Café Modern Two

Café Modern Two
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS
  • Telephone 0131 624 6273
  • Seasonal times Festival: some extended opening.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm. Coffee & cakes 10am–4.30pm; afternoon tea 2.30–3.30pm.
  • Average price (set lunch)
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Birra Moretti

Bright, modern café reflecting Scotland's artistic and culinary heritage.

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‘There will be no miracles here’ states the neon entry to Modern Two, one of two parts of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. In the café, diners sit among surrealist paintings at the foot of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s 7m tall Vulcan, with bronze Cleish Castle ceiling panels overhead. Soups, sandwiches, salads and specials change daily, weekly or monthly, but customer favourites, such as a health-conscious Cullen skink, cheese, mustard and herb scones, and hearty toasted brioche croque-monsieur and madame, stay on the menu. Everything is proudly made from scratch in a cupboard-sized ‘scratch kitchen’ using seasonal, Scottish ingredients – including vegetables and herbs grown across the road in Modern One’s garden. Tea, coffee and cakes, such as Belgian salted caramel brownie and gluten and dairy-free orange, polenta and rosemary cake, are served from 10am. Lunch service starts at noon and there’s also an elegant afternoon tea service from 2.30pm.

  • High point: A classy brioche croque-monsieur
  • Low point: Bread could be fresher
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: nothing
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 16; events up to 100
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £25 per bottle