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the merlin

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168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
+44 131 447 4329
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I have eaten here many times over the years, and not had a bad meal yet. They used to have chips that went hard as they cooled down, but they improved them. But I am sorry to say that they seem to be getting these chips back again. My wife was slower than me eating her meal,... More 

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Thank Bob186525
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and it's great to her that you've always had a enjoyable meal . I will be sure to pass on the feedback to the appropriate people in regards to the chips. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice big place with plenty of seating and parking round the back which is unusual in Morningside. Good menu and well stocked bar. Good service. Great for a shopping break.

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Thank llilaclinds111
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for your feedback and positive words to say about The Merlin . I'm glad you enjoyed your experience with us and I will be sure to pass on your feedback to the team. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch on a cold Saturday afternoon. We were pretty hungry by the time we got there. The menu was pretty good and gave plenty of options. I really needed carbs so went for the lasagna and my other half had the chicken burger which was a chicken breast. The lasagna came with salad and garlic bread and... More 

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Thank Breezyp393
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your experience at The Merlin. It's disappointing that you didn't find the meal to your liking . We pride ourselves on providing a good value menu with tasty meals . We have obviously not reached the standards we strive to achieve here and I will follow this... More 

Lanark, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found myself eating here on a Sunday afternoon, decent and friendly servers but the food is below average! I had the nachos with fajita chicken and it was dry and tasteless. Not worth visiting

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Thank Firpark
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hi, Firstly thank you for your feedback on your food experience.I apologies that you didn't enjoy your Nacho's, It's disappointing you found your nachos Dry and tasteless . It is one of our most popular dishes so I will be sure to take this on board and pass on this feedback to my Head Chef More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice family friendly atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced & the food is good pub grub. Lots of big screens for live sport too - thoroughly recommended!

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Penicuik, Scotland, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite having said i wouldnt be back, i found myself returning, not my choice of venue but there you go.........i had the fish and chips..again, it was OK.....chips kinda lukewarm, but we were in a rush so just ate them, fish was ok, and generic frozen peas.ok....but at £9 a go, shouldnt it have been more than just..........errrr was OK??.reading... More 

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Thank Louise C
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your experience that you had. I will take all your comments on board and pass them to the Head Chef as well in our next weekly meeting. I do apologise it didn't meet your expectations. More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family 21st party held here. If you book the function suite and want a dj, you are obliged to use their own guy. This guy has absolutely no idea what music to play for a 21st party and didn't get it, despite being asked several times to up the ante and bring it into the 21st century. He clearly thinks... More 

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Thank Anne W
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback on the DJ . It is disappointing to here that the DJ didn't play the music style you like although hard to have every style of music they normally will have a big selection and usually have something for everyone's taste, . We normally get nothing but compliments about... More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have visited the Merlin on many occasions for lunch and glass of wine with friends and never been disappointed until today. Two weeks ago had delicious baked potato with prawn filing with glass of wine which I was looking forward to again but unfortunately they had changed the menu and as I do not like spicy food I was left... More 

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Thank 7RL700
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello , Thank you for your feedback .We have indeed just changed our menu and it is disappointing that your favourite dish has disappeared from the menu.It's also disappointing that your Baked potato was dry. Our meal deals are changed regularly and I will make sure I pass on your feedback about having the option of an alcoholic drink available.... More 

Houston, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had a lovely sharing platter and bottle of prosecco in here and have to say the service was very friendly and the platter good.

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Thank RobAils
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello , Thank you so much for your positive feedback . It is a great Deal as well The sharing Platter and a Bottle of prosecco. I will make sure the kitchen and staff are given your feedback on your visit More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Just visited here for lunch, ordered scampi n chips which was tasteless and overcooked. As for the chips, not sure how many times these had been fried but there did not appear to be much potato left in the middle, just crispy fat the taste. Mate's fish was on the menu as being fresh fish which transpired to be fresh... More 

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Thank Chris S
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello , I'm very disappointed to read and here about your review. We do order our fish fresh and it would not of come from the freezer ,the Scampi is frozen though . We pride ourselves on providing could quality food for our customers and it is disappointing that in this case it didn't happen. I will feed this back... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$16
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 447 4329
Description
We are a pub that service good quality pub grub cooked from Fresh . We have ample seating and show sports regularly on our 5 screens.

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