14 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
  • Telephone 0131 556 1289
  • Seasonal times Possible plans to open for lunches during festival – still tbc.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 5pm–3am (Beer & Skittles).
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5–9.45pm; Fri–Sat 5–10.45pm.
  • Average price Sun–Thurs, £35 per person Butcher's Menu. With 20% off between 5pm–6.30pm. (set lunch); £45 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price Sun–Thurs, £35 per person Butcher's Menu. With 20% off between 5pm–6.30pm.
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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Past the beat of Beer & Skittle's basement bar lies Picardy Place's answer to a swanky grill house. Since its opening, there's been no shortage of decent steakhouses popping up throughout the city, but Steak continues to prove popular with the likes of businessmen and pre-theatre diners. Giant mirrors and low-hanging wooden beams help to bypass the windowless warehouse feel, while dim candlelight illuminates and softens the room. Expect delicate slithers of swordfish carpaccio and perfectly seared scallops to start, followed by quality steaks from HM The Queen’s supplier Donald Russell. These are flavour-packed and cooked to order. With additional sides, the bill soon adds up, but it’s hard to resist those garlicky roast potatoes and steamed broccoli with a poached hen’s egg and walnut crumb. The wine list, featuring unusual big bold reds, is the star of the show and with excellent recommendations from Steak's team to back it up, these players are raising the stakes to compete with the best.

  • High point: If it's good enough for The Queen …
  • Low point: It ain't cheap
  • Notable dish: T-bone
  • Private dining: Middle section can be booked for 10 people (not a separate room but an area which is divided off from the rest of the restaurant area)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Hotel Costes, soft techno
  • Live entertainment: Occasionally DJ Friday and Saturday (in Skittles bar downstairs)
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £22 per bottle