Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.6
407 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
Our food is inspired by the fine local craft farmers, breweries and distillers that are buzzing with excitement in Scotland. Like these artisan producers, we carefully select combinations of local ingredients to create small batch dishes with bags of rich flavours. These invoke memories of past times and loved ones. Add to this our acutely developed appreciation of wines and spirits from further afield; and the idea was born of opening a place where locals and visitors alike could rendez-vous.

If you've never been to a Mash Bar before, it's not exactly a bar or a restaurant, but a combination of the two with an uniquely warm and friendly atmosphere. Look at our reviews they say it all!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scottish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 20:30
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 22:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00
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Phone number
0131 226 1178
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
David Martin
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Parking Details
Parking on Market Street a 5 mins walk
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Public Transit
5 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station
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Entertainment
Good music but low key
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 407 People Are Saying
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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from start to finish. Food was beautiful, very tasty and perfect portion sizes. Would recommend

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CC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for 6.30 on our first evening in Edinburgh. We weren't disappointed. Very tasty food. Husband and friend had the Haggis and it was beautiful. The only slight complaint was that every time the door opened it let the cold in. It was a bitterly cold night though. Perhaps a heater over the door ? Didnt distract us from the yummy food though.

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PM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food
I had lamb shank and my wife had braised beef skirt washed down with house red wine
Food was exceptional lamb fell off the bone and mash was delicious
Keep it up great service too
Thank you
Peter and lily Cramlington Northumberland

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LW
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant night out. Authentic food just like you’d get in your Mum’s kitchen, beautifully presented. All the staff were helpful, fun and efficient. Good value for money. Only wish I was here more often to keep going back!

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SD
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked here as we were visiting Edinburgh and had heard about it from a couple we had been chatting to. We made a booking (recommended!) and am I glad we did.
The welcome, the food, the service and the price were all second to none. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this place..what a find. A little gem indeed. Small place but organised well. We definitely would go back !
The Bailey's ice and dirty desert it is soooooo yummy...ENJOY!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely comfort food on a winters day. Staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed the food, good portion size.

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JS
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem! Will definitely be going back! Food is amazing!

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EM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, would definitely recommend

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CS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Having read the fab reviews, we were looking forward to this restaurant, only being in Edinburgh for the day. Firstly, the drinks were flat ( from drinks pump) which they did change once we commented. Secondly, dishes that had been ordered as a main came up with the starters and had to be taken away and when the mains came up 2 of them were wrong. Although the staff did take 25% off the bill, this really was not the point, we went all that way to have a tradition Scottish meal and were left feeling very flat and disappointed.

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l
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place...if you are coming to Edinburgh , COME HERE!!!! brilliant food , service with a smile just a great place. It deserves all the accolades it is plainly receiving. Its a shame we live so far away.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were visiting Edinburgh for the day from Newcastle. I googled best Scottish food in Edinburgh and Makars was one of a few that came up. I checked the website to see the restaurant and the menu. What can I say.... I didn’t look at anywhere else. A lovely restaurant and great menu. The food was excellent. I had Vegitarian Haggis and Cheddar mash. My friend had the Lamb shank and mustard mash. Both were excellent and the service couldn’t have been better.
I’ve recommended Makars to friends and I’m planning to return to Edinburgh in the spring and will definitely be back to Makars.
Thank you Makars!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food reasonably priced

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KM
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little find, staff were exceptional, food was amazing, very clean and trendy just a pleasure to eat here. Will definitely return.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here. Tried the horseradish mash this time and it was delicious. Pity we didn't have room for dessert as the sticky toffee pudding is amazing.

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PF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Booked ahead to be sure of a table for 4pm. In the end we were the only ones in to start with buy it got busier later. Service was good. Very friendly. Food was good but really not anything special. Not a lot of Mash on the plate for £12 We had between us, the duck leg, lamb shank and beef flank. Beef was the star choice we think

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GN
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is one of these rerstaurants that is not well known in Edinurgh, but I am sure it will grow in popularity . great service, lovely food , friendly staff. I will recommend it to my friends.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for no frills but outstanding quality food in a very relaxed atmosphere! Well worth a visit and I can guarantee I'll be returning!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun menu with lots of yummy sounding choices. Went as a group and all enjoyed the food.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved our first visit to Makars. The food was delicious and the service was superb, our only criticism was our Wild boar sausages were very pale and we would have enjoyed them better with more colour on them. The black pudding mash was yummy!
We will return.

