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23 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
  • Telephone 0131 526 4790
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun noon–9pm.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm; 5–10pm; Sat noon–4pm, 5–10.30pm; Sun noon–4pm, 5–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £25
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  • Website thehawksmoor.com/locations/…
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Hawksmoor Edinburgh

Hawksmoor's first venture into Scotland is a glamorous and glossy shrine to seafood and steak, where the service is second to none.

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Hawksmoor’s humble West Register Street entrance gives few clues about the glorious space beyond. With warmly worn parquet floors, more marble than you can shake a stick at and a set of eight original stunning Sadie McLellan windows, the austere beauty of this former banking hall immediately lays claim to special occasion territory. The menu leans towards classics done well and seafood is strong, much of it Scottish – Eyemouth crab, Armstrong’s smoked salmon and Peterhead hake. But most are here for the steak: a range of individual and sharing cuts all grass-fed, dry-aged and UK-sourced, with a selection of Scottish guest breeds on as specials. And when a sharing T-bone arrives, properly rested on its massive skillet and surrounded by a party pack of sides (including excellent chips), there’s a real sense of theatricality and abundance. Leave room though, because the ambassador’s reception is a delight of a pud, especially to those who can remember the advert it’s named after. All this doesn’t come cheap – and it’s hard to argue that it should – but a decent lunch deal and a steal of a Sunday roast deal means it’s not inaccessible either. While there may be a risk of somewhere this glossy tipping into a parody of itself, perfect service means there's real heart behind the glamour.

The List's rating






Jo Laidlaw visited Hawksmoor on 10 October 2018
  • High point: Hard to decide between service and setting
  • Low point: This is not a place for your vegan pals
  • Notable dish: Steak!
  • Average price: £22 (set lunch); £45 (dinner)

Located just off St Andrew Square in the stunning Art Deco former RBS banking hall and just a minute’s walk from Waverley Station, Hawksmoor is the perfect place to enjoy warm hospitality in beautiful surroundings.

Locally sourced produce is featured throughout the menu: hand-dived scallops from the Isle of Mull, 35-day aged grass-fed British beef, and rare, locally-sourced whisky.

With intimate booths for the evening, sunny tables for two under the huge sky-lights, or seats near the kitchen pass next to all the action, Hawksmoor is the ideal spot to dine with colleagues and loved ones alike.

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  • Private dining: 14-45
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Bowie – classics
  • Capacity: 178
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £26 per bottle
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).