6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 623 1752
  • Seasonal times Sun hours extended to 10am–10pm during Edinburgh Festival
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun noon–5pm.
  • Pre-theatre times 5–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £15 for two courses; £20 for three courses
  • Email
  • Website www.spoonedinburgh.co.uk
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Informal and friendly neighbourhood café and bistro serving up a little bit of everything.

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Kitsch lamp shades, wispy curtains and mismatched furniture help turn this cavernous big-windowed room into somewhere more intimate and homely. This is a relaxed and informal bistro where students share a space with theatregoers. The slightly alternative feel is reflected in a varied menu which is built around the wares of local suppliers and changes regularly. A substantial breakfast menu offers meaty fried options alongside fruit or veg alternatives and runs through till 5pm for late risers. Lunch mixes soup and sandwiches with larger offerings such as turkey escalope or grilled salmon. Dinner ranges from vegetarian dishes such as a charred aubergine and courgette curry or beetroot rösti with bulgur wheat, to lamb chops, chicken tagine and pork belly. Fill any further hunger pangs with sides of cauliflower and potato gratin or white bean, greens and chilli. Wash it all down with a modestly priced bottle of wine – there’s something to please everyone here.

The List's rating






Chris Marks visited Spoon on 22 February 2018
  • High point: As informal as good food gets
  • Low point: Takes a large crowd to make it feel busy
  • Notable dish: Seafood cassoulet
  • Average price: £14.50 (lunch); £23.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 30–40 in curtained off area
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Sonos playlist. A bit of everything.
  • Capacity: 92
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: 2009 at Nicolson Street (2002 at previous Blackfriars Street site)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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