Café Royal Oyster Bar
- Telephone 0131 556 1884
- Opening times Mon–Wed 11am–11pm; Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Bar open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2pm, 5–9.30pm; Fri–Sun noon–9.30pm.
- Average price £27 (lunch); £27 (evening meal)
- Website www.caferoyaledinburgh.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
In the sixties, Woollies wanted to knock down the Café Royal and use the space for its Princes Street shop. Thankfully the Café Royal was made of sterner stuff and still stands as a perfectly preserved Victorian bar. It’s well worth a visit to feast your eyes on glorious stained glass, plasterwork ceilings and ceramic murals. The restaurant is divided from the main bar by short panels, cleverly allowing its hubbub to spill into the fairly formal space. Seafood is the focus here, from oysters to Cullen skink to fish stew, although there are a few meat dishes, including venison. A simple smoked salmon and prawn salad steals the starters’ show, the kitchen wisely avoiding the temptation to over-fuss good raw ingredients. Scallops and black pudding don’t push boundaries, but taste and look as good as they should. However, a fish stew disappoints with flabby salmon and bland sauce. That said, news of a new chef with plans to bring desserts in-house will be no doubt welcomed by their fiercely loyal local followers.
- High point: Friendly service in a unique location
- Low point: Uneven food quality
More Theatrical than Edinburgh in August, it is a perfect Victorian relic tucked down an alley off Princes Street. The fantastically atmospheric room-a riot of stained glass, murals, mirrors and wood paneling-that's the star. Taste Scottish produce at its best. Pop in to Edinburgh's hidden gem to sample a selection of Scottish cask ales, malt whiskies and why not try our home smoked delights, we smoke food on the premises every day. Don't miss the best oysters and mussels in town. Food is served all day in the bar and restaurant, the bar is open for drinks till late.
Guardian Newspaper–21 June 2008 Irvine Welsh’s (author) favorite restaurant in Edinburgh “As well as being an amazingly beautiful building, the Café Royal is also a great place for seafood. My usual order is a glass of champagne and a plate of oysters. They’re just gorgeous here”
Telegraph Newspaper–24 May 2008 “This polished gem set near Edinburgh’s Castle Rock is worth visiting just to ogle its Victorian opulence. If there had been a pub on board the Titanic, this would have been it.”
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1863
- House wine: £15.50 per bottle
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