Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Edinburgh/Midlothian
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Old Town
The Black Bull, Edinburgh,

The Black Bull

4.2
4.2
159 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
No bull, no fuss and no muss - just a gid Scottish pub.

We serve up scran (that’s food) and swally (that’s drink) that tastes guid (that’s great.)

We won’t waste your time with a wall of text, but we’re proud to work with some awesome local suppliers who know their stuff.

We've got a great central location on Edinburgh's Grassmarket. If you're looking to catch the game then look no further - we're a sports bar at heart thanks to our 8 high definition screens.

Pub quiz is every Thursday; grab a bunch of your (preferably smartest) pals and show the world that you're our top quiz team of the week.

Our guests are welcome to book tables where availability allows but we always keep a few areas reserved for walk ins and spontaneity! If you don’t see a table at the time you require, please consider popping in, having a drink at the bar and waiting for a table to become free.

Make a booking

2 people

23:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Burgers

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 16:00–23:00 Fri 12:00–01:00 Sat 11:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    0131 225 6636

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    30 second walk from closest bus stop on Grassmarket. Bus number: 2.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Hot Spot

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Late Night Find

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Edinburgh

    Hot Spot

  • Edinburgh

    Late Night Find

  • Edinburgh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

Sort by

Filters

  1. PJ

    PaisleyJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Kitchen was shut down. Did not get to enjoy. Ignore the "one" stars.
  2. AS

    AlastairS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Not great because the kitchen was closed when we arrived

    The Black BullResponded on 22 June 2022Alastairs, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us. We regret that you weren't satisfied with your experience. We are experiencing a huge lack of chefs within our industry and recruitment is an ongoing struggle. We are working hard to get the kitchen back open 7 days without over working the team. Hopefully this will be resolved soon and we hope you will give us another chance.

  3. S

    Steph

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere of the black bull. Staff are friendly and really helpful. Drinks were a little pricey but what you expect to pay in Edinburgh. Food menu was a little disapointing, not a great choice but everyone could still manage to find something.

    The Black BullResponded on 17 June 2022Steph, we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our team! We're glad to hear we delivered such a great experience. If there's anything further we can do for you, we are happy to help!

  4. A

    Abby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We visited on a very busy bank holiday weekend and the restaurant was running out of food quickly. However the staff were exceptionally helpful at altering the options that were available to suit our different dietary requirements.
  5. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was tasty enough but quite small portions for the price charged. Service was quick and staff were helpful. Music was FAR TOO LOUD, we could not hear ourselves think, might have been because we were right beside a speaker but perhaps staff should take that into account when thinking about the volume of the music for their patrons? It is a nice pub, during the day might be quieter.
  6. AW

    AndrewW

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Booked to have a meal when watching football only to turn up and fund kitchen was closed.

    The Black BullResponded on 24 May 2022Hi AndrewW. We would firstly like to apologise for the kitchen being closed. We had some issues that meant we had to close the kitchen last minute. We did try to get in touch with everyone, sorry if we missed you. We hope that in the near future you will give us another try and enjoy some of the delicious food and great beer we have to offer. Kind regards Black Bull

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub with great food. We ordered a basket of scampi and fries abd fish n chips, both fishes were cooked perfectly and piping hot on arrival. The staff were pleasant, friendly and the service was faultless. We will return in the future.
  8. SO

    SimonO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub grub food, friendly and efficient service.
  9. DB

    DuncanB

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food very tasty, staff friendly and helpful. Music could be a tad quieter but honestly a really good meal out.
  10. L

    Legz

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Often come here when I am in Edinburgh love the steak and chips they now have the sirloin steak on @ the moment which was excellent nice and tender
  11. DD

    DrDutch

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, Six Nation match on so Black Bull was very busy and yet all the staff were still very kind and provided the usual excellent service. Full and extensive menu and a great bar section would make any visit a great time. Highly recommend Black Bull Grassmarket!

    The Black BullResponded on 15 March 2022Hi DrDutch Thanks very much for your review. I am glad to hear your experience at our venue was so positive, we have been having a great time during the Six Nations. Hope to see you for the next match! Kind Regards Black Bull Team

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere lovely food xxx lush larger 🍻🍻🍻

    The Black BullResponded on 27 February 2022Hi, Glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you back soon. Cheers Black Bull Team

  13. DD

    DrDutch

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a table for the Six Nations match. Black Bull gave us a great table with a TV (almost) of our own. Even though the place was hoppin' service remained fast and courteous. Black Bull also has a fantastic Sunday Roast!

    The Black BullResponded on 27 February 2022Hi DrDutch Thanks for the great review. We pride ourselves on being the go to place for sport in Edinburgh and we're happy to hear we could show you a great time. Hope you pick us for the next game. See you back in soon Cheers Black Bull Team

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lady who made sure we had a good view of tv for a football match, even tho we were not everyday customers. Distancing gives lots of room but still great atmosphere! We loved it and booked for Sunday lunch after seeing the appetising ad board on our table! Thanknyou so much!

    The Black BullResponded on 27 February 2022Hi, Glad you enjoyed your visit. We do try our best to make sure all our customers have the best possible time. Great to see you booked in to enjoy our great Sunday roast. Hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Black Bull Team

  15. MH

    MatthewH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good pub quiz and atmosphere. Would recommend for others

    The Black BullResponded on 27 February 2022Hi Matthew. Thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoy the quiz and we hope to see you this Thursday for the next one. Kind regards Black Bull Team

  16. JC

    JenC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, also some vegan options. The pub quiz on Thursdays is great fun.
  17. t

    tonyk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Not a restaurant but a racking pub with good food and a great atmosphere for rugby weekend.

