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Merchants Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Old Town
British, Scottish, European
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17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
+44 131 225 4009
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic smaller restaurant lovely surroundings and wonderful food would definitely have the haggis spring roll with neeps which was to die for. Lady on reception who served us was really nice and friendly

Thank Kimnco2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a cold Wednesday night this place was undeservedly deserted choice of food on set price menu amazing could not believe sIze of starters I had baked pear and Stilton loads of cheese then to follow two huge pieces of venison 9 of us and every ones meal looked fab the asparagus wrapped in bacon looked amazing ok service was... More 

Thank Patricia B
London, England
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119 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just around the corner from Grassmarket, near Greyfriars Bobby, it is a bit hidden away. Staff were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and they were genuinely concerned that we enjoyed our meal. Being a pair of fussy eaters, the adjusted the menu offering to suit our taste. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank CatlondonUS
Hamilton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was given a voucher here for a gift and what a lovely gift it turned out to be. It's a bit hidden away in Grassmarket, minutes from Greyfriers Bobby statue but well worth a visit. We had a 3 course meal which was served promptly and well presented. Food was piping hot and delicious. Haggis spring roll is a must.... More 

Thank Liz M
Pocklington, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Another decade another geography reunion in Edinburgh. And another visit to Merchants for our dinner. These guys are great. Flexible on numbers(we had some late shows which they took in their stride) , and great service. The wine flowed and we all got fed well too. Even room to spread out and blether afterwards over drinks and coffees.

Thank johnsinclair357
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were in Edinburgh for the day, having travelled up by train, so were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of Waverley Station. Merchants was recommended as having good disabled access for me in my wheelchair. We booked for the early supper deal, which we could n't fault. Hubby had smoked salmon tower, very substantial, I had classic asparagus... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

There were 2 parties of ~60 people all wanting to eat and be at the castle in time for the tattoo. The food came out in a good time, the portions were generous and tasty. I surprised them by saying I was vegan and it didn't phase them. All good.

Thank jo l
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Having scoured the area for somewhere to eat something other than burgers or pizza, we were delighted to find this lovely restaurant tucked away from the Fringe revellers. Nice food at reasonable prices and affordable wine!

Thank John H
Fife, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Second time at this restaurant and I wasn't disappointed, good choice of food, cooked well and nicely presented.

Thank MrsSneddy
Matlock, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This restaurant serves the most tasty food I've had in a long time. It is hard to find, below one of the road bridges in the city, just down from Greyfriar's Church. The staff are excellent and most accommodating to special requests and you'd go a long way to get a better meal for the price in Edinburgh. Highly recommended.

Thank cligereen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$72 - US$72
British, Scottish, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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