Salt Café

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Salt Café
54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ
  • Telephone 0131 281 1885
  • Seasonal times Winter hours: Closed at 5pm on Sun–Tue.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 9am–11pm; Fri 9am–midnight; Sat 9am–midnight, Sun 9am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun 9am–4pm, 5–10pm.
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Salt Café

Quirky reclaimed interior packed full of character, with daytime café culture seamlessly stretching into informal evening dining.

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This family-run Morningside café-bistro dishes up modern Scottish cuisine with worldwide influences. The small venue is full of charm with its reclaimed and trendy interior exuding casual café culture during the day, with speciality coffee, loose-leaf teas and appetising brunch dishes. In an effortless transition evening brings an informal bistro, with seasonal dishes executed with panache alongside craft beer and fine wines. A Spanish-inspired starter of grilled baby squid, beautifully presented on a bed of potato and chorizo with fresh greenery to garnish, creates a colourful dish that transports you to the Mediterranean. For mains, a special of baked hake fillet on a chunky potato cake vibrant and fresh with samphire, capers, broccoli and salsa verde elevated by a hint of lemon and nutmeg. Well-considered portion sizes allow just enough room to indulge in something sweet from the small yet tempting dessert menu. Dark chocolate and spiced rum terrine brings smooth bittersweet chocolate ganache balanced by sour vanilla crème-fraîche and acidity from sweet clementine.

The List's rating






Tara Klein visited Salt Café on 22 February 2018
  • High point: Booths provide an intimate dining experience
  • Low point: Difficult to choose from such an appetising menu
  • Notable dish: Grilled baby squid
  • Average price: £12.50 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • 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: Chilled & eclectic
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20 (inc. prosecco)
  • House wine: £23 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…