White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

4.6
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515 reviews
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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.

Special Offers

Complimentary glass of fizz for everything NYE booking

Celebrate the New Year in style with a glass of fizz to get the festivities

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

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 12:00-22:30

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

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Join us at the bells and toast the New Year with a glass of fizz.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends!

Dine with us on our Festive Feast menu for £49 per person where you can enjoy a full seafood spread, and taste a bit of everything from our popular menu.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

What 515 People Are Saying
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JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

G
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful seafood, not mucked about with too much. Loved everything. Tiniest glitch of one dish which didn’t turn up but this is a very, very good restaurant.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Felt like a really special meal out. A real treat with delicious interesting dishes and very fresh seafood. Also a nice surprise when the bill came. Highly recommend and will eat there again as soon as I'm back in Edinburgh

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food.
Great service.
Not cheap but excellent ingredients and quality menu.

MW
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service, wine was all fantastic... was very quiet but it was a Thursday night... would definitely return!!

SR
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We would recommend the buck a shuck oysters and the char grilled octopus was excellent

FT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service, amazing food and creative cocktails. would certainly recommend. we had a wonderful evening. thank you

SK
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole meal was amazing! Recommend the scallops.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, wine and service. Very lively on a Saturday night, but we will repeat.

BI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a wonderful Friday lunch, could have eaten the whole menu.

C
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing-the best meal I’ve had out for ages. We spent a lot though. If you have a large appetite, be prepared to spend a lot! We were seated beside a group so our table was quite noisy, but on the plus side, it was beside a radiator. I highly recommend it.

DS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We were even provided with complimentary glass of champagne for our anniversary . Definitely would recommend. Oysters are a must eat here 😍

AI
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unforgettable food experience we felt every dish was the best from the selection we had. Great wine and deserts too. Staff were super friendly and service efficient. We had guests from England and they are already planning a trip back to eat here .

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Lobster tempura to die for. Service really good and funky design.

HK
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service. Small plates were all quite expensive and can quickly add up. Octopus was excellent as was the tempura oysters. Njuda was quite overpowering and salty, also was on a couple of the dishes. Seaweed salad was interesting idea, the asian dressing was tasty but seaweed itself was so chewy it was pretty much inedible. Service was great though. I would like to return.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely exquisite food. Delightful presentation and taste. We had the oysters natural which were salty and tasty. We then had the lobster tempura which was simply one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. Smoked mackerel done in house was delicious. The finale was monkfish Satays with peanut sauce. Utterly tender and delicate in flavour this was an exceptional interpretation of an Asian classic. We couldn’t rave enough and we delighted in chatting to the chef about the food.
A gem in Edinburgh!,

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very nice decoration minimal but cosy. Very good tastes and a lot of option in small plates (tapas like). Personnel was awesome. Definitely recommend.

LI
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was variable; some excellent dishes, some poor ones. I had to send one dish back as it was lukewarm. The quality of the wine was poor and was overpriced. Strange music, very 70s, lots of Boney M. Nice welcome when we arrived, service after that was fine, not fabulous. Restaurant quite dark, poor lighting on our side of the room.

LM
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The white horse was recommended by friends.. it did not disappoint, and the tempura oysters, tuna , octopus and lobster and crab toast were delicious.. we went at lunchtime and it was very quiet.. it deserves to be busier.. but the evenings are much busier and a reservation is advisable.. we shall definitely be back

E
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The ambiance was nice and the food was very tasty. However the booth they gave us was too small for 6 people, and the portions too small for the prices. The service however was so bad it was surreal. Our waitress was friendly, however she didn't note down our orders so every time we wanted to order something, we had to put in a lot of effort to ensure that she memorises it all and keep reminding her since she forgot a couple of items every time. It felt like we were unwilling participants in her memory training program. One guy collecting the empties knocked my wine glass and spilled half of it on my phone and wallet, cracking my water glass in the process. He said a quick sorry and dissappeared without any attempt to remedy the situation, leaving me to scramble to dry my phone and wallet before anything got ruined. I'm not usually one to get very hung up on service but writing down orders so that you don't forget them or checking whether everything is intact if you knock something over should just be common sense...

s
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood restaurant. Enjoyed all of the small plates and starter. Recommend sampling the menu.

l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch and very friendly. The menu choices were amazing so difficult to choose! We had oysters followed by razor clams, scallops, sesame tuna and grilled octopus accompanied by broccoli I with garlic and chili pepper and the most delicious seafood salad—highly recommend it. We chose a bottle of wine and our server insisted we have a taste before finalizing our selection to ensure we are satisfied. A most enjoyable evening.

R
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Staff know all the dishes, and can help with wine choices. All the dishes are well presented, and a perfect plate full. Star dishes are the oysters, octopus and the monkfish satay. It’s a must.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding and innovative food. Perfect portion size. Great if you are exploring the Old Town. Highly recommended

DC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Raves: Oysters were excellent (happy hour 4-6pm is highly recommended to save money), skinny fries were great, lobster salad was tasty. Staff was vary friendly. Music was very tastefully done: upbeat, fun, and a broad mix of great contemporary and classic songs, but not too loud.

Commentary: A little on the pricey side, since most dishes were appetizer/tapas style. Would've liked to see a broader selection of craft beer.

FWIW: Overall, this place was good enough to attract my wife and I back for a second visit during our weeklong stay in 2019.

JW
Heidelberg
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique and the service was stellar

LR
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed another evening.
Gréât staff, food and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was incredibly happy with my choice. I wanted seafood and found the perfect place that served small plates so I tried several things. The Monkfish Satay was amazing along with a deliciously fresh Scotch Bonnet Cured Salmon and the char on the Octopus was delightful!! Ok now, the oysters...so clean and tasty...recommend trying all 4. Natural was amazing as was the horseradish with the green herb. I'm under the impression you cannot order wrong here. Bon appetit!! P.s. very nice staff!!

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously good! we will be going again. Staff friendly and helpful, atmosphere great. If you like seafood this place is a must

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Delicious food and and buzzy atmosphere, let down by slightly underwhelming service. The waiter didn't know the wine list. I don't like to be told, when requesting that the oysters I ordered be brought out first, that "we just bring all the dishes out when they're ready ". Could do better!

KA
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was absolutely amazing, we were taken care of as soon as we walked in right up until they gave us our coats back and said goodnight. The food was outstanding and will definitely be back.

PM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good that we came back the last night, 4 days agter the 1st visit. We then tecommended you to a party of 4 Americans who came to you ladt night. They reported back to me today and were sooo pleased😅.
My wife will go on Tripadvisor tonight.
We loved all the different plates we had.
Peder Mansson
Stockholm
sweden

SM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Horse Oyster Bar is, in short, superb! The food, staff, music playlist (everything) were on point. If you’ve not already been and you love seafood, put this at the top of your places to go ... and definitely try the octopus!

TJ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic seafood! Easily recommendable and a must visit next time

DG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Booked table for our wedding anniversary. Arrived and were seated very quickly and at a good sized round table. The food arrived and the quality was very good with a few surprises. All the dishes we chose were very tasty. My only complaint was the odd oyster tasted muddy.