The Black Bull

4.5
56 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Casual
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.

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 56 People Are Saying
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoyceM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food great staff were able to accommodate us inside due to weather

The Black Bull
Responded a day ago

Hi Joyce, Thank you for your comments. I am glad to hear your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We look forward to having you back again soon. Thanks, The Black Bull Team

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LucyC
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were fab, especially the girl serving outside late afternoon! Food and drink was great

The Black Bull
Responded a day ago

Hi Lucy, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I'm glad to hear that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive! I will pass on your regards to the waitress who was serving your table outside also. Thank you, The Black Bull Team

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KayleighMcCulloch
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I unfortunately didn't catch their names but the blonde lass on the door was great! And our waitress was brilliant! 😁

The Black Bull
Responded a day ago

Hi Kayleigh, thank you for your comments. I am so glad your visit to the Black Bull was so positive! We pride ourselves in our great customer service and are happy this is reflected in your visit. I will pass on your regards to both our lovely host and waitress. Thank you, The Black Bull Team

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff was not very friendly, hostess was dismissive and curt. Food was fine, drinks were good. But wish service had been better.

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Megan1221
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Really enjoyed our lunch at the black bull - service was good, although it was busy and could probably have used more than one server outside. But the lassie who was there was great. Food was lovely, smaller portions but well made and really tasty - my only comment would be that the macaroni and cheese could benefit from a bit more cheese! Overall great place for a pub lunch in the sunshine.

The Black Bull
Responded a day ago

Hi Megan, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I'm glad to hear your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We will take your comments on board and look forward to having you back again soon! Thank you, The Black Bull Team

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stag do. Great seating outdoors. Great atmosphere.

The Black Bull
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there - thank you for your review! We're glad you had a great time at the Black Bull and looking very much forward to having you back again!

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DavidB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice food. Excellent service. Can’t fault it

The Black Bull
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, thanks for your review! I am pleased that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive! We look forward to having you back again soon.

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Steph
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a good day but i would only return when the two hour time slots arent around. By the time you sit and get a few drinks, the time is up. Obv this cant be helped just now and they are only following guidelines.

The Black Bull
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. Our guests are priority, and we hope that things can return to normal again soon too so that our guests can stay a little longer!

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KarenN
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sports bar , serving good food and beers. Cocktails were good too. Staff friendly

The Black Bull
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I am so pleased that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We look forward to having you back again soon!

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fionam
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were amazing, service was good, we didn’t eat here but the menu looks decent

The Black Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, thank you for your review. I'm so glad your visit to the Black Bull was so positive, and look forward to having you back again soon!

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Fjvsjs
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just received quote poor service, drinks order was forgotten, and then somebody came to take a new one after about 25 minutes and then just went on their phone instead of getting order ready.

The Black Bull
Responded on 8 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. We appreciate all feedback - be it positive or negative! I'm sorry to hear that your visit to the Black Bull wasn't up to our usual high standards. We are having a team meeting soon to discuss the first few weeks back into service and so will make sure this gets brought up then. Thank you.

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RobertG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the staff are just so nice and amenable

The Black Bull
Responded on 8 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for your review. It is great to hear that your visit with us was so positive! We look forward to having you back soon.

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StaceB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, service fantastic. Unfortunately due to covid restrictions the ambience was a bit dull, low music etc. However we had a great time and will defo be back to eat here

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are trying our best to get the atmosphere right but with the current Covid 19 guidelines stopping us from playing loud background it is proving to be a little more challenging. We hope that these crazy times won't last too much longer and hopefully we can get back to playing music at our regular levels soon! I am glad to hear that the food was good, and we look forward to having you back again sometime soon.

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ArleneF
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The lady bringing us into the pub was abrupt and like a sergeant major! I appreciate Covid is tough but we were out to have a nice time and that was no welcome. Service was slow.

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. We appreciate all feedback, positive or negative! I am very sorry that our welcome and service were lacking on this occasion. We are having a team meeting to discuss our first few weeks of service soon and so will make sure to share this with the team then. Thank you.

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vipLisaM
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We sat outside and the service was great. Georgia was very attentive and friendly, as soon as my glass was empty Georgia noticed and came over to take my order. Drinks always came quickly, the food as well. We ordered nachos which were nice but maybe a bit too much lime in the guacamole. All in all a great pub with great service.

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AleshaC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked table so last minute and so glad we did. Nice food, great service

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I'm glad that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. Look forward to having you back again soon.

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Argo
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was my first attempt at going to the pub in a looong time. The staff ensured the rules were followed without ruining the pub experience👍🏼

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I'm happy to hear that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. Maintaining a good ambience whilst following all of the Covid-19 procedures can be a little more challenging at times, so it is great to hear that the good pub experience was maintained! Thank you.

