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Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience

$$ - $$$European, British,
354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
+44 131 477 8477
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scottish tapas” (43 reviews)
“haggis” (74 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM Hours
European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience
1. Lovely lunch
"delicious food, highly recommend the Scottish tapas"
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2. So much lovely Scotch
"wonderfully stocked whiskey bar"
Kenneth S
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3. Great visit
"haggis neeps and tatties are just a pure flavor of Scotland"
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1 - 10 of 737 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

My father just turned 70, and wanted to celebrate his birthday over in Scotland, so my wife and I went with him and my stepmother, and some friends who live in the UK joined us at the Amber for his birthday dinner. From my very...More

Thank Walker P
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

After enjoying the gold experience, we needed some food, and were told that the Amber restaurant served great Scottish food. We were not disappointed. Didn’t try the drinks, as we had already had plenty, but it looked good! The bar had an impressive whisky selection....More

Thank chiccanadianchick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the basement of The Whisky Experience you find Amber Restaurant. I've been there for several times and I'm sorry to say that's the service are not in world class.

Thank Anders386
Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve visited the Amber Bar and Restaurant many times and never had a bad experience. The range of whisky available is incredible and the food is so delicious – coming here is one of the things we look forward to the most when we come...More

Thank Cerys K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just outside Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile, the Amber Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. It offers a variety of traditional Scottish food choices, but is still very accommodating to various dietary restrictions. The menu caters to gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free diets. The...More

Thank kyle m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The time of our visit to the Scotch whiskey experience favored our choice by the restaurant located in the basement of the event. Probably the same is true for everyone. Place without much character but food well served. My cod was satisfying, accompanied by great...More

Thank Nadja A
ScotchWhiskyExp, Public Relations Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review Nadja, it sounds like you had a great time overall. Glad you enjoyed the crab cakes particularly, our Scottish seafood is among our specialities so we're very pleased they went down well. Thanks again, and hope you can visit again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a possible scotch but after checking the menu, decided to stay for lunch because of the reasonable prices and the friendly staff. We had 2 lamb stovies (stew), 1 soup, and a salad (shared) 1 large beer and 1 wine for...More

Thank GWToronto
ScotchWhiskyExp, Public Relations Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we're really pleased that you found the prices to be reasonable and hope you enjoyed your lunch. We'll pass your lovely comments back to our restaurant team. Thank you again and come back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband loves whisky so we decided to go here for a meal and also try a few whiskies while we were there. We had the scottish tapas to start which was good, then for the mains we had steak and salmon which were both...More

Thank Emsworth89
ScotchWhiskyExp, Public Relations Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for leaving us a review. We'll pass your comments back to our team for improvements, but in any case, we're really pleased you enjoyed the range of whiskies and that you loved the Scottish tapas. Thanks again, hope you enjoyed Edinburgh.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! The food was superb, (we did taste of Scotland, which I would highly recommend!). The service was excellent, and they even gave us a little free whisky liqueur each as it was our mini-moon.More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
ScotchWhiskyExp, Public Relations Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and congratulations on your wedding! We're honoured that you chose us as part of your mini-moon getaway, hope you loved exploring Edinburgh. Glad you enjoyed the Taste of Scotland! It's a really special experience, and is a real favourite with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After we visited Edinburgh castle and enjoy the photo taking surrounding this area,don't forget to have lunch with Scottish food. Our lunch time place at Amber restaurant with delightful food and friendly staff. taste are acceptable for Asian tourist if you like European food. Try...More

Thank maya s
ScotchWhiskyExp, Public Relations Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Maya, thank you for your review! We are really happy that you enjoyed your meal with us and that you got the chance to try some authentic Scottish cuisine. Thanks also for your lovely comments about our friendly restaurant team, we will let them...More

Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Questions & Answers
13 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from ScotchWhiskyExp | Property representative |
Hi Kingstongirly, The Taste of Scotland Menu is a set menu, but just let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements (such as vegetarian) and we can prepare a special (and delicious) version of the menu for you... More
15 January 2016|
Response from ScotchWhiskyExp | Property representative |
Hi PSPretiree, I'm sorry it's taken us so long to get to your question. I am afraid I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but if you mean wearing the colour blue to dinner, then certainly that is entirely acceptable... More
7 June 2015|
Response from ScotchWhiskyExp | Property representative |
Hi Wilhelm, I'm sorry this is probably far too late for you, but £25 would be average spend for dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$98
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 477 8477
  • E-mail
Edinburgh's hidden gem on the city's Royal Mile. We bring you the finest Scottish cuisine made from the best authentic seasonal ingredients. Home of the original Taste of Scotland tasting menu, Amber is where you can experience real Scottish food, full of character and flavour. Menus change with the seasons and always reflect the regional diversity of Scotland's larder. Enjoy Scottish tapas and cheese platters at the whisky bar, sit down and relax in the restaurant, or take a break with a speciality coffee and homemade cake. Our whisky bar stocks 450 different Scotch whiskies, available by the dram or in a flight. Restaurant dishes include our own unique recipe haggis and vegetarian haggis, other Scottish traditional delicacies like lamb stovies and cullen skink, fresh seafood including Shetland mussels and Isle of Bute smoked salmon, and indulgent desserts like rhubarb and ginger creme brûlée and raspberry cranachan parfait. Vegetarian and other dietary options available.
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