The Queens Arms - Edinburgh

4.3
177 reviews
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Scottish
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Sunday Lunch
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.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb attentative service and great atmosphere. Good value for money and comfortable.

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FM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting a friend from London we booked Sunday lunch.....best to book so won’t be disappointed. We loved the relaxed atmosphere despite the busy time in the Quens Arms. The Sunday roast was exceptional, service fabulous and ambience great.

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CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The Queens Arms called us four days before to hear if we wanted to reserve the sunday roast, so we made that reservation. But we arrived we orded our drinks in the bar ourself and we where not asked for food before after 20-30 minuts our reservation started. The dessert also came after we had waited for a long periode of time and they appologiesed for that. We where ask to leave because we had gone 13 mints past our end time of the reservation but it was of no fault of ours. So the time management was horrible and it took to long to get the food to begin with and also between main and dessert.

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F
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly welcome and lovely service . Food was very tasty and there was a great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, super friendly staff and the food was just brilliant!!! Great value to! From outside it looks a little sleepy but it was definitely a very busy family pub on the inside! Great decor and super comfy!! Will be returning (again and again and again and again.....)

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ES
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a place I visit when in the city. Waiting staff all so very friendly, great music, splendid food! Top notch!

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EJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The chicken sandwich meal we ordered was very disappointing -
Bread was very dry
There was insufficient dressing on the sandwich
The side salad was extremely oily

We were given a 25% discount off the food order from a very understanding and polite manager. I have visited this establishment on two previous occasions and the food, on both accasions, was exceptionally good so I would return another time. Service was excellent.

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SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub with great atmosphere! Sunday roast was amazing ... beef cooked to perfection and dessert was delicious! Great value! Service from the staff was top ... lovely people.

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DC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and the food was very good, been there a couple of times and it’s just a nice place to be. 👍😀

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CE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Second time I’ve been and it was just as good. I don’t know how they do such an amazing roast dinner but it’s so good.
It is obviously a pub and a weekend so there was a couple of matches on (rugby and football) but we didn’t mind the noise. We were at first sat in the bar area under the TV and asked to move, which was accommodated. I don’t think we could have sat under the tv with people cheering and jeering. I would definitely go again in a heartbeat

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DW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food make sure you pre order the Sunday Roast it’s amazing

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G
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...just right portion size and reasonably priced. Very friendly staff. Central location. Loved it.

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TK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This a lovely place - both comfortable and interesting. The menu was good as was the service. Water was immediately brought up our table. Our waitress was charming and allowed us time to order. Her recommendation of the orange pudding was spot on. The good was well presented and with one exception well cooked. However two of us chose the dauphinois potatoes and these were neither well cooked nor tasty. That is why I have scored just 4 for the good. That said I would certainly go back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the bar and will always come back, good food, good choice of drinks, good service and a nice atmosphere.
That said myself and others were disappointed that the football commentary wasn't put on even though it was requested by more than 1 table/customer. I understood this was due to "people still eating " but everyone on that side of the bar had finished their food and was watching the football by the end of the first half (about 9pm). When asking the barman he was also dismissive to the point of almost being rude (probably had answered the question more than once in his defence).

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d
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Gin Cocktails great, food delicious, booth ready at time requested, staff good just disappeared towards end of night maybe one more waiter required busy evening... enjoyed the atmosphere v much. Excellent!

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A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for a catch up with relatives, we had a fantastic night. Attentive staff, great food (particularly excellent veggie mains) and a variety of beverages. What's not to like?!

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A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing roast with amazing service. Couldn’t fault a thing.

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SW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The place was very busy as it was Burns Night. It was a shame we had to sit in front of the bar, under a TV screen and right next to the front door, especially as there was a larger area at the back of the pub.

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JF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food, and reasonably priced. We were recommened The Queens by friends. We booked a booth, but found it rather cramped, although we were offered another table if we wanted to move.
Our party of four all enjoyed their meals.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Whilst food and service were good our table for 4 was far too cramped- you could not swing a cat! Won’t be back! Regds Dennis & Margo Robertson

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MH
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a meal for two in the Queens arms and booked a booth, service was v good and attentive, lively place with a good atmosphere

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AH
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great quality food. We had the Sunday dinner and pudding to share. Both were extremely yummy- we will be back.

