Salt Café

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Salt Café
54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ
  • Telephone 0131 447 7382
  • Opening times Tue–Sat 8am–5pm; Sun 9am–3pm; closed Mon.
  • Seasonal times .
  • Food served Tue–Sat 8am–4.30pm, Sun 9am–2.30pm; closed Mon.
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We're operating a 1 metre zone for social distancing, digitally capturing customer details for track and trace, have plenty of hand-sanitising stations, and our fully-trained team will be wearing appropriate PPE to ensure the utmost safety for all our customers.
Last updated: 12 August 2020

Salt Café

Churchill's hipsterish café and wine bar specialising in all-day brunches, lunches and evening platters of cheese and charcuterie.

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Salt Café, set on the brow of Morningside Road just opposite the Churchill Theatre, returned to life after a hiatus at the back-end of 2018. Same name, same driftwood, leather and brick look, but new owners, with the guys behind Broughton Street's fondly remembered Blue Moon Café involved as supporters and mentors. A hipster joint in Morningside will always struggle to find a critical mass of local hipsters, so expect to find all generations and all styles from tatts to tweeds settling into the different spaces ranged around the central bar/servery: window stools, petite booths, chunky sleeper-slab tables and a discreet room at the back with space for ten. When the morning sun floods in through the front windows it's a mood-lifting brunch spot, smashing out avocado, eggs Benedict or mushrooms on toast (with bread from Bakery Andante down the hill). Soup or lunch specials give the food legs into the afternoon, then after 4pm during the second half of the week it's more of a wine bar, with some house twists on classic cocktails and modest food featuring cheese and charcuterie sharing boards.

The List's rating






Donald Reid visited Salt Café on 31 March 2019
  • High point: It's where you want to be for brunch on a sunny morning
  • Low point: Slimmest hipsters only in the booths
  • Notable dish: Eggs Royale
  • Average price: £13 (lunch); £15 (dinner)

We love food – but above all we love brunch, and as the saying goes “if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”.

That’s why, here at Salt Café, we use seasonal ingredients, thoughtfully sourced from exceptional local artisanal producers and suppliers, to create the best possible brunch experience for our guests.

Everyone is welcome, and we have a dedicated dog-friendly area. We’re also proud to support the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme and will treat your family like an extension of our own.

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  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Coffee lounge
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2020 (reopened under new management)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant Review: Salt Café

15 Oct 2014

Proper food with a bit of punch from ex-Bonham chef Neil Mulgrew

Despite the salty-seadog clinker boat, the prominence of North Berwick lobster and other seafood on the menu and some down-to-earth informality, a key inspiration for this new venue is the acronym of Seasonal and Local Thinking. This might be sound…

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