Wildest Drams

4.3
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Modern-Rustic Scottish Cuisine, freshly prepared onsite, making the most of Seasonal Hunting to bring you a variety of Wildshot Game and Oraganically Farmed produce from across Scotalnd.

Allow us to pair your meal to one of our extensive range of Craft Beer, Whisky or Wines.

Or why not drop by the Cellar Bar for a few drinks, or join one of our regular Beer and Whisky Tasting events. Large group? Why not give us a call and arrange a Private Tasting for after your meal.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wild Game, Scottish, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
Open 7 Days

Bar open from 12pm (12.30pm Sunday) until 11pm
Food served 12pm until 9.15pm (Last Seating)
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0131 226 2289
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JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Jacksons Close
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Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Interesting menu and huge range of bottled beers from all over the world. Peat smoked ale was particularly enjoyable. Very tasty lamb venison and haggis burger and perfectly cooked chunky chips. Warm and friendly staff. Happy to recommend.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant that serves locally sourced and well prepared and presented gourmet quality Scottish dishes that you won't find at most Edinburgh eateries

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ML
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter was very nice he gave some suggestions for the wiskys and food, all the food we had it was very good and the desserts were just amazing!!!Also the beers were good and of course the wiskys too.

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MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, stunning beer menu, extensive whisky choices. Add in knowledgeable staff who know their stuff and brilliant friendly service, could not have asked for more, an absolute gem of a place. Make sure you go!

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V
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting and unusual selection of game food. Really good flavours and staff knowledgeable about whiskey selection. Definitely visit again. Small menu choice but as is game food that is expected

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OT
Edinburgh
14 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

A very nonplussed event. The heavy rock music seemed in stark contrast to the surroundings and the age profile of diners (though not the staff). The food wasn't that special or particularly tasty. In fact I'd liken it to a Scottish Themed Weatherspoons. Foodicrowaved

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurarant as opposed to the bar area was empty so we opted for the bar despite its bench seating. We made the right choice as the quality of friendliness, service , knowledge and food was beyond expectation.
We will return.

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L
Lincolnshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food! Good value and service with interesting choices and comprehensive menu.
However - the upstairs eating area is soulless and needs to be less cafeteria-like and more cosy.
If we had dined there later in the evening I would have been disappointed in the atmosphere, but as the meal was booked for 17.30 to enable us to get to a Fringe show, it was adequate. It only needs some low level lighting and perhaps some candles?

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C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Great menu, it all sounded so good I didn't know what to have! My friends chose the buffalo burgers so I went with the flow. They had chips with their burgers and I had the vegetable crisps. The burger on a brioche bun was lovely however the vegetable crisps were just like the ones you buy in packets in the supermarket. I expected hand made ones and maybe they were, but I don't think so. The burger was on a small plate which meant the crisps kept falling of the plate. The chips my friends had were the worse chips I have ever seen and tasted. I could have made better and believe me that's saying something! They were dark brown and soggy. We would have said something and got replacement chips but I had a train to catch. The staff were very pleasant but the waitress didn't know what a liqueur coffee was although she offered to find out. So overall my friends and I were quite disappointed with the food.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We, a group of six, visited the Wildest Drams before going to the Tattoo. The staff organized a large table with comfortable chairs although these tables usually have benches to sit on. Very nice of them. The server was really very prompt and helpful and our wines and starters were excellent and good value. The plates for our main course were not hot enough, so the food was unfortunately a bit cold. There is room for improvement here. Otherwise, I can recommend the restaurant.

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D
London
26 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Wildest Drams. It was a shame I was in a hurry and only had their magnificent haunch of venison main course. It came properly cooked and delicious. You don't get given those razor sharp steak knives here. I get the idea that if these are provided the meat is going to be tough. That venison, pre sliced on the plate, cut easily and tasted so good. I had Camden Ink, a dark beer, to accompany the meal. Both were fabulous. Great stuff keep it going and I'll be back.

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SF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went out for anniversary to Wildest Drams. Never been before but very impressed. Not a vast menu but food was very tasty and service was excellent. Restaurant wasn't too crowded which was good. Nice selection of ales and whiskies for the connoisseur.

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IG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The restaurant has some great ides for Scottish sourced ingredients and the selection of Scottish beers is outstanding I have seen wine lists with less to offer. The restaurant itself is dreadful, motorway service station style, this really must change. They must communicate beter what they have to offer, we were not expecting what we found.

