Café 1505

Café 1505
18 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 527 1686
  • Seasonal times Festival: open til 10pm daily. Open til 7.30pm on selected nights before shows at The Festival Theatre.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5.30pm; Sat/Sun 9am–5.30pm.
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Café in Surgeons Quarter known for elevating humble lunch options to delicious favourites.

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A museum famous for its aspic-stored exhibits of medical oddities from history isn't one you would immediately associate with an excellent place to eat, but Café 1505 (named after the year in which the Royal College of Surgeons was founded) is definitely worth recommending. With its bright and airy interior, pavement seating area on the main road and close connection to the museum, hotel, conference and Fringe venue it serves a range of audiences, but there's something personal about the fact that most of the food is prepared fresh on-site. The macaroni cheese with wild mushrooms and truffle oil is rich and cheesy, the salads include spiced cauliflower, couscous and mango chutney or fregula pasta with Mediterranean vegetables and broccoli. There are sandwiches, baked potatoes and a trio of daily changing main dishes too. The heaped plates of Viennese fingers, biscuits, Florentines and Bakewells alone are enough to inspire a visit and a deli bar is due to be installed in the coming months.

The List's rating






David Pollock visited Café 1505
  • High point: Great to find a good place open so early
  • Low point: Not a huge amount of main course choice
  • Notable dish: Roasted chicken thighs with patatas bravas.
  • Average price: £8 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chilled indie/pop
  • Live entertainment: Attached to a museum, Fringe venue and meeting space.
  • Capacity: 38 (12 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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