Festival Theatre Café

Festival Theatre Café
Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
  • Telephone 0131 560 2937
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 9am–6pm (or to curtain down)
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–6pm (or to curtain down) Closed Sunday - unless there's a show on
  • Average price £11 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.edtheatres.com/cafe

A versatile spot, equally at home serving tea and scones during the day or champagne during the opera.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Completing their transformation from Th’Eatery with a refurbishment in January 2016, the Festival Theatre Café’s new look adds warmth to the light flooding in its glass front, and nods to the oh-so-popular Scandinavian style. The menu features a nice range of fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as a short but well-chosen list of seasonal dishes that wouldn't look out of place in a bistro. The likes of perfectly baked coconut and herb crusted hake with ratatouille or confit pork belly with black pudding and a sweet pear and celeriac mash are a welcome surprise in a café, reflecting an adaptability that serves its location well. The bar is well stocked to refresh the varied theatre crowds from juices for the pantomime to G&Ts for musicals. Although there are no beers on tap, the ever-changing bottled and canned range is carefully chosen and the wine list has something for everyone.

  • High point: Quality culinary skills in a café
  • Low point: Wines are on the pricey side
  • Private dining: 60 (can hire whole space)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Acoustic easy listening classics
  • Live entertainment: Theatre
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £20 per bottle