Monteiths

4.4
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1206 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

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

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.

Special Offers

Complimentary glass of fizz for everything NYE booking

Celebrate the New Year in style with a glass of fizz to get the festivities

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 12:00-22:30

15% off food

Receive 15% off food.

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

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Celebrate the bells at Monteiths, located at the heart of the Edinburgh Royal Mile & home to the festivities.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends!

With the festive period just around the corner, come celebrate the festivities with us and dine on or Christmas Menu for £39 per person. Enjoy dishes like our duck rillette served with sauternes jelly, chestnut & pistachio.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 12:00PM - 4:00PM

What 1206 People Are Saying
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambiance but poor service. There seemed to be no front of house organising the waiting staff. Had to ask several times for drinks. Cocktails very small and not cheap

SR
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, feels special. Very nice atmosphere.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very friendly service. Would definitely return.

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely place, great atmosphere, place was a bit cold, had to end up wearing our jackets. Main course was also rather cold. But besides it being slightly cold the food was lovely.

FA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was lovely. The food excellent and the staff were first class, would definitely recommend and will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great atmosphere, really good service and good food. Highly recommended.

SM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable time at Monteiths, however it involved having to turn a blind eye at a few things. It was heaving busy and very cramped in there. It is a nicely decorated place and we had a nice table but we just had to accept we were getting climbed over by guests and the waiter to get back and fourth. Food was good, tasty but perhaps the smallest piece of duck I’ve ever been served, half a duck breast at best! For £24 (without sides) this is pretty extortionate. Food tasted good but I can’t imagine I’d recommend it to friends given the value for money wasn’t there. I don’t mind paying for quality- but they must provide at least a substantial portion size.

l
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very welcoming and a relaxed cosy atmosphere we loved it! A great drinks selection and for the food I recommend the venison you will not be disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Waiting for the food took about one hour. Maybe something went wrong (they could have told us). However, the food itself - I ordered duck - tasted very nice. The restaurant is a cocktail bar, I didn't realise before, so there was some loud music around.

AD
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my partners birthday so decided to have a meal at Monteiths. We have previously been in for drinks only. When we arrived it was very busy but a staff member attended to us straight away. We were shown a table to have a drink as we had arrived slightly early. We didn't have to wait long before we were taken to our table. From then on everything was spot on. A waiter came and took our drink order, we ordered a bottle of red wine. It was lovely, the waiter decanted the bottle into a carafe bottle too. Our food was very prompt and delicious. All the staff were attentive, always checking if everything was OK for us. I would definitely recommend the Venison and my partner enjoyed his fillet steak immensely. We will definitely be back and will have no hesitation in recommending Monteiths to friends and family.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was a saturday night so was busy but servers were pleasant enough. Wasn't impressed with the food unfortunately. And tables are very cosy, beside each other.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great cocktails in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

JB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Noisy place and music far too loud, staff were too busy entertain what looked like a drunken friend at the bar. A real disappointment food wise too which is a shame as I've spent many a nice time there drinking their lovely cocktails. Not sure I'll be hurrying back.

S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced food and long waiting time for food to arrive.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable evening spent at Monteiths. Good cocktails, food, wine, nice atmosphere. However, the prices are high for what it is. We were visiting from London and even being used to London prices, we thought this costly for what was on offer - particularly given the small portions on the mains (the venison dish being particularly small, it looked more like a starter while the lobster dish attempted to hide the small size of the lobster in a huge stack of allumette fries).

J
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot off the main Street tucked away. Everything was amazing from the food to the fresh cocktails. Service was brilliant and would return when back in Edinburgh.

