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The Mussel and Steak Bar, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

The Mussel and Steak Bar

4.5
4.5
397 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
The mussel and steak bar has been a firm favourite for over 17 years with worldwide visitors and Scots alike since we opened in 2005. We have been granted the most popular seafood and steakhouse by various organizations. Our restaurant has been awarded a member of the Scotch Beef Club because we have inspected and satisfied the criteria regarding the quality, provenance, handling and preparation of the scotch beef that is served.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30–17:00 Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 17:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    0131 225 5028
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Old Town
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 397 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

397 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely dinner .Food great, service efficient. Couple of things not available on menu but was informed before ordering . Plenty of other choices though. Overall very happy and we will come again.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Sehr herzlicher und freundlicher Service. Fisch sehr gut. Kurze Wartezeit. Im Restaurant äusserst laute Gäste am Nebentisch. Nichts desto trotz Restaurant sehr zu empfehlen

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dined here last year while traveling with a friend and it’s all we’ve talked about. The mussels!!! I couldn’t wait to return with another friend and once again, had the most delicious meal with a fabulous waiter. Oh, and don’t miss the cheesecake with berries. The best I’ve had. LOVE THIS PLACE!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent place to eat, been multiple times and never leave disappointed!

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  5. JohnO

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just right Great seafood, oysters, mussels, sea bass with couscous with a touch of curry! Excellent wine selection by the glass Down home environment, quieter then we have been in days in Edinburgh Best of all great, attentive and friendly staff. Located in the heart of vibrant street traffic

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Voor tweede maal gegeten, binnen twee jaar bij het restaurant. In een woord een top restaurant, niet groot maar juist groot genoeg. Ons advies wel van tevoren reserveren!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and our server Rory was very attentive and helpful.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely little place! Cozy and comfy, the staff were attentive and friendly. Seafood was so tasty and the steak was prepared perfectly. 

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were in Edinburgh 4 days and this was the best meal we had. Perfect Ribeye, outstanding oysters, and mussels. Great location. Book a table upstairs for a more upscale feel or downstairs for the more oyster bar vibe.

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  10. ChloeS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good. Maybe a bit more info on the menu on what exactly you are ordering would be helpful

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  11. JanetH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food first visit will definitely be back

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff made it very special for my partner’s birthday. It’s our favourite restaurant and we can’t wait to come back!

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  13. EmilyM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That was our 2nd visit. We suggest signage on the door to close door well as we got a blast of cold air constantly. Food was delish and we were seated earlier than our reservation!!! Yeah!

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  14. GermanC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant space is a bit narrow. As for the food, they specialize in seafood. Once seated, they offer complimentary fresh oysters to each guest, ensuring that everyone gets to enjoy this delectable treat.Definitely worth a try!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with amazing service can’t go wrong. Even if you don’t like seafood there are options for everyone. I had the seafood linguini 10/10!!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I clearly had too hi an expectation for this meal but it was clearly the wrong time to visit. Easter Monday Night and staff must have been burnt out. That said they were polite and actually the reason we didn’t just walk out. Tables hadn’t been cleared, place was hot and smelled like a fish market - not restaurant - on the walk through. The menu was totally unexpected from what I had reviewed online. Steaks were expensive 33+ - way overpriced - and nothing else looked good value. We Ended up with Muscles and chips to share in the end which was OK. Chips weren’t down as Belgium double fry but clearly were… saves waist I suppose?!? So steak and Musc. Box not ticked. Don’t mind paying for a nice dinner (Witchery for us the following night and the Ivy / The George’s Steak room for all other meals) but this is CLEARLY geared at “get them in/out” and turn as much as we can from visitors. Again staff saved this from a walk out but it was the lowest of our Easter Hols experiences on this trip.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good mussels. Excepcional service. Not a lot of types of beers.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Leinster

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood chowder is amazing!!! Shellfish platter not recommended, it comes with mostly mussels, one single prawn, one single scallop, and three tiny calamari rings :( .. Toffee pudding very spongy and fresh! Staff are lovely

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  19. Giunkeru

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo perfecto comida y atención muy buena. Y el lugar agradable

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok, dont expect proper fish restaurant. Definetely overpriced for what you get. Service was fine

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Angus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd visit here and it didn’t disappointed. It was clearly a very busy night but the staff were very attentive and still couldn’t do enough for us. The food was fab.

