Monteiths

4.5
896 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Scottish
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  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Scottish, British, Steak
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Hours of Operation

Monday to Sunday
Lunch menu: 12pm-4pm.
A la carte menu: 12pm-11pm
Cocktail bar open until late
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Phone number
0131 557 0330
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
Pay on the street.
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Special Events & Promotions
Private areas of the bar or restaurant bookable.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 896 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Seemed a little pricey on first glance at the menu but the food was all excellent- totally exceeded expectations and the service was excellent. Well worth it.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

A sad evening given my wife was very disappointed in the Fillet steak, asked to get cooked “well done” the steak came sliced in half horizontally and extremely dry and did not look appetising, the second attempt was done medium rare with blood in the juices on the plate, sadly after that we gave up, staff are good and ambience is good but just a disappointing evening for us...Suggest if you like your steak done well then go for something else...

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I think it may be unfair to review a Royal Mile restaurant in Festival time - not that Monteith's is by any means your normal tartan and stag's head tourist trap (though both those adornments are present). However it used to be my all time favourite restaurant. The food quality always excellent, great wine list and other drink selections, service always first class and wonderful location. So why was I slightly less than overwhelmed on this occasion? Well, food still excellent, though maybe slightly more prissy than it used to be, definitely smaller portions and the menu more limited than I remember. We also felt hurried, it was extremely busy and noisy and I felt the pricing to be hugely increased from what it was previously. These last complaints may be a direct result of the pre-show hour on a Friday night at Festivaltime and to be fair we went again last night (Sunday) and it was much quieter, our meal more leisured and the service more relaxed. So maybe it is unfair to judge the place from that. I wonder too if the price hike is permanent. Anyway if you can afford it and either don't mind the freneticism or find a quieter time, it remains hard to beat in the old town.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice restaurant. Great service and nice atmosphere. Quality of the food was excellent, but portion sizes were a little on the small size.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were saddened at the lack of salmon on the menu however the dinners we had - lobsters and the monkfish and mussels were amazing. Also the wait staff was very professional - attentive without being overbearing.

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4.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Subterranean restaurant. Tales very crowded together. Service was good, and so was the food, but overpriced.
£110 for a three course meal for two with two glasses of wine and two coffees. Even for Edinburgh that seems a lot to me. It was of course close to the Edinburgh Tattoo, and the Fringe was in full swing. Perhaps that explains it

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

After a previous visit many years ago Monteiths has not lost any of its charm and appeal for a great location serving excellent food at great value for money. My wife, daughter and I were all impressed by the quality service (attentive, but not too much), fabulous food and menu selection, with a good selection of drinks as well. It's not a location for the claustrophobic, but it has great ambience and character. Will visit again on our next trip to Edinburgh!

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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We ordered two salads and two drinks. When the waitress came to see how our meal was we complained about the salads having minimal toppings and mainly leaves, which was disappointing. The waitress said she would go and speak to the chef and when she returned she said the chef said ‘that’s just how they are’. She did not offer us anything different or any extra toppings. The bill was £50 which for two salads and two drinks I think is a bit steep. We were not offered any kind of discount for being dissatisfied with our meals.
I think this restaurant probably survives by being on the royal mile and therefore attracting tourists.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Extremely friendly and attentive staff
Food tasty

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Good wine, beers and drink selection. Food was tasty. Servers were friendly and did their best to provide good service despite high table to staff ratio. Restaurant was crowded, noisy and warm on the night we visited.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

So fabulous! We were in Edinburgh for the weekend and booked here based on the amazing reviews - it did not disappoint! The perfect little setting with great food and service. We had a Canadian girl serving us who couldn’t have done more to help. Absolutely great place!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Got a voucher of itison and was great value. The meal was excellent as always, I will be back.

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3.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Good food, great ambiance. They do need more service staff. And the bar needs to be faster (cocktails arrived after our appetizers and wine!).

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Excellent service. Great food. Higgins is a most. Chateaubriand was good but not perfect. But didn’t keep us from having a great experience in this lovely place. Service was superb. Servers are very knowledgeable about the menu and wines. I highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

We had a fantastic baked cod and an excellent lamb.
Before that we had oysters, 6 big and tasty oysters, and smoked salmon.
Ona caution for Americn readers. The portions are smaller than in the US.
It was a bit noisy, but this is the case in most European restaurants.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Enjoyed the overall experience but a bit pricey . We arrived early and a table seemed to be available but we were asked if we would like a drink whilst we were waiting (is this a ploy to increase the bar takings!!!!)

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

We came out for a family dinner and everything we ordered was well prepared and enjoyable. Service was very attentive and we felt very welcomed. Would definitely pop in again when in town.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

We had a lovely meal & the service was fantastic.
Food was very tasty & will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Great ambience, experience and food/wine/cocktails..!

