Summerhall Café

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Summerhall Café
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Telephone 0131 560 1580
  • Seasonal times Festival: open until 8pm depending on events.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8.30am–3.30pm; Sat 10.30am–3.30pm; Sun 11am–3pm.
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Summerhall Café

A bright and spacious café serving a healthy, locally-sourced menu.

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Summerhall has a reputation as a versatile venue that defies traditional expectations in the arts. The theme of the unexpected continues in the café – a wide-windowed, peaceful space providing a stark contrast to the building’s imposing exterior. The menu presents creative combinations that liven up lunchtime and show off fresh ingredients at their best. Miso aubergine, spring onion and chickpea toasted wrap is subtly spiced and deceptively filling, and comes nestled on a vibrant side salad dressed with a hint of aniseed. Soya bean, quinoa and avocado salad is a generous plate of well-matched flavours, layered with colour and interest until the final forkful. With a menu that changes seasonally and a gallery space showcasing a different local artist every six weeks, the café expertly demonstrates how to bring together elements of the unexpected with unwavering core values and consistently good food.

The List's rating






Ellen Renton visited Summerhall Café on 23 January 2019
  • High point: Strong environmental and ethical ethos
  • Low point: Popular, so it can be hard to get a lunchtime table
  • Notable dish: Spanish meatball special
  • Average price: £7.25 soup and sandwich deal (set lunch)
  • Private dining: 40 (booked through Summerhall Events)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Used for Summerhall performances and events.
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2015