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Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh,

Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro

4.7
4.7
232 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro

We serve a seasonal, monthly menu and pour delicious wines and craft beers. We're incredibly passionate about our food and use quality, locally sourced produce where possible. Our menus include dinner, a daly set lunch, weekend breakfast and our well-loved Sunday roast menu. Our bar and bistro is a relaxed environment where you can enjoy an excellent meal or perhaps just a few drinks in the bar over a plate of cheese and charcuterie. Chef Patron Jonnie Cook has worked with some of the best chefs in the business and we all look forward to your visit.

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Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 17:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    0131 343 3681

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jonnie Cook

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Steak Night!

    £27.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Wednesday Night is steak night at Whiskers. Enjoy 2 Hardiesmill rump steaks and a bottle of house wine for £54 per couple, cooked to your liking & served with pepper sauce & triple-cooked chips.

Menu

Starters

  • Scottish Mussels£9.50

    garlic, white wine and cream, fresh parsley

    • Twice-Baked Cheese Souffle£11.00

      creamy cheese sauce

      • Locally Smoked Salmon£11.00

        wild garlic, horseradish crème fraiche, pickled cucumber

        • Asparagus£10.00

          grilled with toasted pine nuts, shaved cheese & chimichurri

          • Lindisfarne Oysters

            shallot pickle tabasco & lemon

            • (3)£9.00
            • (6)£18.00
          • Wood Pigeon£9.00

            baby spinach, roasted beets & madeira sultanas

            • Ballontine of Chicken£8.50

              charred leeks, soaked prunes and chicken skin mayo

              Mains

              • North Sea Cod£19.00

                charred bell peppers, basil gnocchi, caper & anchovy butter

                • Ravioli£16.00

                  wild garlic, asparagus, smoked cheese, watercress & balsamic salad

                  • Salmon en Papilotte£21.00

                    Jersey Royals, buttered spinach, candied lemon and dill

                    • Border's Lamb Shoulder£81.00

                      smoked bacon lentils, spring vegetables, brioche & herb crust, rosemary jus

                      • Stuffed Butternut Squash£16.00

                        lemon and harissa quinoa, pomegranate, polenta chips

                        • Grilled Hardiesmill Steak

                          dry-aged for at least 35 days, triple-cooked chips, portobello mushroom & either chimichurri cheese or pepper sauce

                          • Sirloin (227g)£27.00
                          • Fillet (200g)£36.00

                        On the Side

                        • Salt-Baked Jersey Royals£4.50

                          garlic & rosemary oil

                          • Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Hazelnuts£5.00

                            • Spinach£4.50

                              pine nut, parmesan & balsamic salad

                              • Triple Cooked Chips£3.50

                                • Roast Sweet Potato£4.50

                                  chive crème fraiche

                                  Desserts

                                  • Dark Chocolate & Almond Brownie£9.00

                                    chocolate sauce, coffee & hazelnut ice cream

                                    • Rhubarb & Apple Crumble£7.00

                                      vanilla crème anglais

                                      • Cold Rice Pudding£8.00

                                        balsamic roast grapes, mascarpone, candied orange

                                        • Cheeseboard£13.00

                                          I.J. Mellis cheese, homemade chutney & sourdough bread

                                          Something Perfect To Go with Your Dessert

                                          • Saint Croix, Part des Agnes 2017

                                            • 100ml£13.00
                                          • Moscatel Oro, Los Cuartillos, Primitivo Collantes

                                            • 100ml£7.00

                                          Last updated: 14 April 2022

                                          What 232 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
                                          • 4.7Food
                                          • 4.6Service
                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                          • 4.5Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

                                          • Edinburgh/Midlothian

                                            Notable Wine List

                                          • Edinburgh/Midlothian

                                            Sunday Lunch

                                          • Edinburgh

                                            Notable Wine List

                                          • Edinburgh

                                            Sunday Lunch

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                                          1. LS

                                            LewisSS

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Sunday lunch at Whiskers is always worthwhile. Great food and wine, service and ambiance. I thoroughly recommend it.

                                          2. PC

                                            PennyC

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a fabulous experience here. I was craving a roast and was not disappointed. Delicious lamb and all perfectly seasoned. My partner had the cod, which he loved. We also both ate the cauliflower cheese after being avid avoiders of this veg! Service was attentive and great wine recommendation! All in all loved it and will be back. Thank you to all!

                                          3. SL

                                            SundayLuncher

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The Sunday roast was excellent, with an amazing Yorkshire pudding and lovely vegetables.

                                          4. CP

                                            CallumP

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            An excellent meal. We ate every morsel and enjoyed every course. I can’t praise Whiskers highly enough for the service, attentiveness and the advice on the wines to accompany each course.

