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208 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1LL
  • Telephone 0131 466 4723
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
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Meat, beats and bourbon are the stars of this new Cowgate bar, while sister-venue Mono is entered from the South Bridge and offers modern Italian dining.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019/20 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

First, some sage (if slightly obvious) advice: you do have to be a carnivore to eat at Carnivore, a new darkly lit and brightly serviced spot on the Cowgate that really is all about the meat. Starters (or rather, little plates) include confit duck nuggets served with apricot mustard, which make plain old chicken nuggets seem redundant. The ox cheek spring rolls go perfectly with Japanese-style tare sauce, and there's a seafood option if you fancy prawn rice balls with shellfish mayo. Mains include reubens, Philly cheese steaks and an 8oz burger, and while all offer a creative range of individual flavours this menu sends a simple, unified message: bread and meat is a kingly combo. There's also a small selection of steaks, with options ranging from an 8oz ribeye to, well, a 16oz ribeye (sirloin and skirt sit somewhere in the middle, size-wise). Desserts are plentiful and aimed at the sweet-toothed – the bourbon crème brûlée is particularly well executed and while you’re on the bourbon train you may as well try the Carnivore Cocktail, which makes that ol' brown liquor all the better with – you guessed it – a piece of bacon.

The List's rating






Rebecca Monks visited Carnivore
  • High point: Bacon and bourbon in a glass
  • Low point: Veggies might leave hungry
  • Notable dish: The reuben
  • Average price: £8 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock/pop
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £20 per bottle