent and my husband and dining companions felt similarly about their choices including the lamb, a small but well prepared portion.
We were all a bit surprised by the rather inexperienced waitstaff that contributed to service that was less than what would generally be expected in an establishment such as this but hopefully with time this issue will be overcome and not detract from future diners satisfaction.
Fabulous food and lovely staff, we will be back! xxx
A delightful meal with wonderful service. Our best in Edinburgh.
So amazing. Delish food and awesome service
Excellent steaks and drink selections. Very cosy place.
Really enjoyed my rib eye and my wife's scallops were delicious. Great chips and salad to top it off. We would go back .
Great location and atmosphere for a nice, classy dinner in Edinburgh. The cocktails and the wine list are very good! The menu is not overly sophisticated (in a good way) - the salmon, scallops, lobster, and steak were all delicious.
Met friends for a meal and was pleasantly suprised with small restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was very good.
A little pricey but excellent for a treat or special occasion.
Fabulous service and the food was to die for. Top notch Scottish ingredients. Would highly recommend.
A somehow hidden gem, the entrance area which might be easily overseen by some leads to a downstairs entry to a great restaurant experience, outstanding service combined with an absolutely comforting interior and a great choice of music set the table for a delicious menu, we had the onion ale soup and salmon on dark bread with sea weed butter followed by pork and fish mussels Thai curry - everything was so well prepared a real feast for all senses. The vine, cocktail and spirits selection is a great companion for the menu, we only would’ve wished a broader dessert selection.
Great athmosphere. Fantastic food. A treasure of Edinburgh.
Not worth a 75 minute wait with a reservation, unfriendly staff
To level set here, this is not the first restaurant i’ve dined at in Edinburgh and not my first trip to Edinburgh. On this trip I dined at a number of restaurants including Angels with Bagpipes, the Tower, the witchery and Chop House. Monteiths food portions were undersized and not prepared as ordered. While the staff was very friendly and helpful, their efforts were minimized by the food.
Amazing really good venue for our social events - its our go to place :)
So disappointing and could have been so different!
We booked lunch having had Monteiths, recommended by family as a great place with fantastic food, so were really looking forward to it. It all started well with a great welcome, lovely ambience and fab cocktails. We both ordered the lobster, heritage tomato and avocado salad from the small lunch menu but when it arrived it was a large plate of leaves with a few thin slices of tomato, some red onion and the lobster - no sign of any avocado! We mentioned it to the waitress who expressed surprise we hadn’t been told the two avocados they had (really?) were bad, despite her being the only person who had spoken to us. She offered us some more salad but there is only so much lettuce anyone can eat! The bill was presented with a reduction of £3.30 - still leaving over £62 to pay.
The whole thing could have been avoided with a little honesty - had we been told there was no avocado we would have chosen something else and probably had a lovely lunch. As it was we felt deceived and insulted by a perfunctory and pathetic reduction.
We could not recommend Monteiths at all after our experience.
Good food, well presented and friendly service. Overall enjoyed the evening.
Food was lovely but let down by the small portions and 90 min wait for our mains. Waiter was very good and friendly. Unfortunately we would not return because of the waiting times.
Good was good, service was slow.
The place is amazing and the food delicious but the staff and how they serve you make it hard to think about coming back or recommending it. Please please please do think about improving this, you are missing a great opportunity. If you end up deciding to go there anyway do not bother in making a reservation... the table won’t be ready for you, and bring patience with you to not feel bad about their bad manners. The lobster and the fish curry were amazing
The atmosphere was so relaxed but with a buzz. Usually you find superb food is served in a stuffy restaurant this certainly was not the case at Monteiths the food was first class, my partner loved the white onion soup . The staff were excellent and attentive. The cocktails are worth trying especially the banoffee monkey. Thanks for a great night see you soon
This place was super cute! I guess it’s meant to look like a Scottish living room or something! We really loved it. The food was really good! We had all sorts of different things (soup, scallops, salmon for starters; ribeye, pork and curry for mains, and ice cream for dessert), plus different cocktails, and everything was just lovely! Service was a bit slow, which was probably more noticable to us as we came with our three young teens who lost patience after a certain point - but super friendly and efficient. There was an issue with my order; it got mixed up (I don’t blame the waiter for not being able to understand; acoustics are not great), but they obviously replaced it without any problem. I definitely would recommend Monteith’s!!
lovely evening I have never been before but certainly look forward to coming back next time I am in Edinburgh .
Could not fault anything from the service to the food and cocktails .
Great place, unique cocktail menu, nice wine list and the food was fantastic.
Lovely food, ambience and service
Monteiths is a cozy restaurant that serves excellent food! Everyone was pleased with the starters, main course and desserts. The cocktails were great, too. Our waitress was very kind and welcoming. Nice ambiance and prime location just off The Royal Mile.
Lovely little corner on the Royal Mile with great, flavourful food and a really fun ambiance.
Amazing place! If you can have a favourite “local” restaurant 300+ miles away from home then this would be it! The food is just wonderful and the ambience is incredible. Thanks again for a lovely evening.
Where you are treated as an old friend and spoiled with great food and splendid hospitality. Even when on your own, they do not set you up in a corner.
Excellent venue. Great service and staff was very friendly. Nice touch having drink before going to table and drinks were carried to table for us. Food was very good and arrived pretty quickly.
Music was excellent too.
Great hidden gem! Lovely food. Great place for just a drink too.
Great local feel and flavor without feeling too touristy
Great ambiance with a unique entrance. Good food with a bit of culinary wizardry.
Amazing cocktails and service! Food was really nice but slightly over priced. Cocktails are worth every penny!
Tiny portions for main course . Chips , veg or salad extra. Smallest cheeseboard even though waiter said it was good for sharing. To be fair we did get another cheeseboard on the house. Not good value for money. Very disappointed. Have been quite a few times in the past.