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White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar, Edinburgh,

White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

4.8
4.8
1431 Reviews
£26 to £40
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

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary British, Scottish

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 16:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    0131 629 5300

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    The Royal Mile

  • Cross Street

    Canongate & St. Mary's Street

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    8 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Crab Scotch Egg£9.50

    wasabi mayo

    • Sesame Tuna£11.50

      grapefruit & nasturtium

      • Hand Dived Scallops£16.50

        pickled girolle, furikake & roasted mushroom

        • BBQ Lobster Tail£24.00

          bisque beurre blanc

          • Scotch Bonnet Salmon£10.50

            avocado & heritage tomato

            • Monkfish Satay£10.50

              toasted nuts

              • Prawn & Lobster Toast£12.50

                yuzu pearls & black sesame

                • Beef & Oyster£14.50

                  dry aged rump steak, tempura oyster & bearnaise

                  • Charred Octopus£12.00

                    smoked mayo & sea herbs

                    • Buffalo Mozzarella & Heritage Tomato£9.50

                      sherry caramel

                      • Mussels£9.50

                        garlic & sauvignon broth

                        Natural Oysters

                        Shucked on the bar: one £3 | Three £9 | Six £18. Served with pickled shallots, Tabasco & lemon. Oysters ordered fresh daily. When they're gone they're gone!

                        • Carlingford

                          nutty & sweet with a delicious after taste

                          • Loch Fyne

                            soft with a clean zinc finish

                            • Caledonian

                              big fruity flavours & a tangy finish

                              Seafood Platters

                              • House£95.00

                                whole lobster, pickled mussels, oysters, scotch bonnet salmon, tuna tartare, dressed crab & marinated octopus

                                • Hot£85.00

                                  half lobster, nduja scallops, tempura prawns, garlic mussels, seaweed grilled oysters

                                  Tempura

                                  Served with ponzu dressing, wasabi mayo & pickled ginger

                                  • Salt + Pepper Prawns£9.50

                                    • Lobster£17.50

                                      • Tenderstem Broccoli£8.50

                                        Pudding & Cheese

                                        • Buttermilk Panna Cotta£8.00

                                          rhubarb & jelly

                                          • Apple Tart£8.00

                                            butterscotch ice-cream & toffee sauce

                                            • Choc Ice£8.00

                                              peanut butter & caramel

                                              • Hebridean Blue {Scotland}£10.50

                                                honeycomb & candied walnuts

                                                Sides

                                                • Charred Sourdough£4.50

                                                  seaweed butter & smoked garlic

                                                  • Tenderstem Broccoli£5.50

                                                    chilli & garlic

                                                    • Heritage Tomato Salad£5.50

                                                      pink pickled onion

                                                      • Crab Straw Fries£9.00

                                                        brown crab mayo

                                                        • Seaweed 'Slaw£4.50

                                                          roasted peanuts & octo dressing

                                                          • Hassleback Potatoes£4.50

                                                            curried mayo

                                                            • Straw Fries£4.50

                                                              salt & vinegar

                                                              Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                                              What 1,431 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                              4.8
                                                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.8Food
                                                              • 4.8Service
                                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                                              • 4.5Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              • Edinburgh

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                                                              1. HM

                                                                HowardM

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                Food was quite overpriced per portion but tasty, and half the wine list was missing (apart from the £50+ bottles). We were also told as soon as we sat down that the kitchen was closing within 15 minutes, which was confusing. Cocktails were very nice, as was the space but we found the "lo-fi hip hop beats to chill/study to" playing throughout the night kinda obnoxious and ill-fitting with the general vibe of the place.

                                                              2. DD

                                                                DaveandDebz

                                                                Aberdeen

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                First class food and service. Highly recommend!

                                                              3. TP

                                                                TessaP

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food and service. Very happy to take into account dietary requirements.

                                                              4. s

                                                                sarahh

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                The food was phenomenal I loved it! The only thing I would say the lobster on the hot platter was a bit over cooked just a tiny bit!

                                                              5. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Manchester

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The staff is so friendly and cheerful. The hot seafood platter is amazing. Lobster is fresh. Must recommend to friends who will go to Edinburgh :)

                                                              6. NR

                                                                NicolaR

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Best food I’ve had in a while, right up there now as one of my fav restaurants in Edinburgh. Girls serving us were lovely, good chat and smiles just perfect! Will be back soon.

                                                              7. GR

                                                                GRM1979

                                                                London

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Staff really friendly and helpful, lovely atmosphere. Food wonderful and incredible flavours. Really surprised when the bill came as we expected it to be more, definitely go back!

                                                              8. RS

                                                                RachelS

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Service was super helpful and friendly and the food was very yummy. I love the tequila cocktail.

                                                              9. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Platters were great but need to have bread as an option on the menu

                                                              10. W

                                                                Worthy

                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                We were looking for something a bit special in Edinburgh and we found it at White Horse. We enjoyed their oysters and 4 small plates along with 2 sides. The oysters were fresh-tasting and presented nicely. The charred octopus-which is one of my all time favorite dishes-was the best ever! The variety of enhancements on the plate was stunning. The scallops, while not to the extent of the octopus, were also magnificent. The mussels in broth were plentiful and enjoyable, and the salmon was served in thin but meaty slices with fresh avocado and tomato. The broccoli was good and the charred sourdough with seaweed butter and roasted garlic was a very pleasant addition. Service, while friendly and professional, was strained due to the ratio of tables to servers, but did not detract from our evening.

