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Port of Leith Distillery, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Port of Leith Distillery

4.7
4.7
205 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
Situated on the eighth floor of the Port of Leith Distillery, the Bar contains some of the finest and most exciting new wave whiskies from Scotland and around the world.

With stunning views of Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth, the 200-bottle double-height back bar is intended to invite discovery and enlightenment at the sheer wonder and variety of global whisky alchemy.

Much like the whisky the distillery seeks to create, everything else the bar has to offer is inspired by the provenance of the Forth Valley, and Leith’s rich food and drink heritage.

With a seasonally inspired food menu of local and indigenous ingredients, Head Chef Patrick and his team, combine classic and modern techniques, championing the best of Scotland’s farmers and produce.

We look forward to welcoming you in for a dram.

Kitchen menu available until 9:30pm.
Bar Snacks menu available until close.
Reservations available until 10pm, walk-ins only thereafter.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Distillery, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    0131 600 0765
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    If arriving by bus or tram, disembark at Ocean Terminal. <br /><br />On foot from Ocean Terminal, walk up Ocean Drive in a NE direction to the water and you will find us on your left.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Leith Whisky Club x SMWS

    £35.00 per person

    Prepaid

    24 Apr 2024 only
    Leith Whisky Club is a regular social gathering held at the Port of Leith Distillery Bar. Our third instalment of the Leith Whisky Club sees us team up and welcome our good friends from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for tasting of their own bottlings. Usually their bottles are reserved for members of the society only, so it's a great chance to be able to have a tipple of some very exclusive whiskies and hear insights from those in the society. Spaces are limited so be sure to get yours now!
    Leith Whisky Club x SMWS photo
  • Whisk(e)y Wars - Joyce Greenaway

    £26.50 per person

    Prepaid

    13 Jun 2024 only
    ‘hypnotic enough to stop time itself’ (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ EdFringeReview) Following a sold out run at The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and chosen to represent NI theatre at the prestigious Bozar, Brussels by Arts Council NI and the Executive Office NI, Brussels, Joyce Greenaway is delighted to bring her double 5* reviewed solo show to Leith Distillery for one night only. Love dry wit? Raw emotion? A right rollercoaster of a story? This is a ‘blistering’ dysfunctional family saga you won’t forget. Set in the 8 generation Kingdom of Mourne Distillery, Newcastle, County Down now now run by an Ulster brethren woman, it’s all about men, women and whiskey… and you might even get a wee Leith dram to boot- now, what’s not to love?!
    Whisk(e)y Wars - Joyce Greenaway photo

What 205 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Innovative

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Great for scenic views

  • Edinburgh

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh

    Innovative

  • Edinburgh

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Edinburgh

    Great for scenic views

205 Reviews
  1. JessicaB

    Glasgow

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful venue with wonderful views. Worth the trip on the tram to get there and this adds up the atmosphere. Only had drinks and small plates but good food, excellent service. Quality drinks and a certain fixture on the Edinburgh eateries.

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  2. Wombat80

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great addition to Leith. Well worth a visit whether you’re a whiskey fan or not!

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  3. CarolineS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast becoming my favourite spot to take people as a treat. Great service. Wine options were extremely good.

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  4. FionaM

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to sit & have a drink & eat whilst enjoying beautiful views of the city. My friend mentioned it was my birthday & we were given a complimentary drink which was really appreciated.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jessica and team continue to delight. Don’t miss this place for a coffee or lunch dinner and the whisky flight is to die for. Well done Port of Leith Distillery. A much needed addition to Edinburgh and Leith.

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  6. AileenC

    Edinburgh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Port of Leith over a few drinks and small plates. Our welcome was warm and the card on the table for us congratulating us on our anniversary accompanied by glasses of champagne on the house was a very nice touch. We started with the very unusual Dirty Martini dip, followed by the scallops, devilled eggs and chicken liver parfait, all of which were superb. We also had the cigar club whisky flight which was excellent and enjoyed cocktails to start. The views from the 8th floor bar are amongst the best in Edinburgh - from the Kingdom of Fife to the North, to the castle to the South. The bar is spacious, the service excellent and the ambience very relaxing. The choice of whiskies is extensive and impressive. I would thoroughly recommend the Port of Leith to anyone looking for a relaxed evening with great food in adult surroundings. We'll definitely be back!