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Oliver
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the grassmarket since the weather was so nice! Service was quick and friendly, fair prices and the food was amazing

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I am glad to hear that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We pride ourselves in our good customer service and good food so I'm happy that this was reflected in your visit. Look forward to seeing you back sometime soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Staying longer, despite wanting to stay and spend money :)

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site - we appreciate feedback, positive or negative! We are sorry that your visit to the Black Bull was not up to standard. Although we would love customers to stay longer, due to Scottish Government Covid-19 regulations tables only have a two-hour time slot. This perhaps could have been communicated better at the start of your service and so we will ensure that this be fully communicated to all our future tables. Thank you.

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Dannyboy16
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, polite, helpful staff and nice food

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AngelaC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, outside seating, felt safe, Covid procedures followed.
Was there with children and we will return. Thank you

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive! Look forward to having you back again soon. Thank you.

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AndrewS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

A great place for an early evening drink with friends.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We have been there before and had a good time, hence the reason we booked again and was not disappointed. Thank you again was a memorable day.

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there Susan, thank you for your positive review and note. We are so glad your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We pride ourselves in our good service and food and are so happy this was reflected in your visit. We look forward to having you both back again in the near future. Thank you.

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christiea
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service. Great prices for drinks and great quality

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StaceyM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place table service was great never waited to long for a drink friendly staff and made to feel very welcome

The Black Bull
Responded on 7 June 2021

Hi there, thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that your visit to the Black Bull was so positive. We are happy to be back up and running again, and look forward to having you back to visit in the future. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table service was great and the food was very good 👍

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RussellY
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cracking pub, covid procedures really smooth, staff bang on it, will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Yes very good

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mkns
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was good to be back in a pub again, and they did well making sure people were separated while not being in boxes. Only downside was it took a while to get served, but once we’d managed to finally flag someone down, it was aces all the way.

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sallyr
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I booked at table here because they advertised the eat out to help out 50% off up to £10 had been extended in September from Monday too Friday.
We asked for our bill which took a while to arrive as the waiter had forgotten us - when the bill arrived the discount had not been applied. I raised this with the waiter to be advised it does not apply anymore - I said that all the advertising states this and that I had even checked their Facebook page earlier that day to check - I will still advised no discount. As we were walking out there on the bar was a big poster advertising the scheme so I approached the bar and advised they should take it down as it was false advertising - only to be told that no the offer applies - eventually a refund was processed. The food was ok not fantastic but ok as for the service this was very very poor - I will not be visiting again and would not recommend

The Black Bull
Responded on 24 September 2020

Hi Sallyr I'm sorry to hear that your visit was made unpleasant by what sounds like a bit of miscommunication between the staff. We will have a look into what happened to make sure this doesn't happen again. We would like to invite you back again to give us another try and show you that this was just a one off. If you would like to discuss this more please reach out to us at info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kind regards The Blackbull team

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SamE
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening. Parents came up to visit and it's become a bit of a tradition to go to the Black Bull each year now. Lovely food and the online menu made everything simple.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Sam Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. we hope we can keep this tradition up every year! looking forward to seeing you again Team Black Bull

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AmandaG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff were amazing, 1st bar we have been in since lockdow lifted but enjoyed the banter with staff, food was nice and service was great

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Amanda Were so glad we could make your first bar visit since lockdown a positive one! thanks for the great review and for the banter ;) Team Black Bull

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Table for two booked for drinks only although the menu did look great, very friendly staff, well organised in the current climate.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Chris Glad you enjoyed your drinks with us!. come back in to try out the food, we promise its as good as it looks! Team Black Bull

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JillC
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bog standard bar meal , great location. Staff were doing their best given all that’s going on , very Covid safe aware .

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Jill, so glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Covid has been a trying time for us all and were glad we are seen as so Covid aware Team Black Bull

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GeorgeJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good times. Looked after well. Will be back again sometime

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi George Glad you felt so well looked after. You're welcome back here any time Team Black Bull

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EdwardH
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well organised, good atmosphere and great value. Service efficient and friendly

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Edward Glad you enjoyed your evening with us. were trying hard to keep a good atmosphere post Covid and we're glad that you had a good time. Come back and see us whenever you're around Grassmarket Team Black Bull

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KayleighE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service and would return. Thanks for a lovely evening.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Kayleigh Thank you for your lovely review, and thank you for spending your evening with us. you're welcome back any time! Team Black Bull

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junee
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent fish and chips, served hygienically by cheery waiting staff. Eating out to help out - but would again

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Junee Glad you enjoyed your fish and chips with us! please feel free to come back any time ! Team Black Bull

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the staff were all very friendly and helpful through tough times at the moment they made us feel very comfortable. We had a brilliant night!

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Mark Thanks for your great review. we know its a strange world right now and were glad we could make you feel so welcomed and safe. visit us any time you find yourself in the Grassmarket Team Black Bull

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Becky
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely amazing. Very friendly staff and extremely great food! Will definitely be back again!!

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Becky. Were so glad you had a good evening with us. our staff are very proud of how accommodating they are and will always go out of their way to make you feel welcomed! Come back and see us any time Team Black Bull

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The Black Bull is rated 4.5 stars by 56 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.