The Queens Arms - Edinburgh

4.3
135 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Live Sports
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. This new look is charming customers and critics alike – since re-opening they scooped Best Gastropub at the 2010 DRAM (Drinks Retailing and Marketing) Awards. It's no wonder with the food they have on offer – Scottish classics, really, but with a modern twist. It's not only the food that customers are praising though – 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scottish
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Hours of Operation
Daily 12:00–01:00
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Phone number
0131 225 1045
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 135 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We came for sunday lunch paid £35 do not get a choice of meat and not value for money.we actually turned the beef over and lots of blood showing not how we like meat and not asked how we wanted it.the veg what you got was not good either roasties were hard.we actually didnt touch the mesl paid for it with 2drinks and left.

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NH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The roast was delicious, though probably could have been hotter. Roast, dessert and coffee for just under £18 was decent. Service wasn’t great; empty glasses and plates took an age to be removed, cutlery was forgotten twice, incomplete drinks rounds...the staff seemed friendly enough, just a bit overwhelmed.

The tables are quite small so the food should be brought on smaller plates. May look fancy in photos but it’s not practical for real life.

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TJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The booking was not fulfilled at the Queens Arms. I was phoned 10min before booking time to be told that my booking had just been received via your system and there was no table available! The restaurant was very accommodating and got us a table at another restaurant about a mile away.
This worked out eventually but is not really acceptable!

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fab Sunday lunch here very tasty and great value for money

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.

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a
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with friendly helpful staff. Food was delicious and there was a great choices. The noise level was great for chatting.

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EL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place to meet friends and food is lovely. Could be a bit quicker with drinks.

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Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I particularly loved the Sunday Roast, the Yorkshire pudding is the best that I had in UK
I prefer the meat though a bit tender.
Overall, I highly recommend this place. Ambiance, staff, food are awesome!

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ML
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised when we went inside as didn’t look that inviting from the outside. Service was outstanding from the waitress, nothing was too much trouble and was very quick. Would definitely go again if we are in Edinburgh.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed pub in the heart of Edinburgh - highly recommended

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Sunday roast is the best!

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AA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Strange place ! Although booked not sure they were organised for us!! Service terrible and because of this only had one drink(would have had more if we were served)
Food was ok when finally arrived but wait for 2nd course was long!!

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L
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, brilliant service, great wine. Would definitely go back!

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L
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food and ambience! Worried about open table booking but no need, everything was fantastic!

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BH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at The Queens Arms- lively but our waitress found us a table away slightly so we could enjoy our meal and talk too. A great find and we will be back next time we are in Edinburgh. We are regular visitors to Edinburgh and this is one of the most atmospheric places we’ve been to.

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LB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food (have the beef pie), speedy service and great staff - couldn't do enough for you!

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been to Queens Arms many times. However when I arrived for our reservation on Sat night at 7pm I was informed that our booking had been for the previous night. ( Friday 12th). I didn't have my confirmation of booking with me, however the venue was adamant that I was a day late.

I had family over from Australia and I was very embarrassed to say the least. After asking them what they could do they eventually suggested that we waited and they would try to sort a table out, which they did approx. 30 minutes later. After that everything was good.

However - I don't see the point of making a booking if it doesn't get honoured in full on the correct date & time. Very disappointing

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W
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our lunch, husband and I don’t come to Edinburgh often so it was a wee change and a wee treat

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h
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from the States in April 2017. Back in Edinburgh for Hogmanay and knew we had to return. Love the ambiance. Food is delicious including some amazing fish and chips and a delicious shared steak and ale pie. Great list of whisky. Make a reservation!

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Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First, we made the colossal mistake of thinking we could have a relaxing dinner on December 30 before the annual torchlight procession by booking well away from the Royal Mile. The place was so crowded I had to rudely shove my way in the front door. Once inside, pure pandemonium...100% drinkers and no food to be seen. We almost turned around. But soon I found a nice young man who told us our table was ready. The “table” was more like the size of a school desk, but somehow we crammed in. The menu was presented to us, and even though somewhat limited, there was enough to satisfy everyone in my three person party. The food arrived remarkably quickly. I had the burger which was perfectly cooked and very tasty, the chips were also perfect. We also shared mussels, which were good though a few had not opened in the broth so they were untouched. My party also had the chicken croquettes and soup of the day. Both liked what they ate. All in all it was a satisfying meal. Not five star but a solid four and very good for pub fair. I would like to try Queens Arms again under less busy circumstances. I suspect I will enjoy it even more.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Friendly staff. We were in a hurry to make the torchlight procession and they took care of us!