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  7. AdrienneC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience for husband’s birthday treat. He thoroughly enjoyed the tour. He said best one yet and he has worked in the whisky industry- ambiance views and service top notch.

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  8. Amelia

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall had a great time visiting the Port of Leith Distillery for my 30th birthday celebrations. Tasty cocktails, delicious port and a wide selection of whisky. I enjoyed a soft introduction to whisky with a experimental glass of it from Leith. Food was snacky but fitted the venue perfectly. Awesome views of the city and a lovely ambience. I would definitely recommend visiting.

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  9. AnneR

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue. Great place to eat and drink after the tour. Staff all very friendly. Will be back again soon.

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  10. HelenS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, amazing views, delicious food and drinks. What a great place! We’ll be back.

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  11. ClaireF

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new menu is up and running and is wonderful. Gnocchi a big hit also devilled eggs. Panna cotta dessert with apricot sensational. Bar was buzzing, lovely dog had a welcome water bowl and we were wonderfully looked after. We were with a happy plane spotter as the flights glided down past the giant windows.

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  12. JulesR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks and service. The views are lovely from the bar as well. Well worth a visit.

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  13. Chipswitheverything

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The venue is unique and stunning. Great atmosphere as it was busy but not too noisy as the large space soaks it up. We had 3 whisky flights which was great fun. The food was lovely albeit the menu is quite brief. We will be back for more and encourage friends to visit. PS our service was good, pleasant, friendly and full of whisky knowledge and tips.

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  14. JaneLeith

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not my first visit to the Port of Leith Distillery - I just love it! - but my lovely friend was very impressed. We had soup - delicious - cocktails - even more so!! - and enjoyed the view - not the clearest but hey ho, we're in Edinburgh! I will definitely visit again and my friend's planning a treat for her daughters. The bar staff are attentive, but not intrusive, very helpful and pleasant - I had a Campari spritz as there was no Aperol after the Easter weekend (it's OK, I got over it and loved the drink!). We stopped by the shop on the way out - no purchases this time but gift ideas aplenty! - and once again all the staff were so lovely.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked a table for lunch for my husband’s birthday yesterday, Sunday 31st March. When we arrived, there was a birthday card on the table for him which was a lovely touch. My husband had the steak pie which he said was the best he’s had for a long time, packed with flavour and packed with chunks of steak. I had the vegetarian lasagne which was very tasty and we had chunky hand cooked chips which were fab. The wine and beer were also fab and the views from the 3 “walls” of floor to ceiling windows were amazing. We checked, and they are dog friendly too so we’ll be back with our wee dog soon. Thanks POLD. Thoroughly enjoyed our time with you.

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  16. Foodie2015August

    Edinburgh

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bar and nice bites to eat with a superb view of Edinburgh and across to the bridges too. We enjoyed a cocktail before wine and charcuterie, cheese board and a smoked haddock scotch egg. Super service and it was busy so would recommend making a reservation in advance

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  17. Al67

    Edinburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good vibe and views Service was excellent - good recommendations on cocktails and Soper of service with a smile - Will def be back

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Very cool setting and views from the bar on the top floor.

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  19. DAYTime

    Hertfordshire

    109 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly staff in what feels like an upmarket student refectory in design as furnishings sparse and lighting can be harsh in certain areas. Outstanding views with good food. Small menu but tasty and great value wines. Magic martini making from our welcoming initial waiter. Toilets need more attention with cleaning upkeep.

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  20. CatherineW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some real surprises on the menu. Relaxed and attentive staff

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  21. AlanG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very welcomin bar. Well informed and very friendly staff. Excellent cocktails. A bit noisy at 7pm on a Saturday, but they very helpfully moved us upstairs, where it is a bit quieter. Will be back.

