The Black Bull
We pride ourselves on serving freshly prepared classic pub grub and a great selection of local cask beers & ales which change weekly. If you fancy a nip with your pint or your meal you won’t be disappointed.
Please note that we are currently operating within Scottish Government guidelines.
All Bookings must be confirmed with card details in order to secure the booking. Nothing is charged to the card by way of a deposit and the card details are stored using SSL encryption, the industry standard. By providing card details, you are deemed to acknowledge that a charge of £5 per person may be made to the card in the event that your party fails to arrive or if the booking is cancelled with less than 2 hours notice.
Please note: We are only licensed to allow under 18s on the premises until 8pm.
Bingo Babes Drag Bingo£30.00 per personPrepaid
Oct 6 - Oct 7, 2021Join us for our first-ever Drag Bingo hosted by the Bingo Babes. It's gonna be a hoot! Your ticket includes 2 rounds of drag bingo entertainment, a drink on arrival and a large sharing platter including crispy haggis bites, nachos, mac n' cheese nuggets, chicken wings, beer-battered fish nuggets, Scotsman fries and dips.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Food was cooked just right. It was Sunday and we went for the Sunday Roast. Fantastic beef and lots of it, couldn't fault it. Delicious.
Having been here a few days before hand I had to call back again having booked my table the week before my trip and I have had the rib eye steak twice now on my visit here as the steak is nicely cooked for how asked for it to be done loved it again
Great pub/location and good prices considering it was Edinburgh☺️ The service was pretty slow even though it wasn’t that busy but overall a good place to visit and have a drink.
Hi there, glad to hear you have had a good experience with us. We appreciate the feedback on our service, and will take it forward at the next team meeting! Please pop back in again soon! The Black Bull Team
Always come here for a meal when I am in Edinburgh had the rib eye steak very good washed down with a few pints of Belhaven best call in and see for yourself
Hi there, thank you for the smashing review! The steak is a customer and staff fave, so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself on your visit. Please pop in again soon! Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Trust me just don’t go here. Place next door (Beehive Inn) has much friendlier staff and has better food and drink.
Brilliant service. Lovely food. Great pub and I loved the music.
Hi MartinaF, thanks for the smashing review! I'm so glad you had such a positive time at our pub on your visit. Please pop in again soon :) Regards, The Black Bull Team
Decent pub food and good atmosphere
Lovely friendly staff, very clean, felt very Covid safe with hand sanitizer on every table and staff always cleaning down tables. Gorgeous food, lovely drinks and a really nice atmosphere and feel about the place. Loved it!
Hi DanielleB, thanks for your smashing review! I'm so glad to hear your visit with us was so great! We pride ourselves on our great customer service and are glad this was reflected in your trip! Please pop in again sometime soon :) Best wishes, Black Bull Team
Friendly and helpful doorman however service was slow and very noisy inside
It was a good experience
We had a 30 min wait for our first drink
The service from the waiting staff could not be faulted though, it was an extremely busy day
Lovely service , great food but a bit chilli sitting inside but great place
Wasn’t clear they don’t do food outside after 7 but they served us anyway and then moved us inside for the main course. No problems.
Service attentive & accommodating & food good. However the noise level was deafening: Sky sports on with sound up HIGH!
Hi GUHC, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I'm glad both our service and food were great on this occasion. We will take your comments about the noise level on board - we tend to get pretty loud during sports games! Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Server was fantastic, food was great. Had to leave and couldn't stay at the bar due to current guidelines but over all great pub with a good atmosphere
Hi LauraM thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear that both the food and service was on top point on your visit yesterday. We can't wait for things to open up a little more with guidelines so we can have our guests stay longer.. and we look forward to having you back again soon! Best, The Black Bull Team
I booked a table to watch a football match and have lunch. The service was excellent as was the food and beer. The Dirty Scotsman fries were a triumph!
