White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar
266 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA
  • Telephone 0131 629 5300
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm
  • Email
  • Website www.whitehorseoysterbar.co.uk
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A tranquil seafood oasis amid the bustle of the Old Town for just a snack and a glass of fizz or something more substantial.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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For those that remember it under its former guise, the transformation from the oldest bar on Edinburgh’s High Street to cool, stylish seafood restaurant has been nothing short of astonishing. The front section with its bar stools, high tables and window seat is more suited to a casual experience while the rear accommodates those after more conventional dining. As the name suggests, oyster fans are particularly well-catered for with both natural and dressed options, but the bulk of the menu is made up of sharing plates. Sesame tuna with grapefruit is excellent, the outer edges just barely paled and the centre a raw, dark pink. Octopus and merguez sausage with pine nut, mint and basil is a beautifully balanced dish that has you pondering if it’s indecent to order a second portion straight away. Likewise, oily smoked mackerel works superbly with the sharpness of its accompanying pickled beetroot. There’s a short dessert list and a good range of Mellis-supplied cheeses, too. Drink options favour bubbles and cocktails but there should be enough to please all but the pickiest. Look out for their ‘buck a shuck’ oyster happy hours and BYOB deals.

The List's rating
8

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Steve Morton visited White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar on 18 March 2019
  • High point: Imaginatively prepared, prettily presented seafood
  • Low point: May need side dishes to bulk out some smaller sharing plates
  • Notable dish: Sesame tuna with grapefruit and nasturtium
  • Average price: £28 (lunch); £28 (dinner)
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 70s/80s classics
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 26
  • House wine: £21.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.