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TC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The website would not allow me to book a table for all 9 of my extended family visiting Edinburgh, but I popped in the day before and the staff were happy to do it, as long as I didn't mind a mix of chairs(!) the next day they produced nine fine meals with excellent beer (smoky ruby was a standout) and a few good drams at the end. The two sets of stairs (planning/preservation rules in olde Edinburgh) were a challenge for one of our party, but she made it and was glad to have done so. Prices were fair for the quality of the food. Service was knowledgeable and friendly without being in-your-face. Thanks to Patrick for a lovely meal.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We were sat upstairs where there was no atmosphere even though we had reservations. We had terrible service. Ordered desserts but the waitress forgot to turn them in. After waiting 20 minutes we just took our check. Also they have no brewed coffee for after dinner, just instant coffee, which didn't sound appealing.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I visit Edinburgh, Wildest Drams is the top of my list.
If I lived in Edinburgh it would be dangerous. I recommend this place to my family and friends when they visit too.
The reason being simple, the food is outstanding, with a chef who clearly loves what they do. They are not afraid to try new things, and it works.
I do not know anyone who has had anything other than praise for the food. Personally speaking the Rabbit, Venison and Stouty Toffee Pudding are my favourites.

The added bonus about Wildest Drams is that they are equally passionate (if not more) about the alcohol they serve alongside the food. This makes it the perfect place to have a few drinks, lunchtime meals or to make an evening of it.

If you like your craft ales or want to try some 'off the beaten track' ale, something different perhaps... You must go here.
You will receive a menu that's a good 10 pages long and will wet that appetite to try something new.
The staff are so knowledgeable and passionate about what they are serving, if you're stuck for choice, they will happily recommend to your taste.

All in all, the food is spectacular, the beer is amazing, the staff are attentive and helpful and you cannot help but enjoy yourself here. Trust me, you'll love this place

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went early unfortunately, but I was starving. We ate in the pub section, ordered up the smoked meats appetizer and inquired about the whisky selections. We got a very personal review of some of the whisky options and they hit it out of the park with their suggestions. I am crap with names, but the entire waitstaff was great, the guy who showed me the whiskies was awesome. The smoked meats tray came out and it was FANTASTIC! I then ordered up the venison shoulder and my whiskies. The venison was perfectly cooked and the whiskies were heaven. I cannot say this enough... Go here. Go here often and just enjoy. We need a place like this in the states.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Edinburgh in January this year and Wildest Drams was recommended to us, but no tables were available at the time. Fast forward 5 months, and we came back to Edinburgh. This time, having pre-booked a table, we were not disappointed! Everything was outstanding - excellent beers, range of food on the menu, very attentive waiting staff, lovely atmosphere, location on the Royal Mile and excellent value for money - the wait was more than worth it! We will definitely be coming back to Wildest Drams on future visits to Edinburgh, and I would recommend it to anyone!

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautiful, tasty and well presented- the chefs really know their stuff! The team were helpful and informative. A delight to visit from start to finish, we would be back without a doubt if we lived nearby. Thank you all for a lovely night.

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Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Welcoming and amiable but inattentive staff looked after us in this fairly simple dining room above a smart and comfortable bar. The food was simple but nice... I wouldn't rush back but nor would I warn others away!

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for dinner and was very pleased with food, wine and presentation. Better than the other two "top" places to eat. Relaxed atmosphere. Lunch menu looks interesting so different options. Nice selection of craft beer. Try it, you'll like it!

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K
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Edinburgh for the weekend and were looking for a Scottish restaurant. Having not booked anywhere earlier we were struggling to find a table anywhere; but the Wildest Drams had available tables at a reasonable eating hour.

The service was good and everyone very friendly (only negative was they forgot to tell us we had to pay downstairs so sat waiting for ages to pay the bill). We really really enjoyed the starters but were a little bit disappointed by the main. They were OK but were lacking seasoning or something, plus my potatoes were really under cooked.

We had a pleasant evening but not sure if somewhere we would go back when next visiting Edinburgh.

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N
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

After reading the reviews here and on Google we booked the restaurant and had high hopes, but we were unfortunately very disappointed. When we first arrived we came through the bar that looked great and it only increased our expectations but once we saw the restaurant in the back room they dipped quite a bit.

The furnishing was very cheap and there hadn't been taken any care in creating a pleasant atmosphere at all. The staff were very friendly and approachable (they were actually the best part about the night) but in the end they were unfortunately not very knowledgable about the food/drinks.

For a starter I had pate which had very little flavour and was grainy, and the bit of jam and crackers it came with were not very good. For the main I had the water buffalo which was overcooked, stringy and lacked the fulness in flavour I would expect from buffalo. We did not feel like having dessert.

Accompanying the food we had some nice beers, but they did unfortunately not suit the food even though they were recommended by the waiter. Ultimately they had a very nice bar and great looking drinks menu so I'm sure the bar is very good. The restaurant seems like a bit of an afterthought though.

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Not what we expected... But the food was good. The beers also, although the don't have pints ( only 1/3 and 2/3)
What i didn't like, was the ambience. Too bright, to white, badly decorated, my table was in an angle. Think they should work on this to improve the customer's experience.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative rendition of Scottish cuisine. Many wild-shot game meats on the menu but the meals are refined and delicious (I had the deer which they warned would be rare and was excellent). Good selection of Scottish whiskies. Small restaurant, very nice people. Two flights of stairs to the dining room. Wholeheartedly recommend.

