The Dogs

The Dogs
110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
  • Telephone 0131 220 1208
  • Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm & 6–10pm; Sat noon–4pm & 5–10pm; Sun noon–4pm & 6–10pm
  • Average price £8 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
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The Dogs

Relaxed, informal British bistro dining and staff that make an effort to put customers at ease.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Simple, consistent, fun – The Dogs has been feeding Edinburgh diners modern British fare for eight years with a certain aplomb. Up the steep staircase and into the bright, white-washed rooms, where quirky portraits of the owner’s dog inform the design throughout, the dining is casual but comfy. Recently the lunch menu has been lightened up to favour soups, sandwiches and some traditional choices such as fish and chips. The evening menu remains loyal to longstanding fans of the venue, including mixed fish or Irish mutton stews, pan-fried salmon with creamed leeks and the heart-stopping, 18 oz grilled ribeye steak with smoked garlic butter and dripping-fried chips (best to worry about the cholesterol tomorrow). Puddings are equally familiar and reliable, be it an orange posset or the rhubarb and ginger crumble with warm custard. It’s not fancy, but it isn’t trying to be, and it’s friendly and relaxing, which makes for a very pleasant meal.

  • High point: Really, really good steak and chips
  • Low point: Lunch is a bit low key these days
  • Notable dish: Ribeye steak with smoked garlic butter

It’s no surprise that The Dogs is the perfect refuge for diners in these austere times. Born amid the credit crunch, its no-frills, back-to-culinary-basics formula is well-honed. Dishes rarely stray above £10, even in the evening. Beyond cost, there’s ample substance to the highly seasonal cooking, making the most of humble ingredients such as offal and vegetables with crafty ways of making things go further. Have a look at the website for details of the current menu.

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  • Private dining: None
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: Sun–Thu: 24; Fri/Sat: 6
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Reviews & features

The Dogs

10 Apr 2008

There’s a little place I know – great spot for a bite to eat, glass of wine, right in the centre of town, up a staircase, not the most obvious. A little place I know... and so does the rest of Edinburgh, despite the fact that the launch party was held…