Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

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582 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, in particular the mash was lovely !! Sasha ( the waitress) was really nice and kind. Really recommended!

KJ
KarenJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and overall excellent experience!

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JasonS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the best sausage and mash you could wish for. Friendly attentive service. Recommended

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Emma
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Makars for the first time and the food was lovely with some of the best food we have ever had.

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Neilh
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. If you're in Edinburgh make sure you go.

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SoniaK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, really tasty food! Happy with the service

LD
LesleyD
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, value for money and staff were all fantastic. My 2nd visit and it was even better than I remember. Can't wait to go back!!!!

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FfiG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You need to try the smoked sausage with black pudding mash!!

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TraceyB
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food and service would highly recommend this place

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took out of town friends here for dinner - said it was best meal they’d had in Edinburgh

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EllenA
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My only complaint was that I thought the gammon was a bit tough, but the other meals were great and my dessert was lovely. I will be back to try something else.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wonder they’ve won awards.
Don’t hesitate to book.
Fantastic. That is all

HM
HannahM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cream potato soup was divine. All the mains and mash accompaniments were delicious. We felt well looked after by the hosts and really enjoyed the dinner overall.

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NickM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for lunch time, the service was great with really friendly staff, we had a starter of scotch egg which was the best thing I've ever tasted. Mains were beef, it just broke apart, it was incredible. Not really one for desert but had sour cherry fruit cake with ice cream...wow. The whole thing was amazing.

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EmmaG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a beautiful meal, great value for money, fresh ingredients, wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Edinburgh!

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alicew
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended Makars by multiple people before we arrived in Edinburgh and we weren’t disappointed! Food is fantastic, staff were great and veggie options amazing. Will be passing on the recommendation to others too!

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ZoeB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Edinburgh for my mothers birthday weekend and found this wonderful mash bar online. Now I'm a mash enthusiast and was highly delighted with my meal & so were my family. The beef shoulder with the horradish gravy was devine. Not too punchy but a lovely flavour. My partner had the haggis, we'd never tried it before and it was delicious. 10/10 food drinks and service. Highly recommended. Peace out - Zoe from MK

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JennyF
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service in a buzzy atmosphere, I can highly recommend, we will return

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DanT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Edinburgh twice in the last 12 months and both times we went to Makars. Do I need to say more?

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great waitresses Callie and Kirstie served us and were so friendly and great the whole time. Will definitely go back again

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FondaCocks
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good location, really yummy food, generous portions. I unfortunately couldn't fit in pudding :(
Friendly staff in a grumpy Scottish way

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LCFabre
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modern but Scottish Food in a Trendy Place.
Really near both the Old and "Modern" Town.
Very friendly service.
A must Stop Place near the Castle.
(there is a shortcut, don't miss the stairs)

JL
JakeL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good value for money, well worth a visit

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LesleyD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious, service excellent, couldn’t ask for more.

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Canteen style experience, were given bench seats and table, ok but not good for comfort. Noisy as lots of people in small space. Staff friendly enough, but very busy. Very much designed for fast turnover, which surprised me as a little pricy. Having said all that, food was tasty, portions fair size.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party was slightly early on arriving makars had our table ready and was able to seat us directly giving us more time to go over menu and order drinks. Their was an extensive choice and we ordered a variety of food. One of my party ordered a dish that contained an ingredient that she couldn’t eat as she did Not read the menu properly, however this was easily amended as it was no problem to order an alternative. The staff were more interested that we all enjoyed our dining experience and could not have been more helpful. Food amazing as always.

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JingwenW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the waitress are so nice. I will come again.

LG
LaurenceG
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mixed age clientele (we are 70) leaning towards younger, and all a very nice crowd. North Bank St is a continuation of The Mound, so if you are visiting The Scottish National Gallery or are in that area of Princes Street, you just carry on up the hill for a few mins and there it is on your right. Busy, bustling yet not overpoweringly so, with friendly staff who were helpful and smiling. We both chose the scotch egg and rosti with coleslaw and leaves, which was very fresh and good. The service was excellent. Thank you, Emily.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, our waiter was great, very friendly and knowledgeable
Very busy little restaurant, so glad we found this place and will be worth a visit back to Edinburgh just to come back !

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DaveMac
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, really enjoyed a hearty lunch in a popular restaurant with commanding views, hope to return

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff lovely place to eat !!
5 stars

LC
LynseyC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and so fresh. Staff were lovely and very attentive. Will definitely return and would recommend.

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RichN
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great little place.
Food was delicious. Service was spot on.
Tables were a little close together so we were almost forced to engage in conversation with people next to us, but if you don’t mind this sort of ambience, then it’s a good spot for some meaty goodness and delicious mash!

HM
HazelM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service