Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (West End)

4.4
129 reviews
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Scottish
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
Our food is inspired by the fine local Craft Beer micro industry that is now buzzing in Scotland. Like these Craft Beer producers, we carefully select combinations of local ingredients, to create small batch dishes with bags of flavour and fond memories. We are a proud member of the exclusive Scotch Beef Club and all our meats and vegetables are sourced from local farms where we have validated their quality, practices and values.

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Edinburgh Restaurant week: Complimentary drink

Free drink with any mains. 175ml of Wine, bottle of any beer or Pint of beer.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 January 2019

Ends: 28 July 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-22:30

What 129 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good experience - quality very high - dessert (brownie) super!
If they could reduce lead time a little bit more it would be more than great.

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

Fabulous venue in the heart of the West End. Great service, lovely menu and very pleasant surroundings. Would definitely go back

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FD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large party and Makars was very accommodating and patient. We were able to pay separately without anything any issues - which was great!

The place was packed, it’s clearly a popular spot. The food was absolutely delicious. Massive portions, great prices. I’ve already recommended this place to a few friends who will be in the area.

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

We both had lamb which literally fell off the bone it was so tender & washed it down with some water and a good bottle of Shiraz. All very nice. Service was good & the staff friendly. Good value too at £51 for two

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O
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and friendly service. We had a wonderfull experience of scottich cuisine. I highly recommand this restaurant.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience at Makars! From beginning to end, the service AND food was amazing! Started with the “skins” without knowing much about them and they had us talking about how we absolutely need to be able to get something like them in the States - perfect crispiness on the potatoes and the salsa and cheese flavors make it a perfect combination. Moved on to the main course - between us, we tried the wild boar sausage, the smoked sausage and the chicken, all with the cheddar cheese and chive mashed potatoes. The potatoes had a good amount of cheese which very much pleased all of us and all of the meats were greatly enjoyed as well (I believe we liked the boar sausage the best, but can’t go wrong). Finished off the meal with the sticky toffee pudding (a suggestion from one of our servers) and, again, just incredible!! All of our servers (Sophie, Kirsty, and Liam) did a wonderful job taking care of us even with another large table that came in right behind us. A MUST try place to dine!

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BL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Trendy location. We are German tourists and had a great time in Scotland.

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was great here, but the food wasn’t anything to write home about. There are better restaurants serving Scottish food out there!

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SJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very Good Food, unfortunately a Little Bit noisy. Nice Service.

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l
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The concept is a good one and the decor was nice enough however the portions are on the small side. The decor is basic and our table was dirty and was never cleaned despite the restaurant not being overly busy. The food was nice enough but i don't think i would rush back.

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t
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first evening in Edinburgh and we had a lovely meal at Makar's Gourmet Mash Bar. Very cool interior, transformed industrial meets coffee house . Liam, our charming waiter was very helpful. We were seated quickly and Liam recommended a raspberry gin cocktail which smelled wonderful and would have tasted as good had it not been that sweet. That and the noise levels -varied but could go really high due to the accoustics- were the only uh-ohs, and not very major ones. The boar sausages were perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside with that delish touch of brown and juicy inside. Very flavourful seasonings; I could use one now. My husband had the lamb shank; didn't bother giving the other choices more than a glance. The lamb just slid off the bone into a gorgeous red sauce of red wine, cranberry, rosemary. And now the star dish around which everything else revolves, the mash. I ordered the roasted bacon and green onion mash with a little melted cheese. Not going to forget the texture (smooth, crumbly and not sticky at all) or the taste, crunchy bacon, a little zing from the onion. My husband had the chive and cheddar mash and in both our cases, the mash took the honours. We preferred to finish the mash and left some of the meats behind. Go there hungry because the helpings are massive. Thanks Liam for your suggestions.

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

Great food at a reasonable price. Very friendly staff, would recommend to anyone

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SM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every item on the menu is well crafted and executed perfectly. I had the braised beef skirt with cheddar mash. The meat was so well cooked it was fork tender. The table next to us ordered the haggis, jeeps and tatties. The presentation was perfect. Very friendly staff.

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LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seating ideal not too noisy, good choice on menu at reasonable prices, service was very good.
Food was excellent and good portion sizes.
Would recommend and go back.

