41 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
  • Telephone 0131 667 7010
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–2pm & 5.30–9.15pm. Closed Mon.
  • Seasonal times Festival: open 7 days
  • Food served Tue–Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–9pm, closed Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sun 5.30–6.45pm.
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
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Top-bracket contemporary Scottish cooking with a playful heart at very reasonable prices, served in a simple Southside dining room.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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If you’re happy to forgo the faff of wine waiters and whatnot, you’ll find fine dining for a fraction at Field (if it did silver service, there’d be talk of Michelin stars). Its stage is simply set with straightforward surrounds: a front room-feel with a big black cow on one wall, black flock on the other; the service is pro; the bread warm; the wine list not marked up past reason. Pre-theatre it’s a steal, à la carte still a quality deal. Scottish larder showcased, the menu reads like a joy – one of those from which you’d be happy having anything. There are no passengers, instead purple potatoes, celeriac purée, harissa mayo, sage jus… from sea bass to baby beets, stars and support share spotlights. It’s classy, composed, contemporary cooking – skilful not showboating, playfully post-modern: artichoke cheesecake, venison rissole, goat’s cheese beignets, chicken confit ravioli. Continue: citrus éclair with blood orange sorbet, rhubarb and custard mille-feuille with Bird’s custard ice cream: every element excels, to the end.

  • High point: Michelin star-quality for much less
  • Low point: You'll have to book, even on weekdays
  • Notable dish: Crispy Venison Rissole, Celeriac Puree, Pickled Shimeji Mushrooms, Cassis Jus

Opened in January 2013, Field is a restaurant all about the quality of local, seasonal produce. Proud to be Scottish and showcase our country’s larder, the menus reflect our region’s gastronomic heritage.

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 22
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

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