Edinburgh restaurant Seadogs a welcome addition to the city

Edinburgh restaurant Seadogs a welcome addition to the city

It’s in a workaday venue on scruffy Rose Street, but that’s just the way rogue-turned-buccaneer David Ramsden likes it. As The Dogs takes to the ocean wave, Claire Ritchie stepped aboard

David Ramsden continues to refine and expand his innovative and much imitated style around central Edinburgh, with Seadogs the latest addition to his burgeoning restaurant empire. The trademark mismatched old furniture and crockery are here, contrasting nicely with the sharp white walls, red plastic water jugs and sporadic doggy motifs. The menu also features many of the original Dogs ideas – dishes for sharing, revitalised old faves and hearty seasonal grub at low, low prices. A starter of smoked mackerel arrives warm, and served on toast with a peppery rhubarb jam – an interesting combination that really works. Classic fish’n’chips come in many styles: choose from coley, trout, plaice or whitebait, coated in either beer batter or oats, and served with classic mushy peas and delightful home-made tartare sauce. Many dishes can be served for one, two, or even four people – paella, fish pie and a whole baked bream being a selection of these. Puddings are hearty affairs, from a traditional rice pudding with jam to a giant treacle sponge for two with the obligatory home-made custard alongside. Just like mum used to make.

+ Great tasting food at knockdown prices
– The persistent ping of the service hatch

43 Rose Street, City Centre, Edinburgh, 0131 225 8028, www.seadogsonline.co.uk

Mon-Sun noon–4pm; 5–10pm. Ave. price two-course meal £10 (lunch) / £14 (dinner)


1. Edinburghfoodie22 Mar 2010, 6:39pm Report

All of the Dogs restaurants are overhyped. I have found the staff to be really rude and the food only average.

2. sbrwn3 Apr 2010, 2:53pm Report

I put this down as one of the worst dining experiences of my life. The food was terrible, cheap produce ill cooked and tasteless, masquerading as something otherwise. I suspect that this place is attempting the cheap and cheerful 'pack them in' whilst peddling second rate food at prices that are fair but not worth paying for considering the poor standard of cooking. Edinburgh has many restaurants with reasonably priced food that is competently cooked, the Sea Dogs scores very low. We went there following the hype, which now I suspect to be clever PR, and left extremely disappointed. It lacked charm in every way, cheap cheap cheap, we were glad to leave, swearing never to return. I suspect this place wont be around for long.
Sooooooooooooooooo disappointed. SB

ps, the List has got this wrong, way wrong, shame.

3. Edinburghfoodie3 Apr 2010, 5:01pm Report

What you've got to remember sbrwn is that the List Staff don't pay for ANY of their meals, they send restaurants a form to sign that they produce on arrival. If it was their own hard cash, the reviews wouldn't perhaps be so 'generous'.

4. greedyedinburgh7 Dec 2010, 10:16am Report

Only go here as a punishment or if you want to punish someone else. The staff are moody, the food is way below the standard it should be and they can't even cook fish properly.
We left here hungry, deflated and cross - there is no excuse!

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