The Skylark

The Skylark
241–243 High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2AW
  • Telephone 0131 629 3037
  • Opening times Mon & Sun 10am–5pm; Wed–Sat 10am–midnight; closed Tue.
  • Bar open Sun–Tue 10am–10pm; Wed/Thu 10am–midnight; Fri/Sat 10am–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Tue 10am–9pm; Wed–Sat 10am–9.30pm.
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The Skylark

Community-focused Portobello bistro with a commitment to local produce and inclusive dining.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018/19 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

The Skylark, a Portobello bistro with Formica-top tables, regularly changing artwork and old-school tunes, is a quirky, vibrant little place. French-inspired dishes using the best of Scotland’s larder are freshly prepared in an open-plan kitchen, served alongside French wines and local beers. Daytime and weekend menus offer simple dishes: soup, rolls, salads, sandwiches and croque monsieur/madame, while evenings bring more hearty and elaborate creations. To start, Scottish mussels tempura-style come in a crisp, light and well-seasoned batter, accompanied by paprika mayo. For mains, North African spiced mackerel, on crispy, garlicky roast potatoes with ratatouille veg, hits the spot. Seafood dishes seem to be a good option here; quite fitting given its seaside location. While room for dessert is a challenge, the indulgent raw chocolate and hazelnut cake miraculously goes down with not a crumb left behind. Aside from great food and drink, the Skylark also provides a stage for live music, pub quizzes, afternoon films and more, offering a fun and unique experience on every visit.

The List's rating






Tara Klein visited The Skylark on 13 January 2018
  • High point: Tasty food in a relaxed setting
  • Low point: A sweater may be required on a cold day
  • Notable dish: Mussel Pop
  • Average price: £10.50 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Live entertainment: Quarterly film nights, pub quiz (Thu 8–10pm), Mrs Mash storytelling (Mon 10:30–11am), Cafe Bambino Breast-feeding clinic (Mon 2:30–3.20pm) DJ (Fri), live music quarterly (Sat)
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Reviews & features

The Skylark's Nina Taris recommends some festive winter warmers

16 Nov 2012

Recipes for a sparkling Elderflower spritzer and whisky-heavy Athol Brose included

Elderflower spritzer 80ml elderflower cordial Champagne (or sparkling wine) Perrier Ice ‘Pour the cordial with a couple of ice cubes into a glass. Add Champagne (or sparkling wine) and top up with ice cold Perrier. Et voila!’ Athol Brose A…