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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Tasty food; friendly and very well-informed staff. Recommended.
Food and service was excellent - delicious, perfectly cooked and presented. A great find and will definitely be back
Outstanding fine dining with excellent service. Plus much better value for the 5* food than other top restaurants in Edinburgh. Could fault nothing.
Back again. As good as ever. Best lunch in Edinburgh.
Was really fab! Loved the fact that the waiter was as knowledgable with wine as he was with whisky!
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.
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!
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).
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
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.
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.
Wonderful and varied tasting menu, well-chosen wines and whiskies to accompany, great service, and elegant surroundings. Excellent value for money too.
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.
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.
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.
We had the tasting menu. Perfectly sized portions, varied, and impeccably cooked. Very well matched wines and whiskies. Beautiful room and splendid service.
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.
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.
The beautiful dining room at the SMWS does a fabulous three-course lunch.
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.
Being vegetarian I am use to being served whatever the kitchen has left or pasta, however this was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
yummy food and great location, went to bar upstairs
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
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.
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.
Food was very good as always and staff were lovely. Made the mistake of having the "Whisky Flight" (Matched whisky package). That used to be good & good fun. This time it was noticeable that the whiskies "selected" came from the distilleries which are most represented on the shelves upstairs! (Including a grain whisky - surprisingly for a Malt Whisky Society - although they are far too common of the shelves too!). The change is perhaps less surprising since that seems to be the way the Society is going.
The SMWS is the best place for lunch in Edinburgh. Elegant surroundings and beautifully prepared food.
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.
The food was very good and worth the set price. The surroundings were lovely but lacked atmosphere [as only 3 other covers] but it was the service that let them down. Even though it was quite quiet and there were enough staff, I had to ask twice for our water glasses to be filled up and then eventually we got a jug. We ordered a white wine and a gin/tonic as our 2 drinks, as the deal hadn't mentioned it was only wine and the waiter hadn't told us either, so we querried it when we were charged for the gin/tonic and it was removed from the bill. Our bottle of wine only appeared when I requested it, as our mains were about to arrive. Plus our side of potatoes came late and we had to try and not finish our main course before they appeared.
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!
Our previous visit had been a joy, to the extent that we recommended friends go and they have had a couple of great experiences. So we arrived with expectations of a great night. Sadly my Guinea Fowl dish was cold on arrival,and was taken away to be "re-plated", came back cold again, and on the third attempt it was warm. It was finally edible but very over salted.
Our meals were taken off the bill, but I would have much preferred to be served good food. Apparently it was the first night of the a new menu. The experience was only redeemed by the profuse apologies from the bar staff who seems to care more than the restaurant team.
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.