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The Queens Arms - Edinburgh

4.5
361 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish

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Sunday Lunch
Casual
The Queens Arms has been an Edinburgh fixture for many years; the latest incarnation finds it reborn as a gastropub, although long-time customers will be pleased to know that the renovation has preserved the layout and most of the original features. The Queens Arms also boasts friendly and efficient service and a solid offering of whiskies, cocktails and wine and beer (including several real ales).

Under 18's are not admitted after 8:00pm.

Please note that we can only accept a maximum party size of 6, from a maximum of 2 separate households.

Following the Scottish Government advice, wearing of a face covering upon arrival and when moving around the venue is mandatory.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 361 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely cosy pub offering hearty food.

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Berserker
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pub took all of the proper precautions. Service was fantastic. Was never waiting on a drink. Really enjoyed the food (had the burger which was great). Already booked up again for the re-opening at the end of the month 👍

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AnthonyH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not the experience we expected after reading reviews for Sunday lunch. Opted for sharing platter, Yorkshire Puddings sent back really cold told they are not reheated so that's how they're served replacements bit warmer. Veg edible but not warm. Just enough food for 2 people - usually can't finish Sunday roast dinner. Sharing dessert was teaspoon size icecream, small piece of dry cake & unedible cinnamon swirl (like a rock so hard). Tables very small luckily we had a booth for 4 people & only 2 of us. Service good & staff nice. Reduction on bill but would rather have paid full & had a nice meal & experience.

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 7 October 2020

Hi Anthony, Thank for taking the time to leave your review. I am very sorry you've not enjoyed your experience at queens arms. I have relayed your issues to the chef and asked him to ensure these do not arise again in the future. I do hope to see you in The Queens Arms again soon. Thanks, Evan

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Lunch
London
18 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A nice place to sit and have a beer. We didn't eat, however food looked good also.

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HMac
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely atmosphere for pre dinner drinks. Good beer and cocktails!

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 5 October 2020

Hi HMac, Thanks for a great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do so. We look forward to seeing you again. Thanks,

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SusanD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous steak dinner, cooked to perfection and peppercorn sauce to die for. Friendly staff and good atmosphere. We went ‘eat out to help out’ so it was fantastic value .
We will recommend to our friends and will certainly be back !!

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 5 October 2020

Hi Susan, Thank you for taking to the time to leave such an amazing review. We have been working very hard to ensure we have a clean and safe environment whilst keeping the atmosphere that The Queens Arms is best known for. Thanks, Evan

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WilliamW
Angus
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quick bite or a meal prices are good and food excellent staff were very friendly and welcoming can't single out what staff because all were great

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 5 October 2020

Hi William, Thank you for taking to the time to leave such an amazing review. We have been working very hard to ensure we have a clean and safe environment whilst keeping the atmosphere that The Queens Arms is best known for. Thanks, Evan

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NicciR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little pub. Really welcoming staff, great cocktails and a huge range of beers and whiskies.

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JoanneH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a lovely old fashioned pub with great decorative details! The staff were so lovely and friendly, great service and the best Sunday lunch platter we have ever had. It will certainly be on our list of places to visit the next time we go to Edinburgh

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LeeM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking system worked well and everything was ready for us. The food was amazing and the staff were fantastic.

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KirstyF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was greeted at the door, all the covid stuff was explained clearly, we signed in and then we were shown to our table. Felt really comfortable and safe. The staff were very attentive and we received a quick and professional service. Would return and would happily recommend. Hopefully we’ll come back once all the restrictions are lifted and can take in the atmosphere of a lively establishment.

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Traceym
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I have been coming to queens arms for a while now and before lockdown staff were doing a fantastic job with hygiene and now since reopening it is the place i feel safest visiting as they are doing everything right whilst still being warm welcoming and creating a good atmosphere i only gave food few stars as i didnt actually eat but couldnt continue with survey till clicked it!!

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Glasgow
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and great service. Enjoyed the chats with the chief 'the man' who came round with table service. Thank you from family of 4 from Glasgow 👍

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vipShirleyB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Did not eat but very disappointed very quiet & despite booking were put at the worst table in the place very slow miserable girl serving.
Have been before & was excellent so don’t know what went wrong disappointing

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Courteney
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Roast dinner was amazing, would highly recommend and will be coming back when next in Edinburgh!

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SusanT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sharing Sunday lunch platter was amazing, very tasty and the best beef I've ever had. Highly highly recommended going. The staff were polite and very friendly. Lovely relaxed atmosphere

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WendyT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food lovely service and fabulous value for money.

