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Metro at Apex Grassmarket

3.6
3.6
213 Reviews
£25 and under
Global, International
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).

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Comfort Food, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00

  • Phone number

    0800 049 8302

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Vladimirs Kruus

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Bus No 2 stops within 100 metres of restaurant

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 213 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. SM

    SharonM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Staff was working very hard. Internet issues caused delay in food arrival. Staff was checking on who needed food. Overall a pleasant experience with excellent food.
  2. SG

    SandraG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was quiet in the restaurant at 20.30 as we didn’t realise it was soon to close but we couldn’t fault the service and the food was outstanding, very well presented, tasty and excellent value.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Southwest Florida

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Booked for a late dinner at 9:00 after a 12.5 hour tour. The description said bar seating, but didn’t specify that the kitchen closes at 8:30, so we were turned away at the door. Incredibly frustrating experience and the restaurant staff (part of the hotel where we were staying) made no attempt at accommodating us at all or making recommendations. Horrible experience and it ruined our final night on vacation in Edinburgh.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    My partner and I were doing the set 2-course menu for £18.50, one to have starter and main and one to have the main and dessert. For starter we shared the deep fried salt & peppered squid which was nice but nothing special. They offered us sauce but did not have any tartare, only ketchup and mayonnaise which we did not want with squid. For main, I had a beef burger which was possibly the worst & driest burger I have ever had. It did not taste fresh but more processed so I only ate a bite out of it. I did expect a better quality burger however this was probably on par with Wetherspoons quality. However, my partner had the chicken burger and said it was very nice and had no complaints. We were due to have the cheese board for dessert but after my main I asked to cancel this as I was not expecting much and we were not too fussed about it. Our booking was for 7pm on Friday and we were the only ones in the restaurant until a family came in half an hour later so not much atmosphere. But we did get a seat next to the window so we could look out which was nice but there was no view of the castle as stated on their website. The staff were pleasant and polite, but during the end of the dinner a tray of glasses was dropped near our table and glass smashed everywhere which was not ideal. Not necessarily anyones fault but it did not help the existing experience of the place. Overall, I was quite disappointed.
  5. M

    Mathew

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food was great, price was on the high side. Staff were asking me to repeat myself and didn’t get my order right.
  6. WS

    WilliamS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Standard hotel fare. Good, not great, but convenient and easy to get a booking. The servers were friendly and attentive.
  7. s

    seafoodyum

    Glasgow

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great service and menu was very good with lots of choice.
  8. M

    Merete

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Our prebooked table wasn’t availble. Very friendly but slow service - Wine arrived at the end of the maincourse. Very noisy and busy atmosphere, as the walters where getting ready for breakfast service -moving tables around next to us and so on (from 20.30). Food was fine.
  9. LC

    LCar

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Terrible restaurant would not recommend. Food quality was awful, clearly all frozen and re heated, even burger bun was stale! Kids meals very poor despite being so simple! Not recommend for parties larger than 2 people, we were a table of 4 but felt very squashed and very in the way of people going past. Highly priced, poor quality food.
  10. JG

    JulieG

    Newcastle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Chicken inedible as so dry. Burger had a strange texture and no taste. Hardly anyone in but had to wait about half an hour for food. Would not go back
  11. B

    Beatricebear

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service from our waiter friendly, polite and attentive Food was delicious and reasonable at hotel prices Ambiance was quiet but we had a lovely table overlooking our on to the grassmarket
  12. H

    Holiday22

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Looks great but food was cold and dry unfortunately
  13. S

    Shaun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really great cheap restaurant close to city centre. It has a good view of the castle as well.
  14. SK

    StevenK

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drink and atmosphere was brilliant!! Our lovely experience was made by our waitress (Karen F named on the receipt). She was talkative and bubbly and really made an impression on us. She also went the extra mile to get a recipe for us for the Aubergine Pate that we very much enjoyed. Would definitely recommend and would go back next time we are in Edinburgh.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    The area where food was served seemed a bit cold , also starter was served which was lovely but cold I had to send it back which they did make a new dish which was piping hot. Food just seemed a bit “bland” we won’t return . Just felt something was missing
  16. SA

