55a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH
  • Telephone 0131 622 7800
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11.30am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Until 3am during Edinburgh Festival
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am; Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 7am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 5–7pm.
  • Average price £14 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £10
  • Email
  • Website www.ricksedinburgh.co.uk
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Long-established city centre restaurant with rooms, Rick’s does classic and classy lounge bar drinking and dining with aplomb.

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After 15 years in operation, this once-cool kid on the Frederick Street block has grown up into a classic lounge bar favourite. Down a few steps and past the outdoor tables, the shiny plate-glass doors give on to an atmospheric low-lit space appointed in silvery greys and warm wood tones. Low sofas interspersed with areas for more formal dining make for a relaxed and surprisingly intimate ambience whether the occasion is dining with friends, or splashing the cash on cocktails or a celebratory glass or two of fizz. Grazing is well catered for with charcuterie platters, breads, bowls and sharing boards, while the likes of braised pig cheek makes a tasty preamble to competently executed mains such as hake with mussels and potted shrimp butter. A bubbling pot of boozy cherry crumble with mascarpone is a ‘one portion, two spoons’ treat, while for those with more dash than cash there are deals a-plenty, such as weekly burger and steak nights.

  • High point: Comfortable, competent and 20 or more wines by the glass
  • Low point: Diners may feel a bit squeezed out on busy weekend nights
  • Notable dish: Chargrilled chicken with green lentils, rocket and sun-blushed tomato salsa

This groovy restaurant and bar, incorporated into a tiny boutique hotel in the heart of the New Town, attracts a hip young crowd looking for a lively night out. Retro-cool brown leather banquette seating and low-slung lampshades create an intimate atmosphere in a space loosely divided into cosy sections by diaphanous curtains. The long stretch of bar serves up a satisfying choice of pre-dinner cocktails and keeps the place lively until late, but the real draw is the quietly confident performance from the kitchen. A seemingly simple sashimi-style, lightly seared tuna fillet, presented skewer-style with generous sprigs of rosemary on a warm chickpea salad, is unexpectedly tender and succulent, while spring rolls accompanied by a rich hoi sin sauce are crisp and tightly packed with juicy duck and bamboo shoots. Main courses include a moist rump of lamb on a mound of vibrant sweet potato and ginger mash and some crisply-skinned roast monkfish with pancetta served on a creamy mash drizzled with basil oil. Those who make it as far as dessert won't be disappointed by the wickedly gooey warm chocolate brownie or the chic-looking circle of forest berry and apple crumble in a puddle of custard.

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  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 10
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Live entertainment: No DJ at moment
  • Capacity: 180
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
  • House wine: £19 per bottle