Cafe Royal - Edinburgh

4.5
131 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 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.

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

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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 131 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AudreyI
Angus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Second visit within th month. Lovely place and vibe. Good service and food. However, my venison was little fatty in parts, my only criticism
Will come back. As very special.place
Audre inglis

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very good and great with recommendations. The food was lovely we had mussels at lunchtime and it was very filling and the sauce was delicious.

MC
MattC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, exceeded my expectations a lot.

Service was very attentive without being over the top

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pablo was wonderful! Thanks for an amazing evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just popped into our favourite Edinburgh for a quick drink.
It was so good to be back we had a little fizz & a few nibbles.
Excellent

AE
vipAmyE
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were knowledgeable and friendly. They made the experience outstanding for us.

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Lily
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were fantastic! Our first visit and we loved it so much we went back the next day! Brilliant, quiet pub with a lovely vibe, perfect for a group day out!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great service.

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AlfredS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only had drinks, friendly staff, great sevice. Nice and peaceful, could hear yourself speak. Highly recommend

MJ
MartinJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not eating today but a great pub as always. Staff friendly and attentive.

JM
JustineM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First visit to the Cafe Royal for a birthday treat. It was very busy and the welcome was limited. Our table was tucked away in a corner and we were seated for 10 mins before anyone came to give menus etc. There was little explanation of menu and when wine we chose was not available little forth coming about similar alternatives.
That said when the food arrived it was first class and the service attentive. We definitely want to visit again as the food was wonderful and hope for a better welcome and introduction - having seen the pace would probably opt for the high tables as they are not so tucked away.

JG
JillG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Drinks excellent, Friendly knowledgeable staff. Food was lacking Grilled King Prawns 2! for £12 and not tasty. Mains served warm not hot.

HM
HughM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was atrocious, waiting 90 minutes before we got our food. Food, when it came, was very mediocre. Staff seemed completely disorganised. Overall a terrible experience from a restaurant, in which I had enjoyed many great meals in the past.

DW
DonaldW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My main course (burger) was lukewarm and chips not as described . Lovely atmosphere and service though and not too expensive .

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Wattie
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great to be back in the best pub in edinburgh, beer food and service was first class

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. All the staff seem to really care about making your visit enjoyable. Great pints!

CH
CrazyHorseChris
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cafe Royal is one of my favorite places to catch up with friends but unfortunately this was only the second time I've been there since the pandemic started in March 2020. The visit more than made up for the wait, however, with super friendly staff, a booth seat, a good meal and very quiet surroundings - very unlike the packed out Cafe Royal of previous times!! Definitely want to go back soon.

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Susan
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I reserved a standard table but they tried to seat us at a ridiculously small bar table. OK if you're having a drink and a few bar snacks. They did move us to a proper table once I asked them.
Apart from the haggis tatties which we had for starters and my fish pie the rest of the food was way below the standard we would expect for the price charged. The steak was served done despite ordering medium rare and was served with the wrong sauce. The triple cooked chips that was served with the steak were way overcooked. We had to send it back but the replacement was not much better, the steak came rare and was full of sinew so really chewy and not really edible. We didn't complain as the waiter had been helpful replacing the first dish. The burger which looked nice was overcooked and so was dry. The soda bread with seaweed butter was a little stale. All in all a very disappointing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family trip. Great food, great service, lovely atmosphere.

SH
SteveH
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service a bit slow, food not bad but a wee bit expensive. Nice venue with friendly and helpful staff though.

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SUSAN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Slow service, though friendly when it came. Good very good

CR
CharlesR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue, great food and great service. Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. A great afternoon.

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FraserC
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Social distancing was good but service between ordering and service was slow!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

MM
MichaelM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I used to be a regular to this establishment when I was in Edinburgh, unfortunately I won`t be back. The menu is nowhere near as good as it once was. Very poor and well over priced.

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SDub
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Very disappointed with the food, 2 starters and 2 mains was not worth £80 Me and my partner go to a lot of restaurants that do seafood, this was the worst by far, the seafood platter we had was not good at all, had an un fresh fishy smell to it, can’t explain how disappointed we were, we will certainly not be going again.

MF
MariaF
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service in beautiful surroundings. We felt safe due to covid rules being adhered to.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely oysters and champagne 🥂🥰🥰

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Lorraine
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

45 minutes for starter to arrive and it was cold. Sent it back & it came back in 2 minutes!
Waiter removed bottle of water from table & was not even empty.
Food was very average for the price. Fish pie made fresh to order was not great & the crab claw is the smallest I have ever seen!

MP
MattP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, highly recommended . Lots of local fresh fish on the menu.

RF
RogerF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening in the Cafe Royal. We were seated in the Oyster Bar, and it is the first time for many years that we have been there. Very comfortable and a little quieter than the circle bar. The service was excellent and we all enjoyed our food. Great evening thank you!

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Jules
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Drinks only no food

DM
DMcR
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, organised, lovely food and terrific service. What more do you need. Well worth a visit

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easwald
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality food plus great wine. Service to Mach. Two thumbs up.

DH
DerekH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dirty lipstick covered glass spoiled a five star review. Food brilliant, atmosphere brilliant, great value

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AlanS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was disappointed that Stella Artois was not available.

RB
RichardB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sheer class Fantastic venue with great surroundings and brilliantly staff and service

SD
StephenD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here many times over the past 10 years or so - never disappointed, always great food and great service

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AllenB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional place to eat. The staff are very friendly and the food is amazing.

MR
MRSM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like the Cafe Royal. The food menu is to our taste--very good

FAQs

Cafe Royal - Edinburgh is rated 4.5 stars by 131 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.