JG
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Friendly staff and good service. Menu choice was too limited. Beetroot and Feta Cheese Starter was very disappointing as the beetroot was tasteless and there were far too many salad leaves and very little substance. Did not enjoy at all.
Main courses, while nicely presented, were just "okay" as leeks were tough. For the venison, I was not asked how I would like venison done and found mine a bit "under".
The "Chocolate Ganache" dessert was outstanding.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We all had a great experience the food was great as were the staff. Just a couple of nip picks paper towels in the ladies room was empty and a couple of drinks were forgot, which were rectified as soon as he’d were brought to their attention. Very pleased.

b
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Family outing for five. All so disappointed. Lobster is more like a large prawn. Steak tartare is 1/3 the size of Ivy’s for same price. Taste is middle of the road without any real highlights. Lovely waiter looking after us and the bulk of the restaurant... to little food on the plate, too little taste in the food, too few waiting staff and daft time to get food or being served. Other than that, mostly average.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff. Charming venue with amazing selection on wines /spirits and food.

PG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Tables too close together, too crowded and very over priced.

CW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails, excellent service. More dessert choices would have been nice.

LM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Lovely place but small and when busy you’re cramped in at your tables. Food is pricey. Even by london standards but it’s great. Service is very poor in relation to cost. It’s nowhere near the level you expect for the prices you pay.
We were a party of 6 and had to move our own table back just to vê able to get in to it. The staff watched abd didn’t help. It’s also very slow. Takes a while to get your drinks. It’s a lovely place and the food was great but I feel all things considered it should be closer to brasserie prices because that’s the kind of experience you’ll have.

MG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish from the atmosphere to the food i cant fault it at all, although the table we git was very small but was rectified straight away to a bigger table, staff are amazing and very attentive will defanitely be back

CB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very expensive food disappointing and service sliw

S
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was good but service was terrible. Never came back after delivering our food so we never got a refill on water and my boyfriend ordered a whiskey that she never brought over. Way over priced for good food but a serious lack of service

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We used the itison deal for steak and chips plus glass of wine, coffee and fudge. Unfortunately the steak was lukewarm. It was tasty but not hot. We ordered bottle of white wine after enjoying the first glass included in deal. It was not chilled at all. Stuck into a cooler with a little ice at bottom in an attempt to chill but white wine should be chilled and ready to serve not warm and hope it chills as the diners eat! Disappointing as a basic to get right. I have another voucher to use but hope it’s better experience next time. They seemed a bit disorganised and we saw other people being apologised to so clearly an off night. Hope it’s a one off as we do like Monteiths.

AF
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and the venue were great.
The service was average the staff were unable to answer basic questions on the menu and the bar staff had a habit of smashing empty bottles in the bin! Not exactly what you'd expect at this price.

HK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. That’s key. But also professionel and friendly service. Porsions were however e bit small for me.

AS
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, drink with a great choice. Worth a visit when in Edinburgh.

GR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it just as much as the first time we visited which was 7 years ago

R
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic—friendly and fun but not obtrusive. Food and drinks were all delicious.

S
Edinburgh
19 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. You just need to signpost the main door. Lots of people (including us!) came in by the lower door disturbing diners.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful atmosphere, delicious food!

TD
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

our third visit to this lovely place. We booked last minute and very late in the afternoon for lunch, We were the only diners and thought this might have an impact on the experience. It didn't. Staff fabulous as always and food was delicious.

SK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal. Only complaint was that the waitress brought an extra side dish that we didn’t order.

RC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We expected a high level of service and quality but we're very disappointed as we let the server know before paying and leaving. Starters were great and arrived promptly. Main was slow to arrive and then was lukewarm at best on cold plates. The venison was beautifully cooked and a fine piece of meat but had been rolled in fresh coriander which I find abhorrent. Hungry after long wait so swapped meals. Cocktails did not deliver....London calling... expect rhubarb but just got lemon....rum and raisin...just got rum...left after two sips. Not the birthday celebration meal I had envisaged. Had better meals and service during Edinburgh stay for better value.

BC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go either with couple or a group of friends

MR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, couldn't believe that I actually managed to leg a late night table so last minute. The service and food was perfect as it is every time.

DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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