Monteiths

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1114 reviews
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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.
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SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Monteiths. Beautiful entrance, lovely vibe, food and wine excellent! A real treat....

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F
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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s
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Good service

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EH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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S
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredibly good value. Service was sensational.

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PJ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and lovely staff, we will be back! xxx

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful meal with wonderful service. Our best in Edinburgh.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing. Delish food and awesome service

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks and drink selections. Very cosy place.

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j
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed my rib eye and my wife's scallops were delicious. Great chips and salad to top it off. We would go back .

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and the food was to die for. Top notch Scottish ingredients. Would highly recommend.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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JF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great athmosphere. Fantastic food. A treasure of Edinburgh.

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Cancun
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Not worth a 75 minute wait with a reservation, unfriendly staff

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j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing really good venue for our social events - its our go to place :)

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

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.

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A
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, well presented and friendly service. Overall enjoyed the evening.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good was good, service was slow.

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SQ
Black Forest
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

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

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M
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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!!

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DJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 .
Excellent .

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m
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, unique cocktail menu, nice wine list and the food was fantastic.

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London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, ambience and service

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PC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little corner on the Royal Mile with great, flavourful food and a really fun ambiance.

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TA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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DB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem! Lovely food. Great place for just a drink too.

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r
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local feel and flavor without feeling too touristy

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance with a unique entrance. Good food with a bit of culinary wizardry.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails and service! Food was really nice but slightly over priced. Cocktails are worth every penny!

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MD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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