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Cafe Royal Oyster Bar

#521 of 1,808 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish
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19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
+44 131 556 1884
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Centrally located just off Prince's Street with excellent food, convivial company and extremely professional staff. Went several times over the course of a week. Will return happily..

Thank belleelle2017
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here for a brief bite on a Sunday lunchtime, in the "pub" part. Cullen skin was very good - maybe a few more chunks of fish would have taken this to five stars. The scallops and black pudding were very good. The staff were top drawer.

Thank Catherine L
Bath, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Early evening drinks and fresh oysters. The bar was very busy but service still good and quick, the oysters were fresh and excellent

Thank Alan M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

An excellent dinner for four in this impressive Edinburgh institution of a restaurant linked to the Cafe Royal bar. The building and historic decor are very impressive! It was a difficult choice as there is a wide menu of appealing dishes largely centred on seafood. I settled on an excellent mussel starter follows by tasty langoustines and scallops for a... More 

Thank Bulla55
Dundee, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Found this Pub/restaurant with friends. Top place, bar food is excellent and even better fine dining in the restaurant . An amazing assortment of beers, lagers ect. This place is on my list of places to return. Great for families and friends. Great staff with a perfect atmosphere surrounded by an amazing historic look about the place. A must try... More 

Thank Robswife88
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Cafe Royal is a very fine, fin de siecle style bar (first) and restaurant just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. I chose it because it was near to our hotel on a day I knew my family would have done a lot of walking. The food was quite good. I had a selection of hot and cold oysters for a... More 

Thank Greg M
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Our Spanish waitress was fantastic, very attentive excellent service, food was lovely from start to finish, had the salmon and crab starter followed by a mussel risotto with seabass, delicious, can only recommend the restaurant, I will be back soon

Thank tataitamas92
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

After 18 years living in Edinburgh I had to relocate. For my last lunch in Edinburgh I chose the Cafe Royal as its long been a favourite of mine, I was lucky enough to get a booth and my fish and chips were exceptional. Thanks for all the happy memories, great times, excellent food, service and setting. See you soon... More 

Thank Nellance
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

What a great find whilst up in Edinburgh. This place must be visited if you enjoy good food and great drinks. Please visit it and enjoy Scottish hospitality at its best.

Thank Martin T
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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243 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband & I decided to have our valentines meal out on the Saturday before valentines as we're both busy on Tuesday eve & we traveled from Somerset (England) to Edinburgh for a long weekend (Friday - Monday) I did a lot of research on places to go / eat & drink prior to our trip, so for Saturday night... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 1884

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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