Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.6
494 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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BO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I’ve been. The food is absolutely fantastic, we had the haggis, the sausage and lamb. All great! Also the chive and bacon mash is perfection on a plate! Every time I come to Edinburgh, I have to go there. Ambiance is great and staff is super nice. Favorite place in the UK for sure <3

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H
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit place for the best Scottish locally sourced meal in Edinburgh
Amazing food and great service. Highly recommend.

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K
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and our waiter David was super nice. We enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Would highly recommend. Come on an empty stomach because it’s a lot of delicious food.

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Tulsa
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makar’s was amazing. Probably our favorite meal from Edinburgh. Great vegetarian options that aren’t just side dishes. Would definitely recommend but book ahead!

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j
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, nice venue, good choice of wines but would have liked more options in bottled/tap beers. Could have been more attentive service wise but good experience overall

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EB
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little restaurant, the food was outstanding and the service was excellent. On my next visit to Edinburgh I will defiantly eating here.

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A
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gathered at Makars Mash for a family dinner, had everyone coming from different countries and cities so have booked online in advance. The table was ready for us and the people serving were attentive, friendly and nice all of the evening. The meal we had were delicious and good looking, we had a vegetarian in our party, and was very happy about his choices too. All in all 10/10, a place to come back to. Many thanks, all of us enjoyed our dinner!

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KV
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Makhars is a must on our Edinburgh visits - so when we can we always book way in advance not to miss out ! This is unusual for us as we tend to be more spontaneous. But we love the concept and the food! Mash is my daughter's favourite so we treat her everytime we visit her at Uni, and we love it too. Tasty, simple yet lots to explore. Nice location too. See you soon

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EM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, generous portions, great service and a cosy atmosphere, just what was needed after a long day of sightseeing. Would highly recommend and would advise to book ahead as we did to avoid disappointment.

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic visit! Both food and drink were excellent and our server was funny and attentive. Great place- we'll be back!

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TE
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, wonderful service, would highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.

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KO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

After reading very good reviews (over rated?), we were disappointed as it turned out as an average experience. The service and ambience was good but nothing special. The food was good but also nothing special. Sorry to say, but we all make better mash at home.

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome spot in Scotland!

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AN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find! We had the beef shin and lamb shank, both beautifully tender in deep, flavoursome sauces. The other star of the show is the mash, of which we had two different flavours (the cheese and the horseradish) with a side of the bacon variety. All outstanding. Nice wine too and cheerful, friendly staff. Don't miss this place if you visit Edinburgh.

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D
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I totally recommend this, great location, good vibe inside, smooth service. food quality is fantastic for the price with a good selection of authentic infused Scottish food. Also good selection of drinks.

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L
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and friendly service! Have been several times and never disappointed!

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HN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing meal at the smaller of the two restaurants. Would definitely visit again

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DS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited on a Sunday afternoon 4pm so we were ready for our lunch I ordered the haggis and black pudding mash with peppercorn sauce and it was one of the most tastiest meals I have ever had in my life! Deffo recommend X

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OT
Black Forest
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service und Essen waren sehr gut. Trotz sehr gut besuchtem Lokal und entsprechendem Stress kam das Essen schnell und der Srvice war stets freundlich und aufmerksam. Mash‘s sind lecker. Können wir jederzeit weiter empfehlen.

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j
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here. They offer high quality and delicious tasting food. They were out of some menu options which was a bummer, but settled in some beef and lamb dishes that did not disappoint. We would definitely go back!

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CH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed setting for tasty food with some good options for vegetarians (yes, haggis!). The staff were attentive but not overly so and we were looked after well.

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s
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Tried a few different items and loved the Rosti the best. Great staff.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and lovely friendly staff especially David

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience with a unique menu!

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IH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was able to book a table with 1 day notice for a group of 8, which was amazing. We were travelling from Iceland and everyone in the group was very happy with both the food and the service. I had the duck, which was amazing and just fell off the bone and my partner had the haggish with black pudding mash and said it was an experience for a lifetime. We will definitely recommend this place to everyone we know and to everyone who is planning on going to Edinburgh. We will definitely come back to Makars when we come back to Edinburgh! Also, I want to thank our waiter, I can't remember his name but he had dark hair. He was very accommodating, funny and charming and really made our stay pleasant.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty, friendly service, great atmosphere. You could tell they were rushed off their feet but it didn’t impact any of the above in the slightest. Would go back if we are visiting Edinburgh again

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Angus
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Makars on the mound a few months ago and was coming to Edinburgh for a concert with a friend so it was a great chance to introduce him to Makars too. We all had a different meal and feedback was positive from everyone.
Will definately be back.

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J
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super place. The atmosphere was great, not very busy when we went (a Sunday evening) but still had a nice feel. The food was superb ( I had the lamb shank - fall off the bone and very tasty, the wife had a smoky sausage) and the service matched. Well worth a visit!

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TP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a great ambience. The drinks are a good measure and good value for money. The food was also good value and decent sized dishes with some good recommends from our excellent waitress for the night. Good choice but not too much to confuse, so all in all an excellent dining experience

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SC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Could not be faulted and would definitely recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

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S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a lovely evening with lovely food in a lovely place. Was simply lovely

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PG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice food. Friendly staff. Only a couple of diners in the restaurant on a late Sunday afternoon.

Would definitely return if in Edinburgh.

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PB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looked after wonderfully well by Louise ... great food ...perfect for after rugby match ... comfort food at its best.

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MB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals here on Saturday night. Great service from pleasant staff. Nice laid back atmosphere.

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SQ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food, and friendly staff. Would definitely go again.

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SB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service,terrific food served by a charming Australian waitress.We were visiting Edinburgh for the day and this topped off a lovely time we had.Will certainly recommend the venue to family and friends. Pity there’s no Mash bar in Cheshire!

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GS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food nice place just needs more attention to serve drinks faster .Ice in drinks and water a must

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