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About The Dining Room at The Society
The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street is located right in the heart of Edinburgh's new town within a beautifully restored Georgian building, also home of independent bottler The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Elegant and modern, the restaurant is yet inserted within high ceiling rooms boasting magnificent original plasters and features. Head chef James Freeman's cooking is thought around the freshness and seasonality of ingredients.
In this respect, all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. His approach is more about trying to keep up with what is readily available in the nature, and local farms and fisheries are used as often as possible, when it's not actual week end fishing and foraging.
We offer diners the choice from our Menu du Jour, full A la Carte or our Taster Menu. The later is truly a sensational experience featuring a regularly changing five course menu including your choice of wines or whiskies, expertly paired for each dish by our sommelier.
Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 14:30 and 17:00pm - 22:00
£26 to £40
0131 220 2044
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
The Dining Room at The Society Ratings and Reviews
I must've walked past the Society dozens of time and never gone in, but on a whim I chose it for our anniversary dinner and it was magnificent. We had paired whiskies with each of our delicious courses and the whiskies were also excellent and complimented the food well. The finest food we have had in Edinburgh and nowhere near as pricey as an equivalent meal would be in London... highly recommended!
We had wonderful fish -- scallop as starter, sea bass as main course. Little extras such as amuse-bouche and taster of whisky make the experience special and enhance the splendid value of the Society's three-course menu. Service is great and the room is delightful.
The SMWS set-price lunch is just right: exquisitely prepared and presented, small portions of wonderfully fresh food -- in our case fish and seafood. Excellent value too. Service on this occasion a bit wobbly -- the waiter seemed to have a little difficulty with the Scottish accent (something of a rarity, no doubt, in Edinburgh restaurants).
We were pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a place in the heart if Edinburgh.
The chef has created a fantastic menu with a full vegetarian options. The dishes are absolutely delicious. Service was fantastic.
My husband thoroughly enjoyed his whiskey flight. We made sure our concierge at Balmoral knows about our amazing experience to make recommendations to other guests.
I started with the Hare, I like game and this had quite a liver like taste which I enjoyed the small Hare pie was fantastic. my husband had the scallops with cauliflower purée, which was cooked to perfection. We shared the ribeye which was stunning, full of flavour and tender. My husband had the Whisky flight with his meal, I have to say I wasn't a convert to having whisky with my food and had a lovely pinotage. The cheese board was very well chosen and really suited my palate, and the stollen with cherries was surprisingly good. The service was great and the whisky sommelier!! is that what they are called? was equally knowledgeable about wine. Really enjoyed our meal and while not cheap it was a fair price for the quality. The lack of Port was not made better by the over sweet sherry option. Hope its back in stock for our next visit.
This is the second time we have been here, this time with son and daughter in law. All of us were so impressed once again. I don't know how they can do such an incredible meal at the price, it was a lunch special, but it was very impressive.. We are certainly massive converts to this place. A big well done to them!
Of many fine and enjoyable meals on our trip to Scotland, including excellent experiences at wonderful places like Number One and Inverlochy Castle, this may have been the best. We thought it would be good, but did not expect this level of quality and sophistication in the food. Setting mixed old and new elements into a comfortable venue. Service was outstanding, and both our servers and the manager made sure we enjoyed our experience and paired the food and drink to perfection. My wife had both wine and whisky at different times, but I opted to pair whisky throughout the meal -- both combinations worked beautifully. I look forward to dining here again on our next visit to Edinburgh.
Was so impressed here. The food was beyond good, the service lovely, kind attentive man. We booked this last min, and will be back again and again. The plus side was it was not busy and we had loads of attention, but I think it would have been like this anyway. A fantastic experience, well done to them.
We recently had lunch in this most extraordinary elegant Georgian dining room opting for the £18.50 "Menu du Jour" which included a glass of excellent wine.
Every course was of the highest standard, nothing disappointed & was better than any I had ever experienced while dining at some of the best restaurants in London or Paris.
The service was very friendly & welcoming but never overbearing, the waiting staff being extremely helpful in making a choice from a menu containing so many wonderful temptations.
We most certainly will be returning!
We dined at the society 4/4/14, our 3 course lunch with a glass of wine for £18.95, was outstanding value. A lovely dining room with good service, though we did end up with our coffee BEFORE our sweet! The food was SO good, we savoured every course. Only mar on the day was the inconsiderate fellow diner who when not on his iPad, felt we all had to be included in his telephone conversations about buying furniture. If someone hasn't got the good manners not to use their phone when at the table, then I think it would be good if the restaurant had a " No Mobile Phone" policy.
We would recommend this lovely restaurant , and are already looking forward to our return visit.
We loved the food, and the service was great too. The Whiskey Taster Menu worked very well indeed and provides a memorable experience but I think next time we will sample their wine list and leave the whiskey to before and after. Definitely one to recommend. Enjoy!
My friend and I were very impressed with this restaurant. We started the meal the meal with a mackerel parfait amuse bouche paired with a complimentary whisky, which was a great touch. For my starter I had the superb lobster sausage, which was velvety and light and offset perfectly with apple and a pickled vegetable. My friend had the goose ballotine, again superb. For the mains I had beef, perfectly cooked and the sauce was amazing as was the parsnip puree. Another highlight of the meal was the chocolate tart with poached cherries - beautifully presented and incredibly clean and light. We were really impressed with this restaurant and would wholeheartedly recommend it, for the food, the whisky and a great overall dinner experience.
Second time eating here and really enjoyed it. The menu was extensive, and everything was very well-prepared and presented. My husband's goose was lovely (first time he'd tried goose and now he wants it for Christmas!!). My partridge was delicious, so he's actually getting that for Christmas instead. Best part for my husband was their ability to beautifully pair his single malts with the courses - really good choices and so nice to have someone know how to select whiskey / food pairings. They also selected a very good wine for me. Overall, it was a wonderful evening. We'll be back.
We had a really special night at the Dining Room at the Society to celebrate a big anniversary. It was my second visit and the first for my wife, who rapidly saw why I had chosen to go there for this event. The dining room itself is very attractive and welcoming, with the most extraordinary candelabra on the ceiling. The menu was a real problem for us both, however. Just too many tempting choices so it was a struggle to narrow down to what we would have. It is not often that I would have been happy to have been served anything from the menu at random and not been disappointed but that really was the case.
As it was, we were both delighted with what we did finally choose and enjoyed it all. And the we had to choose a whisky...
We dined at the Dining Room at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society while in Edinburgh for the Calcutta Cup. It fitted the bill admirably. It is obviously 'Scottish' and uses malt whisky in many of its dishes. Indeed the amuse bouche comes with a complimentary tot. Venison, steak and sea food are well represaented on the menu.
The setting is excellent in a ground floor front room of a typical 'New Town' house.
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