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  22. adgal

    Cambridge

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    What a disappointing experience. We arrived for a 7:30(19:30) booking and were immediately shown to our table and presented with two oysters on the house. They were delicious. Things took a grand downward turn from there. We had gone to enjoy their “world famous” sharing platter of lobster, langustinos and crab - only to be told at that they were out of everything but crab. Seemed a little early in the evening to already be out of your big-draw dish but okay. Plan B. I ordered a Shellfish Platter and my husband ordered one of their Surf-n-Turf features: pork and mussels with cream sauce. We did order appetizers - soup and haggis wellington - which came quickly and were pretty good. Then came the tortuous wait. An hour after being seated, still no main dishes. No one came by to check us, see if we needed anything, apologize for the wait - nothing. We finally flagged down the server and asked where our food was. He ran to the kitchen and said the wait was because of the pork. An hour wait? Hmm. in the meantime, the upstairs area where we were seated was hideously hot and uncomfortable. We had taken off every layer that we could. Again, no one stopped to offer more beverages. FINALLY at 8:50 (20:50) the food arrived. And the pork chop that had been the cause of the wait was incredibly undercooked. Bright pink in the center and inedible. The waiter looked horrified and took it back to show the kitchen. We ate the rest of our meal, which was mediocre at best, and couldn’t wait to get the hell outta there. The server did take the raw-ish pork dish off of our bill. We really had high hopes for this place. The menu looked fun. But you can find much better mussels and other seafood elsewhere. Don’t bother.

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  23. GaryM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a lot more than expected. not too high priced and worth every penny. to be honest, didn't expect this quality. a great thanks to the entire staff-you made our evening.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Mussels were tiny and not fresh. Steak wasn’t seasoned and was average and the broccoli side was hard and terrible tasting. Clearly a place that now just caters to the masses of tourists coming through the grassmarket. Won’t be back, sadly.

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  25. BradleyP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall food and service was amazing. We arrived early but had no problem getting a table

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Birthday late lunch as they don’t open until 5pm but a fabulous meal well worth the wait. In and out in plenty of of time for our train home. Excellent service - will be back again next year. 5 stars

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  27. DaleH

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food at a reasonable price, with the complimentary oysters to start a superb wee extra!

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  28. Anto

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tomahawk <3 Next time im getting mussels. Please lower a bit the light intensity, that’d make it perfect!

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  29. HelenR

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous, the manageress is wonderful! She remembered us from a previous visit and complimentary drinks were on the table almost as we were seated 🥰 thank you.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been a while visiting The Mussel & Steak bar .. but what a treat! It’s still as amazing as the first time I visited .. complementary oysters to start with & steak & mussels for main course.. steak 🥩 cooked to perfection and huge bowl of mussels on the side .. all cooked in a white wine sauce .. plenty of chips to share. I will try to visit more often! Always a treat to visit when we are in Edinburgh 😍

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  31. IainB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have given 5 stars, except we were kept waiting for our table several times. Was asked to come at 8.30pm, instead of 9pm. When we got there, table wasnt ready. was asked to come back at 8.45pm, (still not ready), then 9pm, still not ready. Finally seated about 9.15pm. After that, service was fantastic. The Manager provided a plate of oysters & a complimentary bottle of wine. Service was fantastic, and the entire party loved the food. Cant fault them really, as it was an extremely busy day for them. All in all, I'd highly recommend this place if you are in Edin. We'll definitely be back again. Thanks again for a great evening.

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  32. Fooood

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    While our waiter was amazing we were disappointed with the food and the ambience. It was very bright, they played loud club music, and the food was mediocre. I feel like for how much they charge it should’ve been a nicer experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted with a big smile. We were served with an even bigger smile, and we had lots of smiles ourselves. Cracking little place would recommend highly star****.

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  34. ScotG

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely wee place. Had the steak with mussels, very tasty.

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  35. ClareG

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service If you go for the Sun and Turf, I promise you you don’t need any side dishes as the portions are generous!

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  36. Gordy

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive staff we had a great evening would definitely return

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  37. trevorb

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service,with light humour, friendliness and good knowledge of the menu and wines. The place was packed which speaks for itself. My oysters were delicious and my fish main was perfectly cooked. Loved my husbands haggis Wellington and his mussels and steak were both tasty respectively. Thanks for a memorable evening. The only niggle was being charged £4 for bread which was removed from the table before we'd finished it, I didn't notice in time. However this would not prevent us returning nor recommding this ace restaurant.

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  38. georgec

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. We had the linguini and the mixed seafood platter. Very large portions and extremely tasty. Also had an amazing excellent sticky toffee pudding. Service was very quick.

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  39. StephenC

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant and friendly welcome as always with fabulous service, great food and drinks. We also come to Mussell and Steak as its one of our favourites however not a cheap option.

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  40. GavinC

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service excellent food, ribs amazing steak and mussels combo the best

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You can order delivery directly from The Mussel and Steak Bar using the Order Online button. The Mussel and Steak Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. The Mussel and Steak Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0131 225 5028.

The Mussel and Steak Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

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Google Map for The Mussel and Steak Bar

110 W Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HH

Additional information

  • Area
    Old Town
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30–17:00 Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 17:00–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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