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KevinK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Night away and ended up making a last minute booking, was unsure as had not heard about it at all before. On arrival they were very professional and explained what we could and couldn’t do. The staff were amazing! We were served mainly by a young girl who was excellent, very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We had steak pie and a side of mac!! Was great! We also had various cocktails. The atmosphere was justly but not to much, decor was fab! Just a bit different and loved the wine glass chandler. We had an amazing night. Especially just now with covid, we went to other bars after which didn’t give the same feel at all! Will 100% be back!! 19 sept 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff, good food and drinks.

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KirstyP
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A very warm welcome and good run through of the ever changing Covid rules. Felt well organised and safe and good space between tables and booths. Staff were very cheery And the food was really delicious- the best fish and chips I’ve had in a very long time in and Edinburgh pub. My friend said the same of the burger. A really enjoyable experience

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Valeria
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & drinks are great, but the main attraction here is the lovely ambiance and really friendly staff. I love this place!

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TashaC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely find! So pleased we booked as we thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday Dinner.

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Dougmitch
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Clean and safe environment

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 15 September 2020

Hi Doug, Thank you for your great review, we are always working hard to ensure we keep the as clean as possible during these unprecedented time. Our team have worked especially hard to ensure we still provide the best possible, food, drink and service through out these difficult times so you review is very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Jase
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great day and the food was fantastic. Will be dack soon....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for reservation at 1220 place was locked up banging on door someone came and said they were having issues!! Had a booking did not care said they phoned me no message or anything in my phone
Disgraceful

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 15 September 2020

Good afternoon, Firstly I'd like to apologise for the late notice you had on the change of booking. We experienced a urgent maintenance issue just before opening on Saturday morning. We did do our best to get in contact to ensure your booking would still have been honored albeit not with us. I am very sorry you were disappointed and I am sorry we didn't get you in to enjoy our beautiful bar.

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RichardS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend had the burger and can comfortably say it is in our top 3 burgers in Edinburgh! fantastic atmosphere and the staff are lovely!

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PhilB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked at the last minute but will be going there again. Highly recommended, great service and food.

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PaulM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Always nice Beer and food and good service just with Covid not much atmosphere but they are trying hard to accommodate and they can’t be faulted for that

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Wellsy
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place. Food delicious. Although menu a bit confusing as I booked on a Sunday and was told Sunday menu only.. that was only till 5pm. We booked after that so was normal menu. Which is fine but needed to be mentioned clearer on booking. Food was delicious, very welcoming and organised. Will visit again.

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Izzy
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday roast for sharing and a lovely ambiance

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YasminD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, staff friendly and helpful, great social distancing

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SophieW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and great pub, nice venue and atmosphere.
The sharing roast was lovely. Only got carrots, Swede mash and beetroot as veg. Could do with some greens.

All In all nice meal and would recommend

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JamesF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this pub, great service, atmosphere. Staff all up to speed with Covid19 procedures and make the customer at ease. Great selection of drinks.

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DianeW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab meal in this cost place right in the heart of new town. Great atmosphere efficient friendly staff good value

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Alessandro
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food. Soup was piping hot and macaroni was to die for. Friendly attentive staff especially Arron. Was so good we returned the following evening.

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ldg20
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, friendly service and overall a great experience.

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thank you for your wonderful comments!

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VickyG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real hidden gem, really nice restaurant full of character, the food was unbelievable and great value plus the staff were very friendly, everyone that served us made us feel welcome and at home, would highly recommend to anyone coming to Edinburgh

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so happy with your comments and they are a real boost to us, especially as we adjust to a new way of working. Hope to see you again soon!

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Trev
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, Great staff, if ever in Edinburgh this place is a must for food. We had the sharing Pie and sticky toffee pudding to finish....

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PamelaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! staff brillant and very accommodating for my family

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thank you so, so much for such a wonderful review! Your comments mean the world to us! Looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

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AlisonG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We only spent an hour at the Queens Arms on the Sunday we were in Edinburgh but following lockdown it has unfortunately lost ALL its atmosphere.. no music at all not even playing low .. football on the TV but on silent when we were there.

The Queens Arms - Edinburgh
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thanks for your review Alison. We are continuing to stringently follow the Scottish Government guidelines in order to keep our guests and teams safe. One of those guidelines is that we are unable to play music or have the volume on the TV when showing sport. We are trying our very best to navigate our way through our new way of working and we are always all ears to guest feedback. Thank you for taking the time to let us know yours.

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The Queens Arms - Edinburgh is rated 4.5 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.