White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

4.5
228 reviews
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£25 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Shellfish, Scottish
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Hours of Operation
Daily 12:00–01:00
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Phone number
0131 629 5300
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Canongate & St. Mary's Street
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Public Transit
8 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

Special Offers

Corkage Club: Bring your own wine for a £5 fee

Bring your own wine or champagne & pay £5 corkage fee per bottle.

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

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 7 March 2018

Ends: 31 January 2019

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

What 228 People Are Saying
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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each plate of food had its own unique delicious taste! The cocktail menu is great, different from the usual and delicious. Even wine by the glass was good.

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JB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very tasty lunch and because we booked on a Tuesday we brought our own wine and paid corkage.Food was fresh and well presented and service by the staff was attentive but not overbearing. Would recommend this for fresh seafood.

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TF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, option to bring your own wine is a winner, great for a special occasion ....we wee bit pricy but the food , service and ambiance were just first class. We will be back.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and a lovely evening but could probably do with one more member of staff on the floor

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent atmosphere and food first class with a menu presented a bit differently with sharing plates

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EE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I received a voucher from my daughter as a birthday gift, had a fantastic selection of seafood and good beer, great service and pleasant atmosphere, I’ll be back.

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OT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A real honest seafood bar with outstanding ingredients. Come early for the oyster "Happy Hour". My wife and I shared the chargrilled mackerel (outstanding), crab and crayfish toast (very yummy), the salmon (excellent), and the mussels (I am a mussel aficionado and was a bit disappointed). The potatoes were amazing.

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E
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood served by polite and welcoming staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can honestly say we had a great experience dining staff were super friendly and helpful with choices food was awesome will defo be back

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AC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious local seafood.Keep your eyes peeled or your phone on to find the place..its easy to walk straight past. Very attentive staff who understood the food they were serving.

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LE
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants. Food is spectacular, staff are very friendly. The wine list is great, as are the cocktails. It is my main recommendation to friends and colleagues for amazing seafood. Personal favourites are Monkfish Satay, Tempura Prawns & the Octopus. Push the boat out and try the Tempura Oysters - amazing!

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W
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal with some of the best fish and seafood I’ve had in a long time. Fantastic ingredients and the friendliest of service too!

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a great find. Will definitely be back. Staff were extremely helpful. The food will not disappoint

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MD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Phenomenal restaurant for seafood. The house platter is perfect for 2 and the Loch oysters are fantastic. A little pricey but overall a great place to eat seafood In Edinburgh. Really good old fashioneds as well!

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f
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the people, the atmosphere, the music, love everything about this place. I wish there was a White Horse in London where I live.

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HC
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with my partner on our visit to Edinburgh. Not amazing value, but the quality of food and service was fantastic!

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RD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Discovered this restaurant during our summer holiday, just had to come back again for the fantastic food. You guys are true food artists!

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VM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Great food. Lovely service. Nice atmosphere. Recommend it highly

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SD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Horse is a great venue with great service and I've been four times and really enjoyed it. The last meal I had was just a little disappointing given the hight standards set. I couldn't taste grapefruit against the tuna, the one-razor-clam-dish was lost in chorizo and a bit meagre, the crab scotch egg was very good, subtle and tasty, the chocolate dessert was ordinary and the coffee luke warm. I will try again but I'm not quite so in love.

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JS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, great service! Try the tempura oysters.

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another absolutely outstanding night in the restaurant and bar - this is fast becoming my very favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. It has great food and a brilliant atmosphere. Looking forward to my next visit.

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R
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb fish and seafood menu, with well-prepared, rich tasting dishes. To start, the oysters were well selected and presented, then the sharing plates were great as well as the tempura. Great service too.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Was very impressed at how delicious it was. Locally sourced ingredients, all the staff were helpful and relaxed. Will be back!

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SC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places the food is the best I’ve tasted king crab legs are amazing alongside the scallops , staff are so friendly and attentive can not say enough good things about this place !!! 5 stars 🌟

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c
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the sharing plates idea alongside various sizes of seafood platters. High quality food and excellent range of wine by the glass.

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H
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, in particular the monkfish satay. As soon as we left, we booked again for next month!

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BT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, mackerel, beetroot and horseradish cream was top of the list. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great... Small portions and expensive for what you get. Nice atmosphere.

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quite nice fusion seafood. House platter was a bit small for the price, but seafood was fresh.

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JN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My second visit, and just as impressive. Nice ambience and good well trained and arrentive staff, but you go for the food and it is magnificent. I’ll be back, JOHN

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JS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and didn’t disappoint - fantastic seafood, good wine, lovely atmosphere and great service. Highly recommend!

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KG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

see TripAdviser review........................................................................................

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b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very welcoming staff and nice ambience. Didn't get to try the cocktails (driving) but the cocktail menu was very tempting. We ordered some small plates instead of a platter. Oysters very fresh and delicious; octopus and merguez extremely goo; crab scotch egg OK; scallops beautiful; tempura squid and oyster not great, the batter was way too thick; straw fries and sourdough very nice. All in all a good meal with great service. Would go back and definitely try the cocktails but steer clear of the tempura.

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EH
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY wife’s birthday. Just a fantastic place, great food and lovely staff

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F
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While a bit expensive, go for the "tapas" option as the seafood platters are disappointing

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CH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was SOOOO looking forward to eating here having followed the place on Instagram and was very excited about the food I had seen. However in reality - ah isn't it always the case? - food wasn't quite up to the hype. We went on a Sunday night - maybe usual chef not in? Tempura batter was definitely not tempura - it was a beer batter. The squid was deep fried in the orange "chip shop" batter making it greasy and chewy, and not light as tempura should be. I wish I had said something - but I figured maybe I was wrong about tempura. I should have gone with my instinct, as the very next day they posted an image of the tempura squid dish which was definitely tempura. Light, delicate....not at all what we had been served. Gutted!!). Lobster tail at £14 was tiny and a little tough - too much money for such a small piece. However the flat iron and charred mackerel was good and the gorgeous hasselback potatoes were a highlight. Burrata portion was a little mean and sliced up into little pieces rather than a nice, proud ball. Cocktails were delicious - we stayed on longer to have a few as the atmosphere was conducive to having a couple of nightcaps. Service was good throughout, though it fell at the last hurdle by making us wait 15 minutes to pay after receiving our bill and having to ask twice for our coats (we would happily have got them ourselves but weren't shown where they were). If I went back I would have the seafood platters rather than the small plates. Although seemingly pricy, I think they would be much better value for money and eating seafood at its stripped back best would almost certainly have been a better experience here.

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant - a brilliant find. The menu is very varied and if there is one thing to go for, it would have to be the monkfish which is just incredible.

The prices are reasonable and the staff couldn’t be more helpful. The ambience and decor of the restaurant is fantastic.

This now ranks as my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh - I absolutely loved it.

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DJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative fish dishes beautifully presented, stylish surroundings and the most personable staff. I rarely visit a restaurant in Edinburgh twice, but with this place I make an exception.

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CC
Edinburgh
47 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

interesting tapas style dining menu, most of the dishes were well cooked and tasty, with the exception of the tempura squid which was a bit too greasy and chewy. some portion sizes seemed a bit small v the price of the dish

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H
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was fourth or fifth visit. Food is imaginative and well-prepared; staff are enthusiastic and friendly. Not cheap but not expensive either: probably about right. Sharing plates is the best way to experience the full range of dishes on offer. Perhaps a bit too much background noise for your Granny but an excellent venue for all other occasions.

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