Smoke Stack

Smoke Stack
53–55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
  • Telephone 0131 556 6032
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm. Not December.
  • Pre-theatre price £13
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Smoke Stack

Local favourite close to town with retro desserts, good steaks and featured cocktails deals.

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Smoke Stack prides itself on a no-nonsense approach towards dining, aiming to serve simply cooked, quality dishes prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Half-way down Broughton Street, it’s a neatly arranged space, filled with sturdy wooden tables and lit by the now-ubiquitous low-hanging exposed light bulbs. Service is attentive, without being overbearing. Diners of a nostalgic bent may be tempted by the prawn cocktail – a selection of crunchy prawns served up with Marie Rose sauce and topped with a generous portion of sliced avocado which is certainly no mere garnish. The calamari is a more modest starter, cooked in spicy seasoned flour and served with a garlic mayo dip. Meat dominates the mains: a selection of rump, fillet, ribeye and sirloin steaks take pride of place, each served with crisp hand-cut chips, mash, salad or baby potatoes. A dauntingly comprehensive dessert menu is further embellished with splits and sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes and floats. And if that somehow doesn’t tempt you, there’s a fair chance the specials board will.

  • High point: Friendly staff and fantastic crispy chips.
  • Low point: Not a whole lot of choice for veggies.
  • Notable dish: 8oz fillet steak
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £23 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Retro soul
  • Capacity: 90 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle