Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

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518 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Top tags:
  • 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!
What 518 People Are Saying
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PA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food tasty
great non alcoholic range of drinks
Service efficient and friendly
Worth booking
Wish we lived here as would go every week

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal. The Scotch eggs with rosti were tasty - we thought it was funny that they were listed as “lighter fare!” Friendly helpful staff.

m
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality food at reasonable prices, service was excellent.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a hearty meal. We visited twice on a three day stay as it was so good. The staff are so happy, helpful and a joy to chat to . David was very helpful on information on the area . The scotch eggs are incredible no other scotch egg will ever compare
It is very busy so you might need to wait for a table but we’ll worth it
👍😍

DH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic place! The food is absolutely delicious. I booked a table in advance as I had heard this was a great place to eat. You won't be disappointed. I had the gammon and cheese and chive mash. Amazing. The service was spot on and would recommend this place to eat 100%. The puddings looked delicious too, but there just wasn't room for any more food!

FD
London
25 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked during our very short visit to Edinburgh. The place was busy on a Tuesday lunchtime. Plenty to choose from on the menu with reasonable servings. Service was very good and friendly.

SC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and for vegetarians the options are also great. Would strongly recommend if you have the chance while in Edinburgh!

AG
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the service, the food, could improve the choice of drinks (cocktails). Quality food, makes you love scot food, when elsewhere it’s mostly acceptable.

W
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maintained its reputation as one of the top eateries in Edinburgh! We were not disappointed. Great service, friendly efficient staff and excellent food. Would definitely visit again.

ST
Austin
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Makars Mash is a great casual dining option in Edinburgh. Nice central location, good service, good atmospher and great food! Great for families with kids.

D
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit here and very impressed . Had the lamb shank and black pudding mash .fabulous flavours and good sized portion. Wasn't going to have dessert as full however having tasted my partners coffee panacota shared one with a friend -truly amazing! Will definately return here on my next visit to Edinburgh😀

BL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Scottish food with a modern style. Flavors were excellent - both for meat eaters and vegetarians. Good value for Edinburgh.

LT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place! Absolutely delicious home cooking / comfort food! Brilliant atmosphere. Really friendly & funny staff. We loved it so much we went back the next day for lunch! :-)

SB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic well priced and great service!
We will be back on our next visit to Edinburgh!

PS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The welcome was welcome, the drinks great and food tasty and comforting. If you want light and low cal buy a carrot.
our daughter's wheelchair was no problem for the staff.
We would happily return

e
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought i should introduce my family to the scottish hahgis experience, and i knew Makars would be the best place to do that! My family and I loved our meal and Sasha gave us amazing service!

Best haggis in town✨

BD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Proof that the words Scottish, food and fantastic can all exist in the same sentence.

VP
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, it was so tasty. I had the veggie haggis with original mash and it was so nice.

NK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to check Makars if you’re in Edinburgh! Had a lovely lunch with my family and loved the aubergine - great vegetarian options and an excellent service. Been dreaming about eating their aubergine again but unfortunately I’m on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean...

JS
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice staff and very accommodating. A must if your in Edinburgh you won’t be able to beat these neeps and tatties.

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food was great, duck confit and lamb shank..only thing was the waitress never ever asked us how the food was..it was served and that was the last contact until we asked for the bill...it was very busy however

T
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the best. He came over and asked us how the food tasted and made sure we had a great time. He was funny and polite. The food was great. We had lamb with mashed potatoes. We would come here

SA
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been a few times before and never had any complaints. This time I took my baby boy and they were exceptional at making sure we had enough room and a high chair etc. Fab location and fab food. Can’t recommend highly enough. Would eat here every time I came to Edinburgh

SG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from start to finish. The scotch egg was, however, a huge disappointment. Stick with the mash and other meat, and it will be a great meal!

BO
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
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

H
London
2 reviews
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.

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.

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.

LC
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!

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

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.

A
Cheshire
5 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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

Great food and service in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.

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.

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

Awesome spot in Scotland!

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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