Metro at Apex Grassmarket

4
167 reviews
£25 and under
Global, International

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Casual
Boasting the best view in Edinburgh, this bright and contemporary restaurant is one of the top places in the capital to dine with the full family. Admire the spectacular Edinburgh Castle as you tuck into our Chef’s delicious dishes that put a modern spin on British classics.

Whether you’re grabbing a bite before a day of sightseeing or relaxing in your room before a night out in the Grassmarket, you’ll find your perfect dish here. Explore our wide range of expertly crafted plates and allow us to entice your imagination (and your taste buds).

Experiences

  • Eden Mill Blendworks Gin Experience in Heights

    £55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Get your friends involved and create your very own gin group blend! Your group of 4 will be guided by an Eden Mill Tutor using a selection of distilled body spirits and hero botanicals! Master a flavour that’s guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle from the Heights Suite. Following a welcome drink, the 90-minute session will entail some history of Gin, Eden Mill, sampling throughout, a 'ready to drink' pre-mixed gin can, a 20cl Bottle each of your group gin to take away, a Bespoke Eden Mill Tulip Gin Glass & a goodie bag each. Our team will be in touch to confirm your booking and take a deposit within 24 hours. Bookings of 2 may be added to another group.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 167 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DebbieT
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Hagis and Squid starters delicious. Burger was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waiter. Great service. Airy and spacious restaurant.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I booked a table for 2030 on Saturday night. It wasn't overly busy, but it took about 15 minutes for us to be seated. Our starters arrived before our drinks. I had to send ​my starter back as the beef skewers were pink and cold. (The plate was hotter than the food, meaning they sat under the hot plate for a while.)

I ordered the mojito, which tasted like minty water with barely any alcohol in it. So I moved on to bottles of beer.

Our main arrived. The burger was lovely, very moist, but the fish was not overly impressive. The selection of cheese was okay, three bits of cheese, six crackers and sauce.

The waiters seemed rushed off their feet even though there could only have been a total of ten tables at the most. It just seemed like everyone was doing everything, and no one had a set job

We were then left for over half an hour at our table before finally decided to go to the bar to get our check and pay. I get that there has been a pandemic, but the service was not amazing. The waiter that was looking after us looked rushed and flustered, but you could see he was trying his best.

A couple that sat across from us were seated about 5 mins after us in the restaurant. When they went to order food, they were then told the kitchen was closed. They were not informed when the kitchen would be closed and originally booked the table to have food. They had their drinks then left.

Overall not impressed with the service giving here. We definitely will not be returning anytime soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The quality of the steaks that we ordered wasn’t good, extremely chewy, and the stunning views that had been advertised were non existent unless one was seated at a single table on a walk way at the front of the restaurant.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good location, lovely setting and staff are welcoming and friendly.

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Padz
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious food and very attentive staff. The Sea Bass particular good accompanied with flavoursome lemon and thyme risotto.

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AlisonG
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, really helpful staff and food was lovely

SH
ShelaghH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. The restaurant was quiet so we chose to eat in the bar area where there was more atmosphere.

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KarenC
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff were very polite and helpful. Food was great even in covid times the service was super.

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MichaelC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here Sunday evening over 2nd bank holiday. Tasty food and polite staff. View in early evening through huge windows of castle when seated on ground floor level. Nice evening.

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Rach
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon for some drinks- staff were friendly and service was quick

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Maggie
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the staff were provided great service!
Would recommend as a date spot :)

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charlie
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I stayed at the hotel years ago when the restaurant was in the top floor with castle views - we ate from either al la carte or the set pre theatre menu And it was stunning.

Sadly the restaurant is now bistro style on the ground floor and much more casual. The food was nice, nothing special though and a much reduced menu - but to be fair this is probably due to Covid. Service was good and swift.

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kevin
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, good food, very pleasant and helpful staff, excellent location

MJ
MichaelJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A very enjoyable place

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Drinks came after our starters, it wasn’t busy at all, mains were terrible, Caesar salad was drowning in dressing it was so inedible!

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Redhead
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value for money and lovely restaurant and hotel. Staff very helpful.

AJ
AnnJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great value deal. The views of the castle and the Christmas lights outside was gorgeous.

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Edinburgh2019
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent, waiters and waitresses were very polite and nothing was too much trouble, however the management/senior members of the team were abrupt on multiple occasions (we dined here numerous times). To the point where they were actually rather rude- although we appreciate they are under a lot of stress and it is a busy environment, this kind of attitude would not be acceptable in most professions. This vibe was present when being greeted at the door on all 4 occasions and it is such a shame, as the food was overall excellent and the setting was fabulous.