                                          5. LT

                                            LornaT

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious meal and great service. Would highly recommend

                                          6. AJ

                                            AndrewJ

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very good food, wine, decor and service! I would definitely go back.

                                          7. GM

                                            GraemeM

                                            Edinburgh

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            A great small restaurant, fabulous food and friendly staff.

                                          8. AR

                                            AnnaR

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                            Good little Bistro, steak was great but needed a side of green on the plate as looked bland.

                                          9. F

                                            Foodlover98

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            We very much enjoyed our lunch at Whiskers. The food was interesting and well executed. I am a big fan of starters and the cauliflower soup was a treat. The main courses were very good indeed and, unusually, I was tempted to a dessert, a rhubarb and apple crumble which was excellent. This is not to forget the delightful Amarosa spritz which was new to me and the very good wine by the glass. We will certainly visit again.

                                          10. JT

                                            JudeT

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great place for a chilled lunch - the food and wine was great. A definite recommend.

                                          11. DE

                                            DelphineE

                                            Glasgow

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on 29 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Second time at Whiskers and easily one of the best restaurants we have been to in Edinburgh! Food is fantastic with great veggie options too. A real gem!

                                          12. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Glasgow

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 29 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Would recommend, fantastic food with great service 👍

                                          13. G

                                            Gwen

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 28 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I highly recommend this place. I had dinner at whiskers last night with friends and we all thought that the food was amazing and the service too! Never mind what you pick in the menu it will be a well presented plate of delicious food!

                                          14. JM

                                            JoyceM

                                            Norfolk

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on 22 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            From the outside this restaurant doesn't look like more than a bistro bar, but once inside it opens up and has a lovely dining area. The tables are well spaced out so no-one feels crowed in. The staff are friendly and attentive. We had the Baked cod and Lamb both were superb and good portions. The apple and rhubarb crumble was also delicious. They also have a good wine list. We'll be back for sure.

                                          15. LK

                                            LanneK

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 April 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Lovely little gem of a place with great food and lovely service

                                          16. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I really like Whiskers in this current climate. The quality of their food is really good and their menu very interesting. They don’t seem to have suffered from staff shortages, and they certainly have kept a high standard in the kitchen. My only slightly negative comment is that it would be nice to see lunch menus coming back (smaller plates at the relevant reduced price). Other than that, all very enjoyable.

                                          17. S

                                            Stevie

                                            Edinburgh

                                            3 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            This is our second time my wife and I have eaten in Whiskers (we live in the west coast) or we would be here a lot more often. The first time we are here we were with my brother and his wife. Our experience here the first time was outstanding. This time it was very good as well.. The food was delicious. I have to mention the fact that my steak was absolutely perfect.

                                          18. OK

                                            OurKate

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 7 April 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Lovely venue! Friendly staff! A must try for everyone.

                                          19. s

                                            stuartp

                                            London

                                            43 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            43 reviews

                                            Dined on 1 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            Excellent food and professional service.

                                          20. LR

                                            LorneR

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 1 April 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                            The food and service were good, but the room was very cold and there didn't appear to be anywhere to hang your coat, which meant had to go on the back of the chair and trail on the floor.

                                          21. HM

                                            HannahM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 26 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food, service was great. Really enjoyed ourselves.

                                          22. CS

                                            ColinS

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 19 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food, well cooked and presented. A strong wine list to complement the food.

                                          23. LC

                                            LesleyC

                                            Edinburgh

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 18 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Delicious food. Best fish and chips my husband has had in a long time. Friend’s risotto was yummy. My duck lovely and tender. Good size portions. Varied menu with something for everyone, good range of wines.

                                          24. NE

                                            NicoleE

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            We enjoyed our Sunday Roast menu very much indeed. Each one of our choices had a special flavour about it, from the slightly spicy mussels for starter, the still red but most tender lamb to the crusty caramel on top of the creme brulee, everything had something a bit different. I particularly enjoyed the pureed kumara and crispy Yorkshire pudding. It was a pleasure for the palate. Well done Whiskers' chef(s).

                                          25. C

                                            Colette

                                            Manchester

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely food, relaxed atmosphere and great service

                                          26. PM

                                            PauliM

                                            Edinburgh

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 12 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent first time at Whiskers. Really good atmosphere and buzz about the place. Pleasant open and comfortable. Food was lovely, friendly and efficient staff. Will definitely return

                                          27. A

                                            Annie

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 March 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience3

                                            Excellent value lunchtime menu prix fixe, with good choice and making impressive use of local suppliers. Efficient, friendly service. However the cold temperature in the restaurant detracted somewhat from my visit. Fortunately had brought a cosy wrap worh me!