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  22. DavidS

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Short notice booking for a wedding anniversary. Amazing scotch egg and equally excellent cocktails.

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  23. Leither

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent friendly service Good food Great views - especially if weather OK! Pity that it is rather inaccessible at the moment due to OT redevelopment

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  24. ClaireF

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bar at Port of Leith Distillery is somewhere you can never get tired of. Inside the great ambience, lovely staff and good food and looking down from the 8th floor at the ships in the port and the views to Fife and East Lothian. In the lagoon flocks of birds bob around and the Gormley statue keeps his lonely vigil. What a place.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Port of Leith Distillery. The staff were very attentive and helpful, original and tasty cocktails, nice food and the view is amazing!

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  26. ClaireF

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’s a very relaxed atmosphere on the 8th floor bar/restaurant at Port of Leith Distillery. A friendly welcome and efficient service are standard and bar users are able to float on ‘top of the world’ as they gaze out at the amazing views. Bird watchers can pick out flocks of ducks and gulls in total warmth and comfort as they eat delicious food and sample the extensive drinks menu. What a place!

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  27. HelenH

    Spain

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, service & drinks. The views are amazing, they will be outstanding on a clear day

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  28. DonnaE

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Mother’s Day! Great table with a view at Port of Leith Vertical Distillery, staff were extremely helpful and courageous and were very polite when discussing menu choices. The food was very tasty and the Lind & Lime G&T was refreshing. Completely relaxed atmosphere throughout our meal, staff were attentive and had a good sense of humour! We’ll be back soon as the member of staff in the shop was very helpful with our purchases. Enjoyable afternoon throughout and a memorable Mother’s Day, thank you!

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  29. RichardL

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great spot for lunch or a light meal with good selection of drinks and wonderful views along the Forth, Fife coast and south across the city when the weather is fine.

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  30. St24

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great to be here. Always Second to None. Thanks again for everything this place is

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  31. LloydD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a disparate mix of sharing dishes that don’t seem work together as anything other than a snack

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for the tour and booked drinks in the bar after. The tour was informative, and the taste session at the end was well prepared. The bar had a good atmosphere and views over Leith Port. The food smelt amazing but we had already had other plans so we stayed for drinks. Reasonably priced and would recommend to people who are visiting the area

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  33. LoulouBelle

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great spot for lunch. Food good and satisfying. Staff alert.

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  34. GavinB

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice venue, great attentive staff. Food described as “small plates” but is enough for a social evening with drinks.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic - from the food to the drinks and the view! The people who work there are lovely and very accommodating, excited to return!

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  36. RobbieF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience – friendly staff who found us a great seat with a view across the harbour, card and complimentary drink (it was my wife's birthday). Great atmosphere in the bar itself and drinks menu was top tier.

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  37. JaniceG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very interesting venue. This was our first visit. Service was excellent. Staff knowledgeable and helpful. Food and drink was great. One minor 'fault' for me - as I have arthritic knees - was, as we were only a party of two, we were seated on high stools, with no ledge on the table leg to rest our feet. It was a little uncomfortable for me and I noticed another older couple, when offered the same, decided to leave. I'm glad we stayed though!

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  38. AlanT

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, excellent selection of drinks and stunning views of Leith and beyond.

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  39. Jem2408

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Great food, fantastic cocktails and excellent gin! And the views … stunning. Genuinely could not fault our visit and will definitely return.

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  40. 24JMHolive

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, reasonably priced food mixed with outstanding service and great ambience! Cocktails were not our taste, but they were sophisticated and interesting combinations that are sure to please others. We will be back!

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FAQs

Port of Leith Distillery is rated 4.7 stars by 205 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 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Port of Leith Distillery

11 Whisky Quay, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH6 6HB

Additional information

  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Distillery, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    If arriving by bus or tram, disembark at Ocean Terminal. On foot from Ocean Terminal, walk up Ocean Drive in a NE direction to the water and you will find us on your left.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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