                                                              11. JS

                                                                JanetteS

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Totally amazing experience. So beautifully presented food. Fresh and very tasty Nothing too much trouble The staff very attentive Highly recommended

                                                              12. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                My favourite kind of place, low key, no drama, but great food.

                                                              13. A

                                                                Avhalin

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                The place is great and the food are delicious! The price range also great it's surprisingly not too expensive.

                                                              14. AO

                                                                AmyO

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 15 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great food, service and location. Would recommend and hope to visit again soon. They had lovely oysters on happy hour too which was a bonus!

                                                              15. DS

                                                                DesS

                                                                London

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Different prices to what was on website and oysters where pricey but apart from that food was outstanding and the service was brilliant and girls could not have been nicer . Will defo be back , really really good 👍🏾

                                                              16. M

                                                                lucyM

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food, staff, drinks all excellent Cannot fault - highly recommend

                                                              17. JD

                                                                JuliaD

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                Everytime we come in Edinburgh we est here, fabulous food, lovely wines and nice atmosphere! We like sitting in the bar area (as we find the other part too noisy for us ..) Excellent place to enjoy !

                                                              18. KH

                                                                KeijoH

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                The meals were great and atmosphere was pleasant. Apart from the noise level due to loud music.

                                                              19. EL

                                                                EmmaL

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Octopus is always amazing. Everything is very high standard.

                                                              20. SC

                                                                SimonC

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Brilliant venue. Amazing seafood . My wife was not an oyster fan, but I persuaded her to sample one. Monkfish Satay delicious & Crab Scotch Egg a real find. Bloody Mary’s very spicy & service excellent but not over attentive. Well done

                                                              21. AC

                                                                ACAC

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                Nice dinner! Enjoyed it

                                                              22. A

                                                                Angel

                                                                San Diego

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing Scottish oysters, fun drinks, and great environment. Would recommend any day!

                                                              23. R

                                                                Robbie

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was beautiful, service was brilliant and the place is lovely.

                                                              24. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                House platter was incredible

                                                              25. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Yorkshire

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We were visiting Edinburgh for my 50th birthday and wanted to eat somewhere nice to celebrate. We booked at short notice and couldn’t wait to try the hot platter. We had cocktails on arrival, which were very nice, then a couple of starters and a sharing plate - the crab scotch egg was very good. Pairing the platter with a cold bottle of Sauvignon and we were good to go. The mussels, oysters, scallops, lobster and prawns were excellent. Would definitely visit again

                                                              26. TS

                                                                TomS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fantastic quality food in nice quiet setting. Will definitely be back

                                                              27. SL

                                                                ShannonL

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Beautiful and cozy restaurant. We had so much food and every dish was cooked to perfection. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Edinburgh.

                                                              28. PL

                                                                PaulL

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Had the seafood platter It was excellent Staff really friendly and service excellent

                                                              29. D

                                                                Dominik

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very, very good seafood, delicious oysters, pricing reasonable for so high quality

                                                              30. d

                                                                danielle

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                It was really fantastic, top notch from start to finish.

                                                              31. KW

                                                                KirstinW

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Absolutely out of this world!! Food was amazing best I have tasted for a long time and the wine was so good too. I cannot recommend this place enough quite honestly

                                                              32. w

                                                                wunchee8

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Enjoyed our lunch last Sunday - went for the Buck a Shuck oysters and they were delish! I highly recommend the crab fries and sesame tuna! Will definitely be back again!

                                                              33. RL

                                                                RLucas92

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                                We love the white horse and have been many times but the prices have changed twice in a very short space of time and unfortunately we can no longer afford to come as often as we once did. The buck a shuck was amazing value and we always said it couldn’t last. The value is still good and the oysters great as always but with the rising cost of living we will have to save here as a treat.

                                                              34. SA

                                                                SeanA

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                First class shellfish and fish Excellent service and friendly staff A wee bit pricey but worth it!

                                                              35. DL

                                                                DamianL

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great place. With great food and cocktails would definitely recommend to all looking for something different

                                                              36. S

                                                                Surrey22

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                We would have preferred a low level piano or jazz music. The volume and the choice of music was unbearable. We couldn't hear each other and people had to shout to converse. The sea food platter for two was all right but didn't give us two heads of lobsters. There were only 5 crevettes and no implement to crack the bits of lobster that we were served. No warm bread as extra. The chips were overflowing in a tiny bowl and it wasn't easy picking them up. The amount of mussels was poor. I would have preferred not to have been offered so bluntly the choice to add extra for service. Altogether an average experience.

                                                              37. CZ

                                                                CatherineZ

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A lovely night with very tasty food and friendly staff.

                                                              38. SD

                                                                SuckaDick

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 25 April 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was great. Staff was attentive. Portions were small as advertised

                                                              39. AO

                                                                AylinO

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                The food was amazing, cooked to perfection, would Love to come again

                                                              40. HL

                                                                HannaL

                                                                Northampton

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Staff was amazing food was amazing Best place to go in Edinburgh

                                                              Safety precautions

                                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                • Contactless payment available
                                                              • Physical distancing

                                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                • Extra space between tables
                                                              • Screening

                                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                              FAQs

                                                              White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1431 OpenTable diners.

                                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                              Booked 16 times today
                                                              Google Map for White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

                                                              266 Canongate Royal Mile Edinburgh, EH8 8AA

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Cross Street

                                                                Canongate & St. Mary's Street

                                                              • Area

                                                                The Royal Mile

                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                Mon–Fri 16:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–23:00

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Seafood, Contemporary British, Scottish

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                None

                                                              • Public Transit

                                                                8 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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