Monteiths

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1187 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.

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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

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Daily 12:00PM - 4:00PM

What 1187 People Are Saying
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M
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

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

CW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Very expensive food disappointing and service sliw

S
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

GR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful atmosphere, delicious food!

TD
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
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
16 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Monteiths via a quick search on Open Table and couldn't be happier. Hands down, our best dining experience in Edinburgh. As a party of 8, it was often difficult to find a location that could accommodate us but Monteiths did so easily. The restaurant is a bit hidden down one of the Closes but it is worth the discovery. The menu was diverse and all items came out cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. The cocktails were well crafted and the service was superior. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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
9 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.