Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.8
857 reviews
£25 and under
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!
What 857 People Are Saying
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Deedee
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend Makars highly enough. From the minute we opened the door to a lovely welcome, to leaving, just wonderful. Front of house staff and waiting staff could not do enough for us. It was my daughters birthday and they made her night very special. Onto the food, all 6 of us could not fault any of it, simply perfect! Do not be fooled into thinking this is a run off the mill mashed potato place, it is so much more. The main meat or veg dish to go with the mash of your choice, were sublime. Please go, you will not regret it.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and really nice atmosphere. The food is the best we had whilst in Edinburgh and we will be returning here on our next visit. The staff are all fab and attentive despite it being a very busy restaurant. Even with the popularity the vibe is still chilled and relatively quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

WOW!! BEST MASH EVER!! I had the bacon and spring onion with the beef, omg was the best meal we had!! First time trying haggis, loved it! Try it you won’t be disappointed!! Staff really friendly and helpful, will definitely return when back in Edinburgh!! Wish we had one in Bristol, would be there all the time! 😋

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tanyad
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow wow wow food was excellent and the staff were very attentive will most definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had read several reviews and had built up high expectations. We had a nice meal but it was nothing special. In fact we was disappointed with the served vegetables accompanying the dish. Probably wouldn’t recommend it to friends or family based on our visit.

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Rebeccac
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, great atmosphere. 1st trip to Edinburgh, haggis neaps and tatties are to die for.

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RyanB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, staff and atmosphere. Would fully recommend

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nicm108
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was making and the staff were really nice, will defo be back here

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CraigL
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good location, maybe a bit expensive for what you get but that’s a minor issue

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ChrisP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff was very helpful, would say to anybody you have to try

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HAZELG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

5 of us booked to eat here and the food was delicious, not a scrap of food was left on the plates, I had the lamb shank and it was so tasty and tender, it fell off the bone and if I went back I would probably order the same dish which is unusual for me. Everyone said they enjoyed their meal but we also all said that the wine was not good and felt it let the restaurant down a bit, we had two different bottles of white, a chenin blanc and a Chardonnay, none of us rated it at all. Still enjoyed the food and the experience, the waiter was really lovely and also efficient

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AudreyT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff! It made the experience better! Worth the stop!

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Wils
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, really hearty food with great service and wonderful vibe.

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AlanN
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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iand
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. Love the informal, unfussy concept behind the business, Lovely food, excellent friendly & attentive staff. Sensibly priced. Recommended.

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ChristopherO
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a fantastic and friendly place. The food and service was outstanding. Next time I'm in Edinburgh, I'll be there again.

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RobertF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An interesting concept. Very popular, booking is recommended. We were impressed with the food choice and quality. Service was friendly and attentive. We will return on our next trip to Edinburgh.

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ChrisB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was excellent, service was good, if a bit slow. Place was very busy tho. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic form start to finish.

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ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely lunch here - plenty of options for vegans and non-vegans also. Good value and friendly service. Glad we booked as was busy even for a weekday.

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LeighH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and Great service. What more could you ask for.

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Curly
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I booked a table here as it was very busy when we arrived. Staff were lovely. Food was perfect. Tried Stewart’s larger which was light and refreshing. Lovely early evening atmosphere. Simple meat and mash choice that melted in your mouth … delicious. We all would recommend a visit here … Compliments to the chef and the cheerful staff … Thank you … will definitely return the next time we are in Edinburgh.

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Christo
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, will recommend to everyone

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SueH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous little restaurant in the heart of the city. Mash galore and where better to try Haggis. You won’t be disappointed. Must book though

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OpenTable Diner
Spain
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect Sunday lunch spot. Food was delicious, and atmosphere nice and chilled

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ChristineJ
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and loved it! We will be back again soon.

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LYNNEF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing quality of food at a great price!

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Lorna
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and the wait staff are always attentive and friendly. Love going here so brought my friends for their birthdays and they loved it too -clean plates all round. Can't remember his name but the waiter was a man with dark curly hair and he was great!

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Jeannie
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a treat to have lunch at Makars. You know what you are getting and the food is always well prepared by enthusiastic staff. Also serves the best beer in Edinburgh.

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vipPBag
London
77 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic and very attentive service. Enjoyed a hearty meal, would definitely visit again!

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Farmersgirl
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this restaurant and would go again when visiting the city. We needed to cater for meat, vegetarian and vegan (!) and thank fully this was a fantastic place to go. Great that you can choose any combination to suit your taste.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing comfort food, at brilliant prices in a relaxed atmosphere, Couldn’t recommend it highly enough

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We booked this due to the different menu that it offered serving meals with a choice of specialised mash potato. The food was excellent well cooked and well presented. the staff were friendly and helpful

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JaneF
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Makars on Trip Adviser and booked in advance based on recommendations. We absolutely loved it-the staff were so friendly & menu choice was excellent, the food definitely lives up to it’s reputation. The whole experience was wonderful and we only wish Makars would open a restaurant in Manchester!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s arrival to Edinburgh and the university. The food and service were fabulous and the wait staff was super knowledgeable. We enjoyed our food and experience thoroughly.

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carolec
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Very busy but lent itself to the atmosphere

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AlanP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Disappointed!

Sadly, the menu did not have some of their old favorites like beef cheeks or rosti.

The mash itself was dry / the chicken and grilled smoked sausages were OVERCOOKED.

Service was good and prompt but Makars is definitely overrated.

AP
London

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Suman
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Makar’s Mash Bar was absolutely incredible! I honestly cannot recommend this place enough- such a quirky concept for a restaurant (please open other branches in the UK!)
The food was genuinely amazing - all meats were tender and the different mashes were perfect. If/when I’m back in Edinburgh, I’ll most definitely be back again!! Service was also excellent and the ambience was lovely!

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KatieN
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food is of such a good quality and really tasty. It has a really cool vibe and the staff are very friendly. I highly recommend it.

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AnnH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unpretentious great food I had the beef shoulder which melted in the mouth, my husband enjoyed his haggis. We had the fruit crumble and chocolate brownie both were delicious will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh

FAQs

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) is rated 4.8 stars by 857 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.