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Footlights Bar & Restaurant

££ - £££, European, British
7 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DY, Scotland
+44 131 229 6466
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
7 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DY, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Veggie burger was incredible (and incredibly massive)! Good food for my non-veg family as well, who enjoyed fish & chips and the chili.

1  Thank Tamara B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good pub, with very friendly service and an excellent selection of drinks at very reasonable prices. Would recommend.

1  Thank kathryndob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great, we went in for lunch and really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend. Cosy amd friendly atmosphere.

1  Thank Shelley W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our first day in Edinburgh we were on the search for a nice pub and restaurant not too far away from our hotel. We found the Footlights Bar&Restaurant and we liked very much. The food was great and plenty, the drinks menu is fantastic...More

1  Thank St80249
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Footlights offers a delicious range of foods and you should try the Full Scottish breakfast. The prices are very resonable.

1  Thank Shari M
Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi Shari, many thanks for your awesome review! I'm delighted you enjoyed your Full Scottish Breakfast & found our prices reasonable. Best wishes, Lee Russell

Reviewed 8 June 2018

Footlights Bar and Restaurants is a local Scottish pub located a few blocks from Edinburgh Castle. Tourist free, good food and fine selection of drinks. Jolly Chriss.

Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi there, many thanks for your review, I especially like your title. Stay Jolly! Best wishes, Lee Russell

Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped here our first night in Edinburgh on trip advisor recommendations and it was 50 feet from our hotel door (see photo). I had the steak pie. We also had the fish and chips and the salmon filet. All were very good, though the...More

1  Thank Chris K
Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi there, thank you for your review. I'm very pleased to hear that all of your food was good, I will feed back to the head chef about the steak pie not being as hot as you would have liked. I'm glad the service was...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Popped in for a drink ... nice staff, nice venue. The food looked good but we only had a few nachos. Just be aware that you need to buy food if you want kids to go there.More

Thank Stuart D
Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi Stuart, many thanks for your review. Yes unfortunately it is a condition on our license ( & most others in Edinburgh) that children are only allowed in "for the purpose of dining". Glad you found the venue & staff to be nice. Best wishes,...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Popped into Footlights on Saturday night and loved it! A really friendly atmosphere, and the best live music I've heard in a long time - two lads, one guitar and a box drum! There was even some dancing going on - a great and unexpected...More

Thank 267ruthw
Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi there, pardon the pun but your review is music to my ears! Many thanks for the review, I'm glad you had such a good night with us & I hope to meet you on another visit? Regards, Lee Russell

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Loved this pub! Went there on holiday with 5 friends and the service was very good. Friendly staff, helpful. Food was great! I’ve never eaten such a good stake at a pub. Must say the lovely decor is a special plus. It is a bit...More

Thank Felícia G
Lee R, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi Felícia, I'm delighted to hear how pleasant you & your friends found our pub. The steaks are very popular & we often get great feedback from diners who have them. I'm sorry you found us a little pricey but if it's still worth it...More

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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William S
23 December 2016|
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Response from Lee R | Property representative |
Hi William, immediately before Footlights Bar & Grill it was called Footlights & Firkin. Prior to that it was called The Garrick. Cheers Lee.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 229 6466
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