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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.

28 Queen Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Scottish, French

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 14:30 and 17:00pm - 22:00

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
0131 220 2044

Website:
http://www.thediningroomedinburgh.co.uk/

Executive Chef:
James Freeman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

The Dining Room at The Society Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.3

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 22 October 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 8 April 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 23 January 2016

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

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 January 2016

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

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 (Lancashire)·Dined on 27 November 2015

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

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 26 August 2015

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!

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 (London)·Dined on 22 August 2015

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 August 2015

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.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 31 July 2015

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).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 19 June 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 3 June 2015

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 2 May 2015

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

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 23 April 2015

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 April 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 24 January 2015

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

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 13 January 2015

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

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 January 2015

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 December 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 7 November 2014

yummy food and great location, went to bar upstairs

Tags: Outstanding Value, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 10 June 2014

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 3 June 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 15 May 2014

The SMWS is the best place for lunch in Edinburgh. Elegant surroundings and beautifully prepared food.

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 (London)·Dined on 17 April 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 April 2014

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 4 April 2014

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 11 January 2014

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!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 18 December 2013

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.

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 (London)·Dined on 14 December 2013

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.

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 (London)·Dined on 13 December 2013

This is Edinburgh's hidden gem - amazing service, amazing food and a paradise for Whisky lovers. Truly, truly outstanding, Can't recommend it highly enough. Will fly back to Edinburgh just to have dinner there.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Afternoon Tea
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 11 December 2013

The Dining Room is the best place to have lunch in Edinburgh. Portions exactly right in size, wonderful food, beautiful room.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 7 August 2013

Get the menu du jour -- wonderful food at great prices. Oxtail was fabulous.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 March 2013

The Society's tasting menu is very good value indeed. All elements, including accompanying wine and whisky, were splendid, but the highlight for me was the champagne risotto: superb!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 26 January 2013

We had the Dining Room to ourselves on Saturday, but even if it's full, the ambience is wonderful. The Menu du Jour is outstanding for quality and value. Service is perfect. I can't think of a better place to have a proper sit-down lunch.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 10 November 2012

Go for the menu du jour at SMWS: great value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Surrey)·Dined on 13 October 2012

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...

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vip
 (Spain)·Dined on 18 February 2012

The Dining Room at The Society, Edinburgh

An excellent experience, great atmosphere and food. Service was terrific

Would recommend & would return

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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 2 February 2012

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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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 12 January 2012

The Dining Room at The Society, Edinburgh offers excellent service food and a great fine dining experience! The food is excellent, beautifully presented and good sized portions. All the little extra touches make it extra special.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 5 January 2012

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Excellent meal. I had venison and it was mouthwatering. Treated to an 'amuse bouche' beforehand of duck with a mushroom pate together with a selected malt to accompany it. Very good service. It was a treat of an evening.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 December 2011

Dinner at The Dining Room at The Whisky Society in Edinburgh was exceptional! Excellent value, food, service and ambiance! Attention to detail with both food and service was outstanding. A must for the fine diner!

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