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The Mussel and Steak Bar, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

The Mussel and Steak Bar

4.5
4.5
31 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

23:00


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 31 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Romance

  • Edinburgh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh

    Romance

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  1. LD

    LorraineD

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, served very promptly and the staff were very pleasant and efficient. Lovely place too. Would highly recommend and will definitely return.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded 1 day agoDear LorraineD, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. We are very glad to hear that you had such a pleasant time and hope that you will be back soon. Thank you for the recommendation! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  2. NY

    NaomiY

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I was so excited to go to the Mussels and Steak bar (my sister had told me about it pre-pandemic), and the mussels were fabulous, as expected. The flavor balance of wine, shallots and cream was so delicious, after I finished the generous portion of mussels, I ate the sauce with a spoon. I just loved the food, but the experience made me very sad because my husband was miserable and uncomfortable the entire time. Despite putting in my reservation notes that my husband is big and tall (he is 6'7") and thus needed legroom, they put us at a tiny table upstairs, between a pillar (his side) and the wall outside the bathroom (my side). In addition to having to "manspread" the entire meal, since he couldn't back out his chair enough to avoid the central pillar holding up the table, he had a direct view of everyone walking into and out of the toilets. My husband tried to be a good sport (he knew how thrilled I was to be going there), but it was hard to enjoy the delicious food when my husband was so uncomfortable and wanted to get out of the restaurant as quickly as possible.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded 3 days agoDear NaomiY, We're sorry to hear that your experience was spoilt on this occasion. Unfortunately, we're a smaller restaurant and try to accommodate as many people as possible and requests according to our ability. However, this time we've let you down and we can only apologise for the discomfort of your husband and hope that you'll give us another chance to show how much you can enjoy our fabulous food in a comfortable setting. If you are still in town please give us a call. Kind regards,

  3. JS

    JoSS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good, fresh and good portions. Servers were also very good and helpful. The only issue we had was with the manager who refused to give us another of the free 2-seater tables when I asked, after we were seated at a table that had been wedged in next to the open side of the bar, with everyone's dirty dishes being cleared into a service lift right next to us while eating. Literally four other 2-seater tables were empty, they said they were all booked within the next 15 mins, even though we had also pre-booked our table - so why could our booking not be one of the other tables that were the same size? Then we sat for the next hour and a half with absolutely nobody taking any of the 4 free tables, they were all still completely empty by the time we finished eating and left. Ridiculous and would have been such an easy gesture to make your paying customers happy and enjoy some ambience while eating a reasonably costly meal.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded 3 days agoDear JoSS, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that your table was not suitable for you during your visit, but happy to hear that you enjoyed your food. As we are a smaller restaurant we try to accommodate as many bookings as possible. We do hope that you will give us another chance and we can accommodate you at a more comfortable table next time. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar

  4. KM

    KarinM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! The mussels are DELICIOUS and the wait staff was incredibly hospitable. Highly recommend!! Be aware that there are steep stairs to climb if you’re seated upstairs in the restaurant—one of our group struggles with stairs so if that’s a concern, request downstairs seating

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded 3 days agoDear KarinM, Thank you so much for your kind words!We hope the member of your group did not struggle too much and you had a lovely time at ours. We will try to accommodate all requests for downstairs tables in the future according to our abilities. We hope you will visit us again some time soon! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar

  5. MS

    MartinS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was of excellent quality and staff was very forthcoming. Would definitly recommend.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded 3 days agoDear MartinS, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you again at the restaurant! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  6. S

    Sunstormer

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated quickly. Nice drinks menu. Attentive service. Complementary oyster starter. Generous mains and sides. Perfectly prepared mussels, shrimp, and steak. We had a very nice evening.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 19 June 2022Dear Sunstormer, Thank you for taking the time to a review about your visit. We are pleased that you had such a nice experience and we hope to have you again some time. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  7. K

    Kirstyyyyyy

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Lovely meal! Good service. Sat upstairs near the toilet entrance- quite noise and VERY warm! Could have done with having a window opened.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 17 June 2022Dear Kirstyyyyyy, Thank you very much for leaving a review! Sorry about the atmosphere not being the best, we will make sure that we have proper ventilation for next time when you visit us so you can enjoy our lovely food in the best possible environment. Hope to see you again! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  8. SM

    StewartM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Food and service were great but we were asked to leave our table after only 1.5 hours. This is not enough time to comfortably consume a meal and a shared bottle of wine. 2 hours should be minimum

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 16 June 2022Dear StewartM, We are glad that you had a nice meal. Apologies for the rush at your table, we try to accommodate new arrivals as well as bookings and therefore timing is essential for us, however we will take note of this and try to allocate more time in the future for tables to comfortably enjoy themselves. Hope that you will give us another chance and will be back to drink and dine with us. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  9. K

    Karen

    Northampton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! We were staying on grass market so found it on the first day. Wonderful seafood, attentive staff and great atmosphere. It was my husbands 50th birthday so he had completely oysters!! Will definitely return and recommend.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 16 June 2022Dear Karen, Thank you very much for your kind review and we are glad that you had such a good experience with us. Hope your husband has a lovely birthday. Hope to see you soon! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  10. BA

    BabyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food , friendly staff and happy ambience. Just too rushing and have the table back so we didn’t order drinks anymore as the waitress whispered they needed the table. We were there for my husband’s birthday celebration

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 16 June 2022Dear BabyA, Thank you for your kind review. Sorry to hear that you had a limited time at ours, however as we are a smaller venue, we need to manage new arriving tables as well as reservations at timely manner. We do hope that you will be back and have those drinks at another time. Happy Birthday to your husband and hope to see you again. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Dinner was amazing! Everything tasted great but it did take a little longer than I would have liked to get our meal out.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 11 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave the review. We are glad that you have enjoyed your dinner, and apologies for the wait on food. We hope that you will visit us again and we can show you a prompt and lovely service next time. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  12. BS

    BobS

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food. Good service. Pretty loud fellow customers.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 9 June 2022Dear BobS, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. Hope to see you again with a more relaxed atmosphere. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary Dinner with our family from USA.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 12 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you for leaving a review with us. We hope you had a lovely dinner on this special occasion. We would like to find out more about your visit, so please gives a call on 0131 225 5028 or email us at themusselandsteakbar@gmail. c o m Hope to hear from you! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  14. TB

    TomB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had Sea bass, which was perfect, and steak which was tough. Best of all was the service which was stellar in every way. Highly recommend.
  15. K

    Kate

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place! Incredible fillet steak - pricey but worth it - and exceptional service. A great atmosphere and delicious food. They do a great G&T too. We look forward to returning one day to try the mussels!

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 9 June 2022Dear Kate, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a kind review. We hope to have you again so you can try our amazing seafood selection as well. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  16. WS

    WilliamS

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really can’t say enough good about this place as a service and the food was excellent! I had the muscles in my friend had these whole fish and boat for absolutely incredible! I highly recommend it in the area was awesome with a lot of history great location.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 9 June 2022Dear WilliamS, Thank you so much for your kind words and your recommendation. We are extremely pleased that you had such a lovely experience and we hope to welcome you soon at Mussel and Steak Bar. All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great experience! Best service!

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 17 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you for the kind review! Hope to see you again at Mussel and Steak Bar! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  18. KH

    KimH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely food and wonderful service. Steak was underdone but staff were keen to make amends. Would definitely recommend.
  19. KR

    KarenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab restaurant and fab food!! Will definitely be back.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 8 June 2022Dear KarenR, Thank you for leaving such a nice review. Hope to have you soon! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was by far the best restaurant experience in Edinburgh. I went to Mussel & Steak for my birthday because I traditionally have oysters on my day. Saw great reviews about this restaurant and simply blown away by there service. Everyone was so kind and welcoming and they gave me free oysters for my birthday too! The food (ALL OF IT!) was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection!! The sticky toffee pudding was absolutely amazing too! They are also very kid friendly and really attentive to their needs! Let’s just say I had an amazing birthday after running the Edinburgh Marathon all because of the staff and food!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS A MUST VISIT!!!

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 8 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for choosing Mussel and Steak Bar for such a special occasion! Hopefully it can become a tradition for you to have your birthday oysters with us. Special thanks for taking the time to leave this review and thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you again! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  21. AG

    AGrant

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun restaurant and delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed it

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 8 June 2022Dear AGrant, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for your kind words. Hope to see you soon! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar Team

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing foods specially the mussel! It’s a must order food! We have been in this place every time we visit Edinburgh! Staff are also very friendly and professional! Highly recommended.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 8 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to have you soon again! All the best, Mussel and Steak Bar

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and our server was as sweet as could be. Definitely recommend and would visit again.

    The Mussel and Steak BarResponded on 8 June 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you soon. ALl the best, Mussel and Steak Team

  24. k

    kerryb

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to please excellent service excellent food and love the buzz of the grass market 10/10
  25. L

    walterL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food exceptional,staff very attentive. Will return.
  26. PD

    PaulineD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Quite disappointed by the mussels that were good but not excellent. The prices were far above the ones on the website (sometimes x2). The only positive thing was the friendliness of the staff.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place really good food mussels amazing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The steak was a secondary cast member - oysters, langoustines, and mussels were the stars of the show. The quantity and quality of the shellfish was impressive while the steak was quite unimpressive. Particularly enjoyed the Ginger Grouse cocktail with my fresh oysters.
  29. DR

    DianaR

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food!!! Will return for sure. I had the pork turf w mussels plus garlic bread! What a treat. Will totally recomend it
  30. AL

    AlanL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service excellent. Ambience was perfect. Well placed in the Grassmarket. Recommend
  31. S

    Square1

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal of steak and mussels. I was expecting a few mussels with the steak and was surprised to have a meal sized portion. Delicious. The bread is fresh baked on site and even the salad was delicious

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The Mussel and Steak Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:00


Booked 16 times today

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Google Map for The Mussel and Steak Bar

110 W Bow Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HH

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30–17:00 Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 17:00–22:00

  • 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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