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About Makars Gourmet Mash Bar

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!

9 North Bank Street
Edinburgh, EH1 2LP
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Scottish, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 20:30
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 22:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
0131 226 1178

Website:
http://www.gourmet-mash-bar.com/

Entertainment:
Good music but low key

Parking Details:
Parking on Market Street a 5 mins walk

Public Transport:
5 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station

Executive Chef:
David Martin

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

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (78)
Casual (67)
Local Ingredients (47)
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Lunch (46)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Cosy (32)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Fun (28)
Neighbourhood Gem (28)
Authentic (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
People Watching (20)
Great Beer (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Scenic View (16)
Special Occasions (16)
Group Bookings (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Child Friendly (13)
Quick Bite (13)
Outstanding Value (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
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Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Romance (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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·Dined 7 days ago

A truly excellent meal in very cosy surroundings . The flavours were amazing, tried the haggis and the lamb. Service great- would highly recommend and we certainly will be returning!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

Myself and my boyfriend absolutely love this place, food is locally sourced as well as the beer, the food is fresh and to die for I've had the gammon on both occasions and I cannot fault it!

The service is exceptional we had a blonde girl did not catch the name but she was lovely and helped us with beer recommendations we even got a complimentary beer which was great, service is quick and the overall environment is chilled with candles lit on each table, Scottish quotes on the walls and a vault door downstairs adds to the old Edinburgh feel and location.

Great service all round thanks again guys and well done on the outstanding food and service we shall be back guaranteed.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

My husband and I ate here whilst staying the night in Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this restaurant, the food, drinks, service, music and the food.

I felt the chicken on my dish was a little small but after the three courses I felt comfortably full

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Berlin)·Dined on 4 November 2017

Hearty good food. Braised ox cheek was out of this world! Good prices for centre of the town. Casual dining, no frills, tasty food. Would go back!

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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Can’t fault the restaurant, from staff, surroundings to the all important food. Haggis and black pudding mash was superb. Finishing with sticky toffee pudding (and a wee dram) was great end to the meal. John was so understanding, patient and accommodating, allowing us to change our reservation - twice😳 as our friends from Canada were initially late then unable to make dinner at all. Glad my wife and I chose to keep our booking and experience Makars. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Went to celebrate our son’s graduation and absolutely loved it. Fantastic food and very friendly staff .

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 28 October 2017

Absolutely amazing, having never been before I had visited based on online reviews. The staff were friendly, professional and helpful, the wine great and the food was second to none. All of our group who have never eaten here before are looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Glad we booked a table here, amazing food, great place, friendly staff. Next time we’re back in Edinburgh will definitely be visiting!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on 25 October 2017

We went with our 3 and 6 year old. It was v family friendly and would recommend.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 23 October 2017

First visit to Edinburgh. Chose Makers on my sons recommendation. The server Macha was very pleasant and friendly. Nothing was a problem. The food was very nice. Especially the mash. Would definitely go back

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Great atmosphere, great food. Highly recommend if visiting Edinburgh.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on 9 October 2017

We were visiting from the US and Greta, Eilidh & Macha made us feel welcome. Small friendly place with great food, what else could be asked for. No food chain here, home made with many healthy options.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Vegan, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Delicious! Great concept - choice of meat on mashed potatoes. Great service. Reasonable prices. Delicious food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 5 October 2017

We stopped into this small restaurant because it was convenient, but we left absolutely loving our meal. It's prettier inside than you would think from looking in the windows. The servers are knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. Most of all, the food is delicious. Had the best lamb shank I ever tasted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 3 October 2017

Lovely find!
Tasty, authentic food.
Fabulous,warm,rustic ambiance
Would recommend to couples and family’s. There was something for everyone

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

Great food for a reasonable price! Probably one of the best haggis in town.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

What an EXCELLENT restaurant! Incredible food at incredible prices. Would've happily paid more although I'm a very poor student! Perhaps one of the best places for food I've ever been to. Excellent service. The smiles on the faces of the busy staff are warmly received particularly when you look at the work load they are under with such a popular place. Although it was packed when we visited, we didn't wait long for our food. Great decor, brilliant drinks and absolutely heavenly deserts. Ice and Dirty is definately recommended!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Organic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on 22 September 2017

We loved it. Great, authentic Scottish food. Wonderful selection of beers. Decent spirits and wine list.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on 19 September 2017

Enjoyed it so much we are going back tonight. Charlotte our server was wonderful and helped to make our dining experience very pleasant. Food was delicious at a reasonable price. Great restaurant in a magical city.

