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Cafe Royal - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cafe Royal - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cafe Royal - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cafe Royal - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cafe Royal - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Cafe Royal - Edinburgh

4.3
4.3
1250 Reviews
£26 to £40
Continental
Edinburgh's hidden gem! Traditional oyster bar and restaurant serving fine food and a great selection of continental lagers, beers and local ales.

We're proud of our history without being complacent and we love to see a happy customer. We've always focused on making our pub unique and we are sure you will notice. So pull up a seat, take a tour round our pub and discover what sets us apart from the rest.

** Please note all bookings are for our restaurant, we offer first come first served for drinks in our bar area.

*** Please note due to licencing restrictions under 18's are not permitted in the main bar, we can seat under 18's and over 5's in the restaurant for dining. We cannot allow under 18's in the restaurant after 10pm.

**** As we are a listed building we do not have Accessible toilets on the ground floor.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Continental, Seafood, Scottish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 11:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    0131 556 1884
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    St. Andrew's Square Tram/Bus stop is a short walk away<br />Princes Street bus stops (Apple Store/Waverley Station)
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 1,250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,251 Reviews
  1. AndrewM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was excellent, hot seafood platter was great.

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  2. RuthB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good however we were served poor coffee and were also given cream to go with the coffee that had clearly gone off. This was changed but this really shouldn't have happened.

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  3. Scotslass

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and surroundings were lovely. Had a good selection of wines by the glass. We chose a super wine. The food took a long time to arrive - an hour for a lunch main course. When it arrived, the chicken dish was enjoyable but the fish was overcooked and disappointing.

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  4. Anonymous

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak sandwiches had cold steak. Battered haddock over-battered and not much fish inside. Chips were poor. Food took a long time being served.

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  5. DouglasG

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service friendly staff and the food was outstanding. The price was what you would expect to pay in Edinburgh city centre.

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  6. ZarahE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We collected friends from Waverley train station and managed to get a car park nearby. So the café was a perfect introduction to Edinburgh. The service and food was high standards and did not disappoint.

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  7. LisaP

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails. Great bar, nice restaurant end. Great food, kind and friendly staff. Seen as we travel from Newcastle for lunch says it all really.

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  8. Lucia

    Guanajuato

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in a beautiful setting . I highly recommend it for dinner

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was really good and the food was delicious best place for oysters, can’t fault anything, will definitely be back 10/10

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  10. AileenC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a unique environment. The seafood platter was an absolute treat and service was attentive but not overbearing

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  11. AlexW

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A first class venue. Great food, fantastic atmosphere.

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  12. fionar

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was pleasant enough but not good enough to come back

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  13. ChristinaR

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. The staff were so lovely and the food was amazing.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived for lunch and greeted, shown to our Table. Food Fabulous, staff attentive without being overbearing. Only gripe was it was a bit cold inside with a few guests still wearing their jackets! That’s the only thing stopping a 5star review.

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  15. KittW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The bar is perfect, atmosphere very good. The “restaurant” was a big disapointment. We booked a table weeks before our arrival. We had high expectations. The waitor spilled water on my daugther and suggested her to go to the restroom to dry. She spilled half of our just bought bottle, and she did not bring a new one. The food was very expensive and very mediocre. The staff was clumsy and we didn’t feel very welcome. Despite our experience the room was very beautiful and special.

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  16. Juan

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food and setting - would highly recommend!

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  17. Sottsass

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was solid, as always, nothing remarkable but good-sized portions (unless you have the fish pie... remember to get sides). However service, sadly, lets the overall experience down. A far from warm welcome, an age waiting to get drinks and then at teh end suddenly being huckled out the door for the next booking, despite the delays not being at our end. It would have been easy enough to say earlier in the meal when the table needed to be turned - not come flying over and say we are now receiving our bill as a table has been waiting in the bar (!) Understaffed and stretched or just disengaged staff it was hard to tell, but when you are dropping close to £300 you expect to leave with more positive memories.

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  18. BarbO

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The evening at Cafe Royal was one of the highlights of our visit. The seafood was outstanding, and the staff and service impeccable. A must visit location, even if just to the bar/pub side, and on our forever list of places to eat.

