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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 23:00 Hours
British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First time visit using an Itison voucher deal. Simple menu, well executed for the most part. Good solid bistro style food with enough texture and detail to make it worth a visit. Pre theatre very generous and good value, though if you’re happy to spend...More

Thank JJ_Bellski
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a Wednesday. Charming view onto the tower of a church. We took 2 lunch menus. The tomato soup was a regular one, the salmon had 2 fried ingredients which was not that great, but the sauce was delicious. The star...More

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch here yesterday at this lovely little corner bistro. Our waitress was so lovely & very knowledgeable & attentive! Food was excellent & we had a well chilled bottle of prosecco! We had bought a voucher for this deal & I'd...More

Thank sxxxxx
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lunch gathering for my friend's birthday and we were very impressed by the food. Super value for two courses and great service. I thoroughly enjoyed my Croquettes they were delicious. Followed by the pork loin was really good. We also ordered the Venison...More

1  Thank SBLIA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We googled looking for somewhere to have dinner before theatre. We took a chance on this and wish we hadn't. It was fine, average, ok, not brilliant... When there are exciting and beautiful smells coming out of nearby eating places, this was uninviting, drab and...More

Thank rainey2015
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We were two people for a pre gig meal on a Tuesday evening. This was our first visit. The ambience and seating is functional, but pleasant, and not cramped. It wasn't busy with only another two or three tables occupied. The menu was well balanced...More

Thank leonard m
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Myself and my good lady had a pre theatre meal here on Friday, Service. Friendly and courteous, Well done that young lady Food. Well presented and very tastefull Price. Good value keenly priced Atmosphere. Is laid back and chill out Would highly recommend great start...More

1  Thank Scooby013
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a first visit here for lunch after a recommendation from friends. Very handy as just 5 minutes walk from the Festival Theatre and we were going to a matinee performance of Warhorse. Bright and airy surroundings were complemented by decent menu choices including the...More

Thank ChelseaCat1
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Treated to lunch today and taken here. Lovely little place, helpful staff but most impressive was the ox cheek. I'd never had it before but it was wonderfully tasty, with baby carrots. First Rate place..will be back on a future visit to Edinburgh.

Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 8 April 2018

This restaurant is very handy if you are visiting the Festival Theatre. Good value pre theatre menu. The Arbroath smokie pare was lovely, if the portion a little on the small side, served with three small pieces of toast, which were Not enough I’m afraid...More

Thank happytraveller088
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 662 4493
  • E-mail
Sylvesters restaurant is positioned in the heart of Edinburgh, close to many tourist attractions such as Greyfriar's Bobby, Chamber's Street Museum, The Meadows, The Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University at George Square. ​If you want to catch up with some old friends, to relax with colleagues after a morning of hard work, or to celebrate a special graduation within walking distance of the McEwan Hall , Sylvesters is the perfect venue for a delicious, relaxed meal. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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