Smoke Stack

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

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant offers a choice of Scottish steak and burgers to locals, office workers and shoppers.

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Sometimes you just want to have your dinner – a tasty meal in a simple neighbourhood place where you don’t have to dress up. This formula of bistro-style grub at competitive prices is clearly a winning one as the Smoke Stack has been feeding local families, shoppers and theatre-goers for over two decades. The all-day menu ranges from freshly made waffles in the morning alongside the usual breakfast items, to salads and sandwiches at lunch. Dinner centres on meat – steaks are their speciality. They’re made from Scotch Beef Club beef that has been dry aged for at least 21 days, there’s a range of sizes and cuts, and they know how to cook them properly. Burgers are huge chargrilled beasts accompanied by crisp hand-cut chips. Retro dishes such as prawn cocktail and scampi sit alongside superfood salads and green smoothies so there’s something for all the generations. The décor is stripped down and the room well-lit which gives a functional feel – all the better for spotting the excellent seasonal deals.

The List's rating






Yana Thandrayen visited Smoke Stack on 17 January 2018
  • High point: Great value daily menu
  • Low point: Not a place to take a vegan
  • Notable dish: Steak!
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Delivery:
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop, rock, neo-soul
  • Capacity: 90 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best gourmet meat joints in Edinburgh

16 Apr 2018

Steaks, burgers and everything else: where to get the best cuts of juicy meat in the city

High-end steak restaurants are booming in the capital and the appetite for specialist aged beef served in sleek surroundings shows no sign of being satiated.