Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

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453 reviews
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Scottish
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly service, nice decorations and ambiance. Waitresses really worked while we were there and still had time to ask how we were doing and how the food tasted. If I was living in Edinburgh I'd come there at least once a week

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C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had three lovely and tentative waitresses look after us during our visit and this was complimented by the glorious food that was served! Hearty, filling and delicious would continually recommend this place to visit!

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MB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit for us. Simply sensational. Staff are brilliant too. 10/10. We’ll be back soon...

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic experience and food. We started our holiday here and it was a great choice. Great service (Sophie & Andriana) and hearty, well prepared food. The mash is as legendary as we’d heard and our choice of beef skirt and boar sausages were plentiful and excellent. Call out for the delicious Scottish tablet ice cream too. It was great value. Our one regret - not having enough time to visit again, thanks for a great start to our holiday.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustic decor but nothing rustic about the food and service, amazing !!

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good beer. Haggis, duck and gammon mains went down a storm

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PM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely come back again on our next visit to Edinburgh. Would recommend!

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SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great all round experience....shall return when back in Edinburgh

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SC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved it here- the choices were fab and that you could mix and match only enhanced that. The food was so good, and we all chose different things and cleared our plates. We were slow choosing as could t decide but we never harried by the staff, who were attentive and friendly and patient. Drfinitely recommend and will definitely go back!

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K
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good wholesome food (I had the braised beef skirt in a delicious rich gravy, plenty of gravy, with a cheesy mash). Would highly recommend that. The potato skins I had beforehand were disappointing as they weren’t crispy at all and the potato side of the skin was a very dark colour as though they had been about for a while. I chose these as they had been recommended so maybe it was a bad day to choose them; no excuse though. On the whole a good meal and reasonable value for money. Would go again

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B
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the relaxed style of this restaurant. Extremely welcoming and cheerful staff, very attentive without being in your face. Ate lunch with my son who was on a flying visit from Denmark and wanted some traditional British food, the mash certainly did it but also some unusual choices on the menu. The wild boar sausages were delicious. Booked to come again in a couple of weeks for a celebration. Only criticism was that every time the door opened ( which was often as it was busy) we were hit with the freezing cold air which made it uncomfortable. However, to be fair it was a particularly cold day and the staff could not do much about it. I would just suggest choosing to sit away from the door.

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E
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good comfort main meals matched with a choice of mash - tasty food
Service was warm and welcoming - friendly and smiling but not OTT

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J
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were friendly, polite and extremely helpful. The menu was just right with options and the food was amazing. It was probably one of the best meals we had during our stay in Edinburgh. We will definitely be returning on our next trip

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GF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great concept to be majoring on the humble potato as your ups!
Good choice of food and it was fantastic (as an Englishman) to celebrate Burns Night eating tasty haggis, neeps and tatties in a fab place with great staff and a lively atmosphere where everyone appeared to be enjoying the menu, the ambiance and the atmosphere.
Thoroughly recommended

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M
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal in Edinburg.
I would highly recommend it to my friends and family.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice surprise! Restaurant doesn’t look very elegant but food was quite amazing. I especially recommend a lamb leg.

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MB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word - exquisite. Our first visit here and it was without question, the best dining experience we can remember. The food was INCREDIBLE, the service was faultless and the ambience was superb. Our waitress was so attentive - everything timed to perfection.

We were visiting Edinburgh for the day and only wish Makars were in our home city. The lucky folk of Edinburgh!

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F
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good services not so much we were a party of 4 2 arrived first then 2 5minutes later didbt get asked for drinks order until we gave our food order 15 20mins in.. didn't ask if we wanted more drinks and staff were through the back at the end so waited a bit for the bill even after we were asked if we wanted anything else to which we replied no thanks but no bill appeared

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Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great comfort food with friendly attentive service. Prices are moderate with £13-£15 for a main. A local independent delight that I'd visit every time I'm in Edinburgh.

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HH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a great local place, so glad we found this gem when visiting Edinburgh, the mash was amazing wish we had one back at home!

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PC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great comfort food, really good menu selection both food and drinks. Desserts looked good too but didn't have enough room to try - will do next time.

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H
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t actually try the mash but had the roast potato skins and they were amazing - not what you’d expect. Would recommend and if wasn’t so full I’d be going back immediately.

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s
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing food lovely friendly staff. Good Gluten free choices

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great comfort food and really accommodating for children.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection, including gluten-free options. We enjoyed every bite!

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NH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant comfort food served by friendly and efficient staff. Worth booking if there’s a big group of you.

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JA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service by Adam. Would recommend any time!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff were very helpful changing our booking to an earlier slot, we enjoyed the service and the food. We would have preferred my food to be a little warmer and the mash to be the star of the show, however it was the topping that was excellent and the mash didn't stand out, also I think it would be great to recommend the type of mash to suit the main dish as you would a wine. But we loved it and would visit again.

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H
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had some lovely food here. Booked to eat here for the last day of the trip. Would recommend

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visit to Edinburgh. Lovely place, fabulous food, excellent service. Loved it. Book in advance as it gets very busy.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent service and the food was very good,plan to return to check out the black pudding mash

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GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great welcome, great food & really enjoyed the experience.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food are really amazing.
Really enjoyed it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really helpful and friendly staff. Loved the main courses but was a bit disappointed in the starter. Some of the potato skins were a bit al dente. But couldn’t fault the beef skirt - so tender! And my horseradish mash went perfectly! Would definitely visit again !

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LW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, thank you so much!!!
The food was beautiful!!

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DI
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant that did not serve chips. Yippeeeeee. Being serious though that in itself makes a pleasant change but with the absence of deep fried potatoes, the food was excellent and that bit different from the norm. It is amazing what you can do without deep frying a potato chip and Makers demonstrates that. I had a burger, which was served without a bun but with Rosti. Not sure if or how much healthier but it was certainly tastier. The service was great and on top of that the meal for a family of 4, which included two very hungry but grown up kids was extremely affordable and represented great value for money

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S
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little venue, very accommodating, attentive staff but not over the top. A really warm place. Will come again if ever in Edinburgh.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been in this restaurant before so I knew it was great, the food is amazing.
Very nice location, very good value and the menue is 'different' as in some great choices and the flavours are awesome.
The staff are really nice and all in all I would thoroughly reccomend it.

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LY
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch here with a friend. Food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.

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ET
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us had lunch, all of us thought it great. 2 had been before and actually recommended it.
The service was excellent, we had an Australian girl, I can't remember her name she was really good at helping us with the menu. Would definitely come again.

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