- Telephone 0131 226 1888
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–6.30pm.
- Average price £18 (set lunch); £33 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £18
- Website www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Perfectly framed by Ondine’s windows, a couple flirt at a bus stop on George IV Bridge. Their bus arrives and they disappear, off to continue their story somewhere else. Could they, should they have come in for dinner? Ondine feels like one of those places where good things happen. It’s glamorous, sparkly, fun. Heady with garlic and possibilities. Somewhere to wear your good shoes. And the fish – oh, the fish! Start with oysters: choose from four varieties, including natives, all super-fresh, immaculately sourced and knowledgeably introduced by the staff. Shellfish lovers will find it hard to resist one of two platters, the roast option a quivering mound of garlicky loveliness. Lashings of crab, langoustines, clams, one fabulous scallop that you never want to stop eating, and spoots – admittedly an acquired taste, but if you don’t acquire it here you won’t ever. A main of wild bass is less showy, but equally beautiful. Care and attention simply shines from every corner – as you’d expect from an MSC-certified restaurant – but it’s never worthy, or indeed intimidating. Bus stop flirters, take note.
- High point: It's all good.
- Low point: Pockets won't allow a weekly visit
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 34
- Private dining: Up to 8 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 84 (includes 14 seated at the bar)
- Largest group: 14
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £19.50 per bottle
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