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55–57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
  • Telephone 0131 662 4493
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sat noon–late during Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–6.45pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
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Friendly and pleasant bistro offering good-value modern Scottish cooking.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This pleasant corner restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s university district brings a dash of Scottish cuisine to an area famed for ethnically diverse eateries. It's a popular choice for academics and visiting parents, with its unusually diverse lunch and early-dining menu, so there’s a lot to be said for getting in before 7pm when the pricier à la carte kicks in. A dome of smoked haddock fishcake is a generous and fine starter, while a round of warm goat’s cheese, set off with a lovely beetroot purée, is a lighter option. Chef-owner Kieran Sylvester showcases the variety and versatility of Scottish produce with the likes of a light sea bass fillet gently seasoned with roasted garlic and basil oil, accompanied with simple griddled strips of Mediterranean vegetables. Alternatively, try his pork fillets, stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and olives, served up with a mustard mash. Sylvester’s is a solid option for Old Town Scottish dining.

The List's rating






Susan Smith visited Sylvesters on 22 February 2019
  • High point: A proper Scottish restaurant in student central
  • Low point: Desserts are a little lacklustre
  • Notable dish: Scottish rack of lamb
  • Average price: £14.95 (set lunch); £23.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Rock and pop
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £17.45 per bottle