The Scottish Café & Restaurant

The Scottish Café & Restaurant
National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
  • Telephone 0131 225 1550
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5.30pm; Thu 9am–7pm; Sun 10am–5.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Wed 9am–4:30pm, Thu 9am–6:30pm, Fri/Sat 9am–4:30pm, Sun 10am–4:30pm.
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The Scottish Café & Restaurant

After a seven month-long closure, The Scottish Café and Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery is back with a gorgeous redesign and brand new menu.

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The Scottish Café and Restaurant was closed for over six months for refurbishment, but even a few moments in the beautifully redesigned more than makes up for its absence. The café-restaurant now boasts an eye-catching mural by Scottish textile designer Mairi Helena, which works perfectly with the modern, colourful booths softly lit by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Princes Street Gardens. The menu is equally rooted in its local surroundings: all ingredients and produce are sourced directly from Scottish suppliers and crafted into creative yet familiar takes on the nation’s cuisine. Potato and pea soup is creamy and hearty, while lamb rump is moreish and tender, its rich flavour balanced by a mild yet well-seasoned Romanesco torched for extra texture. The restaurant also offers a plentiful afternoon tea; although the sandwich and cake options are perhaps not as innovative, the portions are surprisingly large and the petits fours in particular are irresistible – the chocolate and coffee cream bite practically melts in the mouth.

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Anahit Behrooz visited The Scottish Café & Restaurant
  • High point: Piles of smoked salmon in the afternoon tea
  • Low point: It's a great refurb, but it's also still a huge space
  • Notable dish: Fish and chips
  • Average price: £22 (set lunch)

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is situated at the gardens entrance of the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound with iconic views to Princes Street Gardens. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, this is the perfect venue to have a taste of Scotland through our 70 artisan Scottish suppliers. We take great care to showcase these stunning flavours simply, with a big warm welcome.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Classical music
  • Capacity: 180 (40 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 180
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 corkage (Sun–Thu only)

Events at this venue

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Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh

Seating is at shared tables to enjoy a traditional Burns supper menu. The haggis is piped in and addressed, taken with a wee dram. Following supper is a traditional ceilidh by Shenanigans.

Thu 23 Jan 2020

£50–£65 / 0131 225 1550

Fri 24 Jan 2020

£50–£65 / 0131 225 1550

Sat 25 Jan 2020

£50–£65 / 0131 225 1550

St Andrews Night Supper & Ceilidh

Launching our first ever St Andrew’s Night Event at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant with a show stopping ceilidh and whisky galore! We are kicking it off in style with the very best of Scottish food, drink and entertainment. The evening will be hosted Mark Thomson, The Ambassador to Scotland for Glenfiddich Single…

Fri 29 Nov

£50 / 01312251550

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