    The Black BullResponded on 7 February 2022Hi Tonyk, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review on our website! I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere for our rugby weekends - we did too! Feel free to book in again soon! BB

  18. BC

    BeccaC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service was outstanding, always made sure everything was okay. Great music.

    The Black BullResponded on 25 January 2022Hi Becca, thanks for your 5 star reiview! I am so glad to hear you had such a great time with us, and please come back again very soon! Best wishes, Black Bull Team

  19. S

    Skylark3007

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice pub for a casual meal. The food is good and well priced, my friend especially likes the fish and chips. It's a big place so room to comfortably distance from strangers. Service was quick and friendly.
  20. H

    Hannah

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food and service were very good - I would recommend
  21. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We visited Edinburgh for the day and were looking forward to the Sunday lunch. Upon arriving we waited 5 mins to be taken to a table the waitress was friendly. We ordered 3 beef dinners ! I am not joking when I say it was the worst meal I’ve had.. I wish we had complained but because we were so hungry after waiting 40 mins for them to come we ate the dry frozen roasties and couple of vegetables ! The meat was disgusting, bloody, chewy and inedible… The meal is overpriced and disgusting!!! If I could score 0 I would
  22. JK

    JessK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Had a very good time watching the F1. Good amount of TVs
  23. RG

    RobG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Had a Christmas meal booked for my staff when we arrived we were told the kitchen had broken down and was closed I had several emails regarding the booking even up to the day before checking we were still coming however nobody thought to tell us no food available Won’t be back !

    The Black BullResponded on 26 December 2021Hi RobG, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our site. I apologise that your experience was not what you were expecting. We attempted to phone your booking prior to arrival to update you on our staffing and kitchen issues for the day. I apologise that we were not able to get through to you, however this out with our control and very much only became an issue on the day with our kitchen, so we were unable to give more notice. Kind regards

  24. AM

    AnnieM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had booked a table for food more than six weeks ago. When arrived they had given our table to someone else. Put us on high bar stools which totally inappropriate if you were going to eat a meal! Did not receive a menu and staff were rude. Appalling they should not take bookings if cannot honour them. We left without having anything to eat would not book again so unprofessional even for a pub!
  25. m

    minkymoo

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were super helpful even though they were rushed off their feet! Food was fabulous
  26. AT

    AnnemarieT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Not great. I bookers a table for 8.25pm arrived to be told the kitchen was closing!! Too loud, really not a great experience will not be returning anytime soon
  27. MS

    MichelleS

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service here was amazing. We really enjoyed our meal. The music was a bit too loud for us so we moved on after we had eaten. But then we are a bit older! 😂
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We came on a Saturday evening at about 6:30pm for food. The food was excellent as stated in other reviews, portion sizes are good. The environment for how early it was included quite a number of drunk lads which normally is fine but pretty sure they were looking for a fight. But I will admit the food was excellent.
  29. GM

    GraemeM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for looking after us again during the football, All staff are excellent. Graeme
  30. DD

    DrDutch

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday roast was amazing! Yorkshire pudding was perfect and service was the usual professional and friendly.

    The Black BullResponded on 3 November 2021Hi there, thanks so much for your positive review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our Sunday roast :). Please pop in again sometime soon and try our other menu items! Kind regards, The Black Bull Team

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked Black Bull for food & drinks to celebrate a 50th Birthday. Arrived to be told that kitchen was closed and therefore no food was being served! Luckily managed to book in elsewhere for food & left. V unlikely to return
  32. L

    Loobyloo1566

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    What a waste of time booking here the menu was flung on the table it was dirty it was ripped and it was nothing like what was on their website. The table was in the middle of a very crowded bar and folk around us started using the table for their drinks whilst we were sitting at the table. there was no explanation of how to order no offer of any type of service so as it was not as expected we left immediately without spending any money and went elsewhere never again! Do not advertise a menu when it is not available! Total disorganised chaos at best really dissappointed as the menu online had so much to offer but the so called basket menu was very poor
  33. SP

    SP1234

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Extremely rushed service and food quality very low.

    The Black BullResponded on 24 October 2021Hi there, thanks for taking the time to leave a review on our website. I am sorry to hear that your visit with us on this occasion was so negative. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and negative, and so if you would like to discuss this further, or let us know where we went wrong, please email us on info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk , and we can go from there. Kindest regards, The Black Bull Team

  34. M

    Michelle

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Due to allergies all I could eat was chips but I didn’t expect to eat which was a nice surprise. Allergen book was well informed and easy to read. Other members of the party enjoyed their meals and the plates were good portion sizes.
  35. EB

    EllieB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The table service was great and the atmosphere was very good. The staff where helpful and made sure that empty glasses where removed from the table. When we ordered food we did not wait long and was asked if the food was up to a good standard which it was. Overall great service!
  36. RC

    RayC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2021

    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.
  37. L

    Legz

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    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
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    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 BullResponded on 20 September 2021Hi 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

  39. L

    Legz

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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 BullResponded on 19 September 2021Hi 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

  40. S

    Sendog

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Black Bull is rated 4.2 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:00


Google Map for The Black Bull

12 Grassmarket Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Additional information

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 16:00–23:00 Fri 12:00–01:00 Sat 11:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    30 second walk from closest bus stop on Grassmarket. Bus number: 2.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo