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Merchants Restaurant

$$ - $$$European, British,
17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
+44 131 225 4009
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  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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European, British, Scottish
$$ - $$$
17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of our Trafalgar tour group, we enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal here. While a bit hot given the outside summer heat, the beer was cold. Well done to the staff to get through the 46 of us in a timely manner.

Thank SweetieRocky
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A hidden gem of a place for groups! I regularly take groups of 20-30 people here for lunch, and everyone is delighted with the quality of the food - choice of four or five dishes eg fish / lamb shanks / veggie dish - served...More

Thank pvb36
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We were a group of about 20 colleagues out for an evening meal. The food servings and quality is appalling to be honest. We went for the 2 course set menu. Starter - Greek salad (an entire chopped onion and half a slice of cucumber...More

Thank MM1501
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Neither the food nor the restaurant have an identity. From the outside you would think it is a Chinese restaurant, so as from some of the forniture once inside, but the menu is just a common menu you would find elsewhere in the town. They...More

Thank Elena M
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Nice restaurant in central part of Edinburgh, just a short walk from the Grassmarket, The Royal Mile and The Castle. Good for visiting with bigger group. Friendly and serviceminded staff, food is served quickly and very priceworthy. We had a tree-course for a company of...More

Thank Maria L
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Merchants restaurant is very good for the non veg, foods and especially the fish. I love their food and the employees are also helpful.

Thank sreejith m
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I visited as a member of a group, and was frankly disappointed. The staff were lovely, and the location was very convenient for the Old Town. The food was OK, but it was neither the standard I expected, nor was it particularly Scottish - just...More

Thank 674Jen
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Assumingly it is a restaurant vastly visitrd by group tours. I was there with one and the room was fully occupied by other groups. The servers needed to work: cleanes tables and served very fast, as there were a lot of people alrrady reserved tables....More

Thank Dasdo S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Was here with a large group of people. I have been here several times before and always pleased . We were greeted with a smile by Susie . The food was delicious especially the lamb shanks. Certainly will be back.

1  Thank Anne F
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

3 of us had the early evening deal, 2 courses and coffee for £15. We all had something different and everything was excellent, good sized portions and well presented. Will definitely return, in fact one of our group has already booked to return! A special...More

Thank jetsetter057
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
Average prices
US$72 - US$72
European, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 4009
  • E-mail
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