The New York Steam Packet

The New York Steam Packet
31 Rose Street Lane North, Edinburgh, EH2 2NP
  • Telephone 0131 220 4825
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open every day.
  • Food served Tue–Thu 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 6–8pm/8.15–10.15pm.
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The New York Steam Packet

Relaxed, fun venue with a great value 3-course set menu and BYOB policy.

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One of Rose Street’s best-kept secrets, the Steam Packet has been around for over 25 years. It’s an intimate venue that makes good use of its limited space, with a spiral staircase leading up to a cosy dining area. As its name suggests, there’s a nautical theme to proceedings, with a hearty abundance of maritime bric-a-brac adorning the walls. A set menu featuring three courses is your only choice which represents great value for money (it’s BYOB too). Crunchy fried haggis balls with a tangy mustard dip get things off to a better start than the rather flaccid potato skins. Mains include sirloin steak, salmon fillet, vegetable enchilada or a selection of burgers. The signature 'New York’ beef burger is a no-nonsense dish, which could perhaps benefit from some relish or onion to accompany the thick slice of cheese. Desserts are nicely presented, particularly the ever-so-sweet toffee crunch Dime bar cake. No loitering, though: tables are turned every two hours.

  • High point: Superb value for money
  • Low point: The steep spiral staircase is not suitable for everyone
  • Notable dish: Sirloin steak with peppercorn brandy sauce
  • Average price: £16.50 (set lunch); £16.50 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: American easy listening
  • Capacity: 34
  • Largest group: 34
  • Open since: 1972
  • BYOB: £1 per person corkage