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·Dined on 10 September 2017

Great experience! Wonderful service, food, everything.

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 8 September 2017

what a fun meal we had here on a wet Edinburgh evening. There was a very warm welcome and the various likes dislikes and allergies from our group members were all catered for with good humour. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and down to earth presentation so much so that we were almost the last to leave . The food was excellent, all served piping hot with the tastiest mash potato ever. We were even converted to the joys of haggis. The menu is big enough to cater for a range of tastes and likes and the portions are generous. What is not to like

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Overall excellent experience!! A local vibe. Tried Haggis for the first time and it was delicious. The menu is creative and varied. The chicken marinated in whiskey is a winner. Great service from Greta and Danielle!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Great food, great service. Love this place. So Central and great for a quick lunch or for a leisurely meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 31 July 2017

Great service, just right. Excellent food, great atmosphere.

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·Dined on 27 July 2017

We visited Makar's on our first night in Edinburgh. The staff was friendly and helpful, especially Annie. The menu offered a great variety of starters and interesting meats and mash. We would go back again and again if we lived in Edinburgh.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 25 July 2017

Great service, delicious and creative food, nice atmosphere! Wonderful option for any mixed veggie-carnivore group, as there are lots of good veggie options as well as meat options. Good beer list, too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on 22 July 2017

The lamb shank and blood pudding mash was excellent!

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·Dined on 20 July 2017

This was an excellent restaurant with attentive staff and great food.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 June 2017

Friendly front house staff and delicious homely food. Definitely would go back. I would recommend for lunch or dinner

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·Dined on 19 June 2017

Fantastic ox cheek! Loved it 😊

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 (London)·Dined on 17 June 2017

Loved the Haggis. Prepared exquisitely with black pudding. Great atmosphere. Nice servers. Very pleasant experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 16 June 2017

1ST class service, staff very helpful, food extra yummy and the restaurant was clean and welcoming. Will definitely go again when in Edinburgh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 9 June 2017

Excellent restaurant close to Royal Mile and city centre. Great interior, friendly staff that knew the menu very well. The food was fantastic, the haggis is a must try, we shared the haggis starter between us then wished we had both gone one each. Good choice of mains again beautifully presented and really tasty. Excellent value for money. Definatly going back next time we are in Edinburgh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 7 June 2017

Wonderful beef short ribs!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 3 June 2017

Great local Scottish food and good value. It had friendly servers

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raum Köln)·Dined on 2 June 2017

Super Haggis! Und auch sonst war das Essen gut. Die Bedienung kannte den Deal nicht, hat sich aber schlau gemacht. Danach war alles problemlos!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on 29 May 2017

Food was amazing and very friendly service. Popular place, so a reservation is recommended.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 26 May 2017

Have been using Itison deals for many years but this one was special. Popped in after work on Friday and we were not disappointed: very tasty food, nice wine and pleasant service. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Manchester)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Place packed as you would expect for a Saturday night
This did not cause and delay with the service
Staff very friendly and attentive
Waiter assisted with choice of local beer
Served a small portion on request which is ideal for smaller appetites
Had the haggis as we were visiting Scotland
When in Rome and all that
Would definitely recommend and return in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 May 2017

You know what you're going to get when you go. Some sort of meat and some variation on mash. The only tricky part of eating here is what to get. They all look great. We had duck in an orange sauce and ox cheeks in a rich French sort of sauce. Both falling off the bone tender (yeah, no bone on the cheeks but if there were one...!). Both outstanding. Had plain mash and black pudding mash. Both excellent (black pudding really, really good version-highly recommend it). Given the low price in an already low price city, this is a must meal. Service wonderful. Very casual-folks there with young kids kind of place. An unexpected treat of a meal

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