Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

3.9
293 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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About

Located in the heart of Edinburgh"s Princes Street Gardens within the National Galleries of Scotland, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant lovingly creates contemporary and classic dishes using the finest Scottish ingredients.
We invest a huge amount of time sourcing its produce with 90 per cent of its ingredients coming from more than 50 Scottish artisan suppliers including Cuddybridge Apple Juice; Peelham Farm; Manna House Bakery & Patisserie; Campbells Prime Meats; Scotherbs; Caledonian Breweries; H J Errington
Cheese; Phantassie Organic Vegetables; Graham's The Family Dairy; Summer Harvest Rapeseed Oils; Heritage Potatoes; Findlay's of Portobello; Crabbie's Ginger Ale and Royal Mile Whiskies.
Our menu is updated monthly to cater for seasonal produce and recipes are tweaked daily according to supplier deliveries.
Everything is prepared fresh on a daily basis from breads, pastries and cupcakes to jams, marmalades and chutney.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scottish
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Hours of Operation

Breakfast

Mon - Sat: 9am - 11:45am

Sunday: 10am - 11:45am


Lunch

Sunday - Weds: 12pm - 5.00pm

Thursday - Friday : 12pm - 7pm
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Phone number
0131 225 1550
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Payment Options
Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Suzanne O
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Public Transit
Regular buses on Princes Street makes The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant perfect for easy access. Stones throw from Waverly train station and St Andrew Square bus station.
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Entertainment
Private functions range from corporate dinners and launch parties to exclusive
fashion shows and wedding receptions.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Edinburgh
3.0Dined on 25 April 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Very dissappointed service on arrival very poor was told table not ready friends had not arrived waited 15 minutes, rest of party already seated very poor service

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Edinburgh
2.0Dined on 25 April 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food we have both been before great Scottish breakfast

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon in this lovely restaurant. The cake stand was lovely with delicious looking treats which taste every bit as good as they looked. The service was impeccable.
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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London
5.0Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the breakfast is amazing. lovely place

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special occasion was a family get together and we were treated royally making it a very special occasion

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely Mother's Day lunch, friendly staff, very good food and lovely scones and petit fours.
Afternoon teas looked very nice.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Despite being told there was a problem with the gas and it was a restricted menu, we had plenty to chose from. We had the sharing platter for two and were unable to finish it! Big selection of meats, salmon, cheeses, chutney, salad, breads etc. Nicely presented. It could have fed three comfortably. Perhaps cut down on the platter content and include the cup of soup instead.

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Angus
5.0Dined on 22 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good menu and excellent service. Staff all very helpful and accommodating. A lovely afternoon.

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Newcastle
4.0Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely Saturday lunch with friend. Friendly welcome and shown to reserved table at window and presented with menus with varied selection to suit meat, fish eaters and vegetarians. Young friendly waitress was keen to discuss specials and efficient bringing drinks . Felt well looked after and waiting staff efficient and keen to ensure we were enjoying our meal with appearing overbearing. Will definitely return.

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Aberdeen
5.0Dined on 16 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been before and never fails to disappoint. I only learned later that it was actually Victor himself who showed me to my table! The staff are wonderful, the food is delicious, the wine exceptional and the layout fantastic. It's all you need to know. Go and enjoy!!

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Seattle
5.0Dined on 13 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food-especially the white sea bass.

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London
4.0Dined on 26 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Very hard to pay on Sunday! Couldn't catch anyone's eye so walked over to the till and stood there while staff hovered around restaurant clearing up etc. A waitress started clearing the table by the till, putting glasses beside it, getting a cloth to wipe it, etc. I asked if we could pay our bill. She said "Wait till I've done this table." And we did. Eventually she finished and it took us 1 minute to pay. This was at 3.15 in the afternoon, there were any number of empty tables so not the slightest need to prioritise clearing more tables. I can see this is quite self-sacrificing by floor staff who throw away tips by this, but it would be more conventional and I suggest better to prioritise customers.

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Vancouver
4.0Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hidden gem in the centre of Edinburgh, tucked out the way below the Scottish national gallery its less chaotic than other cafes, we went on six nations match day and had a good breakfast. The food was good and cafe light and airy.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to get together for a reunion of former colleagues
Requested a quiet table and that was good
Very attentive service from Paul and other staff
Only one disappointment my open sandwich with salmon came on rather tasteless white bread, others had nice granary bread.

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Edinburgh
2.0Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The lunch menu was disappointing, my wife and I found that we had to choose a menu
item that was not a preferred choice.
On previous visits we were very happy with the menu and were delighted with the
dining experience; not this time.

