The Doric Tavern

The Doric Tavern
15/16 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
  • Telephone 0131 225 1084
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am
  • Seasonal times Festival: open until 3am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
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A classic Edinburgh pub strong on beer and whisky downstairs, with steaks and seafood in the more formal bistro above.

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Rather oddly promoting itself as a gastropub since the 18th century – before such a thing ever existed – there’s little doubt that the Doric Tavern occupies a special place in the hearts of many Edinburgh drinkers and diners. Its downstairs bar is a proper, authentically old-school pub in the classic sense, all cosy wood panelling, good whisky (there’s a choice of 50, as well as flights) and live folk music on Fridays and Saturdays. On the other side of the coin, the upstairs room is a more formal, classically styled bistro with a continental feel and a traditional menu strong on steaks and seafood, as well as the odd surprise, such as a Hungarian letcho vegetable stew. That said, the food is pricey but you do get an experience which feels classically Edinburgh.

  • High point: The steaks are generally outstanding
  • Low point: The choice for vegetarians isn't great
  • Notable dish: King prawn and mussel linguine in white wine sauce.
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Folk music on Fri and Sat evening.
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1823
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £17 per bottle
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