- Telephone 0131 226 1888
- Seasonal times Open Mon–Sun in August (they are reviewing this)
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5.30–6.30pm.
- Average price £19 (set lunch); £45 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £19 (£24 for three courses – same menu as for set lunch)
- Website www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk
Sophisticated modern restaurant serving some of the finest seafood in Edinburgh.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Ondine’s classy, low-ceilinged interior nicely combines corporate crispness with casual comfort. Deep colours, dark wood and dim lighting create a deluxe but dignified feel in which to eat from a well-balanced, if slightly predictable, menu of fish and shellfish, which is prepared simply yet with considerable style. A chunky fillet of pan-fried Cornish sea bass is flaky to the fork, seared Isle of Mull scallops shine, served in their shells, while a bowl of grilled Tarbert langoustines is marvellously multi-sensory and satisfyingly strenuous to eat, but would benefit from the probably-too-rustic inclusion of a finger bowl. The imaginative wine list contains some unusual options, non-fish-eaters are well catered for, and the friendly, efficient team makes the whole enterprise seem effortless. Eating here isn’t cheap, but fresh fish and fine seafood of this quality are increasingly hard to come by, so it feels like a special treat. Talking of which, check out the ‘oyster happy hour’ from 5.30–6.30pm Monday–Friday, when the bivalves go budget and are great value at only £1 a shuck.
- High point: Fresh fish and shellfish prepared simply, yet with considerable style
- Low point: Eating here isn’t cheap, so it may only be for a special treat
- Notable dish: Oysters or seafood platters to share
- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 75 (includes 14 seated at the bar)
- Largest group: 16
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
- House wine: £22 per bottle