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Basils

4.6
4.6
285 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish

Welcome to Basils, your local neighbourhood bar serving up the freshest burgers, the best cocktails and a fine selection of beers and wine. No matter what you’re in the mood for, dinner with family, drinks with mates, a few beers and a read of the paper or a boozy brunch – we’ve got you covered. We’re family friendly, dog friendly, vegan friendly – hell we’re just all round friendly guys, so why not pop down and order yourself a plate of tasty goodness from our kitchen and a drink to wash it down with.

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Burgers

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Daily 10:00–15:45
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–15:45
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 16:00–21:00
    Sun 16:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    0131 551 5430

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ross Edgar

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 285 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Scottish

  • Edinburgh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh

    Scottish

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  1. RD

    RobD

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is our regular restaurant as it's so local, the food and service are always great. Lovely atmosphere and the staff are great.

  2. GS

    GayleS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff are very friendly, food always great and a lovely place to relax!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really nice crab and chorizo macaroni was delicious

  4. D

    Disappointing

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience2

    Food wasn't great at all. Steak pie was solid, they had no vegetables to serve with the meals

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal,excellent service

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Food lovely. Hope to return again.

  7. F

    Fifi19

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Please keep the falafel burger. The Moving Mountain burger is not a good addition - it's appearing on too many menu's!!

  8. j

    jilliand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Highly recommended. Very pretty inside too.

  9. BM

    BarbaraM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great choice of food and drinks, great value for money. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

  10. FM

    FionaM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great local eatery. Good drink selection and lots of cocktails. Food is always hot and delicious. Would recommend for friends and couples for a lovely night out.

  11. JR

    JavierR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I always go for the menu on Sunday or for a Sunday roast. It's always a good one.

  12. R

    Rachael

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really fantastic experience last night at Basils. First time and certainly won’t be the last. All our servers were lovely and the food was absolutely delicious!

  13. GS

    GillianS

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Went here for lunch after two years of living in Leith and wish I'd been sooner. The food was delicious, good portions and great value. Staff were lovely. Will definitely be back.

  14. SN

    SandraN

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for the Christmas menu, there was plenty of choice and the food was delicious, our server was charming and I would recommend Basil's to anyone

  15. IN

    IreneN

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Went for breakfast with my friend, I had the eggs Ruben which I’ve never seen on any other menu, really enjoyed it as I love pastrami, service was great too.

  16. j

    johna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Found the food and overall value for money excellent

  17. SM

    StevieM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed Christmas lunch especially with these hard times with Covid. Cheered us up with meal and drinks .

  18. WP

    WynniP

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Always eat here when visiting Edinburgh as it’s usually outstanding, disappointing this time with the food. The cauliflower fritters usually crispy were soggy and drowned in the sauce , chunky chips withe the fish were to chunky and not cooked through. May be time to look for somewhere else to eat.

  19. CG

    CatG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I met a friend for lunch at Basil’s as it’s local and we had heard good things. The menu had something for all and the food was delicious and came out in a very timely manner. The staff were attentive and professional and the prices incredibly reasonable. It was quiet when we were in and had the choice of seats. We’ll definitely be back.

  20. B

    Beccy

    Cancun

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely love going to Basils! Lola especially is always super helpful and friendly! Lola always remembers me when I come back, makes me feel really welcome!

  21. KA

    KATYANN

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked here due to its location near to where we were staying. Friends ordered the ribeye steak which they thoroughly enjoyed. I had the crab chorizo macaroni and cheese which came in a tin ashet dish and it was lovely but couldn't finish it the chips served with it were chunky steak chips excellent. The service from the two young ladies was superb, attentive but never intrusive . I had ice cream to finish my friends had the pecan toffee pudding which they said was lovely. Definitely will be back should we be in the area and will be recommending it to friends who stay in Edinburgh. Well done everyone.

  22. L

    Lossieglen1

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Visited during a stay in Leith. Landed on our feet for breakfast and would definitely recommend.

  23. M

    Mozza

    Glasgow

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Great service. The food was good, if not fantastic. The sharing platter starter and dips were very good. The chicken saltimbocca was quite greasy, although tasty. My husband had the sea bass panzanella, and he was happy with that.

  24. SH

    ScottyH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was great service was great they couldnt do enough for us. Been a few times and has been great every time. Great place to eat

  25. T

    Tmac

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As ever, Basils did it brilliantly! Superb service and food. I had the crab macaroni and wedges. Both were to die for! I always enjoy going to Basil's as they always get it right! It's a lovely friendly neighborhood spot with delightful staff. Cleanliness wise it's spot on also.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top class on every level! Will be back! 10/10

  27. ID

    IanD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place food was fantastic service was great definitely recommend

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t fault it well done, better than anything in the city.

  29. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent quality and value. Would highly recommend.

  30. FT

    FionaT

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great breakfadt. Dirty sauce is wow!! We will be back.

  31. KS

    KathleenS

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely full breakfast not greasy at all. If I was being picky I would have liked a slice of toast with it but there was plenty really.

  32. DH

    DarrenH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food, drink and service all excellent. Recommended

  33. KG

    KatG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Lovely local restaurant. Only complaint was that the room temperature was cold.

  34. EC

    EthanC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, environment and exceptionally reasonably priced.

  35. MC

    MarkC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food v helpful staff who were pleased to see us

  36. CC

    CharlotteC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    A normal local place with ok food in affordable price. Burger wasn’t nice. Beacon were too salty and the patty felt like store bought. Five guys does a better job. The sharing plate was good, but tbh anything covered in batter and deep fried can’t be bad tasting. Won’t recommend for date night or anything special

  37. FW

    FarrahW

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Nice atmosphere and decent food and decent prices.

  38. JV

    JennyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this restaurant. Lovely friendly staff. Food was so good and well presented. We were a family of five and there was something on the menu for everyone. So good we returned for breakfast next morning (which was just as good)

  39. TH

    TaslimaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was great, lovely atmosphere. The staff could have been a little more attentive considering the place was quiet when we were there. Overall, a great place and would definitely go back.

  40. BD

    BruceD35

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing. Really people need to know how good it is. Dog friendly, great staff and some of the best burgers and breakfasts in Edinburgh. Going back next Saturday. Their Christmas menu is back and is beyond good value. Great gin selection and cocktails too. Staff are wonderful but the food is out of this world. Go!

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Basils is rated 4.6 stars by 285 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Basils

9-11 Annfield Road Edinburgh, EH6 4JF

  • Area

    Leith

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Daily 10:00–15:45
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–15:45
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 16:00–21:00
    Sun 16:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of free parking in the area

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ross Edgar

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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