The Basement

4.5
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253 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mexican
The Basement Bar and Restaurant is a genuine Edinburgh institution, long favoured by locals and found by savvy travelers. 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.
What 253 People Are Saying
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D
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our fav - 20 plus years later

RS
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.

NW
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

S
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

OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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

DP
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

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it great food, lovely atmosphere, welcoming staff xx

HJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, complimentary birthday drink and amazing food. Look forward to returning in the future.

FM
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was ok - but I would quite like enough guacamole to eat all the chips with - we were finished with about 3/4 of the chips left still to eat!

LG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends. Thank you

RW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service and great ambiance Was so busy but never made yo feel that we were waiting too long. Staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble

R
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty food and good value with the 50% for January, maybe a bit pricey if paying full cost.

Friendly and fast service, well organised.

Great location in town, and free on street parking after 6:30 👍

CD
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the Sunday Sharer menu. Loved the food, it was tasty and fun. Ambience was lovely.
Staff and service were really nice and the server was keen to get feedback about the sharer menu, as it was new on the menu. Superb meal followed by live music.

Highly recommended

EM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated straight away.
Size of the meals were explained so we knew what to order.
Food was delicious and very fresh.
Staff kept check if anything needed.

Overall I would highly recommend dining here.

SB
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was SO good, atmosphere great and the service was brilliant from every member of staff we came into contact with. Will definitely be back!

RF
Perthshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated in an alcove off the main bar, attentive service without being overpowering. Menu explained and food delicious!

PL
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great selection of tequilas.

F
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes. Great drinks. Great food. Got a good discount for January. Would 100% recommend and will be back when I’m not pregnant to try all that tasty tequila and staropramen on tap!

JM
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The fajitas were excellent, certainly was not a small portion. It has a nice atmosphere and is good value for money. Only criticism would be our table was very small and difficult to get everything on it.

MM
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

great food, great beers, excellent bar area but the restaurant a little 'cosy' (squashed in beside other diners) which is fine if you're cool with that but not ideal if you like having your own space

SM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and very nice atmosphere. Really enjoyed it all.

LR
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere fantastic food and top class service. Would highly recommend this place

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great, staff became rude when there was an issue with the bill

AB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Staff very friendly and restaurant not too noisy even though there is a bar at the other side

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately there was a power cut so no lights in the ladies toilet. Delicious food and great value as 50% off

m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The rum sour cocktail and the mocktail I tried were both excellent. I loved the vegetarian Firecracker tacos, which were made with roasted Brussels sprouts and almonds. The posole soup was made with pinto beans and corn; I would have preferred hominy over corn, but the soup was still spicy and flavorful. There were no house-made salsas on New Year’s Day when we were there, but that may have been because of the holiday. The service was helpful and kind. The decor is artistic. The background music was lively but not excessively loud.

F
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Plenty beef in the fajitas although not very spicy

JH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty, spicy and different. We went for the small plates and found them very filling and probably picked one too much. Good choice of beers and wines and when other diners were due in, they found us another table to stay on so great service.

SG
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and amazing value. The 2 for £12 brunch option is a winner. Very relaxed atmosphere and great staff. Will definitely be going back!

CS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food..really helpful staff...good value for money

MW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food as always.
Waiters were friendly and great at advising on the menu.
Thank you

CB
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great meeting place with a tremendous atmosphere. There's a few Mexican themed restaurants in Edinburgh that seem to be ranked higher than the Basement, but if you want great tasting Tacos and a good selection of drinks, with brilliant service and atmosphere, then Id pick the Basement ahead of the others.

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , staff and atmosphere was great , excellent value and authentic

KA
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Basement does not disappoint. Food was outstanding, fajitas, nachos 1st class. Service was great.

HP
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love, love, love! Gorgeous food and at a great price!

PE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in the basement on Friday evening, fantastic atmosphere and service! Apologies forgotten waiters name, but made the worlds greatest Guac and kept the Tequila Flowing!

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional food, good portions and really nice bar setting. Will definitely be back!