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St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland
+44 131 466 0100
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“mezze platter” (17 reviews)
“baklava” (13 reviews)
“hummus” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland
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11 - 20 of 158 reviews

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Excellent mezze - four of us had three '5 dishes' and that worked out very well. Also very good service - nice, helpful and interesting server who advised us well on how to choose from a very appetising-sounding list. Plenty there for vegetarians too. Unique...More

Thank jsunderland2016
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Yummy food and cool surroundings. Had the five meze platter because it was too hard to decide between everything on the menu

Thank IsabellaMac
Reviewed 7 April 2017

-shared a variety of dishes- all really yum. especially the stuffed vine leaves and spanikopita -decor is really cute and cosy -it's bring your own alcohol :D -great service

Thank Holly B
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We have been here a few times and love it every time! We always go for the 'party' menu where for a set price per person your table can select 12 meze style dishes from a varied list which will be re-filled for you as...More

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The restaurant was pretty much empty except for our party, which was sad, but we loved the atmosphere and the waitress was very attentive. The mint tea was a teabag in a pot and even after letting it steep for ages, it still mostly tasted...More

Thank SaraRichardsLondon
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Limited menu but the food is great and plenty of it! Great cosy atmosphere and very good service. Highly recommended.

Thank MagsandVic
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The Empire's is a small Turkish restaurant serving meze dishes. You can choose between a 3 or 5 meze platter or a party platter which is an all you can eat. The food is ok but not special. The choice is good and offers both...More

Thank indie212
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Cannot recommend this place enough, very extensive menu to suit all dietary needs and excellent value for money, friendly and efficient service and in a great location just off the Royal Mile, if your in that part of town give it a try.

Thank Phil T
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful. Lovely and rich menu. Amazing food. I strongly recommend. Great price for the fabulous food and experience.

Thank MarcoRMLara
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for dinner (having had no reservations anywhere else). My review about this place is the following; I wish the food was as excellent as the service.

Thank Omar M
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$14 - US$33
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 466 0100
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