Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.8
908 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
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!
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Bloo
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was busy and there was a lovely buzz about the place. Staff were friendly and efficient. Decided to just have mains. I chose the haggis and chilli mash. It was good but I wanted it to be delicious. My friend enjoyed her gammon.

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vipsusana
Edinburgh
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant right from the moment we arrived lovely welcome from Andrew and fantastic service from Sasha. Delicious good quality food. Simple and satisfying.

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JosephineS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique experience with great food and wonderful service. It was really nice to see good and different vegan options.

I was early for my booking and although they were really busy, they still found space for us.

The use of local ingredients, beers and ciders is also a plus. I was absolutely return again and recommend.

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Linz
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value, freshly cooked food, using quality produce. Friendly staff in a relaxed yet busy atmosphere. Would definitely eat there again.

LM
LeahM
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Definitely going back again! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the meal 5 star

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth a visit. Food and service was excellent.

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Lando
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit if you are in Edinburgh.
Great food, great service and very good value and ambience.
Always seems busy so book well in advance.

JD
JulianneD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the mash bar on Sunday after reading rave reviews and we weren’t disappointed . I had the beef which melted in youre mouth and my husband and son had wild boar sausage which they said was amazing.
Staff were friendly and efficient.
The place was buzzing with a really good atmosphere and very busy .
Brilliant,brilliant would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt this was my most enjoyable casual lunchtime dining experience I have had. Smart little place that supplies the most delicious happy food which will leave you feeling in a better place. Yum yum. 😋 the haggis with black pudding mash was very very nice indeed.

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Stephen
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place has a bustling noisy atmosphere which our group of 14 added to with enthusiasm. A pity we had to wait too long for our food and it wasn’t hot when it arrived.

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SimonR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great change! Great atmosphere. Very good service. The food was excellent. Lamb shank fell off the bone and the sauce was perfect.

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DaisyH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, very friendly and warm.
Food was amazing, i booked this as a surprise to my partner as i thought the niche menu was something a bit different. Safe to say they hit the nail on the head here.
Quality meat, piping hot food and a really nice casual ambience in a smart/casual setting. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering!

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ErinP
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A family catch up after 3 years, while 3 londoners were in Edinburgh! We booked for 5 adults, 1 child. We made the booking based on the great reviews.
It had a great atmosphere, but was a wee bit noisy for any great conversation.
Their benches at the back don't seem to be fixed well as there were active kids behind us and the whole thing kept moving??!
We were excited for the food but ended up with a mixed bag, the lamb shank and steak were great, but both the veggie options were over cooked and dry, half the kale and beetroot option was burnt, rock solid and sadly inedible.
The desserts were a similar outcome, the bailey's over ice cream was delicious, but the days special of apple and rhubarb crumble was disappointing with 80% crumble and only finding 2 peices of rhubarb!
Over all it was lovely to see family, but we wont be booking Makars Mash again.

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TonyC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and alone it's worth the 4hr round trip from Carlisle! It's a must when visiting Edinburgh.

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NicolaE
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute treat! Home-cooked comfort food - for veggies & carnivores alike. So much choice, and the mash was to die for. Fabulous friendly and efficient service too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Edinburgh

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ClaireS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this to book on a weekend away, Beautiful food and great value for money would definitely go back if in the area again

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KeriS
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely staff and amazing food. Will defo be visiting again when back in Edinburgh

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CampbellB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

Short menu with everything well cooked and presented. Waiting staff very friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was plenty of choices and some vegan choices too.
I had vegetarian haggis with a delicious mash and peppercorn sauce.

Great place hidden gem of a place with so much choices of different gourmet mash dishes and price was reasonable too

Even have amazing desserts which I was too full to have

Waitress and waiter were really friendly too

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lisa372554
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous selection of mash and one of the best lamb shanks I have eaten in s long while. Really worth a visit

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mikeM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food good friendly service. Good value

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service fast and friendly. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy food and great friendly service

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Julie
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, loved the black pudding mash. Can highly recommend

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FayB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lamb and haggis, one with the cheese and chives, the other with black pudding mash... Both amazing and just the right size portion.
Will definitely return when we are next in Edinburgh.

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LynnM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If my husband told me we were having mashed potato’s for dinner, I would think of any excuse not to eat them, when he booked Makar I wasn’t too keen, wow was I blown away, I had haggis neeps and tatties, it was amazing, my husband had the braised beef, I will definitely book in again on our next trip to Edinburgh. Ps have you ever tried Cockburns of Dingwall Haggis??

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Liketolunch
Edinburgh
24 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There is nothing wrong with the food here. It is just ordinary. Gourmet mash should be at least as good as home cooked mash, and this wasn't. The sausages were good and large but the haggis not to my taste. One of our group was 5 minutes late and during that time the waitress had come to take our order twice. We were back out on the street in 40 minutes. Felt like fast food at restaurant prices.

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FayC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son loves mash, so to find a restaurant that specialises in it was a dream come true. Our waiter David was great fun. So friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Our drinks were great too and second/ third drinks offered. The food was amazing and generous. Full of flavour and well presented. This place was a highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. Highly recommended to all and have already recommended to a friend visiting soon! Thanks very much Makars. Xx

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LiamG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff, great food and would come back here again

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ROSLYNC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lamb and boar sausage were outstanding. However expected mash to have more intense flavour. Staff were attentive,a very vibrant atmosphere.

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Luke
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food amf service, definitely coming back.

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AlisonJ
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for 4 people and we all had different meals. Lamb, Beef, Chicken and Haggis, all were delicious as was dessert. I had the Makars and dirty and others had stick toffee pudding, very enjoyable and clean plates all round. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the staff are friendly and attentive. I would recommend to anyone!

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TonyF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Review left on Tripadvisor for this restaurant we visited last week

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GaryB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out, excellent service….food was fab, highly recommended 👍

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JulieN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was great, will definitely be back

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AmyA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. We had booked in advance and we seated very quickly. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend the mustard mash. The staff were all lovely and looked after us. The portions were decent size we weren’t left hungry afterwards. It’s in a great location too, very central so near other pubs to go for drinks afterwards. Overall 10/10

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AlysonS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was lovely, however felt that service was a little slow and the portions were a bit on the small side, at least for the chicken. However what we had was delicious.
Would love to have more choice in sides in the future as well. Perhaps something along the lines of veggies and roasties.
Overall the ambience, drinks were fantastic and I’d love to visit again to try other items on the menu.

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SAMid
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Go! Amazing food!!

Only reservation was the tables are quite close so it was a little noisy.

FAQs

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) is rated 4.8 stars by 908 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.