Hi there, thanks for your legendary review! I'm glad to hear your visit with us was so positive, and we look forward to having you and your party back again soon! PS the Scotsman fries are a staff fave too! Best, The Black Bull Team
Went here with my family & had a lovely time. We had booked for outside but it was pouring with rain & they had no trouble accomodating us by finding a table inside. The server couldn't have been more attentive & the food was delicious, very much enjoyed the slushie cocktail too. Definitely plan to go back.
Hi there, thanks for such a fantastic review! I'm glad to hear your visit with us was so positive, and we look forward to having you back in the Bull again soon. Kind regards, The Black Bull Team
Service was pretty slow, particularly considering that it wasn't especially busy. The food was decent, and about the price you'd expect for the Grassmarket.
Hi Emma thanks for taking the time to leave a review on our site. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and negative! I am sorry to hear that your visit to the Bull on this occasion was not up to standard. We will take on board your comments regarding service to our next team meeting. If there is anything further you'd wish to discuss about your visit, please do not hesitate to get back in contact through emailing: email@example.com. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Fab choice of food and drinks, good atmosphere, we will be back
Hi AileenT, thanks for your review! We look forward to you visiting again sometime soon! Kindest regards :)
Really tasty food and good service here. It was absolutely mobbed though so we had to wait a while to get seated. Overall it was great though
Hi LouiseA, thanks for taking the time to leave a review! It does get pretty busy in our venue during festival season, so I'm so glad you managed to get a good seat! We hope to have you back in again soon. Kind regards, The Black Bull Team
Warm welcome very accommodating Helps us with our next booking. Top bloke
Hi Frank, thanks for leaving such a great review! I will make sure to pass on your regards to our team. We hope to have you back in again sometime soon! Best wishes, The Black Bull Team
Friendly service and reasonably priced! Nice atmosphere as well. Just a nice wee pub in general.
Hi Paul, thanks for your review! I'm glad to hear you had a good visit with us. Make sure to pop back in next time you're about! Cheers, The Black Bull Team
The food offering was quite poor. Food would benefit from being served on warmed plates as the food was only moderately warm when served to us.
Hi Shevvy, I'm very sorry to hear that your visit to the Black Bull wasn't up to our usual standards on this occasion. If you'd like to take this further then feel free to please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, where one of our friendly managers will be able to reach you. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team.
Food was good its a great place but real shortages n waiting staff .
Hi James, thanks for taking the time to leave a review on our site! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, and we take on board your comments about staff shortages! Regards, The Black Bull Team
Very friendly staff, food and drinks were lovely. A lot to choose from, the slushie cocktails were delicious! The staff allowed us to move inside when it started to rain, which was very nice. Definitely would recommend! Erin and Frankie in particular were great 😊
Hi there, thanks for the smashing review! I'm glad to hear your time with us was so positive - the slushies are a staff fave too! I will make sure to pass on your regards to your two brilliant servers that evening, and look forward to having you back again soon. Cheers, The Black Bull Team
Organised COVID checks and distancing, felt safe. Great food and service. Will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh
Hi David, thanks for your brilliant review! We are glad our pub provided a friendly yet safe environment, and look forward to your return! Best, The Black Bull Team
Food was much higher standard than expected, service excellent and in such a lovely, sunny spot of Grassmarket, what more could we ask for!
Hi there. Thanks for your awesome review! I am so glad to hear your visit with us was so positive! I will make sure your lovely comments are passed on to the rest of the team, and we hope that on your future visits to Edinburgh, you make a return! Kind regards, The Black Bull Team
Had a table booked for 7.15pm arrived slightly early but was told fully booked despite lots of empty tables.
Food was nice however they did not have enough staff on to cover the minimal amount of people that were there. Placed a 2nd order for drinks, which were forgotten about and it took 25mins to find a member of staff to remind them.
