Element

4.4
64 reviews
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Scottish
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  • Cosy
  • Casual
  • 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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KL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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ML
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

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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.

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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

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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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CM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a really nice laid back environment

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RV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo très bon souvenir dans ce pub resto
Au fond de la salle dans des grands fauteuils de salon nous avons profité pleinement de notre soirée entre amis dans une ambiance feutrée sans être complètement coupé de l ambiance pub autour du bar un peu plus loin
Et ce qui ne gâche rien nous nous sommes régalés ....plats et desserts de qualité et superbement bien présentés
C était un sans faute et chose rare j ai même laissé un pourboire....car le service était top
Merci nous avons passé une excellente soirée

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely Valentine dinner, good food, great value, and importantly for all the coeliacs out there, a great choice of gluten free beers. We’d definitely go again.

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SV
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Edinburgh for one day and finishing the day at Element was super great.

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OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday roast served up by very friendly staff.

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LT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fab decor and atmosphere. 4 of us had breakfast here. avocado on sour dough lovely runny poached eggs cannot be faulted. amazing side of haggis. super place. a must visit if in the area.

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SB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding evening.Great atmosphere-despite Scotland result ! Staff friendly food quite brilliant and good value.Wine choice right but always rembember the ice in the bucket !

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy but lively place-buzzing in fact and a great atmosphere. Food and service very good with a great menu choice. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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AS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch had with friends. Recommend the fish and chips!

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AK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Booked this restaurant for a meal with friends to celebrate a birthday. Arrived and we were seated in the corner at the back of the restaurant. Good cosy seating so we could chat and relax over a glass of wine and fine food. The menu choice was fantastic and the food was sublime.

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YU
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely surroundings service was very good as was the food . Excellent value for money good choices in food and drinks. Only downside which was not the staffs fault the ladies toilet was out of order and we hand to share the gents toilets which I am sure was not great for all.

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c
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Been to elements many times. Went early 6.15pm in mid January so it was much quieter than usual but the service was terrible. There was plenty of staff visible but none seemed to want to serve us. Had to ask for the dessert menu then wait till they took the order. Took ages to get anyone’s attention to get the bill then again a wait to pay. Service was so poor we didn’t leave a tip which is unheard of for us. Food was good when it came but the night spoiled by very bad service.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant bar with a good selection of food and drinks , has a lovely seated food are and a cosy bar area. Well worth a visit, the staff are friendly and helpful.

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B
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of people who lived in Edinburgh for years, but no one had been here before. Everyone was really impressed with the smart decor, atmosphere, food and service. Really good for groups with a mixture of meat eaters and vegans, as caters well for everyone.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly service, fine food and beverages and a cosy atmosphere. Had to wait for dessert and due to delay these were deducted from the final bill which impressed and showed due care and attention to the overall positive experience. Highly recommended.

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AM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

We took friends to Element for a meal as we have eaten there on many occasions as it is so conveniently situated in Rose Street. Our main meal was as usual most enjoyable, but unfortunately my husband and I chose the Treacle Sponge with custard for our dessert and were most disappointed with the lack of custard and texture. We complained and the Manager came over to us and arranged for a replacement and would not charge us for our desserts, which we appreciated. Unfortunately, we had more custard but it was very thin. I think Element need to pay more attention to their desserts please as the choice is also limited.

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Visited on a Friday evening - very busy so would recommend booking! Food was excellent - we both had the pork belly. Nice ambience and drinks very reasonably priced. Would like to return & try different dishes!

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AK
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, great food and super friendly staff, will definitely go back again when next in Edinburgh.

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NS
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was great, food was good, price was expensive when the bill came

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D
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fantastic as I was expected to be. Will definitely come back. Well done Element!

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D
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything fabulous. There was nothing to fault. Will definitely come back.

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T
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was greeted by staff member who was warm and friendly - he took us to our seat and organised drinks straight away, no fuss.
We were given plenty time to go through menu and only when ready did staff come back to take our order.
Lovely time - felt the wine by glass could have been around £5 not £6.50...hey ho that’s the way it goes!
As Arnie says “I WILL BE BACK”

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D
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I think that the service was fair most likely because the server was new at his job or he just had started working there. He needs definitely more training.Apart from that everything else was fantastic!!! Will definitely coming back.

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JM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The problem is that they did not have my booking ! I show OpenTable email confirmation as a proof but it was not in their system. This is major malfunction, please check. Luckily the staff was very kind and found us a table in 10 mn

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M
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times. Always excellent value. Comfortable chairs, excellent service, friendly staff. Was a lunch to celebrate a significant birthday for me and, at end, we were given a chocolate mousse pudding with a candle which was lovely. Plan to return soon I hope

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LC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly and efficient staff and tasty, well presented food at a reasonable price.

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J
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was somewhat disappointed. The menu is limited for a "proper" lunch (as opposed to a bar snack/ sandwich). There were even fewer options than the online weekday menu suggested - basically the steak, fish and chips and burger. However the mains salad options (interestingly not listed online) looked interesting and innovative. Our table was booked for 1pm on a Friday and we were slow to order (we had lots to catch up with), but even so our meal took a further hour to arrive and it was only one course - we all had salads. They had run out of key ingredients (the bean/houmous mix) in one salad and said that they'd replace it with something else. Given the limitations of the menu they really shouldn't have run out at lunchtime!! But when it came there was no carb substitute so I found that, although tasty, it would not be filling (basically salad leaves, overcooked asparagus, poached egg). OK for a starter but this was supposed to be a main meal. Suggesting that they bring some of the carbs (a quinoa mix) from one of the other salad options took a further 40 minutes to arrive - by which time I had finished so we sent it back. I was starving!! Servers were difficult to attract attention.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Element is in the quaint Rose Street section and had a very eclectic menu selection with generous proportions!! Would DEFINATELY go back ... Especially recommend the chorizo crusted cod.

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l
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely recommend. Great place. Food lovely
Dining area is lovely too.very clean.
Staff polite.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All good rather busy due to the time of year.
The fish meal was lovely however I did get a fine bone caught in my throat that was very unexpected due to the type of fish that was served with asparagus. No problems encountered.

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QQ
London
20 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent value brunch with delicious homemade beans and good quality sourdough toast
Food slightly slow arriving hence the lower score for service, although the waitresses were pleasant and helpful

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E
London
160 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice selection for brunch or light snacks-shame they didn't have any avocado left

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Atmosfera tipica di un pub scozzese, ambiente che ti fa sembrare di essere a casa. Cibo di buona fattura, semplice con porzioni generose. Servizio attento e rapporto qualità prezzo alto .

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CD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice starter and main course! Delicious haggis. Pity desserts weren’t their forté. Great drinks.

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MC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Element is a great place, the food is very good and good value for money. The interior is spacious, seating very comfortable and decor is very tasteful. The staff are very friendly and professional too. Love it there.

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