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57–61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
  • Telephone 0131 557 0330
  • Opening times Noon–1am.
  • Seasonal times 3am drinks license during Edinburgh Festival (or special events)
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre price Limited lunch menu noon–4pm
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An atmospheric setting in a historic part of the city serving traditional bistro food made with high-quality local produce

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Hidden from view down a historic close off the Royal Mile, Monteiths is reached by a narrow path, framed by twigs and illuminated by twinkling lights. There are stairs up to the main area which features a cocktail bar that's popular with late-night drinkers. Given its location, tourists occupy several of the restaurant tables on a typical night. However, there's also a loyal following of regulars, attracted by the quality of cooking from a kitchen that has been turning out brasserie staples using quality local produce for more than a decade. Starters include mussels in a white wine sauce, but the chef raises the dish a notch by adding fennel and pig cheek. For mains, high-end fish dishes such as lobster and monkfish jostle with steaks and other meat options. Roast chicken is simply prepared but combines with mushroom and a rich peppercorn sauce to form a flavour-packed dish; sides are extra though. To round off the night, an individual lemon tart with ice-cream and crushed meringue is a perfect mix of textures and flavours.

The List's rating






Colin Renton visited Monteiths on 20 February 2019
  • High point: Great flavours using top-notch local produce
  • Low point: The location means there is no wheelchair access
  • Notable dish: Salt-aged lamb rack, peas, hispi cabbage & mint jus
  • Average price: £31 (lunch); £31 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 56 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Instrumental
  • Capacity: 56
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 47
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

Reviews & features

Monteiths restaurant in Edinburgh's Old Town

14 Feb 2008

There have always been bars with ideas above their station when it comes to food, and there have always been restaurants with the notion that their bar area can be both a bit on the side and the hippest hangout in town. It's not often that both are…