Element

4.4
83 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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GL
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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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.

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

Tasty lunch. Swift service. Good value. Happy

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

Excellent food and service

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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...

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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

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

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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

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

Great little place for lunch 😊

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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
Inverness
2 reviews
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
Angus
2 reviews
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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