Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.6
352 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
What 352 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Amazing food and even better service!

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

We had a lovely time there and staff very attentive

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Love everything, really recommend

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4.0Dined on 20 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 10 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Excellent Food, Great Service... Nice buzz about the place 👍

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Food and service fantastic. A must for when in Edinburgh.

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

What a find. We had a meal here on Tuesday. We booked a table which we were glad of as they were quite busy. Service was really good. It was lovely to have something that didn’t come with chips. Would go again if we come back to Edinburgh

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Excellent local food and friendly staff. Ambiance of the property is very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Thanks to Arthur and the whole team for two unforgettable days with incredibly good Food. It was an excellent evening in the best company. The location is wonderful and the food is really magnificent. The prices are absolutely reasonable for the fresh food.

We would come again and again and would be an absolute highlight for us. Thank you very much. A super great family business.

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

We enjoyed our meal at your restaurant and will come again in the future.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Best roasted chicken we’ve ever had. Don’t miss out on the sticky pudding too! Amazing!

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

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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