Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.6
373 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 373 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
Boise
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
Edinburgh
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
New York Area
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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AE
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! I’d recommend that you eat here if you’re visiting Edinburgh.

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DB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good selection of gluten free options, staff very friendly and food is great, good location and relaxed atmosphere

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JR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I so wish there was one closer to home, we’d be there every month at least. The food is wholesome, delicious and gives you the lovely warm cosy feeling. Service is fantastic.

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VI
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we've been to Makars, but first time to their restaurant on the Mound. It's a bit squashed in, but that also gives it a great vibe. Food was delicious, service impeccable (thanks Arthur!), and just a really lovely night out.

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KC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Decent bar selection.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok, but not as fabulous as I'd been led to expect. I chose the duck, which was quite tasty but certainly not falling off the bone, as it should have been. The service was fine & the location is good.

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FC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Booked table wasn’t ready - no biggie but never impressed when other customers are held responsible / criticised for this type of scenario (‘the people at your table are slow - in fact they have been slow to do everything’?!). Heard of setting a time limit? Husband enjoyed his ox check - my chicken was somwhat burnt as opposed to charred, and my sister-in-law’s duck was very burnt - as was her rosti cake. Skins ok - although appeared old / hard. Mash good - as was wine quality / price - and burnt main removed from bill. Very much a tourist place - wouldn’t return when there are so many other / superior eateries in the area.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very contemporary eating, relaxed vibe with friendly staff al though could do with more than two waiters/waitresses to manage a full restaurant at lunch. Deserts were not as good value as the mains and starters though😀

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous find which lived up to all its very good reviews. Worth the trip to Edinburgh on its own !

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EK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The reservation is meaningless, was many tables free.
Staff no so caring to customers.
The way to the toilet was littered with beer barrels.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the many choices of mash. Service was very friendly and responsive.

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B
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for Scottish comfort food. Well prepared eats with fast friendly service.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ox cheek is so soft it melts on your tongue. Haggis is very juice, comes in a multilayered texture with the mash.

The waiter is very patient when asked to explain the menu and give recommendations.

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RG
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife and I wanted our first night in Edinburgh to be at a traditional Scottish place - but not TOO traditional. This fit the bill perfectly. I had my first haggis ever as an appetizer and it was good! I decided I was all-in so I ordered the recommended ox cheek, which was even better. It transported me back to my childhood, reminding me of my late aunt's crazy good roast beef. The entrees are all served with one of eight different mashed potato dishes and our server smartly recommended the cheddar/chive mix with this meal. The servers were helpful all around and in retrospect this was the best service we had while visiting the U.K. - attentive without being intrusive and happy to offer suggestions.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved everything!! 3 adults and 3 kids from the USA and we all found something we loved.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Where the mash is a smash and the haggis is wholesome. The puddings are perfect too!! These guys have put in a lot of hard work and thought to create such a wonderful eaterie. Well done indeed!

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GN
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice welcome , food very good, the service was excellent , I will go back again soon , but not until the festival is over.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and even better service!

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DT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a recommended restaurant on Trip Advisor and was packed when we arrived for dinner on Monday. We were promptly greeted and seated. Service was good and so was the food. I enjoyed the lamb shank and the bottle of Primotivo was good/reasonably priced. Located in Old Town near High Street. Would return.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great spot... Comfort food at its best . Service over the top by the entire staff but special kudos to Anna.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this for a pre theatre dinner (Assembley theatre on the mound) and the location was perfect. The service was quick and helpful. The food is definitely based around potatoes, with potato skins starters, rosti casual dishes and a whole menu of mashes to go with the mains! Everything we had was delicious and we would certainly go back.

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really friendly staff - appreciated Arthur's expert advice on wine - great recommendation. Food was lovely too, will definitely be back

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A
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a taste of Scotland. Quick and friendly service and delicious food.

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WL
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time there and staff very attentive

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great sausages and rosti! All tasted great, just what we needed for a long afternoon of walking!

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything, really recommend

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OT
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A good and interesting selection of food. The waiting staff were friendly but forgot about us a few times.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband is Coeliac, so having Gf marked next to the meals on the Menu was a great bonus. The food was very tasty indeed. I had read reviews before going and was not disappointed. Only down side was the state of the disabled toilet. Not easy to lock the door, and needed a good overall clean. There was also a very dirty folding chair in there!! Best remove this or clean it!!!

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S
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A relaxed place to eat - casual dining. Great buzz. Nice to have a choice of different sorts of mashed potato instead of chips. The seasonal vegetables were a small pot of grated carrot and apple(?) which was a little disappointing. Went well with my gammon, but not so good with my partner's ox cheeks. Attentive service.

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N
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good, the sauce that comes with a lot of the dishes is delicious and the skins are more like slices of potato which makes it a really easy dish to share for a starter.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great little dining spot with friendly service and excellent food. Great if you are new to haggis. It was amazingly good! Lovely experience!

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LB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable early dinner before heading to a concert. Food and service both really good and value for money

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FB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Potato skins to start were ‘soggy ‘ with brown patches. Main wasn’t very hot - not cold enough to mention but nevertheless on the cool side and ‘classic’ mash was extremely disappointing. Didn’t stay for dessert. Service was nice but waitress a little over the top and we had a very loud table next to us. Overall, we didn’t enjoy the experience and wouldn’t go back.

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