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The Canny Man's, Edinburgh,

The Canny Man's

4.5
4.5
161 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
"The Canny Man's in Morningside is an Edinburgh institution established in 1871 and passed down through 5 generations of the Kerr family. As famous chef Rick Stein said 'The Canny Man's is the best pub in the world.'
The establishment is well known far and wide for it’s quirky nature and ‘never’ changing décor. The interior sees every nook and cranny filled with everything from moose heads to muskets, sheet music to stuffed animals. A genuinely one of a kind bar and restaurant. The restaurant specialises in the best Scottish produce with a strong focus on local suppliers. Alongside this they have a well stocked gantry of over a 200 malt whiskies and a large wine list. The Canny Man's is very much a unique experience in Edinburgh and not to be missed."

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Seafood, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    0131 447 1484

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    ANDREW GRIEVE

  • Catering

    WEDDING / BIRTHDAYS / WAKES

  • Private party facilities

    WINE TASTINGS WITH OUR SOMMELIER PRIVATE DINING ROOMWHISKY TASTINGS

  • Area

    Morningside

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    BUS STOP ON MORNINGSIDE RD

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 161 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Lunch

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Edinburgh

    Lunch

  • Edinburgh

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. GM

    GigiMorgan

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James molto cordiale e gentile. Carne squisita. Ambiente tipico da pub scozzese. Birra eccellente
  2. K

    Kimbo

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Spoilt for choice with menu, food was delicious. Service was superb, would definitely return and recommend to friends
  3. D

    Ditto

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    been going here for over 30 years and its still good
  4. B

    Brisy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The fish (sole in breadcrumbs was excellent ) the cheesecake lacked flavour. We have had better Gin’s (maybe to much ice) service excellent table was a bit draughty 8/10 overall
  5. TF

    TonyF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent roast beef Sunday Lunch with all of the trimmings. The beef was cooked on the rare side, which was ideal for me but my wife's was changed quickly and without fuss. Great service and ambience
  6. T

    Tracey

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An Edinburgh institution that has lost none of its individuality, style or class. Highly recommended!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely place, so much to see. Service was warm and food was good.
  8. SL

    SheenaL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, ambience and food. Very enjoyable afternoon in a historic family pub.
  9. SD

    StevenD

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely friendly staff! Great ambiance! Good food!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks, my new go to place when I’m in Edinburgh
  11. ME

    MELEDI

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Edinburgh institution that never fails to deliver.
  12. AN

    ANDREWD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Sunday lunch. A very special and unique place.
  13. AM

    AbiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff super friendly and welcoming. Pub had a nice vibe, locals casually drinking and food was delicious. The menu was mostly cold food (sandwiches) that looked amazing and so much choice, and a small Al a carte menu which was hot. We opted for chorizo dish and oysters to start with, both amazing, then steak and mussels with sides for main, again both very good. Dessert was an affogato with amaretto generously poured on top. Devine! Over all very happy with our choice to eat here for dinner whilst on a trip to Edinburgh.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved Canny Man’s! We happened upon it looking for a place to accommodate the 8 of us and it was truly a gem. James was amazing and told us so much of the history behind the pub and also helped us out with a little whisky tasting. The food and drinks were incredible. We had tons of amazing food while in Edinburgh but this place was our favorite. We can’t wait to come back!
  15. JT

    JohnT

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly, helpful service. Good food. Good selection of drinks.
  16. AS

    AngelaS

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic choice. Really interesting setting with lots to intrigue. Excellent food and delightful service.
  17. JM

    JessicaMac

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful! Looking forward to going back already.
  18. K

    Kags36

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to have shared the experience with a friend on her first ever visit. She loved it and is already planning her return.
  19. JD

    JackieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our lunch very much . It’s a great place to bring guests 👍I know they need to keep the decor on keeping with the age of the pub etc. But not a lot of room under the tables for your legs due to the wrought iron ! However it hasn’t put us off 👍
  20. D

    David

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a nice peaceful midweek lunch here with my elderly mother. Staff were very attentive and solicitous, and arranged a quiet table for us in the back room. The main bar and front room were a bit busier but still would have been a good option. Lots of character and history here !
  21. M

    Miranda

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous lunch at the Canny Man. The oysters were absolutely delicious as were the classic open sandwiches and the shrimp cocktail. The wine we selected had finished but our server suggested an alternative that was really fantastic. Great friendly service and attention to detail as ever. Always a delightful experience.
  22. CN

    CallumN

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub great atmosphere and a great welcome. A morningside institution not to be missed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service
  24. a

    alanl

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great Sunday roast! The beer is always good here too!
  25. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dog friendly pub. Great food and very friendly service.
  26. MB

    MatthewB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good at handling my partner’s allergies. Kept checking in with us to make sure everything was alright.
  27. FD

    FDBris

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Sunday pub lunch in querky, colourful surroundings rich in history.
  28. BA

    BillA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A different experience, but that is a key part of its charm. Limited hot menu, but better to do a few dishes well.
  29. MH

    MikeH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience of a very unique pub. Good value food well presented and served by friendly attentive staff
  30. OS

    OrlaS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone and everything was amazing! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!!
  31. V

    Vera

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Quirky and friendly space for eating different food as well as traditional fare - layout keeps each table discreet and the linen tableware harks back to elegant times- always nice but don’t like extra charge on certain items
  32. EP

    EllaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great selection of open sandwiches and Sunday roast on Sundays. Relaxed atmosphere
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went for a mother’s day lunch and it was decent. The Sunday lunch options are quite ok. Don’t expect anything exceptional. Good sized portions and simple flavours. Service though took a while, might have been due to the fact that they’ve been busy.
  34. MB

    MartinB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and a great setting, quirky with a good selection of drinks
  35. AM

    AlanM

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was meeting friends which we hadn’t seen for two years. The service was fantastic - cheery and always willing to assist with any query we had. The food was fantastic too. All in all - it was a perfect place to catch up and have a bite to eat. Alan McIntosh
  36. J

    Jimo

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Very poor tepid food and extremely overpriced . We paid almost £100 for 2 mains , a bottle of house red and a bottle of fizzy water. The table we were given was too small for 2 people to eat comfortably. The vegetables were more akin to a school dinner hall than a restaurant. The steaks were tough and tasteless. We won’t be back
  37. EM

    EwenM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Still a classic. Important family occasion with a baby in a buggy and perfectly catered for. Thank you.
  38. MS

    MartinS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Loved the atmosphere. Loved the whiskey flights. Food was nice but would be good to have more bread.
  39. GC

    GerardC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, friendly service & in a truly atmospheric setting.
  40. MS

    MillyS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place full of character and we all had a delicious vegetarian curry. We had a lovely time. Staff were friendly and good ambience. Will definitely be returning! Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Canny Man's is rated 4.5 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Canny Man's

237 morningside road Edinburgh, EH10 4QU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Morningside

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Seafood, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    BUS STOP ON MORNINGSIDE RD

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    ANDREW GRIEVE

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    0131 447 1484

  • Catering

    WEDDING / BIRTHDAYS / WAKES

  • Private party facilities

    WINE TASTINGS WITH OUR SOMMELIER PRIVATE DINING ROOMWHISKY TASTINGS

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