The Blue Parrot Cantina

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The Blue Parrot Cantina
49 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
  • Telephone 0131 225 2941
  • Seasonal times Closed over Christmas and New Year.
  • Bar open Thu/Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat 3.30pm–midnight.
  • Food served Thu/Fri 5–10pm; Sat 3.30–10pm. Closed Sun–Wed.
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Small Stockbridge basement cantina serving a large selection of Mexican dishes since 1993.

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Whitney Houston was topping the charts with ‘I Will Always Love You’ when Fiona MacRae opened her cosy little Blue Parrot Cantina down some steps in St Stephen’s Street, Stockbridge. It's an Edinburgh institution, in an iconic Edinburgh street, since 1993. Yes 1993 – that’s a long time in Edinburgh restaurant land. But the Blue Parrot is definitely alive and serving up its time-honoured menu of traditional Mexican favourites from its tiny kitchen to locals – who will always love it. To start, there’s chorizo-dotted nachos spilling over a strangely small serving plate, or a prawn and tomato taco de Cameron deep-fried flour tortilla. For mains, there are burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas – including a vegetable version with squash, sugar snaps, asparagus and baby corn – or the more adventurous, if not especially successful, pescado Baja – haddock in jalapeño and coriander sauce with a lime breadcrumb topping. Several desserts include homemade nieve, a Mexican-style mango sorbet, or the pink parrot, a concoction of vanilla ice-cream, Tequila Rose liqueur and strawberries sprinkled with sugar.

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James Teideman visited The Blue Parrot Cantina on 19 January 2019
  • High point: Its classic Edinburgh street location
  • Low point: Outside toilets
  • Average price: £17.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £18.90 per bottle