                                          28. KK

                                            KamileK

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 5 March 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a lovely lunch, food was great, attentive service.

                                          29. SD

                                            SusanD

                                            Edinburgh

                                            5 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on 4 March 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Lovely excellent quality food , good wine but (this is my second visit) the restaurant is really cold . Was aware of it last time and hoped it would be warmer this time but no . Asked the waiter if there was any heating on and he confirmed there was . I will go back in a couple if months when it’s warmer !

                                          30. g

                                            gillyc

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 25 February 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            A cosy restaurant in Stockbridge. Great food with a French slant, beautifully cooked and presented. Service is focussed without being overbearing. Great wine list to suit all tastes. It would be great if there were some more veggie mains on the menu which is mostly balanced between meat and fish with only one veggie option the night I was there - risotto. I eat fish so I was ok! I shall be back.

                                          31. LS

                                            LauraS

                                            Bristol

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 24 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great ambience and service. Nice menu choice and outstanding food

                                          32. J

                                            James

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 17 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            As always fantastic! Attentative service, tasty and well cooked food, usual and exciting wines

                                          33. AH

                                            AndrewH

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 13 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience3

                                            If they dipped the lights, this would make a big difference. Food was very good both value and quality.

                                          34. GK

                                            GwenK

                                            Edinburgh

                                            18 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on 13 February 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Staff were outstanding- welcoming, friendly, pleasant and helpful. The restaurant was very busy so we had a wait for food. Decor is tasteful with art on walls and natural themes. Casual and smart but not shabby chic. Soup delicious with nice bread. Roast potatoes and vegetables perfectly cooked. Not overdone. Decent gravy. I have tasted better yorkshire pudding and roast beef was a bit difficult to cut. One of our party thought there was not a lot of meat but I felt that there was plenty to eat with good portion size. 2 or 3 course lunch is very good value. I had a glass of natural wine (£10) which I thought was a bit expensive. It is the first time that I have had natural wine so perhaps this is the usual price? I would definitely return and recommend to others. Just wish we lived a bit closer to that side of Edinburgh.

                                          35. DS

                                            DavidS

                                            Inverness

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 12 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absolutely delicious food, excellent professional service, amazing Hungarian white wine (Ats) I have never seen anywhere else, stunning with fish/seafood, will be back!

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Cork

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I was in Edinburgh with my partner for a long weekend visit and we booked a table into Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro for dinner as we were looking for something local but also with veggy choices. As we are italian we always expect to eat well when we go to a restaurant but we’ll never imagine to eat anything so special, tasty and well preordered as in this restaurants. I opted for a veggy risotto that the waiter (luckily for me,italian) recommended but warned me it wasn’t going to be the risotto I expected. I chanced it and got a beautiful reinterpretation of a risotto. I was absolutely astonished by the choice of veggies,the taste and texture of the “risotto”. Great quality ingredients and amazing cooking skills. My partner got a chowder (as well revisited by the chef) and he also was amazed by that. It was an absolutely amazing culinary experience that I would recommend to local people and tourists that really want to taste something different, special and expertise well made. Amazing service too, all the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, they all gave their best to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!!

                                          37. CY

                                            ClaireY

                                            Edinburgh

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 6 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent Sunday lunch, food was really good and the menu was really nice - could have had it all! Very nice wine, lovely bistro to eat in.

                                          38. GT

                                            GeorgeT

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 6 February 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            The place is informal and smart. The food was excellent and great value for money. The waiting staff were pleasant, polite and knowledgeable. We had a very nice experience and will be back again. Recommend the cheese soufflé.

                                          39. F

                                            Fiona

                                            Edinburgh

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 5 February 2022

                                            overall3food4service2ambience2

                                            Food was good when it finally arrived. Table was not ready at time booked and took a very long time to get drinks and then a menu and then to the table then to order and finally to eat.

                                          40. E

                                            Edinburghlocal

                                            Edinburgh

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 5 February 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Nice atmosphere, relaxing but with a buzz. Lovely staff, delicious wine (recommendation from the staff) and tasty cheese and meat board to accompany. Will definitely come again

                                          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

                                          Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                          Google Map for Whiskers Wine Bar & Bistro

                                          48 Raeburn Place Edinburgh, EH4 1HL

                                          Dining areas

                                          Additional information

                                          • Area

                                            Edinburgh

                                          • Hours of Operation

                                            Wed 17:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Bistro, Wine Bar

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress Code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking Details

                                            Street Parking

                                          • Payment Options

                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive Chef

                                            Jonnie Cook

                                          • Additional

                                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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