We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Compass Leith

#334 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh EH6 7EX, Scotland
+44 131 554 1979
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

310 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 297: English reviews
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came to know of this place from an advert in the very interesting magazine,Leither.I visited for lunch on Friday,March 10.There is both a bar and a restaurant.Meals may be eaten in both.In the bar,there was a wonderful log fire and the logs were stored attractively between the bar and the restaurant.There was a good selection of dishes,the food was... More 

Thank Bulacansteve
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The breakfast was absolutely magic! I went for the Arbroath Smokie and poached egg. The only thing I would change is the coffee, a tad bitter....

Thank Giles D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To have a beautifully moist tender succulent lush pork fillet laid bare cooked to the moment of perfection is a very rare thing. If the chefs can do that with a pork fillet I blummin hope they put lamb cutlets on the menu. nils.out

Thank nils-of-leith
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Simply stunning Breakfast! Eggs to perfection, high quality bacon and sausage, haggis, black pudding, cherry tomatoes, beans, potato cakes and sourdough toast and possibly the best mushrooms I've ever tasted. Visited with friends and we all gave the Chef a round of applause, it was that good!

Thank Tim J
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in January for something to eat. Late breakfast. The friendly staff were very accommodating and able to adjust menu to my daughters needs. Good service, friendly and helpful. Good food, very tasty. Liked the refreshing jug of water. Like that well behaved dogs are welcomed in the bar area. Thank you.

Thank Gillian W
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went into the Compass as it looked nice from the outside and the menu looked good. Inside was lovely as it was so quiet, and beautifully decorated with fairy lights across one wall. We could choose our table and were instantly given large slices of bread and butter and oil. We ordered starters of halloumi and cullen skink- there wasn't... More 

Thank JakeR89
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We went down last year early Saturday evening , we both enjoyed what we had will be back again if we are in the area , much larger now they have the place next door, I thought it was good value for what we got

Thank Murray F
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday night for dinner. We had booked and were promptly show to our table in the spacious dining room. Limited, but interesting, specials were chalked on the blackboard as you enter. Actual menu for main courses was a little limited to pub grub types of dishes. Wine was reasonably priced with a good selection. Bread and dip... More 

Thank pmydon
Bo'ness, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Very nice staff and atmosphere, plenty of beer choice and nice food too. you can dine at the bar or in the restaurant, we chose the bar with the nice fire. will come again.

Thank 604johnnyboy
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

First time in this very pleasant bar/bistro with a family member that had been before and had enjoyed his visit. Well decorated good atmosphere plenty room round the tables pleasant staff and very good food made for in all a great birthday celebration for a 85 year old family member. Cull and Skink soup taste wise was very good but... More 

Thank Bob K

Travellers who viewed The Compass Leith also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to The Compass Leith? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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$4 - US$22
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh EH6 7EX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 554 1979

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Compass Leith staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?