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Elephant House

) #32 of 61 Dessert in Edinburgh #601 of 2,037 Places to Eat in Edinburgh $$ - $$$ Cafe, British,
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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08:00 - 22:00All hours
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We used to frequent Elephant House in the early 90s - in other words, BHP (Before Harry Potter). You could usually get a seat without waiting, and the food was reliably enjoyable. A few days ago we took two visiting American friends in for a...More

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 4 days ago

I guess everyone goes there for the well-known reason...But the truth is that the people who have this cafe practically exploit their Harry Potter affiliation. The service is bad, the place is dirty and the toilets were probably the dirtiest I have ever seen in...More

1  Thank NikosHourvou
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the cafe where the idea of Harry Potter was born. Every corner of place speaks of him or of the author. Even if you are not a Potter's fan drop by for a visit. You will find good food, a great view of...More

Thank titwo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch. Ended up with a table in the back. Very hot. Service was so slow we finally left after sitting and waiting for a waiter to take our order. Really overrated.

1  Thank ken J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Myself, wife and 3-year-old daughter went on a sunny summer afternoon for an early dinner. Short wait in line for a table (it was busy for a reason!) then service was excellent and food really quick. Food was tasty. There was something about JK Rowling...More

Thank Benjamin M
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wouldn't recommend this establishment for anything more than a take away drink and a picture of the toilets. That's it.It seems to pride itself more on its association with J.K. Rowling and less on the quality of the food and drink. But after our...More

1  Thank Chedwood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Word of advice for all Harry Potter fans: go for a takeaway coffee, get a pic of the table by the window where JK apparently wrote her masterpiece and go eat somewhere else. I was so excited about having a nice cup of tea and...More

1  Thank Diana J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly, I was excited to go there, like any HP fan. They welcomed us friendly. The server took out ordres and I only asked for classes of water with our pizzas and meals : we got 4 tiny plastic glasses...I mean, it is not a...More

1  Thank SatVal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good coffee (the best I drunk in my visit to Edinburgh) and a delicious hazelnuts and Nutella cake. It was interesting to be in the birthplace of Harry Potter. I recommend this place to take a coffee, tea, cake or shortbreads. Small capuccino: 2,55£....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little café with great cake! Amazing view of the castle from the back! Toilets were a real tribute to the Harry Potter series, shame the quality (and cleanliness?!) wasn't amazing. Wouldn't stop me from returning though as the food was fab!

Thank Hannah M
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5355
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