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Element

#156 of 1,781 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Princes Street and Gardens
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Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JF, Scotland
+44 131 225 3297
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11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just too busy and not enough staff, ok it's leading up to Christmas, but the place was crammed and service at bar absolutely dreadful - one of the bar staff stood making cocktails in slow motion when it was three deep. Have to agree with Lori review about the toilets - a real put off. Only saving grace was the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On the pedestrianised Rose Street, this is an excellent restaurant for lunch or dinner. A wide range of dishes, open sandwiches, and tasty soups

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Thank Keef747
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited yesterday for the first time. They had already decorated for Christmas and the space looked beautiful. We had brunch which was not bad. The only thing was that the eggs were a bit underdone. The service was great and relatively fast so, overall enjoyed it.

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Thank dwro8ea
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Group of 14 of us visited for dinner last night (pre booked). Squashed into what would have been a table for 8 people. No room to move. Waiter, although very charming, had such a poor command of English language order had to be retaken. Food average Ladies toilets were smelly and filthy. Bin overflowing and wet paper towels on the... More 

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Thank Lori1701
Bawtry, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pre-match dining works well at Element. We have been using the restaurant for games for the past three years. Ideal location, good setting and style and staple fare for pre-match food and drink loading! 3 full Scottish breakfasts and a pave steak were duly polished off with numerous pints of guiness and beer. Friendly staff and reasonable prices. Only criticism... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This must be up there with my most favourite places ever The atmosphere is so relaxing the food is fantastic The service is excellent I have booked twice for December in the same week!!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just went in for a cup of tea but ended up having one of the lovely desserts on the menu absolutely delicious.The young girl who served us was so nice and friendly .The lunch menu looked really good will definitely be back some day for lunch.

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Thank jeanmichelle
Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have met friends here a few times for a drink. Always friendly helpful staff. Chilled out place and nice to relax. Had lunch the last time and food was very good. Good location too.

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Thank Linda P
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here for a couple of drinks as it was close to our hotel. Bar staff were friendly and helpful and this place has a great atmosphere. Didn't eat but the food looked good.

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Thank daveb10987
turners hill
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Still same as visit few years ago, just how I remembered it. Food great. Lovely decor, relaxing atmosphere . Polite staff.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighbourhood: Princes Street and Gardens
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 3297

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Princes Street and Gardens

Neighbourhood Profile
Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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