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FW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect for post Christmas drinks. Good wine & nice atmosphere.

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We had booked to have a Christmas Roast on Christmas Eve. When we arrived, it turned out that they were not serving the roast anymore. We were shoved onto a small stool table that had no space for plates and drinks, next to the toilets (that stank). When we asked to be moved, they put us onto a small table near a group of men drinking heavily. The food was OK, (although my main dish was burnt and gave me the runs later). The drinks were OK and the staff were pleasant. We will not go back there and I wouldn't recommend the place for anything more than a drink. Very disappointing.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sunday roast was outstanding!!! Staff very attentive, at times even too attentive - the same questions asked by at least two staff members within a minute. Great music but very loud, it was turned down after we mentioned it. Would go back and request quiet table in the corner.

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PB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always. Great service and food. Never disappointed

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HA
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chose this for midweek lunch based on previous reviews and it didn't disappoint!
We pre-booked a table which I would recommend. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Good menu choice and we loved our sharing platter. Only downside for me is the stairs, not a great place to visit with mobility problems.

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SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We missed out on a meal here on our last visit to Edinburgh so made sure to book for Sunday lunch weeks in advance this year. What a feast! The Sunday roast comes on a platter for two with giant Yorkshire puddings and seasonal veg. It was the most succulent beef cooked to perfection. Dessert was two sharing puddings. A lemon posset with berries and a banana cake with ice cream that was similar to a sticky toffee pudding. Delicious! The food that came out from the main menu also looked lovely. We had a booth to ourselves and never felt rushed. Would highly recommend and suggest you book as soon as you know you’re going to Edinburgh to avoid disappointment! It is a very lively pub so don’t go for a quiet lunch/dinner!

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KM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and very welcoming. Food was fabulous. We will definitely be going back.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

So glad we booked, great atmosphere. Service given the time of year was good and friendly. Food tasty!

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RC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service very good. The eating area is looking a bit tired and dated and needs some investment in the seats, tables etc whilst keeping the look and ambience of the original pub. The food remains good though.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Yum yum yum! Cosy fabulous pub. Sharing pie was very tasty and good value. Would highly recomend this. Also had sunday roast before which is delish!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing experience.

Table was still occupied when we arrived which isn’t a big deal but disappointing when there are no available seats.

Once seated our waiter advised they don’t serve Sunday Roast after 5pm. There is no mention of this on menu or website.

One menu had a page missing which was confusing!

Wife and I ordered burgers which are served cooked medium rare (menu should really highlight they’re pink in the middle).

Seemed like I was wearing my invisibility cloak as no member of staff seemed to bother with us and no-one enquired re our meal until we requested the bill.

Think it was possibly just a symptom of Edinburgh being really busy pre-Christmas. That said, it’s unlikely that we will be back any time soon I’m afraid which is a shame. Been to the Queens Arms before and it was fine.

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FR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Excellent value for money and coffee was lovely to finish the meal

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LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Still one of my favourite pubs in Edinburgh, and the best Sunday roast ever!

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

W=Excellent , big tables , cosy , great staff - food was excellent - loved it - went for lunch and didn;t want to leave

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AB
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great pub, good atmosphere, food, beers and drinks and pleasant staff.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed the relaxing and nice Sunday's Quizz night atmosphere. We booked in advance, were on time, and didn't had the time to finish our Gin Tonics before being called to our table.
Food was delicious, and the waitress was attentioned and lightning fast in fulfilling our requests.
A place I will recommend and try to head to next time I will be flying over the Channel to EDI.
Pascal (Switzerland)

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OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The vegetarian selection is not the best, however the roast looked great and it is good value for money. I had the butternut squash and mushroom casserole with cheese dumplings - no vegan option available. You could tell that it wasn’t freshly prepared but probably taken out of the freezer with bistro gravy all over it. The service was extremely slow, we were there around 3 pm I appreciate that it’s Sunday roast time but I would’ve appreciated an apology and undivided attention when it did come to serving us. The pub is beautiful of course and would probably be back only for drinks.

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