First Coast

First Coast
97–101 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 313 4404
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm; Sat noon–4pm, 5–10:30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £13.50
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First Coast

This Haymarket stalwart continues to deliver creative seasonal dishes at affordable prices.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Plucky little First Coast has held its own against an explosion of restaurants on Dalry Road for over 16 years now. It's easy to see why – in Hector Macrae they have an ambitious, creative chef who is excited about creating bespoke dishes built around solid local sourcing and seasonal ingredients. Starters like beef rendang reach well beyond the average, featuring tiny coconut infused meatballs rolled in coriander, star anise and shrimp paste with lime leaves and lemongrass adding an aromatic kick. A main of chargrilled chicken is elevated with expert touches like caponata, a brash and warming aubergine stew, while venison haunch comes rare and juicy, steeped in beetroot and artichoke purée and bolstered by a deep, dark raisin and prune gravy. Puddings are enchanting: a light and fragrant ginger nut parfait laced with lime caramel and tiny biscuit crumbs is a particular belter. It’s all served up in a modest interior with a stripped stone wall, where a cosy bar and roaring fire set a relaxed, easy vibe – as does a nicely priced wine list featuring natural wines and special malts.

The List's rating






Malcolm McGonigle visited First Coast on 15 January 2019
  • High point: Confident creative cooking at affordable prices
  • Low point: Chillier tables away from the fire
  • Notable dish: Venison haunch
  • Average price: £13.50 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie acoustic
  • Capacity: 85
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.

Hector Macrae of First Coast on Reestit Mutton

1 May 2009

Chef's Choice

It’s important to me to source quality Scottish produce. As a youngster I worked in a local fish factory in Skye and it was heartbreaking to see about 99 per cent of the langoustines and scallops being shipped abroad. Times are changing and chefs are…