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The City Restaurant

35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
+44 131 667 2819
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“pizza” (35 reviews)
“lentil soup” (11 reviews)
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Grill, Fast food, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 487 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is freshly prepared, the staff are lovely and the place is spotless. Much more modern than many restaurants offering a similar menu. If you're looking for fish and chips in Edinburgh city centre, this is the place to go.

Thank Nelson I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been coming here for years ever since I was a child, have never had a bad experience here and the food is superb. Very welcoming, family friendly and casual. Total comfort food, I hope City Restaurant is around for a long time to come...More

Thank rosegenevieve
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only like the lasagna. I had the fried fish and chips which i didn't like, I really liked the lasagna but hated the caesar salad too.

Thank Maria18x
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a big party. Had the deep fried haggis to start. Never had haggis before and I loved it. For main I had the burger with Stilton. It could have been warmer and it was dropping grease (I know it's a burger but it...More

Thank huddzzfoody
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly, efficient staff and good comfort food at the City Restaurant make this diner worth a visit. Red leatherette booths liven up the interior. Traditional fish and chips had big portion of haddock. Too many chips - which could have spent a few more seconds...More

Thank Ruth S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to this restaurant a few times with friends. Both of my meals were great. The chips are great. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and service was very quick.

Thank RADuck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finding places to eat in Edinburgh is not hard; finding places that provide great food and great service at a great price is a rather rare occurrence. We had walked the Royal Mile area of Edinburgh at least two dozen times bouncing in and out...More

Thank X6220ZWgeorgep
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here not knowing what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. They offer GLUTEN FREE fish and chips that isn't just flavourless grilled fish... but golden battered goodness. Definitely recommend a visit for any other gf foodies out there.

Thank Glutenfreefeedz
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Firstly, I would like to thank the amazing staff of this restaurant. You guys are the best! Menu is very good with large variety of various dishes for good price. Food is very delicous.

Thank Alistair2712
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Booked a table for a Friday night fish dinner at this restaurant based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed! Fabulous haddock and extremely good, attentive, but not overpowering, service. Would thoroughly recommend, but do book ahead

Thank HelenSHardwick
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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Can you book a table? Or is it more like a fast food joint?
11 December 2016|
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Response from ronaldmccrindle | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can book a table. The food is all freshly made for each meal required.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 667 2819
  • E-mail
Family run restaurant in the city centre now celebrating 20 years in business and with a fresh new look and menu! Great for all parties, couples,families and small/large groups of up to 50! We are open most hours of the day. We welcome booking or walk-ins! Regards City
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