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The City Restaurant

#260 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Southside & Holyrood
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35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
+44 131 667 2819
09:00 - 00:00
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Stuttgart, Germany
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon reading some of the negative reviews I wonder if perhaps my wife and I visited a totally different Restaurant but no, it was indeed The City Restaurant in Edinburgh. Upon entering the establishment there was not a free table to be found but the very friendly and helpful head lady knew of a table that was about to become... More 

Thank AlanADale2016
Province of Malaga, Spain
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is near the university and has good prices so I decided to try and have lunch there. I had already been once and had a nice breakfast so I thought it would be a good place. I had a filled omelette that came with chips. The omelette was alright, nothing remarkable, but the chips were horrible. The oil... More 

Thank ferreras1951
scottish borders
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225 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant last night on our way to the Festival Theatre (it is virtually next door). The theatre show was scheduled to start at 7.30 so we thought we would be able to get into the restaurant without any difficulty around 5ish. How wrong we were as almost all of the tables had been booked. It had not... More 

Thank romagScottishBorders
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the city restaurant with some friends and I was impressed by everything! The décor inside was really warm and inviting and the staff were great too - they didn't have an issue with splitting the bill either for us which was great! They had a nice range of food and it was so good and big portions... More 

Thank Kiana S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff very pleasant and helpful, food great I had fried pizza and chips and it was not greasy at all very tasty husband had cod and potatoes and he said they were very good fish flakey and just the right amount to batter.

Thank georginanicholson
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Excellent sevice and food! We went twice as we don't mess with our food. We liked it the fiist time so we went back. The service was helpful and friendly.

Thank Vichy S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

It's been a long time since we last visited this restaurant and each time it's been great. This time we noted extremely, efficient, friendly and helpful staff. We opted for fish, chips and mushy peas. Good sized portions and cooked perfectly, especially the chips, something I don't eat often. We will not leave a return as long this time.

2 Thank J F
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I took family here for tea after a theatre matinee. Welcomed at the door with a smile and shown to an upstairs window table. It's bright , clean and cheerful with good views over the city. The food was freshly cooked , tasty and good value. Gluten free batter available for fish and chips! Great service from pleasant and helpful... More 

Thank Nancy G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

We live dangerously close to this wonderful place and have found it to be a consistently great take-away restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is exceptional. You can also sit in to eat here, it has a light, friendly atmosphere with a pleasant dining room on two floors. We return here a little more often than we... More 

1 Thank Laura P
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Visited with (grown-up) family in December. We booked a table and so sat upstairs, by the window which has a good 'city scape' view. We ordered lots of different things to share from the menu like haggis wedges and deep fried white pudding - you must eat these at least once when you visit the city - at this restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Grill, Fast food, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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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 Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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