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#311 of 1,784 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southside & Holyrood
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
+44 131 662 4493
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved this warm and cosy bistro. Menu varied and interesting. All of us delighted with our choices. Will definitely be going back

Thank happywandererSurrey
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this restaurant is bland. Like the colour of the décor, it’s a grey and drab experience. Even my husband, who was doing his best to like it, said that the background music was “sounds to cut your wrists to”. I wonder if it was the chef’s night off, as the food was the sort of thing I make... More 

Thank hate-popups
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Vg value at £16 pre-theatre. Best Prosecco I've ever tasted. Lovely decor & ambience. Food was a mixed bag. Tasty croquette starter. The Szechuan Pork Belly however was about as Chinese as tartan. Nice but lacking any Chinese flavour. The mixed beans that came with it were clearly out of a tin. The dessert was a Meringue. Out of a... More 

Thank AlAvenger1
Dunblane, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Visited with a friend the other evening before heading to the theatre - our first time visit, but certainly won't be the last! The food was superb, coupled with the presentation and friendliness of the staff. Definitely book and enjoy the experience, you won't be disappointed.

Thank JohnF55
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Imaginative food served by a friendly waitress in comfortable restaurant. We have already booked a return trip.

Thank Lupin K
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Had a meal here with my wife while on holiday in Edinburgh. The food here was outstanding on a par with many more expensive restaurants, I would thoroughly recommend it. It was a real shame that we were the only people in the restaurant all evening, however do not let this put you off the food more than makes up... More 

Thank Alistair W
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This restaurant is close to many Fringe venues so we tend to eat here in the busy month of August but the food and service is always very good. Short, tasty menu with efficient and friendly staff.

Thank Charles K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Always eat here when we visit Edinburgh , usually a few times each throughout year . never disappointed . Great front of house staff - Heather , and very nice food . Reasonable prices . Everything very tasty, can recommend sea trout . Shared a salted caramel brownie dessert which was gorgeous . Can't fault anything .

Thank Tom28
Edinburgh, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

A group of us were attending shows around George Square and went to Sylvesters for a quick, early dinner. We expected a pre-theatre menu (which was still advertised on the board outside the restaurant), but during the Festival there is only one menu available. The menu is a little seafood oriented but with reasonable choice. The whitebait starter was very... More 

Thank M1DXB
London, United Kingdom
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98 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had a lovely meal here. The set menu is very reasonably priced and the food well prepared and tasty. Staff were helpful and we enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Karen C

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$28
British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 662 4493
Sylvesters restaurant is positioned in the heart of Edinburgh, close to many tourist attractions such as Greyfriar's Bobby, Chamber's Street Museum, The Meadows, The Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University at George Square. ​If you want to catch up with some old friends, to relax with colleagues after a morning of hard work, or to celebrate a special graduation within walking distance of the McEwan Hall , Sylvesters is the perfect venue for a delicious, relaxed meal. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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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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