The City Café
American-style bar and diner with a pool table, good quality burgers and one of the city's best pre-club atmospheres.
Over the decades and across various owners, the City Café has maintained its place in the folklore of Edinburgh nightlife simply by not changing too much. The American-style diner look and feel hasn’t budged and the menu is dependably unflashy, including exotically flavoured burgers, hot dogs, club sandwiches, nacho plates and grazing boards, with a few contemporary pub classics like chicken Caesar salad and macaroni cheese. There’s a focus on breakfasts which happily make no pretence of starting your day off healthily: sweet Belgian waffles, vanilla pancakes, French toast with maple syrup or bacon and varying styles of hollandaise and eggs, each named after Kennedy, Castro or Monroe, depending on whether you want ham, smoked salmon or spinach. These, a much-loved pool table and a great pre-club atmosphere make the City Café a strong recommendation for any time of day or night - still got it, never lost it.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: DJs on Sat, pub quiz on Thu.
- Capacity: 70 seated
- Open since: 1985
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £18 per bottle
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