The Basement

4.6
286 reviews
£26 to £40
Mexican
The Basement Bar and Restaurant is a genuine Edinburgh institution, long favoured by locals and found by savvy travellers. Known for its good quality, imaginative food, carefully chosen drinks list and home-spun cocktails, served by knowledgeable staff in eclectic surroundings. It is advisable to book a table any day of the week as tables always seem to be busy in the separate restaurant area, however the same menu is served in the bar.

Please note that we can only accept a maximum party size of 6, from a maximum of 2 separate households.

Following the Scottish Government advice, wearing of a face covering upon arrival and when moving around the venue is mandatory.
What 286 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RickyS
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks at the Basement are obviously doing their best to provide as good an experience as possible under the current, difficult circumstances. Food was excellent, their COVID safety measures were clear and concise, and the staff (as always) were amazing. The atmosphere was quieter than usual, but this is expected based on capacity restrictions and being that they're not allowed to play music.

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AlexandriaG
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and great food. Will go again and would recommend

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lbee
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and service were all great! There were barriers up between tables and one way system to follow.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night out for a while lovely food

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Sarah
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bit expensive for what it is, great cocktails and nice food but again a bit too expensive £17 for fajitas a meal for two and some cocktails not much change back from £100

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SergiM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and the staff are amazing. The food was also delicious - i couldn’t recommend this place enough !

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ClareR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cosy , all the food was promptly delivered and our waitress was very attentive.

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Unknown
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Cold inside. Had to leave as was freezing. Food tasty but not hot. Won’t go back any time soon

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Hunts
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food excellent, wine and beer as well. Only criticism was the temperature but understand it was covid related to maintain ventilation

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LaurenR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks and amazing service from all staff! Will definitely be back ! Thank you again!

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Kaam0
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Thoroughly enjoyable experience once again!

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Kristina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A lovely place with good food, and nice atmosphere. However, we waited for our food for around an hour, maybe more, which meant I had to eat in a rush because I had to leave soon.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, delicious food and such precise precautions taken in terms of Covid. Really recommend this place, can't wait to go back!

The Basement
Responded on 2 October 2020

Hi there Elizabeth! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, means a lot to the team here at The Basement! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Basement Team

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Person
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fish tacos, nachos and margaritas as always

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ranib
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to be back in The Basement after COVID-19. There were lots of safety precautions in place and our meal was delicious!

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TinkerF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all round would highly recommend The Basement

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katies
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food in a cosy, authentic setting. Gorgeous cocktails too! 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, friendly servers, super accommodating. Will definitely be returning

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WeeKid
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for drinks only. Super friendly staff and strong cocktails. Good atmosphere despite the lack of music due to corona restrictions. Would visit again. Their take on an espresso martini is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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CharityN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really impressed by the effort they had made to make the restaurant 'covid safe'. It still had a lovely cosy feel and a fun atmosphere. Margaritas were also delicious! They deserve to be as busy as they are.

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Janice
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very safe arrangements, slightly cramped but totally fine in order to maintain distancing whilst getting a decent amount of people in and have a good atmosphere. Well done Basement staff.

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SnakkaPakka
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time there with the wife and the staff and service were outstanding. Food was delicious. More than the usual bog standard Mexican.
Good selection of beers and spirits.
Will definitely return.

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tonyb
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service really enjoyed the cocktails.

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jbabroad
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing margaritas and incredible food. Felt really authentic. Covid policies easy to follow, well equipped for it.

The Basement
Responded on 27 September 2020

Hey jbabroad! Thanks so much for the great review! Means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon, Cheers, The Basement Team

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Jimmyjams886
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and super nice staff who made sure we had everything we needed.

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ClaireS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. Was better when music was playing but this cannot be helped with current covid restrictions. Always recommend this place and so glad its open again

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Michael
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had been really excited about going here..

Restaurant had damp smell.. Staff were annoying, can understand the COVID rules without being spoken to like a child.. Atmosphere was awful, I am sure my own funeral will have more life and soul than this place..

Food quality was no better than Iceland Frozen Foods...

Finally, I would say something are better as an Instagram post than a reality..

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SUSANL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Basement has taken lots of measures to make sure everyone safe but still great atmosphere. Would definitely go again! Good service!

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Carols
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Tasty fantastic food with a good range of dishes on the menu. The spicy chicken wings and fish taco as starters were particularly Yummy . Staff professional and welcoming.

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LesleyK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popped I for dinner prior to theatre.
Really warm welcome and waitress (Gemma) had noted it was my daughters birthday and brought over a glass of Prosecco. Very nice thoughtful touch.
Menu was explained well and we opted for a few dishes to share.
Loved the theatre of making the guacamole at the table such a
Lovely touch.
Food was delicious.
Really good night would love to come back when we have
more time.

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BrettW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Margheritas, the place has an easy going vibe to it, food was good as well

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Docmum
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh tasty food - good variety & fajitas altered for children ie less spicy. Amazing cocktails & churros.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our fav - 20 plus years later

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal, the fresh guacamole made at the table was a highlight along with the chilli con queso, unreal.

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NikolaW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service at a very reasonable price. We will definately be back. Many thanks

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Stef
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Haven’t been to the basement for a couple of years. Was very disappointed. We were put into a small back area which was dark not very much room. Service was poor and we didn’t have a bottle of water brought to our table. We didn’t have the option to to lunch menu which another couple of people did get a bit later on. Previously the guacamole has been made at the table but we only asked if we wanted everything with it and was just brought to the table (we had to wait 30 mins for this!) Our mains then came shortly after. Food was not as good as it used to be and not really value for money. Don’t plan to be back

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venu, lovely meal and really great table service. Will definately be back

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Adiggitydog
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good atmosphere, music was a bit all over the shop, cocktails were delicious.

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DebbieP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly attentive staff,buzzy atmosphere and absolutely beautiful food .Highly recommended and we will definately book again next time we visit Edinburgh

FAQs

The Basement is rated 4.6 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.