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L
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was two days before Hogmanay when we were there, pub was busy and noisy, which was expected. Fortunately we had a seat round the right hand side of the bar which was great as it wasn't stowed out with people standing around. Great atmosphere and we all finished with clean plates. My burger was fab.

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JK
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have registered a complaint about this venue by email to you.
I cannot comment on food etc as on arrival at the Queens Arms I was advised there was no tables available. I had the confirmation email from you and the manager went to check his computer. He returned to advise us that he did recieve the confirmaton but 'does not check the bookings every day as they are to busy.' We were told we could wait at the bar (no seating) till a table might become available. The place was overcrowded being a Friday night in a busy city. We had no alternative but to try our luck elsewhere.
If this venue is unable to fulfil the reservation they should be removed from your sight.

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OT
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, good selection of drinks. Would highly recommend for Sunday Lunch. Sky sports

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant venue for a catch up. Good pub food, great service.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were here last year and it was excellent, this year wasn’t so good, I booked the table in September with Open Table and they didn’t have our booking when we arrived.The bar person we spoke to,was sorry and helpful and did get us a table which was fine but the food wasn’t as good as last year, my mums steak was very tough and hard to cut, I know she asked for it well done but “really” my burger wasn’t very nice either.
It was ok but we were disappointed compared to last year and don’t think we will go back next year.
We are from Dundee and book somewhere for tea every year and we were so looking forward to our meal after Christmas Shopping.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely quaint pub, love the decor. Staff are friendly. Food was good. Glad I booked as it was so busy. Will definitely return.

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C
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having booked a city centre hotel in my home city, I was surprised to find this being much more of a Scottish pub. However the ambiance was buzzing and friendly on a Thursday evening and the booked table was in a cosy, wee, separate booth. The menu had been changed from the online one but the food was good and well suited to Edinburgh. Service was friendly but it was too busy for the helpful staff. I would go again I think as it was good value.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Booked a table on a Sunday evening, after a long day at work. Wanted some food and a quiet beer.
While the food looked really good and people obviously enjoying it, there was a pub quiz on, so we had a quick drink and left. Wished the quiz night had been advertised, so we could have gone somewhere else.
Will go back another night.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here. Great food & service in your own private gated booth. Highly recommended, not a single fault. If booking request a booth.

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Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional noisy pub. Plenty of TV screens. Good service. Good pub food.
Reasonably priced drinks.

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London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, comfortable, casual bar, great staff, lovely food, wide selection of drinks

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I tried to get in this Trip Advisor highly rated pub when the Tattoo was on-didn't book and couldn't get a table, so this time around(having seen the enormous Yorkshires) I booked for Sunday afternoon with my best friends.
The young guy who served us was excellent. However, we were very disappointed that they'd run out of roast dinners(apparently they only do 25, of which half can be reserved and the other half are for walk ins.) We weren't aware of this policy, otherwise we would certainly have reserved them. Two of us shared a steak pie-the last one, two of us had fish and chips. Comments on the pie were that the gravy was too runny, and the side of veg was very small. The fish and chips were ok, fish a bit dry, but the batter was lovely. In fairness, we were in the mood for Sunday lunch so this choice was a satisfactory second.
Two friends ordered cheese board to share-never ever seen such a miserly cheese board in my life.
The panna cotta on the other hand was exquisite, the best I've ever tasted and I've sampled many in Italy. I wasn't in fact going to have dessert, but tasted one which had been ordered and had to have one!
Wine was good; we didn't try the whisky!
Would possibly go again, but still baffled by their Sunday lunch system. Perhaps if I'd phoned rather than book online this information may have been imparted.

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SR
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

OK food, great music, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, a bit overpriced.

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OT
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had never visited this bar before but was very pleased. Booked a table for get together with friends and got a nice quiet one in the back of the bar. Food was exceptional for pub grub and prosecco not too pricey either for city centre establishment. Can't wait to go back!

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Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

If you're ok with moderate service, the pub will really surprise you by quality and creativity of their food and drinks.

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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A repeat visit for us this time with relatives from New Zealand. Another great lunch and afternoon,staff could not be nicer thank you

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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have often enjoyed a meal here and popped in for drinks the staff are always welcoming and attentive. We are returning soon with relatives from New Zealand who I am sure will love the olde world decor and the exceptional food.

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K
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Friendly staff, good selection of beers and beverages, and decent food.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for all types and occasions; live sports for lads, buzzy atmosphere for friends, great venue for dates and fab menu for foodies... staff understand and respect each customer-great service and value for money. Keep it up! One of the best roast dinners, cooked from fresh 👌🏼Thank you.

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