Element

4.7
184 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
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.

Please note that we can only accept a maximum party size of 6, from a maximum of 2 separate households.

Following the Scottish Government advice, wearing of a face covering upon arrival and when moving around the venue is mandatory.
What 184 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.5
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Out for drinks with family. All things considered the experience was really nice. Didn’t have food but couldn’t progress this review without selecting a star number. Been to the element before and always nice staff and a good choice of drinks. Cold town house lager was spot on.

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SharonC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great snacks and drinks. Missing the background music but that’s not Elements fault! Good service too

Element
Responded on 6 October 2020

Thanks for the comments Sharon & we look forward to seeing you soon - hopefully with music too!

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Johanna
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very nice experience. I would recommend to a friend

Element
Responded on 6 October 2020

Delighted to hear this Johanna and hope to see you & friends in sometime soon.

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StephenS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent especially given the extraordinary circumstances that everyone has to work with due to Covid 19.

Element
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thanks for your review Stephen, we hope to see you back again soon!

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SheilaB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent reception and guidance. Choice of well spaced and attractive tables. Service also excellent as was the food. A perfect evening out.

Element
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thanks Sheila, we are delighted to hear you had a lovely visit with us and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PPPP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the halloumi fries and the chicken wings and both were amazing

Element
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for your review, we hope to welcome you back again soon to try some more of our delicious bar bites!

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NicolaW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice. We enjoyed it. The food was good too and the place was very clean too

Element
Responded on 22 September 2020

Thanks Nicola, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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AdeleC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had drinks only but I have had dinner here many times and the food is excellent.

Element
Responded on 22 September 2020

Thanks Adele! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JulieW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice looking place and friendly staff. I was glad I was not paying full price as the flat iron steak was of poor quality and so chewy neither of us ate it. The chips and onion rings particularly were very good. Nobody asked if the food was ok when it was evident both steaks were left

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks for your feedback Julie. Whilst the staff most certainly should be checking if everything is ok with your meal, we do hope guests can feedback to us if they feel things aren't quite right at the time so we can do our best to rectify together. Apologies that your meal wasn't quite to your full expectations and hopefully we can see you in again soon to show this, as our Steak is one of our most popular dishes so I can assure you this seems to be an unfortunate and disappointing one off.

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KarenB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very well organised to deal with COVID and food was good

Element
Responded on 19 September 2020

Thanks Karen, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Jora
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm and friendly place with pleasant staff ( who all managed to wear their face masks properly ). Reasonably priced drinks for a high end cocktail bar in the capital of Scotland. Each table had their own bottle of hand sanitizer and upon arrival our temperature was taken before we were allowed to be seated. Really tasty cocktails and will return again soon.

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks Jora! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, particularly under the new COVID way of life :) Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organised, with friendly welcoming staff. The food was excellent. Highly recommend

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Glad you enjoyed your visit & hope to see you in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your hospitality was brilliant. food and drink were amazing and such pleasant staff. Thank you!!

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thank you! I will be sure to pass on your comments to all staff. We look forward to seeing you in again soon.

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RaymondD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant pub. Would certainly recommend to anyone

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks Raymond! We look forward to seeing you back in again with us soon.

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HannahG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had our first date here, had our engagement meal here and will continue coming back. Lovely place and lovely staff!

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Delighted we can be a part of your special celebrations! Look forward to seeing you both again soon.

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KatherineS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice venue, good food and have good Covid-19 measures in place.

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks Katherine, will pass on your comments to all the team!

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LoobersO
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have visited Element on many occasions with different friends and family. The decor is lovely, the dining area very comfortable and the staff were very helpful and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, my son and I really enjoyed it.

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks, we look forward to welcoming you both back in again soon!

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JaneM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Central location, attractive interior, cosy but spacious, lovely food and cocktails, great service including removing cost of fries from the bill because they were a bit late in arriving. Glad we found this place and will definitely return.

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JoanneK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place, lovely food.
I would definitely return again

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks Joanne, look forward to seeing you on the next visit :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing skin on fries!

