Element

4.4
99 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
Tucked away just off Princes Street in amongst the boutiques of Rose Street you will find Element. The bar has long since established itself as the perfect place to eat, drink and relax right in the heart of the Edinburgh. Whether you’re sampling a local beer or cocktail in the bar after work or enjoying a lazy weekend lunch in the restaurant, our staff will ensure you feel welcome in our home from home.
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DM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick supper between festival shows. Really good, helpful fast service and very good sharing platter and burgers. Would visit again.

OT
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overpriced for what is essentially pub grub. Any atmosphere destroyed by overly loud music which did not fit in with the character of the dining room.

MF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a favourite place to eat in Edinburgh. Service is always good and staff pleasant. Breakfast is great and menu caters for all tastes, decent vegetarian options. Nice ambience but always book as it can be busy at peak times.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice place. Went for lunch while at the Fringe. Excellent service and menu had a good selection. Food was excellent and well presented. Would definitely recy

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Best fish and chips I have had for ages!

MD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here, great service lovely food, which wasnt over priced and just the right portion size. We celebrated a family birthday and element couldn't have been better. Highly recommend.

DW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely experience at Element - our favourite gastro pub in town.
Becoming a friend is fantastic value getting a generous 20% discount.
Only disappointment, we came for the Sunday Roast and it was sold out.
Next time we will book the roast as well as the table!
(We enjoyed it so much the previous Sunday - had to come back with friends)

J
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, staff, venue were all excellent.
I had to take a star off for running out of roasts before 1500.

SM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As I am gluten free it is now on my list of places I will definitely return to , very helpul and informative and menu choice (and beer) is good

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a great time in Element, good food and ambiance but mainly great service! Thank you for pampering my friends and I.

CM
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Menu ideal for all - sandwiches, full breakfast to fish and chips

Good wine list by the glass.

MF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Remember to book or you could be disappointed! Excellent food in great surroundings!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Would have preferred a better menu selection to many sandwiches

PH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fish and chips! Fish obviously fresh, batter perfectly crisp, chips had a great flavour and loved the pickles and capers on the side.

C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bar area at front smells like stale beer. The back area for dining is very nice. Clean and comfortable. The food is good but not great. The wine list is terrible. They brought a flat coke (the settings on the CO2 were off). Service was friendly and very good.

RD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited Element on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and drinks with visitors from Leicester. Welcomed on entrance and quickly shown to our reserved table and offered another table if that one wasn’t suitable. It was suitable. Staff friendly and attentive. Food was good. Fresh and served quickly. Drinks were good too.
Very comfortable seating, but we were moving on so didn’t stay too long but would go back again to stay longer.

GL
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we were made welcome and shown to our table. The service, ambiance and food were outstanding and I’m sure we’ll be back.

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dining at this place, the service is great and the food is always delicious.

CA
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty lunch. Swift service. Good value. Happy

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

LK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An uexpected lounge-style eateries at the back of the bar. Loved it!

AB
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My third or fourth visit to this restaurant and it never disappoints. Was meeting an overseas visitor, a lifelong friend, and chose this restaurant for a lovely lunch in a cosy setting with excellent service. The food portions are huge and neither of us could finish - after all, we had to leave room for one of the delicious desserts! Would I recommend? Certainly, and I have on a number of occasions over the years.

AB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal in a pleasant environment separate from the noisier bar area. It was convenient to be able to make an online booking.

GS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find. Service was great and the food was superb too. Value for centre of Edinburgh was really good too. The servers were great. Not too in your face but always close by. First visit but will not be the last

NK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a girl, I really appreciated the kind intentions in the restrooms with free deodorants, nappies etc...

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner at Elements. Everyone was very friendly, and both food and service were terrific. My husband had the lamb, which was absolutely excellent, and my fish and chips was quite tasty. The house salad was really fresh and big enough for two. Thanks for a good dinner!

VC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food tasty although the serving was somewhat smaller than expected

SL
Munich
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. We will come back. Good food. Perfect sevice.

IM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very friendly, helpful staff and a pleasant atmosphere in general. We have been here before and would hope to come back in the future.

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good. Food is great and ambient is ok.
Fish and chips is nice, good beer.
Enjoy

f
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal and lovely staff who were attentive but gave us our space. Just great!

D
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect location, food, ambience, staff and drinks! Highly recommend

D
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was superb. From the service, the food, the ambience. Well done team!! Will be back definitely!

c
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lunch on Friday. Great fish and chips. Good service.

KL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was good, the food, surroundings and service. The only criticism I would have is the background music noise level was just bordering on intrusive. We mentioned this to the manager, but it seemed the younger clientele in the adjacent bar liked it!

ML
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good selection of drinks and medium sized food menu, great vibe and atmosphere.
Good value for money as the portion sizes were large.
Only negative was that the waiters could have been abit quicker on refills and payment but otherwise great night

MT
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with 3 girl friends. Staff are very attentive, especially Ben & Edward . Great atmosphere. Will definately be back.

OT
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little place for lunch 😊

AH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service re table and waitress food fabulous value and quality

JK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our third visit to Element on Rugby match day and have been very impresses with the staff, service and food served. A lovely, relaxed atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff. Will visit again when in Edinburgh.

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