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  19. CarlosS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place with good atmosphere, drinks and food

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    A shadow of its former self. Such a pity. Booked because last year it was excellent. Restaurant isn’t anything like I remember. Won’t be back

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  21. AmyY

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great environment and customer service. the food was a bit salty

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  22. Notimpressed

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Arrived in good time. Reception not particularly welcome but shown to table in good time. We were sat at the far end next to a particularly loud table and continued to be loud throughout our time there. I ordered the Venison as it was one of not many gluten free dishes that I would like unfortunately they had none left. Second choice was the Pork which was served 45mins later, it was tough to eat and almost tasteless. Our Bill came to around £60 for two main dishes, a side of chips and a glass of red wine. Not impressed!

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  23. AlanB

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived at our requested time and shown to our table in the restaurant, we were also offered a table in the bar. The staff and service was excellent. We have been many times before mainly for drinks and nibbles. We decided to have lunch and were not disappointed.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sehr netter und freundlicher Service. Die Atmosphäre und Ambiente ist wirklich klasse. Riesige Auswahl an Getränke und Getränken und Whiskys. Das Essen war sehr gut. Allerdings waren zwei Burger zu trocken und wurden zurückgegeben.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Mother’s Day lunch. Can’t wait to go back!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely lunch, great food which was beautifully presented. The staff were very friendly and attentive

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  27. GrahamH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Royal is still a very special place, and is still delivering food with a level of true excellence. Thank you to all the staff who helped us celebrate my mums 88th Birthday….. she loves it there.

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  28. EdwardA

    Aberdeen

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a late evening booking but Cafe Royal was busy busy and noisy noisy. BUT have to say our waiter was excellent. Good sense of humour, very efficient and helpfull. Menu choice was a limited limited and two or three choices were finished but what we chose was great.

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  29. MivecGPX

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Table for 2 in the Oyster place, so slightly quieter than the main bar area. Service was spot on. Menu is pretty good. Quality of food superb. Wine great but pricey. Ambience was lovely, mirrors on walls help give illusion of space. Recommended.

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  30. clodaghD

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved cafe royal. We had lunch one day and returned for dinner the next day. Oysters in particular were extraordinary, but everything was lovely. Excellent wine list which was very reasonable and service which is attentive and friendly but never fussy.

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  31. Allymacc

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service but the music coming from the bar was way too loud for a Tuesday night and terrible to boot!!

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  32. EleanorG

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasty. Starter came lukewarm. Fish pie was lovely. Just out of the oven but broccoli served on top was lukewarm. Restaurant was quite cold for a winter’s night. Staff were very efficient and polite

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely interior, great place to go for a drink and some oysters. Had an average lunch experience but might have ordered wrong. Would return to try some other dishes but definitely for a cocktail.

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  34. Santini

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited Cafe Royal for many years and while it is still a beautiful venue with great ambiance the experience is totally ruined by the maximum two hours you are allotted to finish your meal and leave and the fact that the staff are seemingly trained to attempt to get you out even before this two hour period! In any case if one has a starter and hot crustace platter and a bottle of wine, as we had, two hours is the absolute minimum time required. A lovely lunch totally spoiled by a non client friendly attitude by staff trained to get you to finish your food and leave ASAP. Hugo

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  35. Storey

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing, love a lively venue but the noise of lovely chatter was drowned out by music which was a horrendous derge however the waitress did turn it down when we asked The room was cold and draughty possibly due to the fact we were sat near the door I had fish pie which was average to say the least 2 people had the hake which was tiny & badly cooked ( soggy skin) and full of bones served with char grilled hispini cabbage which was raw and couldn’t be cut even with a sharpe knife cheese board very underwhelming with 3 tiny pieces of cheese almost frozen. So sad as have eaten here before and loved it

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  36. Howard

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great venue, food and wine very good but some of the staff looked unhappy

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  37. MandyH

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    professional bartender and waiter, food was really good and loved the decor and atmosphere

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  38. JAMESM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from the staff and the food was exceptional.

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  39. AlexF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding, Jonny our service was above expectations and a good laugh, I hope my staff are at least half as good as he is. Amazing work everyone!

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  40. RonF

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ambience delightful. Food and drink inspiring. Staff brilliant.

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Cafe Royal - Edinburgh is rated 4.3 stars by 1250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Cafe Royal - Edinburgh

19 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 2AA

Additional information

  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 11:00–00:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Continental, Seafood, Scottish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    St. Andrew's Square Tram/Bus stop is a short walk awayPrinces Street bus stops (Apple Store/Waverley Station)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
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