The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
14–15 Albert Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN
  • Telephone 0131 555 3577
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Typical order Fish supper: £6.50
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Long touted as the poshest of Edinburgh’s fish bars, those waiting in line for this Leith Walk stalwart are by no means limited to post-pub revellers and there’s even a separate seated section that provides a comparatively classy alternative to wolfing down your haddock down on the hoof. The standard fish supper is succulent and coated in a batter that is both thin and crispy, while the chips are cooked in beef dripping – good news for all but those of a vegetarian persuasion. Alternatives to standard haddock are also plentiful, with the regular menu boasting traditional smoked favourites such as Finnan haddie and Arbroath smokies, while specials can include upmarket offerings such as sea bass, scallops, and monkfish, which can be battered, breaded or grilled.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Unobtrusive jazz
  • Capacity: 44
  • Largest group: 44
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle

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10. David Glasgow22 Jun 2014, 12:40pm4 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

No Better Fish And CHIPS around However The Management must be told about the portion size, we would easily pay an (Extra £1) for a fish supper if had bigger fish, not just hit and miss sometimes.But on the whole Good Hygienic food. 4.0/5.0 would have been a 5 for thicker fish (haddock).

9. albie coyle 77725 Jan 2013, 7:39pm5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

hi there just made my third visit to this fantastic chip shop in the last month spot on every time, so forget the price and get a life and visit this place a soon as possible my last visit was burns night free haggis with my fish supper thats what i call excellent service,thank you,cheers

8. Auld Reeker7 May 2012, 9:04pm5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

Another visit, another excellent fish supper.
It might be a wee bit pricey for sitting in, but the fish was brilliant and the chips crispy. You can't ask for more than that really.

7. Freddie C31 Jan 2012, 12:36pm2 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

Couldn't wait to visit for lunch having read so many great reviews.

Having now been I'm struggling to understand what all the fuss is about.

I had cod & chips and it was perfectly OK but nothing beyond average.

By no means bad but certainly not worth travelling any distance for.

6. Seoulbound19 Jan 2012, 8:43pm5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

ok for karma's sake i'm changing my review to 5 stars... you're still the best... but you let me down tonight with my mini-cod nonetheless

5. Seoulbound19 Jan 2012, 8:29pm3 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

There quite simply are no better fish & chips in Edinburgh, I'm a regular customer... but come on guys, whats happening to the portion size? My cod tonight was like a postage stamp. I'm still hungry. Disappointing for £8... :-/

4. LM233 Aug 2011, 10:35am Report

Had the seafood platter for two last night (via a dealy deal voucher) but would quite happily have paid full price. It was fantastic. Every different piece of fish was cooked beautifully (from the biggest king prawns I have ever seen to the scallops and sea bream). The staff were friendly and attentive. The banana fritter was the best my husband has ever had, he said and the sticky toffee pudding just melted in your mouth.

For fish, we would normally eat at Loch Fyne but this place beats it by a county mile.

We will have no hestitation in returning.

3. Weasey30 Sep 2010, 11:07am5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

Satisfaction every time.
I don't think its closing down, I heard the business (Leith site) is up for sale.

2. Edinburghfoodie1 Jun 2010, 9:26pm5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

Love this place, but it's closing down, so phone before you head there.

1. Morna15 Mar 2010, 4:36pm5 stars The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar Report

Mmmm! I'm surprised that this hasn't been reviewed yet! I had the tailend special which came with peas, chips and bread and butter - so good that I didn't care how fattening it was!

Highly recommended.

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 9 reviews of The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar.

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