The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole
11 Roseneath Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1JH
  • Telephone 0131 229 7953
  • Seasonal times Festival and December: open 7 days
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 6–10.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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The Rabbit Hole

Popular and creative brasserie with an unusual and pleasing menu

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Independent shops, produce framing doorways, queues of chatting customers winding out of Eddie’s Seafood Market – all these underpin the clear sense of friendly neighbourhood in this stroll-able Marchmont street. Amid this, The Rabbit Hole has dug in and made a home for itself. Popular with locals and those travelling across town to share in the good mood and good food, the dove grey interior and gentle lighting puts newcomers at instant ease. A balance of meat, fish and vegetarian options demonstrate the creative flair co-chefs Antonello Esposito and Mo Boulay exercise in their kitchen. Every layer of the crab lasagne is distinctive; crab meat stands out, never swamped by its fish béchamel. Seared pigeon breast punches with cranberry dressing and the crunch of walnuts. For mains the rabbit, leek and chorizo pie could do with a wee bit more rabbit but is a hearty, creamy plateful. Duck breast, seared and perfectly pink, with caramelised skin, strikingly rests on grilled purple carrots. Puddings could benefit from something tart after the richness which comes before but many will be happy to indulge.

  • High point: Out of the ordinary menu executed with flair and confidence
  • Low point: Can get noisy on busy nights
  • Notable dish: Crab lasange
  • Average price: £13 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mellow jazz, soul
  • Capacity: 38
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2015 (October)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £19 per bottle