The Queens Arms - Edinburgh

4.3
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287 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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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.
Dog friendly.
What 287 People Are Saying
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CH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday roast dinner. The beef was perfect and the Yorkshire Puddings were to die for. Fantastic service. Would definitely recommend and re-visit.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We expected a lively Edinburgh bar and thats what we got, the staff were so busy but yet made our late dinner an event. Thank you

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sharing roast and pie were excellent, will definitely be back!

CO
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely sharing Sunday lunch. We had to wait a few minutes for our pre booked table but other than that the service was good. This pub was a fantastic find in Edinburgh and we would definitely go again.

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a fantastic afternoon in a lovely atmosphere with table service to watch the rugby .
A girl called Lauren looked after us and she was fantastic.

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Sunday Roast was very good with lovely vegetables and plenty of gravy. The service was sadly a little on the slow side with a long delay before our order was taken but the drinks and then food arrived without too much more delay.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sunday lunch looked fantastic. Sadly the beef was very tough. The deserts made up for it though!

HO
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about the Queens Arms was excellent. It was very noisy, but it was Saturday evening so to be expected. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

CE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We love the Queens fantastic food and ambience. The food is always good but would like to see more variety in the Menu.

E
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday lunch I have ever had! Great value for money; everything was excellent! Will definitely be returning when I am back in Edinburgh and I have already recommended to friends and family.

This comment does not affect the food or service but noticed a few staff members on their phones in plain sight. It looks just a bit unprofessional when everything else is such a high standard. Staff were brilliant though when serving us.

AG
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We came here two years ago and couldn't wait to return. We live in Spain so a traditional pub meal is a highlight of any trip to Edinburgh. This time our experience was mixed. We had booked Sunday lunch for 6 people at 13.00. As before the food was absolutely delicious, amazing value for the fantastic sharing Sunday roast and everything was beautifully cooked. At 3pm we had to move as the next booking arrived - no problem and we found another table. We were having a great time, catching up with our family. However around 4pm the TV was turned up to an ear-splitting volume. When we asked the bar staff about it we were told football is advertised by the pub so they have to show it. No problem with the football being on (it had been on all day) but why the deafening volume? We were told several customers had requested it. We sat back down and had a good look around the pub. No one was paying any attention to the football. The majority of customers were like us, trying to enjoy Sunday lunch with family. We asked about it again but were told the volume would not be turned down as we were the only table who had mentioned it. I can only assume British politeness meant no one else wanted to complain! We certainly saw several other tables complaining to each other. We had to move to another pub as we couldn't enjoy our conversation. Such a shame as we had hoped to stay there. I wouldn't return for lunch during football season and neither would the rest of our party.

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday Roast, which was delightful. So delicious, everything was prepared with care, the staff were helpful and friendly, we had plenty of time at our table - a full two hours. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

G
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was amazing and service was great the only thing that was wrong was we did wait 20mins+ for our first round of drinks!

MG
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good ambiance, excellent food, just right for our night meeting a friend.

RS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Superb roast.
Everything cooked perfectly.
Highly recommended.

AD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All very nice tasty food and good value would definitely go back again.👏

JW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best Sunday Lunches in Edinburgh - outstanding quality and value.

BM
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

In terms of the food, definitely a recommendation. The portion for the main (we had the shared Sunday roast) was definitely enough for two people and the dish was very tasty. I usually prefer the steak medium, though I can say I quite liked the medium rare this time. The three (fairly small) bites of dessert were very good too.

In terms of the service, it was quite poor. The first restaurant ever when the drinks arrived way after the food, though we ordered simultaneously. Also we waited the longest for the desserts (about three times more than for the main). I often had the impression the waiters were quite disorganised. On the bright side, they were very polite and friendly.

JC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the quirkiness of the decor and the booth with a gate that we sat in. The gap between the table and the booth wall was a touch small, anyone enjoying a large meal may struggle to get out!
The joint of beef was superb, just the way we like it, the wine was lovely and the desserts were delicious. If we are ever in Edinburgh again we would definitely go here for our Sunday roast

m
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely place, highly recommended. We were there for the Sunday roast, which was excellent as usual.
Some mix up with the desserts this time though, we were waiting for a while and then decided to flag someone.

HB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute traditional pub atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious Sunday roast!

KB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really good value

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our favorite in Edinburgh. Crowded so the noise level was high and the service a little slower but enjoyed it very much!! It made the experience complete

E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Being New Years day was really busy and quite noisy. We were given a booth which was quieter. Staff were excellent and we didn't have to wait too long for our food. Enjoyable meal

JK
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday roast. Always enjoy the atmosuabd food in the QA, great service and draught real ales.

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Great bar with good service. They're a bit precious with table reservations - walked in and the pub was half empty but the empty seats were reserved for parties arriving 1-2 hours later. Seems ridiculous losing out on revenue when potential patrons walk out due to lack of available seating.

m
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Went there just before Xmas 2019 with my daughter for a meal @ 7:30pm. We both ordered ribeye steaks. The steaks were tasty cooked to perfection, although the side salad could have been more ample and the potato wedges looked like they were the dregs from the deep friar. The waiter was very attentive if not a little over zealous communicating. If i had to to do it all over again i would have chosen somewhere more laid back or quitier. It was the last weekend before xmas so it was very noisy full of end of year work party get togethers, and also very busy. Overall reasonable. Booked through the web which advertised a 3 course xmas menu which was not on offer sadly.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great day it’s nice to be able to have a conversation without shouting yet have music in the background, would recommend to anyone

C
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Food was very nice, we had the sunday roast sharer. However, a couple more roast potatoes wouldn't have gone a miss and the sharing dessert tasted really good but again the portion of 1 mince pie, 1 small piece of toffee cake and 1 ball of ice cream between 2 people just didn't hit the mark!
C'mon, an extra scoop of ice cream or extra spud each isn't going to hurt... It's Christmas after all.

HJ
Edinburgh
180 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

A very disappointing experience. I had eaten here before and been impressed with the Sunday roast, but this time was truly awful. The waitresses were overwhelmed and we had to order our own drinks from the bar, having waited 30 minutes. Worst of all, the roast beef was so tough that our knives couldn't cut it and I had to use my fingers. The puddings were minimal and uninteresting. Never again.

HS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant! Our favourite place to go in Edinburgh. Always makes our annual christmas trip special.

RL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always go to watch the football never been disappointed with food, atmosphere or general welcome ness from staff. The staff always make sure your getting served regardless of how busy they are.

JM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Booked a table and was a booth, staff were great even though we were late especially at this time around Xmas as everyone looking for a seat somewhere , so well done to them it’s a great atmosphere and staff always checking we were ok would definitely book again when in Edinburgh

SB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. The food was beautiful. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

m
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We arrived just before due time. Told table not ready, would be informed when available. We had to ask. Couple in front of us were shown a decent table. We were shown to table at open door, tried to shut it but told it had to be left open, it was freezing. Found a ham bone in overcooked cheese and ham toastie and nearly broke a tooth!
Very, very disappointed as have been before and was good.

JC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips was amazing and very large.burger was good also and proper chips.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for a Sunday roast, I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Edinburgh

AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink & staff, will definately be back x

SE
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Six of us were there, at the time we were there Tuesday 3pm pretty quiet but busier later staff were VG. service perfect. Menu limited but ok for us no problem.

F
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good Sunday Roast at reasonable price, friendly staff but not the best service we experienced.