White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

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432 reviews
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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.
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EF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brother over from the states, very special evening

WR
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at White Horse recently and would highly recommend it. The food was very well prepared and presented. Make sure to make a reservation especially during the summer.

CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a beautifully appointed space. Just far enough down the royal mile to not be overrun with clickits and still conveniently located.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not very generous plates and average quality seafood, however excellent cocktails.

LC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my boyfriends birthday and it was just as pleasant as the 1st time we came in, beautiful oysters and lovely service! This is definitely one of our favourite spot in Edinburgh!

NH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like seafood, this is the place to go in Edinburgh! Couldn't fault any aspect of the lunch, from the service, to the wine, to the food!

m
London
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is simply sublime. Beautifully fresh fish complimented by some bold flavours that somehow don't overpower. I am now an oyster convert after many years of staying clear of them.

JP
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all aspects of the restaurant. Great, fesh food...good service..lovely ambience. We celebrated my friends birthday. She loved it

RF
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best seafood restaurants we have been to in Edinburgh. Staff so helpful and professional. Food exceptional . The only criticism was the price of wine, a bit over the top!!! Will definitely be back next time we are in Edinburgh.

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

Second visit and just as wonderful as the first time!

DC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best seafood restaurant that i've tried in my life

AT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. The service was great. I think it’s better if you’re in a big group because the format is sharing plates and if there were only 2 or 3 of you you would ha e less to try.

W
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table did not steer us wrong on this one. Fantastic lunch!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only issue was we had to wait 20 minutes for our table but were given a seat at the bar to wait. Staff great, food outstanding. Would recommend if you like seafood.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute decision, dined here before the Tattoo. Wow, what a great restaurant!!! Really impressed with format, menu, quality and tons of finesse in the presentation! The chef is very creative while not getting in his own way. High quality seafood, they can cook potatoes (it’s Scotland) , and very friendly service. This place is a gem!

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my parent's wedding anniversary but also had young children with us...very accommodating for all ages. Great service - very friendly.

IU
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall: I'm a little disappointed.
Good: Oysters were superb. Wine was perfect. Scallops were fantastic, but only two pieces.
Memediocre: Sea trout appeared to be a smoked salmon slices. Very gentle and nice, but not worth it at all in a fancy restaurant. Sesame tuna was ok.
Bad: Grilled octopus tentacle was ruined and barely edible.
Price: Unjustifiably overpriced tiny portions.
Tip: Go for a platter. You might get more for less.

T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quite a nice place and handy for the train. Tables a little too close to each other for our particular liking. Food was tasty but not great portion size for the price. Service was friendly and helpful - the bill was initially wrong but was put right easily enough. It wasn’t special enough for the price, so probably wouldn’t rush back.

PM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and drink, great service and good music. I would go back for special occasions but it's also great for lunch treats and casual drinks at the bar.

d
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were really tired of hotel food and Scottish cuisine. Read about this place on open table and went in. Portions are small so if you are hungry order more than the 4 plates they suggest for 2. Everything we ate was excellent. Special credit to crab legs and monkfish satay! Felicity served and helped with order suggestions and was a pleasure, but the whole staff was a delight. Not a pretty place but they do really good food. Awesome oysters!

RC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusual but delicious sea food loved it service very good loved the lay back atmosphere

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience. We had lunch. And the food was excellent, a very foodie place that we enjoyed. The deserts were amazing and really loved the ambiance.

OT
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We started off with fabulous oysters, then went to small plates. We had salmon, tuna, scallops, shrimp tempura and then broccoli. It was all fantastic and a great taste
sensation. Go to this restaurant.

AC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service and great location. My new favourite

EM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was a bit pub grub but the place and staff where fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Endroit remarquable

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hi,We had a couple of dishes of oysters which were very nicely presented and were quality but we also ordered scallops which we thought were well overpriced,£12.50 for 2

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Super hip atmosphere , popular even on Tuesday evening ,
Very nice service and Oyster are delicious!

Ordered other food eg octopus , scallops and seared tuna , portion super small but price are expensive , disappointed about the octopus, it’s size is small but yet grilled too dried.

Other food are all great . Excellent on dessert as well .

GH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Been there once, went back again the next day. Keep up the good work . Cheers

MT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality seafood. The grilled octopus is delicious and the House Platter is well worth the price - we struggled to finish it. Great cocktail and drinks menu. Highly recommend.

KB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far one of the best meals we had on our trip to Scotland and Ireland. The oysters were superb. The scotch egg was so good we ordered a second round. The cocktails were phenomenal. My mother who rarely drinks actually had 3. They were able to seat our table of 6 comfortably. I highly recommend for seafood lovers.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, food and ambience. My husband loved his anniversary treat. Many thanks to those who took care of us!

E
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lunch with reservations was excellent. Dinner reservations are a must. Enjoy some outstanding dishes anywhere..

h
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Generally very good , portions a bit small , one small leg of octopus as a serving ? really ??

s
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

we waited quite a long time for couple of plates... and getting attention for water etc took a few attempts..not a particularly busy evening.

The food was incredible and worth the wait!

MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal - best food in Edinburgh, and Oyster Happy Hour is the best deal. Charred Octopus was life-changing.

BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, service is friendly and professional. Went there on three different occasions during a five day stay in Edinburgh and enjoyed it each time. Try the scallops and the tuna.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and the atmosphere was good but I didn’t appreciate being told by a waiter to watch where I was going on my way out of the restaurant because he almost walked into me with a tray of food and I expected bigger portion sizes for being told by a waitress that everything on the menu was designed to be a sharing platter

ES
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, music was a bit loud and we had to raise voices to be heard which at lunchtime was a little off putting. Lovely food though, the monkfish satay is amazing!!

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived to the restaurant and received a warm welcome after traveling up from Newcastle, staff gave me and my girlfriend two complimentary glasses of prosecco which immediately set the mood for a good night, staff were very polite smiley and attended to our every needs, we chose the platter and werent disappointed, everything was beautiful especially the nduja oysters, overall it was the ultimate dining experience and would recommend to anyone to try this place out, when visiting Edinburgh in the future we will definitely be returning. A*

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