Overall ok food but service left a lot to be desired
Hi there, thanks for your comments. I am sorry to hear your visit with us was not up to our usual standard. It seems as though there was slight miscommunication on the door. Sometimes empty tables look as such because bookings haven't quite arrived yet. We will do better to explain this properly next time. I will also make sure these issues with service be brought to the rest of the team. If you wish to further discuss please email: email@example.com. Kindest regards
Sat outside in the beautiful sunshine at the black bull yesterday, had a lovely afternoon, girl who served us was fantastic, didn’t get her name but she had brown curly hair, she’s was so attentive and bubbly, even gave us suntan lotion, would definitely recommend to all friends,
Hi there! Thanks for your amazing review and recommendation! I am so glad you had such a great time with us on Saturday. I have passed on your lovely comments to your waitress for that day :) Hopefully have you back again soon! Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Lovely food and very friendly staff
Slow service 20 minutes to get a drink, finished them within 5 and no one had come for 15 minutes after we finished them.
Hi Ash2672, thanks for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I am sorry to hear that your visit with us on this occasion was not up to our usual standards. If you would like to further discuss this, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org, where you can discuss this with our friendly management team. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Really fast service compared to other places we visited the same day. Friendly staff who gave plenty notice of when we had to move on (2 hours booking slots). Will be back!
Hi there, thanks for your positive review! I am so happy to hear that you had such a great visit with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Bull again soon! Cheers, The Black Bull Team
We sat outside and had a lovely lunch, staff were very attentive, couldn't have done anymore.
Hi there - thanks for your 5-star review! I'm so happy to hear that on all fronts, you had a great visit with us on this occasion. We hope to have you visit again sometime soon! Regards, The Black Bull Team
We had an amazing day, Will our waiter went above and beyond to help sort tables for us in the afternoon and evening.
Hi there - thanks for your awesome review! I am so glad you had a great time visiting us. I will pass on your kind review to our waiter, Will, also! Kind regards :) The Black Bull Team
Delicious food, but a very noisy venue with loud TVs and music, so not the ideal place if you are wanting to chat over dinner. Service was reasonable to begin with, to take our original order but after our plates were cleared nobody came back to ask if we wanted anything further. Tables limited to 2 hours which I think is standard at the moment
Hi there. Thank you for your comments. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and negative! We are sorry that your visit with us was not up to our usual standards. As a sports bar, our venue does get rather loud and busy at times, though we appreciate this may be quite loud for other, non-sport watchers. I'm sorry to hear that the service was lacking slightly on our part. If you'd like to discuss this further, please email: email@example.com. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Insufficient staff so service vey slow. Had to remind staff of our order twice before our drinks arrived
Visited the black bull on two occasions during our weekend in Edinburgh, on both occasions service was excellent, staff very helpful and a very welcoming atmosphere. Can't wait to visit again.
Hi there! Thanks for your positive review! I am so happy to hear you had such a great time through in Edinburgh, and enjoyed both your visits to the Black Bull. Next time you visit, be sure to pop back in! Kind regards, The Black Bull Team
staff where excellent food was good value outside table was brill
Hi there, thanks for your recommendation! I am so glad to hear your visit was so positive. I will pass on your regards to the rest of the service and kitchen team. We hope to have you back again soon! Cheers, Kira
Just booked a table for outdoor drinks which was lovely. Drinks cold and staff very helpful and friendly. Ordered some nachos to share as a snack, overall ok but cheese was obvious cheap as already set hard when food came. Would happily go back fit drinks but would skip food. Loos clean
Hi Gwyneth, thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear about the food not being up to standard on this occasion, if you'd like staff recommendations of our other popular light bites, all our staff would be more than happy to recommend on your next visit! Kind regards The black Bull Team
chicken burger was way over cooked and salty. it took ages for the food to come out after the starter, 50 mins. chips were awful
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. We appreciate all feedback - both positive in negative. If you would like to take this further, please feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team
Nice lunch in the company of friends catching up for the first time in many many months. Sought outside space and Black Bull fitted the bill being centrally located - indeed a great spot in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. COVID protocols managed by friendly and welcoming staff were strong. We will be back.
Hi GordonC, Thanks for your brilliant review. I'm so glad to hear you had such a positive experience dining with us. And we look forward to your return! Kind Regards, The Black Bull Team
The Black Bull is rated 4.4 stars by 124 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.