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Cheese-chronicles - The Cheese Lounge, Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Cheese Lounge

4.8
4.8
195 Reviews
£26 to £40
Wine Bar
At the Cheese Lounge, we want to show you how best to enjoy our cheese: paired with the perfect wine and shared with great company. Warm and relaxed, the Cheese Lounge is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, or even to just enjoy a good glass of wine.
Every Wednesday evening we host a wine and cheese tasting event led by our wonderful team, tickets can be purchased via the events section on our website.
For private function enquiries please contact enquiries@mellischeese.co.uk

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Cafe Dining, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:00–16:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    0131 447 8889
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 195 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Food

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Value

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Edinburgh

    Best Food

  • Edinburgh

    Best Value

  • Edinburgh

    Neighbourhood gem

195 Reviews
  1. TrevorR

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful experience from start to finish.

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  2. SharonC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The smell may not entice you in, but believe me it is definitely worth it! The cheese and meats on offer are outstanding, and the staff are knowledgeable, pleasant and eager to help. It was very delicious. Well done The Cheese Lounge!

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  3. NiallD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch experience at the Cheese Lounge! Visit Edinburgh annually from Ireland and have been trying to fit this in for years, it will be top of the list every year from now on! I just wish we gouda done it earlier, staff were grate, very friendly and happy to indulge in our uneducated “cheese chat”! The vinyl records were the finishing touch that we adored but never expected. Reasonably priced too, had a bit more cheddar in my pocket when I left than I thought. As a famous Austrian cheese monger one said “I’ll Brie back!” Niall

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  4. RoPi

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you like quality cheeses and wine, you'll enjoy it here

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  5. AnneR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Cheese and charcuterie are always very good but there is no point trying to produce warm food with such limited facilities, we waited far too long for our lukewarm soup and an unnecessary amount of cheese on toast. Stick to what you are good at and try to serve your red wine at the proper temperature, (though it was a cold day)

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  6. JohnM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue and fantastic service from people who really know their cheese. Will be back.

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  7. Percy

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Literally the best food I’ve had in Edinburgh since I moved here. The cheese is absolutely immaculate! As well, the guy who put together our cheese play made absolutely stunning choices for us to try and have a great drink recommendation. It was also fantastic to be able to try the cheese and then buy a massive block of it to take home from the store. The one downer is that the record player was only playing one side of a Tracy Chapman album the whole time we were there so we were stuck in Tracy Chapman purgatory - but the cheese mad it all worth it. 10/10 would go again.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Percy, Thank you so much for your kind and amusing words! We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time and we promise, that if you return we will play something other than Fast Car...It has worryingly become the cheesemongers theme tune over recent weeks. We have a great array of records so please don't hesitate to have a look through and select one of your choosing. Thanks again Team Mellis

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  8. LindaB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect lunch as usual. The staff are very knowledgeable about the cheese they sell. The special lunch deal is excellent value.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Linda, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen our bookings in January. We hope you have a Merry Christmas. Team Mellis

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  9. Annonous

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of cheese and wine, knowledge and friendly staff. Highly recommend

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  10. SharonB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you love cheese you’ll love the cheese lounge. Staff are knowledgeable about the cheeses served, we had the lunchtime deal with wine and it did not disappoint
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Sharon, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. We think our team are great and are glad that their passion for our produce shines through. We look forward to welcoming you back soon Team Mellis

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  11. Maria

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went early so it was very quiet. The cheese selection was made very special to suit our taste. Very good service. Highly recommended.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Maria, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted to hear that you had a great time and felt that our service was great, this is something we really pride ourselves on. As we are an operation cheesemongers, we are much quieter in the cheese lounge during the day and recommend perhaps visiting in the evening when the record player sings out dulcet tones and the candles are lit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Team Mellis

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  12. Hilary

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening at the Cheese Lounge. The food was lovely, staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be back. Highly recommend!
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Hilary, Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you had an enjoyable time and we look forward to welcoming you back in January 2024 when we reopen our bookings. Merry Christmas Team Mellis

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  13. LorraineR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, knowledgeable staff, beautiful small intimate area.

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  14. GillianM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cheese board bottle of wine lunch special was superb, such value for money and the staff were knowledgeable attentive and the atmosphere was lovely. Highly recommend
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Gillian, Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year. Merry Christmas Team Mellis

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  15. ValerieJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous cheeseboard and wine at an amazing price. Staff very knowledgeable on provenance of products. We'll certainly be back
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Valerie, Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted that you had a lovely time and we look forward to welcoming you back in January 2024 when we reopen our bookings. Merry Christmas Team Mellis

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  16. Cmcv

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the cheese lounge. The cheese plates are brilliant and such good value. The servers are amazing! Professional, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Can’t fault them. Thanks. Always a pleasure to eat at the cheese lounge.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Cmcv, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We love our team, they are simply superb and we are glad you think so too. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2024 when we reopen in January. Merry Christmas Team Mellis

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  17. LesleyD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to meet for a catch up. We had the lunch time special, lovely selection of cheese and decent wine. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Very good value, will definitely be back!
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Lesley, Thanks for your kind review! We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen in January 2024, Merry Christmas. Mellis Cheese

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly staff. Really enjoyed our lunch. Good cheese and wine. Staff very knowledgeable on cheeses and what you might enjoy.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable experience and hope to welcome you back again soon. We reopen for bookings in January 2024. Merry Christmas. Team Mellis

