Bell's Diner

Bell's Diner
7 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AN
  • Telephone 0131 225 8116
  • Seasonal times Festival: may open for lunch
  • Food served Sun/Mon 5–9pm; Tue–Fri 5–10pm; Sat 12.30–10pm.
  • Website www.bellsdineredinburgh.com
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This legendary wee spot has been serving great burgers to the good people of Stockbridge since 1972.

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They’ve been serving burgers in St Stephen Street since 1972, so if Bell’s Diner’s legendary pickle tray could talk, what do you think it would say? It wouldn’t be ‘change it up’, because Bell’s have built an enduringly loyal clientele over the years; you’ll see a huge cross-section of people piling into its single room for simple tasty food. And perhaps this simplicity is what makes Bell’s work: nothing is weird or unfamiliar, your burger isn’t packed with so many wacky toppings that it doesn’t fit it into your mouth. Everything feels homely. Their beef burger (which comes in a range of sizes) is crumbly and savoury, with the option to add different types of cheese from the specials board, while a chicken burger remains moist and is well-seasoned enough to hold the attention. Portions are generous but manageable and if you pace yourself you’ll have enough room for a pleasingly retro sundae, served in an appropriately vintage-style glass, of course. This is easy-going casual family dining for the nights when you really can’t be bothered to cook. Don’t go changing, as the pickle tray might have said to the bishop.

The List's rating
7.4

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Jo Laidlaw visited Bell's Diner on 31 January 2019
  • High point: A charming Edinburgh institution
  • Low point: That window seat really is freezing in winter
  • Notable dish: Burgers
  • Average price: £14 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Retro hits
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 1972
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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