White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

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£26 to £40
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Seafood
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar, situated on the site of the oldest inn on the Royal Mile, serving the best of British seafood and shellfish sourced from boutique suppliers across the country. Expect small plates, sharing platters & hand-crafted cocktails washed down with a carefully curated selection of wine & fizz. Brought to you by the team behind Chop House & Monteiths.

A child or young person must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Children aged:
0-5 from 12pm until 9pm
5-17 from 12pm until 10pm

Special Offers

Complimentary glass of fizz on arrival

Get a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 6 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-22:00

Corkage Club

Bring your own wine or champagne & pay £5 corkage fee per bottle. Offers are not available on 31st December or 1st January.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 November 2019

Ends: 12 May 2020

Availability: Mon-Tue 12:00-22:00

What 549 People Are Saying
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RL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, fantastic service and perfect ambience. Perfect place to meet a friend for dinner and a drink.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great looking restaurant . Very dark and atmospheric, just like an Old Town eatery should be .
Friendly , helpful staff , that explained the menu and the non traditional aspect of ordering.
The food was outstanding , with the hassle back potatoes and crab straw fries being a particular hit .
The lobster , crab , monkfish and prawns were all cooked to perfection.
We had 4 dishes , 2 sides , 2 desserts , a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails for £127 which we saw as good value for money .
One more thing , they provide you with enough crackers for your cheese , which I’m fairly sure , is a first .

JH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and lovely at staff, well worth a visit

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very, very good food but the service here makes your visit all the more memorable. Lovely ambience in the restaurant, sophisticated dining but not stuffy or overly “posh”. Try the Loch Fyne oysters. A must for any seafood lover in Edinburgh

LK
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal for a really great price, staff were friendly and knowledgeable and on whole the restaurant is warm and welcoming. We will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh.

TS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. It was Fresh, and the menu was great. I Will definitely be recommending your restaurant to family & friends when I get home.I will also be writing a review on trip advisor.

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Excellent service. Highly recommend!

MD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, outstanding value and excellent service

A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Went for my birthday lunch with mu daughter. One of the best lunches I have ever had great food, service and ambience. Will be back with my family for dinner. Also the Japanese stock was so tender and a welcome addition on the menu to balance all the variety of fish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

AI
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I visit this place I cannot fault it. The produce used is top quality. The flavours / combinations are tasty. If fo nothing else just come for the oysters and champagne. Very intimate place to dine and worth the train from Glasgow and walk up ...come on Glasgow learn from this place its simple but sooooo good.

D
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served in an great little place. Our second Hogmanay visit was just as good as the last! Well done WH&O staff!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our reservation was made for 17:45. When we arrived the supervisor told us the table was ours until 19:15, which my partner and I were absolutely fine with. The meal was stunning (we recommend the full platter). Unfortunately the only thing that let the experience down was how quickly we were moved from our table once we’d finished eating. We were told by another member of staff at 18:40 that the table was needed for another booking - when we explained that we were told a different time the team were adamant we needed to move. In the meantime we had ordered drinks to finish our meal, which were left at the bar for us to try and find amongst a large crowd of people. We noticed that other diners had been at their tables for a longer time and hadn’t been moved in. We appreciate that New Year’s Eve is a busy night, but my partner and I had saved a lot of money to have this experience - we spent the best part of £150 at the White Horse - so it would have been nice to be able to finish our meal with a drink at the table before we left. Instead we had to rush our drinks at a crowded bar where we were pushed and shoved.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly staff and reasonable prices. We would definately go back!

E
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Excelente.!
Excelente noche del 30 de diciembre..la pasamos hermoso y muy rico y buenísimo todo...

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GT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I came to the white horse about 2 years ago, and had a great experience. Unfortuantely this time round, was very disappointing. I ordered the monkfish with peanut satay as I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time I came. However it was nowhere near as good, instead of 3 skewers it has been reduced to 2 and so a lot smaller portion size, the satay sauce also, was very spicy..which is shouldnt of been and just didnt taste anywhere near as good. The krab fries also were a big disappointment, they have been changed from normal fries to 'straw' fries and so they were more like crisps, also the dollop of krab meat was tiny. I then ordered a cocktail which turned out to be 75ml, the whole thing! Apparently they didnt do the cocktails they used to and all were changed to being this size. Which for £7/8/9 I thought was ridiculous. Overall service and atmosphere was fine. But food/drink was a massive let down and I wont be returning.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fish and seafood in a lovely relaxed restaurant. Excellent service and knowledge of the food and wine. One of my favourite places to go for oyster happy hour!

H
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be returning!

CS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience in this restaurant. Staff were knowledgeable of the food and explained how the menu worked. Ambience was perfect and food out of this world!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice seafood bar. Small plates were all delicious. The fresh natural oysters were especially nice. The beautiful and tasting dessert also worth a try.

F
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Restaurant too cold and service does not meet the standards for dining on such value restaurant.Food is ok but not worth the value. Dining on an expensive restaurant the atmosphere is considered. Me and my partner had the filling that we had to feel the cold as the fisherman's did while fishing our food.

GG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Il locale ha i tavoli troppo vicini e non c’è spazio per cappotti e borse. Il nostro tavolino per due era piccolo e non ci stavano i piatti che abbiamo dovuto impilare. Hanno portato gli antipasti con in piatto principale, non ci stava sul tavolo e lo abbiamo mangiato in fretta per togliere un piatto e fare posto ai Frutti di mare. Il rumore di sottofondo era assordante e non capivamo nulla di ciò che diceva la cameriera, anche lei non capiva quello che dicevamo noi oppure non segnava l’ordine e o non arrivavano i piatti e le bevande o arrivavano tardi.
Sulla qualità del cibo non si discute, pesce fresco e lavorato ad opera d’arte, ottimo gli abbinamenti proposti. Per la media di Edimburgo buona qualità/prezzo.

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R
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing setting,fantastic selection of seafood,always well presented,fresh and tasty.
For us it’s the number 1 seafood restaurant in Edinburgh!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food, nice atmosphere, stylish decor and good service.

WS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely first class seafood ranging from huge platters of shellfish to oysters any way you like them to a glorious choice of ‘small plates’ of tasty seafood morsels. Highlights included a crab tart, monkfish in satay sauce and lobster tempura. Good wine list too.

P
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters were very good so as the shrimp tempuras. Service was very nice as well.

CM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really great setting. It was really to share a couple of plates. The oysters were perfect, the dessert too. A bit pricey once the check arrives.

EJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not obvious on the Royal Mile, but a hidden gem. Small and romantic, with great tasting food and wine.

FB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first experience of eating oysters. Lovely place, bit noisy due to bigger party, 6 noisy gents. Orders got a bit muddled but I dont mind things like that. Grumpy waitress at the start of our visit but she continued the service with a smile on her face!

T
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, impeccable service, a tad on the pricey side but totally worth it for a special occasion!

KT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner for a business meeting. Well looked after, professional service and great environment.

MP
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having passed this place so often and always saying we should try. I decided to book as a surprise meal for my wife and I, and I'm so glad that I did. The waiting staff were incredibly friendly and polite, and even though we were a little early, they were able to seat us.

We decided to go for a sharing platter, as there were just too many choices too make and thought a selection would help. The meal was amazing and wonderfully presented and never disappointed.

I would highly recommend and look forward to our next visit.

TM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond expectations for our meal. The food was amazing and the background ambiance was warm and welcoming on a wet and windy Edinburgh evening.

The portions were perfectly sized and we had more than enough to enjoy each dish thoroughly.

JC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service - will absolutely be coming back next time we’re in Edinburgh- thank you for a wonderful evening!

JW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood and wine and excellent service. A great evening at this cozy restaurant.

OC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere with delicious tapas style seafood dishes which were reasonably priced for portion size. Desserts and drinks selection were also very good. Would definitely revisit

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Really excellent service

WS
Lincolnshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Azazing quality of seafood! Great service. A very special place. We've booked for Xmas

PG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience. Not cheap but worth every penny if you enjoy good seafood and good wines. Will go back for a special occasion . Highly recommended

JC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant - great atmosphere and food as well as fab staff.