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.
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Birra Moretti

Relaxed dining in an atmospheric Old Town setting, complete with an appealing bar.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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For those new to Monteith's, there can be a furrowed brow or two when inspecting the narrow High Street entrance; its low archway of twiggy thatch and twinkly lights possibly stirring up childhood memories of wintery, fairy-tale grottos. The cosy interior is more conventional, with a small, attractive bar area facing a dining room exhibiting a somewhat cavalier approach to matching chairs. The menu strongly showcases local produce and seafood is particularly prominent on the starters list, the pick of which is Arbroath smokie risotto with a perfect soft-poached egg; indulgent without being overly rich. A close second is hot-smoked salmon atop thin discs of pickled beetroot, the flaked fish teased into a pretty tower. Mains include well-presented venison with black cabbage and the efficient and personable servers can readily advise which side dishes should best accompany it. Nutmeg crème brûlée is a safe bet from the concise dessert menu and there’s an appealing cheese selection. The majority of wines are available by the glass, though you may prefer to dip into their lengthy and popular cocktail list.

The List's rating






Steve Morton visited Monteiths on 21 January 2018
  • High point: Excellent wine-by-the-glass selection
  • Low point: Prices border on special occasion territory
  • Notable dish: Chateaubriand with triple-cooked chips for two
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £32 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 56 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic 60s and 80s hits
  • 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…