White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

4.5
193 reviews
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£25 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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 193 People Are Saying
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CH
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous seafood feast. The lobster tail and octopus with merguez were winners but we loved everything. A superb birthday meal

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a tapas place. We loved the tomato and burrata. It had a lot of flavor. The monkfish satay with peanut sauce was excellent. The sesame tuna was very veiny and had no flavor.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the size of food for sharing and everything was very tasty.

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GL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good. Has become a regular spot for lunch and dinner.

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GT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy restaurant which tells you that the food must be good. everything was well cooked , but my mother did not enjoy her hasselback poatoes not crispy enough. this must be my favourite restaurant

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Everything was done perfectly. Ambiance much more cool and contempary than anticipated.

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

Really enjoyable night!
Food was gorgeous except the tempura which was disappointing.
Service was amazing, really lovely staff!

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

I have been here twice now and had a great experience on each occasion, food in fantastic and staff are very knowledgeable.

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ND
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Had Hugh hopes as we are big supporter of the other restaurants in the chain. We really tried to like it and there were too many things that just didn’t stack up. Service was patchy to say the least. We had to ask for water 3 times, the bill twice and then chase up our change (despite the fact we’d already tipped). Some of the dishes were nice, none were excellent and one was dreadful. When we queried the ingredients (tasted like very strong aniseed) it was received as a real pain and even though the whole dish was left practically untouched we weren’t asked why. A light lunch was £70; not expensive necessarily by Ed standards and yet very poor value indeed for the quality/service.

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NM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! Service & food was outstanding! Warm welcome and friendly service which continued throughout!

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casual and slightly understated but really good quality. Nice seafood restaurant, interesting sharing plates menu. One of my top choices for a meal out in Edinburgh.

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AF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lively, the food excellent. Will definitely go again.

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TP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very deliciou meals. The atmosphere was great and staff very kindly.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our anniversary. Had the hot seafood platter and it was amazing! Beautiful little restaurant and the staff there are fantastic. Will be back for more delicious seafood!

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HH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Seafood and after a quick search on recommended Seafood Restaurants in Edinburgh we booked the White Horse. We had a starter of 6 Oysters and a Hot Platter. It was not cheap but the quality of the food and the service justified the price in spades. Everything well presented and cooked.

Recommended

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MB
Chicago
222 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for lunch not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. The seafood offerings were wonderful and the prices were very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Service was excellent.

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S
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit and we loved the place. Food was excellent and we are keen to go back. Appears to be an issue with the wine list with friends telling me that the wine I chose and was unavailable was unavailable for them a few weeks ago. Get the list updated!
Good luck to all concerned as you've got something good to build on.

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s
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavours and friendly attentive service.
Seafood was fresh and deserts a perfect finish.

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LE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, imaginative and creative. Couldn't ask for more. Butter kimchi grilled oysters were to die for. And the grilled octopus - seems to have managed to get crispy caramelised on the outside and soft and succulent inside, simply amazing! Would rate within top 3 Edinburgh restaurants, even go as far as to say UK. Really enjoyed it.

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ML
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome seafood, very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. Top marks.

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P
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Happend upon this place when walking down the mile. The menu looked good so we decided to make reservations. The staff was very attentive but they seemed disorganized. They wanted to please but seemed to be running around to catch up rather then being thoughtful about service. The food was good but the hectic service made it less than enjoyable. Again, the staff wanted to be attentive but they needed more direction.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food but waiter will try to yourself you be careful

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellissimo posto, raffinato e tranquillo! Abbiamo mangiato delle ostriche scozzesi eccezionali !!!
Siamo stati accolti e consigliati in maniera sublime da Ioan che ci ha fatto sentire molto coccolati!!!
Abbiamo preso anche cozze, coda di aragosta e tonno tutto molto buono e fresco. Birra Oyster eccezionale!
Posto consigliatissimo!

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HB
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Top notch service, wine and food. Will return.

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SW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The Monkfish Satay is out of this world!

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RG
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with fantastic food. Would highly recommend with every platter top quality and very tasty from the various oysters to the monkfish in satay sauce. You can't fail to be impressed by the quality and flavour of the various platters. Tempura squid witu the wasabi mayonaise was a personal favourite.

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R
London
41 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food was great and staff was extremely friendly. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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BG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only complaint would be it was overly noisy but the food was excellent.

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AP
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience. Sharing plates so no big plates loaded with food. Nice staff serving. Only small gripe is that the table for two was a bit cramped.

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J
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Crab was disappointing

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in Edinburgh, thanks so much. Highly recommend!

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NF
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing seafood platter, more than enough for 2 greedy seafood addicts!

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MC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent, but we were largely neglected by our waitperson.

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JA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Had lunch here whilst attending Edinburgh fringe, it was very quiet however I would guess its more of an evening restaurant, so there was no atmosphere . The staff were charming and the fish delicious. So yes I would recommend it.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Amazing Amazing

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