Fishers in Leith
- Telephone 0131 554 5666
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am
- Seasonal times Open until 10.30pm during the festival.
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm
- Average price £15 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15 set two-course lunch deal, Mon–Fri noon–6pm
- Website www.fishersbistros.co.uk
One of Leith's survivors, its longevity based on a rock-solid reputation for showcasing Scottish fish.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Fishers in Leith is the smaller, more mature sister to the bigger, brasher Fishers in the City, and she’s all the more attractive for it. Laid out over two unusually shaped, dark wood-lined rooms in the ground floor of a 17th-century watchtower on Leith waterfront, this classy older sibling has been producing reliably good fish and seafood since 1991 and shows no sign of changing her ways. À la carte starters of skate wings and salt cod brandade are satisfyingly salty, just how food from the sea should be, while mains of coley and gurnard in bouillabaisse and Loch Etive sea trout are full of fishy flavour. The Fishers Favourites menu features time-honoured, tried-and-tested crowd-pleasers such as oysters and mussels, fish soup and fishcakes, seafood platters and steaks, while veggie diners are well catered for with their own menu. With an extensive wine list, a good value set lunch deal, and some seriously satiating desserts, old lady Fisher offers up something to satisfy everyone. When seafood is this gratifying, it’s hard to pass up.
- High point: Good seafood served with understated style
- Low point: It’s difficult to leave!
- Notable dish: Flat fish, such as sole or megrim
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz and soul
- Capacity: 50 (24 outside)
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 1991
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £17.25 per bottle