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with special attention to Covid procedures. Food was served promptly, looked and tasted delicious. Would highly recommend

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DERH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The butternut squash gnocchi was great. All round good visit.

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GPx2
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We like Element a lot but like everywhere else at the moment it is just not the same. Quiet, no music, table service only.
The staff we're right on top of the Covid restrictions and well organised. Had a nice 2 hrs and the Cold Town Lager is lovely as were the cocktails and for Edinburgh Centre it is keenly priced but the sooner things are back to normal the better.
We didn't order food but there is no option in this survey to miss that out so gave it a middle of the road 3 stars.
Definitely a bar I would recommend.

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks for your review GPx2. You're quite right - things aren't the same due to COVID and no music and table service only is outwith our control I'm afraid. However, I'm glad to hear you felt we were on top of all other COVID procedures and look forward to welcoming you back in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the friendly comfortable atmosphere all achieved while, "sticking to covid rules". The food was good and the service excellent. A great evening.

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CharleneR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and food. We had a wait for food but received complimentary cocktails to make up for it. Delicious dessert too. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was perfect

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CristianaT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very friendly staff and nice atmosphere inside. The order came quite fast and it was tasteful and value for money

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Glad to hear you had a lovely visit Cristina! Hope to see you back in again soon.

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MairiH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

We only had cocktails , NO food .
Friendly staff , quick service . Tables were well spaced out . So organised with covid regulations . Will definitely go back.

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks Mairi, glad to hear you had a lovely visit in the amongst the new normal! We look forward to seeing you in again soon.

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MariaF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had lunch with drinks. Service was excellent. Safety measures were good. Wine list was short and quite expensive.

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Glad you enjoyed your visit Maria, I will pass on your comments to all involved and look forward to welcoming you in again soon.

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RobertB
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pretty disappointed with food...staff excellent but quality and quantity of food could be better.

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks for your feedback Robert. I will pass your comments on to both the kitchen and front of house, and hope to see you in again soon.

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StephenS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Overall due to Covid restrictions the atmosphere was non existent, no music, not busy at all Thursday, perhaps busier Mon-Wed with discounts. Starter of duck croquettes at £8 not worth it and pretty yucky to be honest. Fish n chips was nice but mushy peas awful and tartare sauce tasteless. Waitress was lovely. Not impressed with 10% service charge added to bill and they also ask for gratuity when paying with card, ok you can say no but if you don’t notice the 10% already added to bill it’s a bit cheeky so beware. I think overall at a bill if £71 for starters fish n chips n 2 wines pricey. Doubt we will rush back.

Element
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks for your review Stephen. We'll take all your feedback on board & hope you do make a second visit sometime soon & leave with a better view of Element & what we do!

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ElaineH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff adhering time government guidelines

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks Elaine! Will pass on your comments to all of the team, much appreciated.

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JemmaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for drinks - quick and friendly service. Great covid measures in place

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Glad to hear you had a lovely visit Jemma. Hope to see you in again soon!

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DawnH
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed every bite - the goat’s cheese salad and chicken Kiev both had a wonderful choice of ingredients and were cooked perfectly.

Element
Responded on 17 September 2020

Thanks Dawn! Glad to hear you had a lovely meal with us and will pass on your comments to all of the kitchen team.

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Cazzie1951
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely Attentive staff. Only 6 of us who hadn't noticed the service charge. Pity as we would have tipped more. Don't like it automatically added assuming everything is going to be ok . Overall would return. NOTE NO DISABLED TOILET.

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FionaD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, great friendly atmosphere and the food was amazing

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TSFromB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place to have breakfast - yes, it is a pub / bar but fantastic set up for food. We've had breakfast there several times as food, coffee, seating and staff all great. Great menu.

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JacquiC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food in a lovely setting. Well worth a visit. Great value with the friends discount.

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SheenaS
Edinburgh
3 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.

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Element is rated 4.7 stars by 184 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.