The Atelier

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Atelier
159–161 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AG
  • Telephone 0131 629 5040
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm
  • Seasonal times Open all day during Festival and for Six Nations games
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–10.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £9.90 (set lunch); £27 (evening meal)
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  • Website theatelierrestaurant.co.uk
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The Atelier

Good-value experimental cuisine for adventurous diners looking for wow factor.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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There is a lot happening at The Atelier, both on and off the plate, where chef Maciek Zielinski pushes the boundaries in this French-named Scottish restaurant serving modern European dishes. A starter of prawns and pork belly comes crowded with fennel, rhubarb and licorice and a loin of tangy mutton is trumped by the rich neck pie served alongside. But neither can beat the simplicity of a perfectly cooked, aged ribeye steak on puréed potato. Styles collide in the décor too, where a vast slate wall contrasts with orange and purple button-back chairs and matching lampshades. The owners have collected a dizzying array of crockery on which to present each course. Service is spot on here – the waiter knows the menu and ingredients back to front. The wine list is extensive, the food inexpensive and with a lunch offer of under a tenner for two courses, this place offers top-end fine dining at affordable prices. It’s all delicious, even if there's a little bit too much going on at times.

  • High point: Daring combinations make for memorable dishes
  • Low point: A bit of an identity crisis
  • Notable dish: Aged ribeye, kale, potato pureé, green peppercorn sauce
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £16.80 per bottle