    SimonA

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The food was A bit cold and a bit salty. The service and location are great.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service not great young staff, either playing with hair and not washing hands, waiter very personal with comments
  18. LT

    LindaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The steak was disappointing- despite asking for well done the steak was not tender and raw in parts. The waitress was lovely, pleasant and friendly.
  19. DM

    DouglasM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was at the apex Hotel brasserie on Saturday 11th of December to ask my girlfriend to marry me everything was exactly as I expected excellent will come back soon
  20. KC

    KimC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food mostly made in advance as received our starters before our glass of fizz. Cocktails worth the wait.
  21. SS

    SusanS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the perfect evening at the Metro at Apex, the staff were very warm and welcoming, our meal was delicious , hot and plentiful. I would definitely recommend family and friends to dine here as the service is second to none, the actual restaurant is spotlessly clean and staff very attentive, excellent, 10 out of 10.
  22. A

    Anon

    Lancashire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Watery eggs Benedict! Not very polite staff and slow service
  23. DB

    DerekB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    We only booked for drinks so didn't eat. Nice spacious bar area but no table service. Barman could have been friendlier.
  24. D

    Dhfwilson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible. The staff even more so. Still thinking about that pan fried chicken.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice hotel. Loads of places to eat in Edinburgh but the hotel food was surprisingly good .
  26. GD

    GailD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We had specifically booked a table for drinks but when we arrived it was pretty much a free for all. Hotel staff appeared extremely fraught. Not a great experience
  27. YM

    YvonneM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Restaurant was empty, no atmosphere at all. Very limited menu, and that was pretty basic. Huge change from when i was last there a few years ago.
  28. DE

    DonnaE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Lovely food. Would recommend.
  29. KC

    KC79

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Ceasar Salad was just a dish of wilted lettuce, not a crunch in sight. Not appetizing at all. Hubby enjoyed the steak though. Didn't even stay for dessert which my sweet tooth never does. Wouldn't return
  30. AN

    AllanN

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We did not enjoy this breakfast at all, there were 4 of us including a child and we each had a different meal none of which were enjoyable. We would not recommend eating here but our stay in the hotel otherwise was v good
  31. AS

    AnastasiaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The food was very pleasant and the waiter very helpful and thorough, especially as our daughter has some allergies. Good value for money too and the kids meal was free.
  32. BT

    BridgetT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Radiators not on so restaurant was cold. Poor service - had to call out to staff to get their attention. Food was bland, tasteless, no flavour. Wine was OK but expensive. Would never go back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Visited during cocktail weekend. Service poor. Ordered 4 cocktails which we watched being made - do not believe sufficient measures were used for 4 drinks - no real taste except soda water. Will not be back
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    30th birthday dinner, we were sitting for half an hour before a server was even in sight, even at that we had to call her over to order. First drinks then arrived at the same time as our starters. The staff seemed anxious and stressed, (the restaurant was very quiet), dropped one of our starters which was clearly an accident so no complaint regarding that. However the replacement then arrived still frozen in the middle. Nobody came back to check on us at any point and had to chase the bill after asking a couple of times. Would not go back or recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    The waiter was
  36. DL

    DerekL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Limited menu due to the Covid-19 situation but my wife and I enjoyed our meal and the service and attention was very good. Good choice of food with a Scottish flavour
  37. WA

    WendyA

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meal and the staff were great. They were busy but still made sure we were well looked after.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and service, would comeback again
  39. SB

    SueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service excellent. Low key and efficient. Food arrived quickly. We started with the brussecca and flatbread- both excellent. As were the black lentil dish and the Ceaser salad. Portion size was perfect. We finished with the superb creme brulee. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Excellent value for money!
  40. VW

    VictoriaW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ate in the restaurant for two nights, the food was lovely and the staff were excellent, very friendly with prompt service, nothing was a problem.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Metro at Apex Grassmarket is rated 3.6 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Metro at Apex Grassmarket

31-35 Grassmarket Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS

Additional information

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Comfort Food, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Bus No 2 stops within 100 metres of restaurant

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Vladimirs Kruus

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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