Bell's Diner

Bell's Diner
7 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AN
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Serving up epic burgers since 1972; friendly service in an understated environment.

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When countless modern restaurants prioritise style over substance it is with a big sigh of relief that this small Stockbridge restaurant prides itself on being 'unspoiled by progress since 1972'. Here, within the vibrant blood-red walls of what feels like someone's living room, you can tuck into a juicy home-cooked burger topped with a thick slab of Bell's original butter. Yes, butter. Garlic, pepper, mustard, Roquefort and chilli butter stand out from your standard toppings, elevating that Scottish beef burger to the next level. The spicy bean burger and homemade nut burger appeal to vegetarians, health-conscious diners can swap a heap of fries for a side salad and the blackboard boasts an array of specials, from a Moroccan-spiced lamb burger to a glutinous peanut butter milkshake. One attentive waiter dashes back and forth between tables, and doesn't hesitate to encourage a delicate pancake or retro sundae for dessert which is by no means an afterthought.

  • High point: Uncompromising quality in a no-frills diner
  • Low point: It gets busy and tables are close together
  • Notable dish: Moroccan-spiced lamb burger
  • Average price: £13 (lunch); £13 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Classics
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 1972
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle