The Scottish Café

The Scottish Café
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–5.30pm; Thu 9am–7pm; Fri/Sat 9am–5.30pm; Sun 10am–5.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Afternoon teas daily from 3–5pm
  • Average price £16.95 (set lunch)
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Photo of The Scottish Café
in association with
Birra Moretti

Scottish ingredients showcased with the Contini's high class in picturesque Princes Street Gardens.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Under the National Gallery of Scotland on The Mound sits The Scottish Café & Restaurant: one of four restaurants in Victor and Carina Contini’s empire of Edinburgh eateries. This modern, subterranean yet light café sports sweeping views over Princes Street Gardens. It’s ideal for bringing the parents to show off the city centre and country’s cuisine, before heading out for a spot of culture, warmed by a brekkie of Aberdeen buttery baked with melted Clava brie and smoked ham. The menu champions Scottish producers, changes monthly to reflect the seasons, but also blends an Italian slow food ethic: good ingredients, cooked simply to let the natural flavours sing. Expect sharing platters of Scottish pies and chutneys, cheeses, smoked salmon and charcuterie, while the mixed platter of the day’s soup (thick, creamy celeriac), pâté (velvety duck liver), and sandwich (chicken, parsley and lemon crème-fraîche) makes for a good value lunch for two.

  • High point: Good people doing good things with Scottish food
  • Low point: Cakes less of a highlight
  • Notable dish: Sharing platters
  • Private dining: Up to 90 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Live entertainment: Harpist on Sundays in high season
  • Capacity: 250 (80 outside)
  • Largest group: 250
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle