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The Dining Room at The Society

4.4
4.4
133 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish

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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Menu

Starters

  • Wood Pigeon Breast

    red cabbage pickled in elderberry, white onion

    • Jerusalem Artichoke and Hazelnut Agnolotti

      organic carrot broth

      • Roast Hand Dived Scallop

        with salted cod, fennel and blood orange

        • Ballotine of Pheasant and Foie Gras

          pickled vegetables, trompette mushroom and onion jam

          Main Courses

          • Roast Partridge

            quince cooked in sherry, parsnips and sprouts

            • Baked Halibut

              Scottish cider, carrot purée, mussels and spaetzle

              • Roast Rump and Glazed Cheek of Beef

                barley broth, turnip and horseradish purée, braised cabbage

                • Sea Bass Fillet

                  saffron sauce and sea beet

                  • Venison Loin

                    beetroot, purple carrots, orange, fir needle oil

                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                    What 133 people are saying

                    Overall ratings and reviews

                    4.4
                    4.4 based on all time ratings
                    • 4.6Food
                    • 4.3Service
                    • 4.3Ambience
                    • 4.1Value

                    NoiseModerate

                    90% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                    1. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      London

                      33 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      33 reviews

                      Dined on 21 August 2019

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    2. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 1 May 2019

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    3. t

                      taste

                      New York Area

                      13 reviews

                      5.0

                      13 reviews

                      Dined on 1 May 2019

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    4. LG

                      LindaG

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 19 February 2019

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    5. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      London

                      1 review

                      vip
                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 21 November 2018

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Absolutely superb. Really special.

                    6. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Edinburgh

                      17 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      17 reviews

                      Dined on 5 October 2018

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    7. r

                      rolod

                      Edinburgh

                      14 reviews

                      5.0

                      14 reviews

                      Dined on 1 September 2018

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    8. JC

                      JayC

                      Miami

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 28 August 2018

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    9. EF

                      ElizabethF

                      Edinburgh

                      5 reviews

                      5.0

                      5 reviews

                      Dined on 24 January 2018

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    10. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Edinburgh

                      2 reviews

                      4.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 4 July 2017

                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                      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!

                    11. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      3.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 30 December 2016

                      overall3food5service2ambience4

                      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.

                    12. MA

                      Maz2Abz

                      Edinburgh

                      5 reviews

                      4.0

                      5 reviews

                      Dined on 12 November 2016

                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                      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

                    13. MP

                      MairiP

                      Edinburgh

                      7 reviews

                      5.0

                      7 reviews

                      Dined on 22 October 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    14. CM

                      CraigMckirdy

                      London

                      12 reviews

                      4.0

                      12 reviews

                      Dined on 20 August 2016

                      overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                    15. JG

                      JasonG

                      Edinburgh

                      4 reviews

                      5.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined on 8 April 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    16. V

                      Virginia

                      New York Area

                      10 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      10 reviews

                      Dined on 23 January 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    17. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 15 January 2016

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    18. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Lancashire

                      3 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 27 November 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    19. S

                      Shugg

                      Edinburgh

                      44 reviews

                      3.0

                      44 reviews

                      Dined on 8 October 2015

                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                      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.

                    20. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 26 August 2015

                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                      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!

                    21. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      London

                      7 reviews

                      5.0

                      7 reviews

                      Dined on 22 August 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      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!

                    22. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 5 August 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    23. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 31 July 2015

                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                      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).

                    24. f

                      franz

                      Edinburgh

                      37 reviews

                      4.0

                      37 reviews

                      Dined on 27 June 2015

                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                      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

                    25. E

                      Edinburgheaters2

                      London

                      38 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      38 reviews

                      Dined on 19 June 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      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.

                    26. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 3 June 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    27. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 2 May 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    28. T

                      Theorganiser

                      Edinburgh

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 23 April 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    29. B

                      Bitam

                      Washington DC

                      48 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      48 reviews

                      Dined on 1 April 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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.

                    30. a

                      appelwang

                      Edinburgh

                      1 review

                      1.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 25 March 2015

                      overall1food3service2ambience1

                      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.

                    31. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 24 January 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    32. SP

                      StevieP

                      London

                      2 reviews

                      4.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 23 January 2015

                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                      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.

                    33. m

                      marmoset77

                      Edinburgh

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 January 2015

                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                      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.

                    34. d

                      direwolf

                      Edinburgh

                      158 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      158 reviews

                      Dined on 13 January 2015

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                    35. M

                      Mags

                      Edinburgh

                      17 reviews

                      5.0

                      17 reviews

                      Dined on 10 January 2015

                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                      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.

                    36. B

                      Basil05

                      Edinburgh

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 11 December 2014

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                    37. n

                      nat1

                      London

                      3 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 7 November 2014

                      overall5food4service4ambience5

                      yummy food and great location, went to bar upstairs

                    38. E

                      Excitable

                      Birmingham

                      74 reviews

                      4.0

                      74 reviews

                      Dined on 11 August 2014

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      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

                    39. T

                      Timo

                      London

                      31 reviews

                      4.0

                      31 reviews

                      Dined on 21 June 2014

                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                      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.

                    40. E

                      Edinburgheaters2

                      London

                      38 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      38 reviews

                      Dined on 10 June 2014

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      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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                    The Dining Room at The Society is rated 4.4 stars by 133 OpenTable diners

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