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J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the wildest dram was delicious, the beetroot and cheese starter didn't look much but the flavours were amazing, my partner enjoyed his haggis (which could have been a wee bit warmer he said) the trout was best he had tried.

The mains were an explosion of taste, I had the duck while Chris had venison both were delicious.

The wine was from Portugal, nice light and fruity, I am not a big wine drinker but this was lovely.
Over all lovely meal and reasonablely priced, beer, g and t, bottle of wine, and one 3 course and one 2 course for £76..

The resturant was quiet we were quite late 9pm so only a couple of tables were there, think if busier the atmosphere would be better, the rocky music didn't really fit in somehow, would be better with slightly more easy listening in my opinion, and I am a rock fan, the music would be good in the bar area which I liked..loved the way it was set out.

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R
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The atmosphere in Wildest Dreams unfortunately left something to be desired. As a inter-race couple, we felt that we were subjected to some rather negative vibes on arrival and the place was like a library with barely any background chatter although three other tables were occupied. Luckily for us, the offending table left fairly soon which left us with a much more pleasent atmosphere.
In terms of the food, both mains were underseasoned and there was no salt and pepper available on the tables. Both dishes also came with a lot of carbs and my venison came with what seemed like the remendents of Sunday's fry up; sliced mushrooms and a grilled tomato. My partner had a double helping of carbs (two different types) and it appeared that any mains options were devoid of any greens or salads.
In terms of costs, I wouldn't have minded paying the £20 per main if the food was completely on point, but we both felt this was expensive for the overall quality and lack of refinement.

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We all chose different options from the menu, and all of us liked our choices. The water buffalo and pulled pork were really good. Great range of craft beers. Small selection of unusual deserts. The bread pudding was special.

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B
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last minute choice and can't fault it, pub/ restaurant was easy to find., quiet a few steps if that's an issue but food was amazing, very gamy menu, nice and simple, well cooked and staff were helpful and full of knowledge., would go back again without a doubt

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EN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Positioned in centre of town, this restaurant appears to be an exiting place to try. The chef is delivering scottish traditional food with a good touch of 2015 finesse. Tastes are harmonized well together. They have a broad range of botteled beer to choose from. I'll recommend the place!

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was great but on going down the stairs into the bar area there was a faint damp smell. This wasn't noticeable in the restaurant, so it didn't spoil the overall dining experience. The menu used local produce and they recommended the beers, there's also a very good and varied whiskey list. A good find in the heart of the city.

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WB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the starter and main were some of the best flavour combinations I have had and included two things I'd never tried. Venison Haggis, and short rib of Scottish Water Buffalo. The buffalo came with an accompanying port gravy which I would have on every red meat dish if I could.

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FO
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was very good. Although the main course selection was unique (had partridge and water buffalo), and prepared well, the food was nothing memorable. The wait staff was very nice though and alcohol selection was extensive.

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K
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Tucker, fantastic food, superb service, delightful dinner, wonderful wine. We had an excellent evening, all enjoying everything.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our evening at Wildest Drams. Exceptionally delicious food, warm and friendly service, and a lovely setting. Will certain be back.

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Edinburgh
37 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2014
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I liked elements of Wildest Drams but felt it was slightly lacking in other elements.

The menu was impressive, an excellent selection of simple Scottish ingredients and a wide variety of beers and whiskies. I felt that the food itself was good but maybe didn't quite live up to my expectations from the menu.

The ambience was a little underwhelming upstairs, it just seemed a bit bland. Ultimately, I think that the food was also somewhat overpriced. I guess this could be somewhat due to the location but you don't even get a view from the bar or restaurant.

I'm unlikely to be back given the excellent selection of restaurants in Edinburgh but I do hope that Wildest Drams survives to give tourists a taste of Scottish ingredients.

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L
London
22 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed this unique Edinburgh dining experience very much. The game-based menu was unique and delicious, the service very attentive. All in all a lovely evening!

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L
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic.
The service was absolutely fantastic.
I've never had anyone spend so much time checking every little ingredient for gluten for me before -- and every different server who passed our table did. The price is unbelievable. Everyone must go!!!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took colleagues here after an event we ran at the RCS. Six of us had a great meal - lots of really good meat dishes with a fabulous choice of beers and desserts

Very hard to criticise seriously but if I am splitting hairs....a more extensive choice of wines would be good.....and lighting and decor is rather stark....but do not miss this place...it is really great !

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff very accommodating, polite and friendly. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Wide choice of beers and whiskeys to suit any one's palate. We went on a Friday evening, but took a look at the lunch menu and it sounded equally delicious.

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