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small advice that would be appreciated, maybe ask a little more of the customer's tastes when ordering a cheeseboard because unfortunately my friend really didn’t like two cheeses in particular. However, I found the cheeses delicious and I enjoyed tasting 5 from different countries. The explanations were clear. Just a very creamy cheese, by that I mean « very flowing cheese » was missing to make the difference. 😋
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are delighted that you had such a great time. We welcome our guests to come into the shop and select their own cheeses should they wish and hopefully you can do this on your next visit to make your experience top tier. We hope you come back to visit when we reopen in January 2024. Merry Christmas. Thanks again, Team Mellis

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  20. MartinM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Super service and advice. Meat and cheese platter with good supply of bread & oatcakes. Reasonably priced vinho verde. Bit of gipsy kings on vinyl in background. Room was quiet for a Saturday night, so get along there and treat yourself! 👍
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Hi Martin, Thanks for coming, we are glad you had a good time. Gipsy Kings is one of our favourites to play on a Saturday night and we're glad you liked it too. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Team Mellis

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  21. Rebekah

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, what a lovely experience. My husband and I went for a little lunch date, and we will definitely be back! The cheeses and wine were delicious, the staff was so kind and friendly, and the ambience was top notch.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Rebekah, Thank you for your lovely review. We are very pleased to hear that you had a lovely experience and that our wonderful team looked after you well. We look forward to welcoming you back in January 2024 when we reopen. Merry Christmas. Team Mellis

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. The best cheese and charcuterie board. Great wine. Definitely recommend
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Thanks for the review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Team Mellis

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  23. EdinburghOldTimer

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cheese and cured meats plate was outstanding in quality and value, and the manager recommended a fabulous Italian wine to go with it.

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  24. Daniel

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a glowing review. Its difficult to mess up cheese and IJ mellis know what they are doing. A stunning cheese platter with a delicious bottle of red.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 15 December 2023
    Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very pleased that you had such a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back in January 2024 when we reopen our bookings. Merry Christmas. Team Mellis

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  25. RosieS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere and the cheese / wine and service was wonderful!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy tasting different cheeses and wine served in a relaxed atmosphere

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  27. SamP

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to spend a Sunday with family. Food and service was great

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  28. FionaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, excellent wines and impeccable service. I would recommend highly.

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  29. RoPi

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small, but with a nice atmosphere. Menu is perfect for a quick lunch or just to chat over a few small dishes. Staff are exceptionally pleasant and knowledgeable.

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  30. HelenG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very charming knowledgable service. Cheese very tasty, wine good and bread and oatcakes delicious. And all at a very reasonable price. Thank you Mellis.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 10 September 2023
    Dear Helen, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your experience with us and felt we were good value for money. As cheese and wine lovers ourselves, a reasonable price for simple delicious food is something that we pride ourselves on. We hope to see you again soon. Team Mellis

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  31. SofiaS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for something different to do in Edinburgh and found this little place and as cheese fans we swoop in. Great choice: small and vintage place, menu all based on very affordable cheeses. You can also customise the cutting boards according to your cheese preferences. Online booking required.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 10 September 2023
    Dear Sofia, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are delighted you had a good time and took advantage of choosing your own cheese selections! We hope to see you again, Team Mellis

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic venue, friendly and knowledgable staff with an amazing selection of cheese and wine

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  33. LindaH

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Small choice but delicious. I love sweet things so a wee dessert 'something' may have urged me to go back!
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 22 August 2023
    Hi Linda, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are very pleased you had a lovely time. We shall get our heads together and see what sweet thing we could perhaps provide! Team Mellis

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  34. CathH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cheese Lounge at Mellis Cheese shop in Morningside is a great venue for a lunch. The menu is small but perfectly formed. We had the Raclette, Potatoes & Finocchiona with a bottle of the house white - delicious, and food-wise, more than an adequate portion. The person serving us was very cheery and helpful. Good food, good wine, good vibe and good value. Highly recommend for cheese lovers.
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 22 August 2023
    Dear Cath, Thank you kindly for your lovely words, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Raclette, potatoes and finocchiona has always been my favourite dish on the menu by far! We hope you come back to see us again soon. Kindest regards, Kari Paul Head of Retail

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  35. AbiB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely eating and drinking experience at the cheese lounge, Felt very special ,food selection exquisite, service fantastic, the staff are so knowledgable and love to answer any questions. Small and bijou, a wee taste of heaven. Cannot recommend this place enough, a must visit and we will definitely be back!
    The Cheese LoungeResponded on 22 August 2023
    Dear Abi, Thank you for your lovely review! We love all cheese related questions so thank you for engaging with our wonderful team and allowing them to share their passion for all things cheese with you. We hope to see you again soon, watch out for our special Wednesday tasting events with guest appearances, coming soon...

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always feel like I’m in a Parisienne café sipping fruity red wine and nibbling on olives, bread and delicious cheeses. Love the Cheese Lounge.

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  37. CatarinaS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved this place, the cheese and charcuterie board was amazing, and so was the wine.

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  38. DonnaW

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Knowledgable, friendly and helpful staff. Great cheese. A lovely ambience. My first visit and I will definitely be back and letting others know about The Cheese Lounge!

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  39. ClareO

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service, cheese, meat and wine. What more do you need

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  40. Pictsi

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing for cheese lovers and wine selection was great. Staff new their stuff and were very attentive and informative over their menu.

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FAQs

The Cheese Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 195 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Cheese Lounge

330 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 4QJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:00–16:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Cafe Dining, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking
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