The Rabbit Hole

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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.
  • Email
  • Website www.therabbitholerestaurant.com
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The Rabbit Hole

An established local bistro that attracts diners from across the city, lured by well-executed classic dishes.

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What started out as a neighbourhood restaurant is now drawing diners from across the city. And it’s certainly worth the trip. A well-designed dining room is decorated with muted, classy tones that bring to mind a top-notch Parisian bistro. Several diners are seated at the bar, while there is a little more privacy at tables in the window or a cosy alcove. Just visible along a narrow corridor is the kitchen where chefs can be seen cooking up some fabulous flavours, whether for a popular midweek steak night, good value fixed-price lunch or the dinner offerings. The quality of the dishes is high, with starters that include a fishcake packed with haddock and salmon and topped with a poached egg and béarnaise sauce. Mains feature delicate poached chicken, served in a bowl of flavour-packed consommé and finely chopped vegetables – potatoes are extra. And, in keeping with that traditional feel, the desserts are classics, such as a gooey chocolate fondant or a lemon tart, where bitterness is offset perfectly by a lemon sorbet and blueberry sauce.

The List's rating
8

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Colin Renton visited The Rabbit Hole on 18 January 2019
  • High point: Classics done well in classy surroundings
  • Low point: Booking times are generally early or late(ish)
  • Notable dish: Poached chicken breast, chicken consommé, vegetable concasse, parmesan croutons
  • Average price: £13 (set lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • 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: Mellow instrumental
  • Capacity: 38
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2015 (October)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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