Element

4.5
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145 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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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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SS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have eaten hear quite often. This was the first time though , for breakfast. Choice was excellent, quantity also. Would have liked it hotter.
Staff were excellent.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice meal
Great staff and very friendly.
Great drink choices

N
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was fabulous.. food was outstanding.. Will defiantly be back for another visit

OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good 50% Off deal at present
Fish ceaser salad could use more fish

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Not great service from staff member on duty,manager took ages to come and see us and it wasnt busy. The colleague didnt know if there was a disabled toilet so my mum had to struggle down the stairs. Not overly attentive but the food was nice.

O
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere and drinks in this place. Music is a bit too loud - the bar was almost empty but it was difficult to talk with someone because of the music. Food was really tasty but my vegetarian food portions were much smaller than my boyfriend’s no-vegetarian options.

MW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely Scottish vibes! Brilliant quality of food and staff were superb!

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lively and friendly, but laid-back feel. Tasty food, good service. Would definitely recommend and will return.

AN
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh is a VERY busy night, but the staff were attentive and nothing was a problem for them. There was a set menu and all the food was excellent, and I felt great value for money. Lovely place, lovely atmosphere, lovely food, lovely people!

S
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I'm a fairly regular visitor to Element. I arranged a lunch there between xmas and new year. I had no difficulty booking a table; it was ready when we arrived; service was excellent as usual; food was excellent and the value was superb. It's a great city centre venue but, if you're eating, I would always suggest that you book ahead.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and veggie option!

SS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice cozy and good food.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Better than average pub food but with really good service

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally love this place atmosphere is buzzing food is always the best

KA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

party of 6 breakfast, was looking good until i atarted eating it, lorne sausage tasted of garlic it wasnt good. ive eaten breakfast before in element and thought it was fabby but not this time went down hill. eggs where poor some of my party didn't finish there's so probably give it a miss in future.

DM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, good food and attentive staff. This is the second time I've been for a meal and will definitely be back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely cosy pub. Food was great and the winter cocktails were amazing. Recommend booking as it’s very busy on a weekend.

DI
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food , lovely waitress and atmosphere . Although bar was extremely busy , you could not hear it in the restaurant.

AC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely early lunch at Elements. Good relaxed atmosphere inside to get away from all the hussle & bussle of all the Christmas shoppers outside. The scrambled egg and salmon on sourdough bread was sooooo good.

DT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cosy restaurant with good food and friendly servers. Taking out membership gives 20% off the food bill - a nice bonus at this time of the year.

RB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times over 2 visits to Edinburgh and is our 1st choice of venue for food, down to the atmosphere location selection quality and staff who make you feel welcome and take time to speak to you about your visit etc. Can't recommend Element enough!

RB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite place to eat in Edinburgh, great food and even better service with friendly and helpful staff.

Highly recommended to all

g
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent choice of food and the chosen food was very good

RN
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was really good, however very busy with Christmas parties, which is to be expected in December. However music was very loud, couldn't have a good conversation, not sure if this was because of Christmas party or not.

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The noise from the main bar is way too loud. Asked if it could be turned down only to be told that the speakers were connected to the main bar. There won't be a next time.

DH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the Elements such a nice relaxed atmosphere especially if you want to chat over your dinner, however found the background music rather loud this time we had to ask for it to be lowered.

T
Angus
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a must for me when visiting the capital. Warm friendly and very relaxed atmosphere. Although the menu is not vast the quality of the food is excellent. Till next time ......

MV
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend a visit to Element. The food is delicious, the service excellent and the surroundings inviting and comfortable. What more can one want!

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was lovely & the staff were very nice, however service was a bit slow

DH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Warm and welcoming, good food nice choice of drinks.

PS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited for a special birthday. Seated quickly but overlooked for a short while - had to ask for menus from the first waiter. The waitress who then took over our table, however, was super attentive and really efficient. Slightly limited menu choices for me; haggis starter was delicious but my main course burger was on the dry side. The rest of the party enjoyed their mains (fish & chips, chicken Kiev) may have been a one off. We were brought a complementary dessert for the birthday girl, which was a lovely touch. I’d definitely return.

DF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very warm, comfy environment with a simple but tasty menu - the salmon and mascarpone croquette were excellent - and a professional and kind service.

LH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

They do offer a gluten free menu, however they didn't offer gluten free alternatives to chips, onion rings etc. cooked in the same fryer as everything else with gluten... This meant I was served a meal contaminated food which I couldn't even eat? Whats the point in serving it and not giving an alternative? After this, I was still charged full price for a meal that I could only eat half of...

DB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Un'ambientazione davvero curata in ogni dettaglio in una zona della città molto viva e affollata di localini.
Ottimo selezione di birre e whisky.
Buonissimo il Cranachan!

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Sunday brunch or lunch. Fab location, lovely staff, good choice. i have also had dinner here and enjoyed it.

DC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday dinner, excellent value and friendly staff

AN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good range of food and good size of portions. Could actually taste the sherry in the trifle. Staff were very friendly without being overly attentive. It was a bit dark to read the menu easily, for those of a certain age!

C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the ambiance at Element - added to the great food, though it can be a bit noisy on Sat. night!

DN
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Have had food and drinks at Element a few times now - never disappoints.

EA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great afternoon.. the staff were outstanding and very helpful. My mum ordered a dessert and coffee. The waiter brought the coffee before her dessert yo which she then finished the coffee and was full. She cancelled the dessert but it had already been prepared. However the waitress agreed to take it off our bill. You can't ask for more. X