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Monteith’s was a delight. We started at the bar, where the bartender mixed us a couple of amazing drinks while making us feel at home. The food (lemon sole and a filet mignon) was made to perfection. The whole package - ambience, location, quality, service — was top-notch. Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Service was excellent but the risotto didn’t feel as though it had ever met an Arbroath Smokie and the white of the poached egg was undercooked. The steak was ok but not marbled as I’d expect a rib-eye to be and was slightly over cooked. The thrice-fried chips were not great - I’ve had much better twice fried and much better thrice fried. My partner’s fish soup was excellent as was her salmon but the salmon was dramatically overpriced for one piece of salmon. The Australian Merlot was pleasant. Waiting staff were prompt, friendly and helpful.

Overall could and should have been excellent but was really only ok and it was certainly not good value.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Lovely meal and friendly service.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Loved the good quality Scottish food. Small menu but very nice and well presented.

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4.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Maybe it was just us being here at the wrong time because we were not impressed with Monteiths as we thought we were going to be after reading all the raving reviews. Like many others have said, not only was service slow but some of our dishes came out terrible. Though, a few were quite excellent. Husband ordered veal haggis and he loved it. Next, his steak though ordered med rare, came out med well. I ordered their risotto with a soft poached egg and problems from all angles from under-seasoned risotto, questioning whether or not they actually used arborio rice and if they did, it was way undercooked, and egg was barely runny. It was pretty much inedible but our waitress was kind to offer to swap it out for another dish. So I ordered the mussels and they were excellent! My main entree was scallops and it was barely seared on one side, and the other side was not seared at all. No flavor, bland. Drinks were wonderful, service was lagging a bit but our waitress was kind, and food was a hit and miss. I would not return to a hit and miss restaurant esp when there are hundreds of other options nearby.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Lovely cosy restaurant. Has a lively fun atmosphere . Great cocktails too.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

I first came to Monteith’s for a business dinner and was blown away by everything from the incredible cocktails (try the Bees Nees), the fantastic servers and the best venison I’ve ever tasted. A few months later, I flew my husband to Edinburgh for the weekend, mainly so that he could experience Monteith’s for himself. And it didn’t disappoint!! The atmosphere is as fitting for a date as it is for a business meeting, and the food is exquisite. Would recommend this restaurant to any of my friends for something unique and a bit special. I’m currently planning a girls’ trip later this year ... and Monteith’s is already on the agenda!

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Lovely quaint little restaurant. Amazing food, & cocktails with great service too.

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3.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Started off well but the main was terrible. A chateau briand between us, which we were really looking forward too, had a big piece of grissle through it. Complained and was given 25% off the food bill. Didn’t quite make up for the dissapointmwnt for our 36th anniversary meal. We had agreed on a break up in Edinburgh for this and Monteiths had an excellent write up, however it did not meet our expectations and was still quite an expensive night with the drinks etc only to be dissapointed.

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2.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Although the food is very good , the portion size of one of the starters was very small indeed. It’s very noisy so we did have difficulty hearing each other . I think it is very expensive for what you get and there are plenty of other restaurants with as good or better food in the area for less cost .

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

So happy they were open late and able to seat us. An excellent meal in cozy surroundings. Great cocktails, good whisky selection, fabulous food! The service was elegant, but unobtrusive and very friendly. My husband says it was much better than The Witchery, which could not seat us.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

We appreciated the thought and creativity that came through in all their food and cocktails, and they were very welcoming. Glad we heard about them from hotel staff, because they’re tucked away and easy to miss. Make a reservation for dinner or plan to eat early to ensure you can get a table - we had to come back because they were all booked up on our first try.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Quite simply the best meal in ages! Amazing service and great atmosphere... I was thrilled with the food and the characterful menu with gorgeous flavours

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Fabulous food, great atmosphere and attentive service. Will definitely go there again

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

First time visit. Nice enough. Expensive and although staff were lovely service was slow. Nice for a one off but wouldn’t rush back.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Loved it so much we had to go back the next night! The goat cheese balls and smoked bacon rashers were excellent starters. The venison was cooked perfectly. On the second night, we had the chateaubriand with both the béarnaise and peppercorn sauces, and it was an absolutely perfect meal. The bartenders serve up expert cocktails. Most of all, the entire staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Wonderful evening and exceptional food

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

My partner and I had a great evening, excellent food and service

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Overall it was a good experience but not exceptional. Food was really good but the sole was under cooked, two cocktails were taken off the bill. Service was good but not amazing. It was our anniversary but that was not acknowledge.

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We luckily found Monteith's on the Royal Mile and were not disappointed. The staff were excellent and friendly - very welcoming and fun. Great cocktails. Space is very tight but we dined late and were given a spacious table even though there were only two of us. I would highly recommend it.

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