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C
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Friendly staff but not attentive. Food as expected, great mash.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were visiting Edinburgh for a few days saw this on trip advisor decided to pay a visit wasn’t disappointed did what it says on the tin, pick your mains then your pick your mash lots of options I could have picked anything from the menu.
It’s what I call really good comfort food everyone was happy both our boys loved it pretty laid back, service was good just the job.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food. I had the haggis which was delicious. I would have given you a 5 star but for the fact that the other 3 diners ordered beef that was supposed to come with mushrooms. They all had about 1 mushroom bit each. Then the woman on the next table ordered and it was piled high!! However..it was a fab experience and we all had a lovely time on a cold October evening. Would happily go back and I wish you would open all over the country!

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CA
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab comfort food. A decent feed on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Lovely friendly staff and all good. Had a cosy booth at the back and just really enjoyed it all.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good location and the ambience is excellent. The service from the team is excellent and we were made to feel most welcome. Despite the restaurant being pretty epically busy the service was still very good and attentive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with a friendly atmosphere. One of our party had food allergies which the restaurant
Catered for without any fuss. Good value . Totally recommend this restaurant.

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J
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There is a limited menu for vegetarians but what is offered is good. The service was a little slow but Saturday lunchtime so busy

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IS
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went looking forward to our visit with high expectations, and the were exceeded. Greta food, great beer, great value. Would highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good service but nothing too special on the food front.

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TF
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good service and very attentive, had a minor issue and they gave a full refund on one meal as an apology. Cannot fault that level of service. Food was superb as well.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service in a nice minimalistic interior, close to Royal mile, Waverley train station and surrounding area for sight seeing, great tasting comfort food at affordable prices.
Went as a party of 4 for a birthday meal, would return again if visiting Edinburgh.

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BR
9 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Enjoyed a lovely meal at Makars. The staff were friendly, but the service was painfully slow. We were kept waiting ages for our main course. It was delicious (haggis, neeps & tatties, lamb shank) and fresh when it arrived but still.....

There doesn't appear to be enough staff to cope with a full house of diners, so much so we didn't bother with dessert; we would have been waiting til midnight!

Very disappointed that they would NOT allow me to redeem my Opentable dining cheque.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice bar, great food and friendly service. It was a bit more rustic then I expected and I would have like a wider choice of beer rather then just craft type ales, but overall it was lovely homely food.

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Los haggies vegetales y el cordero muy buenos. El cerdo un poco crudo y salado, no lo recomiendo. Un poco ruidoso. Desde luego no lo pondría entre los 10 restaurantes mejor evaluados de Tripadvisor en Edimburgo. El personal muy atento, eso sí.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with some good friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. Hoped that the food would be good and was not disappointed. The four of us all really enjoyed the food and the service was great. I had lamb shank whilst my friends had beef, veggie sausage and one of the stacks which looked very nice indeed. Will try that next time.
Dessert was great as well - the panacotta was beautiful. Not sure that’s the way to spell it but I knew how to eat it. Fantastic.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great hearty food excellent service delivered by Greta and just a really great atmosphere - nice to see everyone so relaxed and beef skirt and mash to die for.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service fantastic. Only minor thing (which didn’t spoil our dining experience) was that one of my friends was disappointed that there wasn’t an “ordinary” lager available, as she doesn’t like the flavour of Stewart’s craft lager.

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TL
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun and authentic experience. Great food, fun location and good value.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Real authentic Scottish food. We went for lunch on a Saturday and I’m glad we booked, it was very busy. Service was excellent!

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CH
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, perfect food. Big portion!Great staff, perfect food. Big portion!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyting was so good and tasty .Very good feeling in the restaurant and the service were excellent .

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