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ThomasW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good, service excellent and friendly. The ambience of the restaurant was good and it was easy to converse with our fellow diners.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Noted on booking surprise birthday placed at very rear of restaurant beside cutlery alcove. Requested plain burgers was not noted cheese and tomato toastie had no tomato when asked for vinegar was given metal dish with vinegar???? Absolutely no atmosphere

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Andrew
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good two course meal (including a glass of house wine) from a set menu for £15.
Good choice on menu and a nice touch to have a jug of water on the table when we arrived.
For some reason our main course took a while to come with a number of later diners served before us. Not a major problem - we were on holiday - but perhaps staff should have noticed sooner.
Overall though we enjoyed the meal very much.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Arrived early, advised server we were early, restaurant was empty, told they were ‘ very pushed at the moment could we come back in 15 minutes, there were probably 20 empty tables. When we came back 45 minutes later all bar one of the tables were still empty. We were seated , not asked if we wanted a to order a drink. About 10 minutes later we still hadn’t been asked if we wanted s drink or whether we were ready to order yet there were 3 servers stood chatting at the checkout. I had to save at them to get someone to come and take out order. We ordered and the starter arrived probably in 10 minutes time safely it was before our drink from the bar. All the courses arrived quite quickly , food was nice but in my opinion nothing more than average, was just expecting something more unusual and there weren’t a great deal of choice on the menu. In summary didn’t think service was great, food was ok . We wouldn’t return.

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Catcher
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was almost empty, what surprised us because all other good restaurants where we tried to dinner before were full and could not accept us without booking. The service was poor and slow. Besides, two waiters came to take our orders, but even so, the bread delayed a lot to appear. The food was good, but that was all. When we left the two waiters came separately with the card machines. One of them did not know how to manage it. Bad experience, indeed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Angus
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very slow service, wrong food served and no time to recook

JR
JayRobin
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely staff, gorgeous food.

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BellaB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would recommend during the festival period as it is in a convenient location.

The food was good, but wouldn’t recommend if you are looking for something special. We were disappointed to be told only residents qualify for the 2 courses for £15 offer. However, it doesn’t say that on their website and we have had this before, during the festival. So I’m not sure what is right.

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GavinC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The fixed price menu only available to residents which was not made clear on the Web site.

The deconstructed bruschetta was very poor both in presentation, taste and price.

Rest of the meal was OK.

CG
ClareG
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Lovely food, menu and setting. The service was friendly and they were trying very hard but there just weren’t enough staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a restaurant attached to a hotel, it was very good. You may lose some individuality but the service was very efficient and friendly. The food was tasty and portion size adequate and we would recommend.

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Laurandrew
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice value in Old Town/Grassmarket. Got the 3-course dinner for 20£, which is rare in this area. Though the burger was a bit dry, the fish and chips passed the test and the salmon app was sizable and yummy. The sticky toffee pudding beats the pecan treacle tart ;) Service was attentive. Would come again for the value and the views on Grassmarket!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is in the Apex hotel. It has a modern setting but full glass windows looking out on a classic street making for good people watching.

We had the pre fix menu meals and they were really good. The Haggis starter and haddock starters were very tasty. I had the flank steak and my wife had the chicken. All prepared very well.

The chocolate pot cake dessert was a nice finish.

All and all a good night out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are on a vacation to Scotland. It was our first meal on the day of arrival. We were happy to have a meal without leaving the hotel. Plus it was pouring rain. The Metro is modern feeling and appropriate and affordable for any size family. They offer a value meal, two choices for 15 pounds plus a small glass of house wine, if you so desire. We had two delicious breakfasts there. The pancakes were my best ever. They also have a small upstairs area where we saw a family sit with small children so they would not disrupt the rest of the diners. The staff was very friendly. Nice place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A phenomenal meal. Brilliant presentation and wonderfully prepared food

DE
DavidE
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Value for money, the meals arrive quickly and are hot and if you have a window seat there is a great view of the castle.

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EliseK
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. I had bought a dinner, bed and breakfast package for my self and three children. The waitress argued with me that my deal meant the children eat free from the kids menu, she wouldn't listen or check my reservation to prove we were all to eat from the main menu. On leaving she apologised as she had made a mistake and given the children the wrong choice. This meant I had over paid for the stay as the kids eat free any way, also as I didn't have the extra budget to buy meals from the main menu the children missed out on what should have been a fancy dinner (they called it ). Very embarrassing as the waitress kept repeating the word free all this in ear shot of other diners.

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vipGregA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reviews posted on open table did not reflect our experience. Food was subpar, service was horrible, and selection was half what the menu suggested. By the time we had received our first drink the meal was already there. Just wanted to get out of the restaurant once we sat down.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had eaten here before approximately 12 years ago and had an amazing meal, now many years later we found ourselves In Edinburgh with our now grown up daughters and looking for somewhere to eat, this came up and we remembered the stunning views over the castle and decided to give it a whirl.
On arrival we were greeted and seated, we elected for cocktails to start and then ordered from the two course menu, two had the haddock and I had the flatiron steak, our youngest went for the burger., the portions were very generous, the food was delicious, truly we have eaten in many fine establishments but this was in the top 1% .
The desserts too were awesome, I had the simple vanilla ice cream, roasted almonds and coated in a chocolate sauce and it was simply divine.

This service was attentive , the cocktails awesome and the good divine.

A very underrated gem in Edinburgh, give it a try I doubt you will be disappointed

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Lyndiloo
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely little bistro looking onto the vibrant Grassmarket. Not too ordinary, not too fancy, just right.

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Tabasco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the set menu is very good value for money.
We went on valentines night and they provided us with a free glass of wine each.

FAQs

Metro at Apex Grassmarket is rated 4 stars by 167 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.