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$$ - $$$British, , European
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. What a fantastic restaurant. I was married in Edinburgh at the end of August, and wanted to book a restaurant for after the Rehearsal. It was central Edinburgh, during August, on a Friday evening. I struggled to find anywhere, so sent some emails. Kieran...More

Thank Abs140
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Went to this restaurant as it appeared to have good reviews . Well not on the Friday night we visited. Firstly a Friday night and only 2 tables occupied all night tells you something . Service poor . Venison passable but the cod very bland....More

Thank richjane16
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Dined here with two relatives prior to seeing a Friday night show at the nearby Festival Theatre. We all had 3 courses on the set pre-theatre. We dined from 5.30 and the restyaurant was fairly quiet but had a great atmosphere and I felt at...More

Thank velvetvee18
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Visited for the pre-theatre menu and found a hidden gem. The Beef Cheek Ravioli was fab as where the Black Pudding Croquettes, then onto Cullen Stink and the Pork Belly. One of the best Pork Belly ever. Puddings didn’t fail to hit the spot either....More

1  Thank Loujane
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Visited sylvesters for my dads birthday with a party of 8. The food was delicious, and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food is really well priced, will definitely be returning!

Thank Georgia R
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is a really lovely space - nicely decorated and laid out -a touch of formality, a touch of intimacy - nicely done. The service was friendly and engaging. And most of the food was good. It misses a 5 star because there were enough...More

1  Thank Kingmaker
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This place was very close to our apartment so we went inside and they found us a table even though we did not have reservations. We we're sat down and our waitress was very friendly. The prices were not too expensive even though the place...More

Thank Matteozk16
Reviewed 1 September 2017

After a Festival show, arrived at Sylvester with our friends, who had booked a table. Unfortunately our booking had gone missing, the restaurant was busy, with a large group about to arrive and fill it completely. Disappointed, we waited a wee while, but they did...More

Thank Ishbel O
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Three of us all had the pre-Theatre menu and chose the same dishes! The starter was Cullen Skink which consisted of a creamy base with a piece of smoked haddock covered in a cheese toasted coating. We agreed that the dish was nothing like Cullen...More

Thank Billbonviveur
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Just off the main drag, this is a haven of peace offering some really tasty, well presented food from a cleverly put together menu. I tried the leek and mushroom pie - so tasty I want it again. Then the twice cooked lemon tart. Both...More

Thank munrotop
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$29
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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