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Edinburgh
3.0Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We meet monthly as a group of friends, usually selecting a central venue near bus and train stations. We found the service here very good and the food excellent. The restaurant succeeds in offering some unusual yet very tasty dishes. Unfortunately we found the place very cold and staff explained the temperature was controlled by the Art Gallery and they were unable to do anything about it. Such a pity as this apart, a first class eatery.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wrong main course served, but changed. Pheasant a bit tough, but otherwise perfect.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 30 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there with a friend for lunch. Attentive staff but not too much. It was busy but not packed and they left us to sit over coffee till we were ready to leave.
Bright décor and an enjoyable place to have lunch.

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Edinburgh
2.0Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Exceptionally slow. Staff were not at all bothered about providing good service.

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KK
Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Quiet enough for my 88 yr old aunt and three of her relations; an excellent menu; charming service and a nice, relaxed ambience.

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BM
London
4.0Dined on 12 January 2017
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

As a regular at this restaurant this occasion was uncharacteristicaly dissapointing.The soup was poor and the warm buttery with salad bland.Maybe (I hope)this was just an off day.This was not up to Continis normally very high standard.Service was as usual very good.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 31 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in the Heart of Edinburgh. Staff very friendly & food delicious.

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London
5.0Dined on 31 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great breakfast in lovely setting. Staff very welcoming, great choice of menu options.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent restaurant with a great location Dodd and service superb.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was extremely friendly, kind and efficient without being overbearing. There was great knowledge of the menu from the waitresses, something not very often encountered. Bravo! The food was really superb, simple but full of flavour. The cullen sink was extraordinary. Only negative was the beetroot tartlet, a little on the mean side. The Orkney wine was a surprise and absolutely delicious. I am not often in Edinburgh but each time I am back I shall come back to you.

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JB
Edinburgh
2.0Dined on 28 December 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was of a good quality but the experience was let down by the service. Our food took a long time to arrive, one dish was later than others and our plates were not cleared for a long time. We eventually asked for the dessert menu, hoping this would mean the staff noticed our plates but we were given the menus and the plates were left. We were even asked if we wanted to order desserts whilst the plates were still there and we specifically had to ask for the plates to be removed first. Whilst the restaurant was busy this was no excuse. I would consider returning for a casual snack as the setting and location are good but not for a special or full meal again.

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JM
Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch ! I am pleased I booked the table in advance and so had not to queue at this busy lead-up to Christmas Day. The table size suited us as we had the opportunity to chat without feeling we had to raise our voices, the staff are excellent and attentive. Also they remember me as I use this venue to meet friends for lunch at least twice a month. I have already booked for the 4 golfing girls to have our New Year lunch at the Scottish Restaurant.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 18 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall an enjoyable birthday meal.
However, for children with us, not enough choice on their menu. Plus
clearing away of glasses before we were finished was unfortunate.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since it was the peak of Christmas market, we arrived 15 mins late. Thankfully, we booked a table which was situated at the end corner of the restaurant - Nice, warm, less noisy/busy and excellent view of the Christmas market. Lucky I guess! Both of us had 3 course meal. Even though the menu are quite standard, but they taste unique. It was fine dining (so don't expect big portions) with a touch of creativity in terms of tasting (burst of flavour). After 3 course meal which ends at 4pm, it filled me up till before bedtime!

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JC
London
5.0Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really tasy and of good quality. Lovely staff.

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LM
Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch in lovely surroundings
Very good service and beautiful food

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DG
Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 15 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant that we have used on numerous occasions and it us always very good. We have also used there other two restaurants in Edinburgh and would recommend any of the three restaurants .

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The location suited us for our visit to the Christmas market and always so pleasant in a location overlooking the gardens.

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 13 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonfderful ambience, wonderful staff, great food. It is a magical place to be at Christmas

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Edinburgh
5.0Dined on 13 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Very welcoming and friendly staff. Excellent service and Xmas menu one of the best I have had. A great time was had by all

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Edinburgh
3.0Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The timing of bringing food to the table was poor and food was then not very warm although flavours were ok.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 8 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time. Took a good friend for birthday lunch. Both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 5 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The two course deal would be better if you could choose between starter or dessert everything else was lovely

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Edinburgh
4.0Dined on 5 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent city centre cafe with good choice and fresh well presented food

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Edinburgh
3.0Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was very busy, and we were waitning an hour for our mains, but we didn't mind that. My husband has ordered honey roasted pork belly which was great, however my salmon was raw inside so I have retured it, and refuse replacement as our kids were getting bored. I would recommend this place if you are not in a rush, for ambience as it has got really nice relaxed atmosphere. Food is a hit or miss as some options are great like their fish and chips, or pork though avoid salmon and beetroot tart.

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