Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.6
326 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice experience and very tasty food!

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

This was the second time my partner and I ate here and it was just as exceptional as the first. If you have never tried haggis before, try the mini as it has excellent flavour. Fantastic food and drink for extremely reasonable prices with very friendly staff. 5 stars all around!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great regional food at good prices. All the dishes were well cooked and very tasty.

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

It was a very lovely evening with fresh and good food and tasty drinks! And we had great waiter called Thales; He's doing his job with heart and passion and he's a very funny guy!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We loved the food here - just delicious! I had the haggis with black pudding mash and extra gravy! So tasty. My daughter had chicken with cheddar mash which she devoured! I just wish we had this restaurant near us in London! Service was welcoming and friendly. So glad I fo7nd it online before our trip. Highly recommended for a tasty casual lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

We picked this place for a meal after a visit to the theatre and we were very glad that we had.
We had the Potato Skins & Black Pudding sharing dish for our starter. Then my wife had the Smoked Gammon with Cheese mash for her main and I had the Braised Lamb Shank with Black Pudding mash. The portions were huge and the food was delicious. Excellent service also.
Shall look forward to going back here again!

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

TripAdvisor travelers highly recommended this restaurant - it FAR surpassed our expectations and we went TWICE - there's no place like it. It has Scottish food, well presented, well thought out - and fabulously delicious. It's a treasure for Edinburgh and for locals and visitors alike. I want to bring it home. Please open a branch in Colorado, USA!

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Comfort food, but with a twist. Choose your main course and one of the many types of mash to go with it Good value, vibrant, fun atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Haggis with black pudding mash... amazing..I asked for extra peppercorn sauce ...was no problem... fantastic... thank you

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3.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Service worth a favorable mention despite quite busy afternoon

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3.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Slightly disappointed with the mashed potato, for the restaurant to be based around this I found the mash a bit dry when I was expecting something outstanding. Lots of gluten free options and clearly marked. Would probably give it another try.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Absolutely loved this place and so did the rest of the group. Will definately be back.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Great service, we asked to try 2 wines before making our choice, absolutely no problem, which seemed to be the answer for everything! I had row to with smoked sausage, cheese, and a fried egg, absolutely great, my husband had boar sausages with black pudding mash, and our friend had traditional haggis, with turnip and cheesy mash. We all scraped our plates clean and the wine we chose was lovely. Toffee sticky pudding followed for 2 also delicious. This was terrific quality comfort food at a really good price, can't wait to return, and highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

outstanding mashed potatoes, it was a great experience! The meat is actualy the side dish :-)
Great advise from the staff, ans very good presentation. Stuff very friendly and helpful, and the ambiance is really nice.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

The staff were so great & helped us choose what to eat. Just something different to Italian, chinese, Indian or pub food. Portion size was perfect. Food was fantastic & wonderful quick service.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Lovely local restaurant. Friendly staff, quick service, and amazing food - both went for skins to start with, and haggis with mash for mains. And you get to mix and match the main dish.
Overall - we are two very satisfied customers, we will definitely be back (next time we're in Edinburgh), and happily recommend this place to anyone!

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Very enjoyable meal - good value and nice surroundings. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends and family

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

I would highly recommend Makars Gourmet Mash Bar! I visited the restaurant once with my partner and we were so impressed we went back a few days later with my parents and grandparents for dinner. Everyone found something they liked the look of on the menu (no mean feat with a very fussy family to cater for!) and the food itself was delicious! Everyone was very happy with their choices and there were clean plates all round. It's amazing how they can make a plate of mash look so elegant and everything we tried was yummy. The staff are very friendly and patient and the restaurant looks cool and is very conveniently located to the Royal Mile. I couldn't recommend it more!

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

This is a gem of a restaurant. Outstanding food served by outstanding staff.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Food was amazing, friendly staff, will definitely go back and recommend

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

The food and service really good. We loved the different types of mash . We had never tried haggis before and we shared the haggis for starters it was delicious

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Wholesome comfort food

Great service

Good value

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Good food. Friendly staff. Great for lunch or afternoon tea

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Good quick service, friendly staffs and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Was amazing experience well worth vist
Book in advance x

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Again another great meal, the rum panna cotta to die for, and as usual great service from the waiting staff

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Different take on Scottish food. Really enjoyed the variety. Everything we had was awesome!

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Enjoyed a good meal with great service and warm atmosphere. The previous reviews guided us and we appreciated the positive steer.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Loved the meal we had at Makers Gourmet Mash Bar...had the best potato skins ever follow by fantastic haggis and black pudding mash....this is proper food, well made. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

This is my first time at Makarska and I was totally impressed. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. The staff were excellent and certainly gave me the confidence that quality and excellent service is the norm.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Great food, great service, excellent comfort food.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

We truly enjoyed our meal at makars. The staff was attentive and the food was great. Our first taste of traditional Scottish fare was a success!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We found the food, beer and ambience very pleasant and comfortable. It's in a great central location and I would happily recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh. the haggis, neeps and tatties were stylishly done and there was a good range of craft beers.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Good place to eat lovely meal haggis was very good best to book on weekends or holidays to avoid disappointment. We went Easter Saturday and had been very busy so they had run out of some meals but worth a visit.

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4.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Overall good experience. Great inexpensive comfort food in friendly atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 28 March 2018

We really enjoyed our evening at Makars Gourmet mash bar - we were a bit uncertain about trying the haggis and were assured by the staff that it was really good. We weren’t disappointed- it was delicious, even the vegetarian among us was happy with the veggie version. Sophie and Daniel were particularly helpful and we’d definitely make our way there again next time we’re in Edinburgh!

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Had a super meal on Tuesday. It's a busy wee spot so be sure to book before you go. Staff are very friendly and attentive. My husband was very taken with choice of beers on draught so that in itself would be reason to return! I had booked because we were staying very close by and reviews were very favourable. It far surpassed my expectations.
There is a great range of main courses and then similarly fab choice of mashes to accompany not to mention the sauces!!! I had the chicken with mustard sauce and bacon with spring onion mash yummmm my husband had the lamb shank with black pudding mash and judging by our scraped plates was very acceptable!!! We even managed banoffi pudding and a chocolate brownie not sure how and some coffees. Managed to take short cut down some steep steps back to our hotel. Great night and we would definitely come back. Thank you :))

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Very good food,excellent Haggis,probably the best in town for a reasonnable price. Staff is efficient and very kind. The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely and we had a wonderful time...it was closed en sunday evening,otherwise,we would have come back!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Great food, great service, nice location!

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Second visit, this time with friends for dinner. Absolutely stunning food, great service and fabulous value! Staff were great and will be bringing more friends and family to try more of the wonderful menu!

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