Ishka

4.3
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185 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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Welcome to ISHKA. Embracing the best of local, seasonal produce; ISHKA’s small team endeavour to support local suppliers in their menu creations. With express lunch, pre-theatre, bar snacks and A La Carte – ISHKA puts a Mediterranean twist on what Scotland has to offer. With beautiful cuts of meat, fillets of fish and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everybody. Stay for a cocktail and dessert and let the in-house mixologists serve you an ISHKA original or stick to the status quo.

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What 185 People Are Saying
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LB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal Will be back when the restaurant reopens.

M
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly service and a lovely atmosphere.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely find, lovely food, will come back

NI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time, food was lovely, staff very helpful and friendly, will definitely go back.

KS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was exceptional. Great tasting inspired me to try something different. Would thoroughly recommend this to others

S
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! (We had beef cheek and Hake.) Drinks were also delicious. Service a wee bit slow but not awful.

JR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value for money. Food very good and well presented. Service friendly and efficient. Toilets clean and nicely decorated. Would recommend.

AD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service from all 3 of the team at Ishka on Saturday night.

Great food the steak & chicken breast dishes were excellent. As was, the personal service from Tom a good Newcastle fan so it helps ha ha & Siri.

I will recommend Ishka to my clients & colleagues at Change Recruitment. Myself & my girlfriend will be happy to go there again in the future. Tony Davison

A
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious but portions were a little small. We would have preferred larger portions as it was so good. Brownies could have been warm

KM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food was basic. My soup was bland no flavour whatsoever. The chicken main was ok but the whiskey sauce was like raw whiskey and the cream sauce watery. Neither had been reduced down.

N
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal at a reasonable price. Mussels were amazing. So was sorbet and praline mousse.
We were delighted to find somewhere with an extensive gluten free menu for a change!
Waitress was lovely and very attentive. She had put together a great eclectic play list which added to the ambience! Have already booked to return and recommended to others.

TN
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The menu was quite extensive but only two vege options. One of them, they had ‘run out off’, which is odd considering it was a humous wrap. How can you run out of humous?
The place was empty bar one table on arrival a 12.40 so how they could have run out off it?I ordered a glass of wine on arrival, it took over 20 mins to arrive. This is because the wine I ordered was not a chilled bottle so the waiter put ice in a wine glass and sat it on the counter for 20 mins to give an illusion of a chilled wine.
Really shoddy. If you can’t even pour a glass of chilled wine in a supposed wine bar it is not worth it. Head into town where proper restaurants will give you a £15 lunch menu at a considerably higher quality and value.

NC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I'd passed this place a few times but not tried it. So glad we went for lunch. Friendly, welcoming service. Quick to offer drinks and menu. Portions for lunch not huge, but just right for a quick lunch. Definitely a place for a return visit.

SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic value for money great service and staff. Recommend the beef cheeks

MB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Filthy restaurant. Despite only having 4-5 tables occupied with diners, dirty dishes were piled up on all spare tables and in the time we were there staff made no attempt to clear up.
If front of house is allowed to get this dirty and u tidy, I don’t want to think about the state they let the kitchen get into.

NB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just excellent. Nice young guys working there. Casual atmosphere, but clean, modern and comfortable. Food was excellent, with some different combinations that worked well together. Good portions that were not the tiny ones you often get, yet not over stuffed, perfect. Very tasty and I'll be back.

MB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was very quiet with not much atmosphere. Staff were lovely.

EC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch deal - £15 for 2 courses and the food was great and excellent service.

MG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food is always tasty, service a little hit and miss even when the restaurant is very quiet. I do not like waiting for my bill at the end of a meal especially when it is a business lunch and need to get away quickly.

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had lunch here a couple of times and was impressed enough to have dinner and as per the lunches the food was great as was the quality of the drinks and the wine and prices are reasonable. Definitely go back and definitely recommend.

S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant was quite quiet so no issues with noise levels however there only seemed to be one girl taking orders and making up cocktails so it took a little time to get drinks and place our order. That being said we weren't in a hurry so no real issue for us. The food more than made up for the initial wait as it was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We were the only ones there for the entire hour and a half so atmosphere was lacking but the food was good and the service (unsurprisingly) attentive. Deserves more business.

GR
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great experience in the restaurant. Food was good, staff were friendly, Even got a free large single malt whisky for my birthday!!!!! Thanks a million guys

VA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The minute I stepped in I knew I was in the wrong place ! The lights were bright, low or no music and absolutely zero vibe. The diners looked bored and we were in and out in 45 minutes for a starter and main course. The waiter was plesant and seemed to be alone which he handled well. Food was fine but not fine dining (they were trying and failing) and there is lots of better places to go. We had hoped to take advantage of their cocktail list but it was such a bland venue we decided to go to Panda and Sons after instead and refrained from any orders. Our night quickly got back on track the moment we stepped out...

JR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent tasty food and slick service in a relaxed environment
Centrally positioned for access Edinburgh’s entertainment attractions

KL
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cocktails, with lovely food options-was difficult to choose one of each course!

SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, cosy warm venue.
Food was yummy and free desert for my son’s birthday

GB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we’ve been twice recently & really enjoyed it ,friendly staff great value nice surroundings & lovely food & cocktails 👍

d
Edinburgh
158 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great wee place. Very tasty food, beautifully presented. Good service. And very reasonably priced.

d
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Asked for two glasses of wine, then changed our minds and asked for the bottle. told they had just opened the last bottle so it would only be a glass. Didn't offer another bottle. Service was really slow and they look like they didn't really want to be there. Dessert was nice. Starter was a little greasy. Chicken tasted like it had been reheated rather than cooked fresh. Good for a lunch deal - or even better if you are able to get it on Groupon. Other places around that area that are maybe better.

LH
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this restaurant, great food and service and staff always lovely. The only comment I could make is that I wish the 2 course lunch menu allowed to either have a starter and main, or a main a dessert.

VR
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

p
Edinburgh
32 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with attentive staff. Very enjoyable.

c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

High expectations were let down unfortunately.
Warm welcome but went downhill from there.
Food was very average & despite it being early 6.30pm and quiet - service was slow.
Only positives were a nice cocktail and nice wine options.

OT
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was really good and not too expensive. Unfortunately, the restaurant is not service oriented at all. We had to wait a very long time until we were served. Even after the dessert menu was brought, we had to wait very long until someone wanted to take the order. This was a pity!

JP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly place, attentive staff, good quality food at a decent price. Good vegetarian options as well very tender lamb rump. Excellent range of drinks. The evening we went was very busy (match at Murrayfield and the festival still on) but staff were keen to explain it was normally quieter. We'd eat there again.

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent and tasty, the service was a little slow . But it was the last day of the festival so Edinburgh was busy that night
Staff where friendly and helpful.
I would still recommend this place to people as the quality and size of portions was excellent

KH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really good service from super friendly staff. Couple of issues - too little bread/crackers for pate, waited a while for drinks. Starters better than mains. Overall a good experience given it was so busy on a festival weekend. Thank you

AB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a very relaxed visit at a time when Edinburgh was at its most hectic during the festival. The staff made us very welcome and gave us time to settle down before taking our order. The food market menu was sufficiently varied to allow choice and was good value for money. The wine list contained a better than usual choice of single glass wines which were of good quality. We certainly wish to return on a future occasion.