Salt Café

Salt Café
54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ
  • Telephone 0131 281 1885
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 8.30am–11pm; Fri 8.30am–midnight; Sat 10am–midnight, Sun 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 10am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–4pm, 5–10pm.
  • Average price £8.50 (one course); £24.50 (evening meal)
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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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In a compact interior packed full of character and quirky touches, daytime café culture seamlessly stretches into informal evening dining at Morningside’s Salt Café. Reclaimed materials cleverly combine to reveal scaffolding-board bench tables and a sit-up bar crafted from old snooker table slate. Well-sourced menus sway with the seasons, showcasing Scottish produce with an understated confidence. A chilled-out front of house team delivers carefully considered, well-dressed dishes from an ambitious kitchen, all matched to a strong selection of wines. The busy breakfast and brunch offer features eggs benedict with a truffle hollandaise twist alongside popular lunch favourite moules frîtes and smoked haddock risotto with squid ink. King scallops with anchovy butter appear on a focused dinner menu, with Burnside Farm roe deer and lemongrass-pickled pear, together with pistachio-crusted lamb rack and salt-baked beetroot. Equally at home rolling out coffee and cake or freshly shucked oysters, this vibrant venue continues to keep its loyal band of returning regulars content.

  • High point: Appealing venue with strong all-day options
  • Low point: Large central bar dominates the main room
  • Notable dish: Any brunch eggs dish
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Daytime café acoustic with chilled out evening tunes
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £18 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…