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Monteiths

4.4
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1276 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1276 People Are Saying
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NicoleA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Turned up to find out that the place is actually shut and hasn’t opened for a while, no idea why they are still allowing bookings through the website, waste of everyone’s time! We ended up having no where to eat as everyone finishes at 6pm we had to grab a burger from McDonald’s what a let down honestly.

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rachel
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good choice and delicious cocktails. Friendly service.

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Sandy13th
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not a huge menu but what we had was extremely good quality. Quite pricey but worthwhile as a special treat. Would definitely recommend it.

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Mackie
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Surprised to find on arrival (8pm) that for such a limited main course menu, 8 items, (which was fine as we already had seen this) that they had already run out of two of the main courses!
Dessert menu only had two choices plus a cheese selection. could do with another 1 or 2
Didn't think that the chairs were very comfortable and the tables were very small, almost the size of a garden bistro set. Would have expected a Biot more for the prices charged.
That said the food food was excellent and would recommend.

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Tara
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very nice food albeit slightly overpriced... pictures online make it seem more cosy and casual but actually the dark lighting means the atmosphere is more date night than family affair. Definitely not somewhere to take your Gran!
Also tables are rather close together so wouldn’t recommend if concerned about close proximity to other households.
Service was lovely though, our waitress was bubbly and friendly, we had to wait a few minutes for our table to be ready but staff were very apologetic.

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Fraser
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was on a date and the full experience was incredible! Will definitely be back in the near future

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LucyM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lot of recommendations from family and friends and monteiths really lived up to our expectations!

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Stephen
West Lothian
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food quality and flavours, overall was OK. 2 starters had to returned as they were cold, drinks arrived half through starter, then again half through main course. We expected portions to be slightly more generous . Expensive , slightly over £200 for 4 people with no wine , 5 alcoholic drinks.

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Natasha
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place! Will go back. They make an excellent cocktail!

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AnnaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable and cosy setting and delicious high quality food. The cocktails are also very tasty

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Linz56
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Expensive for what it is but I guess you're paying for the location. Our table wasn't ready for us at 7:30, so with the new 10pm curfew we had to rush our food when we finally got served.

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StephenB1
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a hidden gem. Amazing food. Great service. Lovely wines. Good cocktails. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Will definitely be coming back

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Coleenp
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh! Food was outstanding, ate decor and atmosphere was lovely! Couldn’t fault at all

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nikkid
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten. Everything was great, staff, food, drinks and the surroundings. Pricey and not big portions but worth it, just get chips to bulk up 😂

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OpenTable Diner
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Monteiths. The food, the drinks, the ambience and the staff. You simply can’t get better. I had the most amazing oysters as usual. Lamb was delicious. Beautiful chocolate tart as well. The cocktails and wine were just unbelievable. Can’t wait to go back.

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MoJo
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent steak and good wine with friends. We used our Itison voucher and it proved to be great value for money. Tasty cocktails and friendly staff.
The restaurant is tucked away in a lane off the historic Royal Mile but it wasn’t a tourist trap.

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Martin
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great setting. Great cocktails for after dinner drinks

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RonnieW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited 6 months to use an Itison voucher. Had the chateaubriand with chips and sauce, glass of wine each then coffees and fudge. Everything was fantastic from service to food. Enjoyed a better wine later. Will try a cocktail on our next visit. Heard a lot about this restaurant and was not disappointed. Thoroughly recommend. Will be booking again soon.

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KennyM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back after so long, seems to have been taken up a notch.
Food was excellent. Will be back soon.

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NickF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I felt the food was quite average given the price...expensive for what it was, especially the starter that was lukewarm. :/

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MarkC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent decor, service and venue. Simple but great menu

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NicoleD
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was good, the food and drinks excellent, but the atmosphere is the absolute best part. you enter under a string lit overhead down into a quaint yet cool interior. highly recommend.

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GraemeB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monteiths is consistently good - great fun, fantastic service and a good atmosphere

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NMartin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at Monteith's restaurant recently. We took Canadian and Irish visitors and they all raved about it. Great food, decor and staff. Highly recommend. We'll be back.

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vipMAMeats
London
99 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

When we said we were in happy with the dessert, the waiter returned from the kitchen and said that they had a heat issue in the kitchen and it should not have been sent out. But they had sent it out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent, forgot one order of cocktails and had to chase after 20 mins but otherwise service and food was excellent. Steaks are fantastic!

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JimS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lunch menu was outstanding and great value. I had the house white was great.

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Hell2Please
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Monteith's is a small, slightly rustic, lively bar and restaurant. All staff are attentive and will help make a visit a memorable experience. Excellent selection of bar drinks and cocktail menu. Limited but adequate menu of tasty and well-presented dishes at ££ price point for Edinburgh. Not best suited for Vegetarian/Vegan diners. Highly recommend.

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Keith
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly service, nice atmosphere. Had a lovely evening in here entertaining clients.

KG
KimG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We eat here quite regularly, however on our last trip the steaks were slightly more well done than we would have liked. The new dessert menu is pretty poor too. Although, overall we had a lovely time.

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James
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely time, location an food. Will definitely be back

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AlexF
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Travelling from Lancashire with my partner, I had asked for recommendations from friends for a great place to eat in Edinburgh. Having been to this great city before, I was open to ideas.

This restaurant had been recommended from a friend who had travelled up to Edinburgh in the previous year. Having checked the menu prior to going and the reviews, we were keen to make a visit.

After finding the place ok, upon arrival we were welcomed by the staff, and asked if we wanted a drink before we sat, of which we did. 15 minutes later we were shown to our seats at the back of the restaurant.

Unfortunately, whilst the food was fantastic, the atmosphere was slightly not enjoyable due to the room temperature. Visiting a restaurant like this you want to feel comfortable as part of the experience, and sadly it was ruined slightly because of this.

It may have been the case, that on the night we visited the heating in the restaurant was our of use, however this was not mentioned to us by the staff. All that could suggest this was by the presence of a small electric heater which was not doing the job.

Overall, the experience was not great, despite the great food. We visited a couple of restaurants in our short stay in Edinburgh, and if we were to recommend a restaurant to a friend who was visiting, we wouldn't make this the number one place to visit.

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SiobbhanS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent choice for lots of reasons! Food was excellent and the staff brilliant. Despite it being a Monday night where we had some space, the ambience was still great, it's a really lovely venue that we would very happily recommend! Also a nice covered outside space that still private for those who need a breather!

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vipReviewer13
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here on Valentine's Day. Very cool vibe, excellent food, attentive wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything lovely

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LauraM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening and the food and wine were delicious! We will definitely be back.

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Emma
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor / feel, great service and delicious - definitely worth a trip

LB
LucyB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and experience with outstanding food, drinks and staff. Thank you.

JM
vipJamesMc
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Best cocktails in Edinburgh.

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JodieT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and services are fantastic. Will visit again. Thank you!

FAQs

Monteiths is rated 4.4 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.