The Mussel and Steak Bar
- Telephone 0131 225 5028
- Seasonal times Open all day in summer / Edinburgh Festival period and Winter festival period.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.45pm, 5–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £12.50 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
- Website www.musselandsteakbar.com
Cosy Old Town restaurant that delivers on its promise of providing fine mussels and steaks.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
When an eatery’s name contains particular foods, it’s a safe bet that you should eat those foods when you go there. The Mussel and Steak Bar is a prime example. Despite being perfectly positioned to catch the tourist trade, the owners have avoided the temptation to become yet another churn’em-through Grassmarket pitstop. Instead, they’ve created a welcoming and relaxed dining space out of a small and unusually-shaped, two-floor Old Town shopfront, which specialises in quality, Scottish surf and turf. You’ll find exactly what you expect here – kilo pots of mussels steamed in four different sauces and chargrilled, 38-day-matured rump, ribeye, sirloin, fillet and T-bone steaks. However, the menu goes well beyond this, offering scallops and salmon, haggis and ham hock and satisfyingly stodgy desserts. The changing daily ‘specials’ also manage to live up to their name. With an extensive drinks list and an excellent fixed-price lunch deal, this often-busy, bustling space provides some of the best eating to be had in the Grassmarket area.
- High point: It’s great when places live up to the promise of their names
- Low point: Can feel a little packed-in when it’s busy
- Notable dish: Surf and Turf – 8oz ribeye with half kilo of mussels, crevettes and squid
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Pop and reggae
- Capacity: 75 (12 seats outside in winter and 25-30 in summer)
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £18.50 per bottle