The Black Bull

4.4
124 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Black Bull’s Scottish gastropub literally stands in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
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.

Experiences

  • Bingo Babes Drag Bingo

    £30.00 per personPrepaid

    Oct 6 - Oct 7, 2021

    Join 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 124 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.2
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RayC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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Legz
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

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.

The Black Bull
Responded 4 days ago

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

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Legz
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Black Bull
Responded 5 days ago

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

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Sendog
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Trust me just don’t go here. Place next door (Beehive Inn) has much friendlier staff and has better food and drink.

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MartinaF
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service. Lovely food. Great pub and I loved the music.

The Black Bull
Responded 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decent pub food and good atmosphere

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DanielleB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 September 2021

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

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DonnaP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Friendly and helpful doorman however service was slow and very noisy inside

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GwenM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Lovely service , great food but a bit chilli sitting inside but great place

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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GUHC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service attentive & accommodating & food good. However the noise level was deafening: Sky sports on with sound up HIGH!

The Black Bull
Responded on 24 August 2021

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

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LauraM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 15 August 2021

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

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AndrewS
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

The Black Bull
Responded on 15 August 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 15 August 2021

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

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Emma
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 11 August 2021

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: info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team

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AileenT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fab choice of food and drinks, good atmosphere, we will be back

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

Hi AileenT, thanks for your review! We look forward to you visiting again sometime soon! Kindest regards :)

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LouiseA
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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

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Frank
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Warm welcome very accommodating Helps us with our next booking. Top bloke

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and reasonably priced! Nice atmosphere as well. Just a nice wee pub in general.

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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

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Shevvy
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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: info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk, where one of our friendly managers will be able to reach you. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team.

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James
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good its a great place but real shortages n waiting staff .

The Black Bull
Responded on 15 August 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😊

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Organised COVID checks and distancing, felt safe. Great food and service. Will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh

The Black Bull
Responded on 10 August 2021

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

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CBlockley
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was much higher standard than expected, service excellent and in such a lovely, sunny spot of Grassmarket, what more could we ask for!

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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PamM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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: info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kindest regards

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KerryG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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,

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and very friendly staff

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Ash2672
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow service 20 minutes to get a drink, finished them within 5 and no one had come for 15 minutes after we finished them.

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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: info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk, where you can discuss this with our friendly management team. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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Kendo
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely lunch, staff were very attentive, couldn't have done anymore.

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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TracyannM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We had an amazing day, Will our waiter went above and beyond to help sort tables for us in the afternoon and evening.

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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LISAP
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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: info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team

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MoyraT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Insufficient staff so service vey slow. Had to remind staff of our order twice before our drinks arrived

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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georgem
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

staff where excellent food was good value outside table was brill

The Black Bull
Responded on 31 July 2021

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

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GwynethS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 24 July 2021

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

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AndrewF
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 24 July 2021

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 info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team

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GordonC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 17 July 2021

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

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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.