The Dining Room at The Society

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Scottish
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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.
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London
31 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Find in Edinburgh - After a good day out in the city we decided to reward ourselves with a nice restaurant. We ended in The Dining Room and were positively surprised. The place was very accommodating and we saw to our delight that there was a menu offered with Whiskey pairing - perfect for Scotland. The food was excellent, the service a pleasure. Definitely a good place to end a day in Edinburgh.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal, especially the halibut. Great wine and, of course, whisky too.

t
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we had throughout our 7 days in Scotland. Highly recommend!!

LG
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had booked a table for 5.00 pm as we were going to the theatre and the restaurant was within walking distance. This was our first visit and we were very impressed with the decor in the dinning room and asked about the history behind the setting up of the restaurant. The Maitre D was very knowledgeable and passionate and took pride in explaining how the dishes were cooked etc and explained the history with regards to the beautiful picture hanging on the wall. Fantastic start to our evening. The food was amazing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb. Really special.

OT
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A relaxed and refined dining experience with attentive staff and delicious food

r
Edinburgh
14 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday lunch and it met all our expectations. The surroundings are grand without being stuffy. The staff were helpful - in particular the waitress who attended us, and professional and the food was exquisite.
The birthday 'girl' was even presented with a special plate with Happy Birthday in chocolate on it - a very nice touch.

JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The food, wine, location, staff attentiveness and presentation.

Really really good.

EF
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special lunch for a friend's birthday. A lovely meal, beautifully presented. The beef fell apart at a touch of the knife. Took the waiter's recommendation of the Mont Blanc dessert, absolutely delicious! Great value for very high standard meal. Service very good, not pushy at all. I would eat here again.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Super food and in a beautiful Georgian dining room. Food quite inventive and with good local ingredients. Service a little haphazard. Some very experienced others new and didn't know the menu or wine list like they should. Wine list is short and expensive but well chosen. Great range of whisky of course!

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent as ever, but service upstairs for pre-dinner drinks was very slow, and miscommunication between bar and restaurant led to a long delay after paying and before leaving while their misunderstanding over the bill was sorted out. My impression is that the new configuration does not always work very well.

MA
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The meal was lovely - albeit a little bit "fancy" for my liking. Waiters and Sommelier were friendly and knowledgeable, yet not over-attentive. I will definitely make a return visit

MP
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at the Dining Room. The food appears deceptively simple but it is clear that a lot of care and attention has gone into it. My fig and hazelnut tarte was the star on this occasion.

CM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food; friendly and very well-informed staff. Recommended.

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent - delicious, perfectly cooked and presented. A great find and will definitely be back

V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fine dining with excellent service. Plus much better value for the 5* food than other top restaurants in Edinburgh. Could fault nothing.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back again. As good as ever. Best lunch in Edinburgh.

OT
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really fab! Loved the fact that the waiter was as knowledgable with wine as he was with whisky!

S
Edinburgh
44 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This used to be a Michelin contender, but I'm beginning to lose hope. As a SMSW member, we try it every so often, but I doubt we'll do so for a long time now. Each time I give them another chance. On this occasion, the time between starters and mains was around 45 mins and it did not appear to be fresh, more like "one I made earlier". Strange that with only 2 tables occupied (changed days), both were served at exactly the same time, despite having arrived at least 30 mins apart.

Could not bear to have a dessert.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The dining room's lunch remains excellent value even now that 2 courses cost as much as 3. For even better value, leave room for desert!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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).

f
Edinburgh
37 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

After hearing a lot about this restaurant, I was disappointed with the menu choice (starters from squid,rabbit or sea trout?) although we asked and received a salad alternative. The food was good but then it is at plenty Edinburgh restaurants. Nice but wouldn't hurry back

E
London
38 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For the third time, this was just excellent. Went with friends for lunch and it was quiet, but the service was good and the food excellent. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dining Room is consistently good, and very good value for the quality. The flat that it belongs to the unique and wonderful SMWS is a great bonus. Nowhere else will you find whisky like this.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and varied tasting menu, well-chosen wines and whiskies to accompany, great service, and elegant surroundings. Excellent value for money too.

T
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, superb value and great ambience as always. On this occasion we were a party of four out for a friend's special birthday, and she loved her first visit to The Dining Room. We shall be returning soon.

B
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

a
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2015
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

no atmosphere ,far too much noise from the kitchen,chef shouting"service"! throwing with cutlery which made a terrible noise.And what was more food was served cold.
One attentive waitres and one who could not care less.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu. Perfectly sized portions, varied, and impeccably cooked. Very well matched wines and whiskies. Beautiful room and splendid service.

SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a really good evening at the Whisky Society Dining room. We were well looked after, had a gorgeous whisky to taste with our amuse bouche and our three course dinner was a delight from beginning to end. The food was inventive without being fussy and was full of flavour. The portions were perfectly sized and the wine list gave us a good choice of wine to go with our food. Would definitely return for another special meal.

m
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Be warned that the Whisky flight is quite a challenge if you have an amuse bouche plus pudding and feel obliged to dispose of your wife's whisky also (she got a complimentary one with the amuse bouche). Lovely experience overall, but seating space at the bar is quite limited for pre or post meal drinks.

d
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beautiful dining room at the SMWS does a fabulous three-course lunch.

M
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

B
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being vegetarian I am use to being served whatever the kitchen has left or pasta, however this was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

yummy food and great location, went to bar upstairs

E
Birmingham
74 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took a late lunch at 18.95 for three courses. Good value as the mains included delicious seared tuna - a welcome change from the preponderant (in Edinburgh) coley on table d'hote menus! Preceded by excellent lovage soup and finished by gooseberry fool with attitude made this a meal experience to be recommended. Very good wine list. Quiet and a touch sedate, but worth that for the sake of the white table linen

T
London
31 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very much enjoyed eating here. Food and ambience and service good. Would have liked to have known that the table was due back at a certain time as rushed off table at end.

E
London
38 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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