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IM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Arrived in plenty time were seated and asked if we would like a drink. We chose our drink then advised it wasn't in stock so we chose something else, same thing, not in stock. So for the third time we chose something else, surprise, not in stock. Absolutely shocking for a Friday night so we walked out and will never be back.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed
Thought food very average in fact that’s being kind starter of haggis neep and tarries was a joke it was that small
Potato skins nice
I had vegetarian haggis with horseradish mash very average
Must say service was very good

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JC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit food and service was excellent. Our party of seven were served very quickly. Portion size was very good on both starter and main. Will definitely return.

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KG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a first for us, as we don't seem to have any of these in Kent. We all throughly enjoyed the experience, and the food was amazing. Looking forward to our next visit to Edinburgh, so we can come back again.

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JF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the portions great; ask for help pairing your dish with a mash. gammon was out of this world.

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TH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive staff, wonderful service and tasty Scottish food. I cannot expect more.

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LD
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place... small menu but everything we tried was just delicious (chicken, beef and lamb shank).

Good humoured staff who actually seemed to enjoy their job.

Great place if you’re every in Edinburgh !

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MG
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and value for money. What more could we want!

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LH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great quality, hearty and tasty Scottish food.

Good friendly service.

Decent beer although no draft.

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IB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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RW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly small relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Staff attentive and welcoming.
Great menu, simple Scottish meals with a fabulous choice of flavoured mash potato to go with each dish.
Food was delicious and a good sized portion.
Good value for money and a very enjoyable experience.

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O
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Had the cheesy potato skins to start which came piping hot and with the most delicious salsa, great starter or even side dish! Then moved onto a Wild Boar Sausage which was the most flavoursome sausage I've had. All followed up with a sticky toffee pudding, can't go wrong. Definitely a place to dine at if you like simple, great tasting food and mash!

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MG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are a familt of five with three adult sons and it was our first night at Edinburg; one Scottish friend of me had recommended it and we were very satisfied with our choose! Everything was nice and tasty, and we could eat Scottish food; I will recommend!👌

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JR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the other Edinburgh Makars and enjoyed it so tried West End branch. It was excellent. Only disappointment was no draught beer but that is being set up. On a cold, drizzly evening Makars food was just great.
Our friends hadn't been to Makers before but were very impressed and will return.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great.
The Haggis Neeps and Tatties was a delight.
however nice as the potato dishes were they were not potato skins. They were fried new potato's.
Regards
Paul (Chef for 30 years)

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LR
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended this restaurant on 23 March to celebrate my 50th birthday. I had travelled to Edinburgh from Liverpool especially for the occasion and the restaurant was chosen based on past reviews. I'm so glad that I took notice of those reviews. The food was delicious, the service was lovely and cheerful without being overbearing and the value for money was amazing...even with a bottle of sparkly added to the bill. I would definitely recommend a trip to this restaurant and savour every morsel of the delicious food.

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IH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We had the Beef and Sausage (with onion gravy) and I could not recommend them more! Callie served us and was very polite and helpful, checking in to make sure everything was going well at regular intervals. Honestly one of the best restaurant meals we’ve had, especially given the price! Large portions too! Will hopefully be back soon!!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food very good and excellent value but we had a table near the door and it was too cold.

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AJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and food was good quality although portion sizes were a little small.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty food, quick service and great value. Definitely would visit again.

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Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, especially the lamb shank, also the garlic mushrooms potato skins are a must, value for money!

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MG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value for money

Simple, tasty local food. If there is a fault with this place, maybe the portions are too big.

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H
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived at 7pm on Thursday evening and the restaurant was empty, this was worrisome but it was unfounded, the food and service were excellent. I had beef skirt which was extremely tender, my friend had wild boar sausages, I had a tiny taste of them and thought that they were lovely and juicy, but to me the herbs were overpowering- my friend enjoyed them though so that’s just a personal preference. I will definitely return. The price with a glass of wine, a soft drink, a shared started of potato skins, 2 main courses and 2 cups of tea was £42. Very reasonable.

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

We had a very nice meal here. The whole service and friendly staff made for a great experience. I would definitely eat here again

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FF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My 1st time at this venue, having been quite a few times to the Mound. Food was just as great as normal but despite not being overly busy, service was lacking somewhat. The 3 waiting staff were chatting around the bar area and it took several attempts for us to get their attention.
Love the menu/food and indeed the value but think I'll go back to the Mound, it feels cosier and more friendly.

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VH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious vegetarian haggis and cheesy mash! My partner had black pudding mash and was a bit disappointed to find that it was just normal mash on a layer of black pudding, so bear that in mind. Otherwise very nice.

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