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#352 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Southside & Holyrood
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
+44 131 662 4493
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly service and consistently good food - highlights include rabbit ravioli and a modern (unpretentious) haggis main course. Incredible desserts.

Thank Dofragi
tatp, Owner at Sylvesters, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and for being our 200th review! We do hope to see you again! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Food was superb. Rabbit ravioli had subtle taste. Haggis main was the best I've had and rhubarb trifle was excellent. Amazing value for money.

Thank goranb65
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went here for Valentine's Day dinner and it was an absolute treat. Great range of local craft beers and many, many wines, fantastic friendly and attentive service, simple but charming decor that made you feel comfortable to eat and chat and relax... now let's talk about the food.... We both went for the three course, pre-theatre menu which was... More 

Thank Hammersmirking
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

My daughter recommended this restaurant as it is run by a husband of a friend of hers. When we went in it was quite quiet for a Saturday night but it is away from the city centre. There was only one waitress working but the service was excellent. We all had rabbit ravioli for starter which was absolutely delicious. The... More 

Thank Kathleen_as_23
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

I was in with 4 friends last week and had a superb meal here. The food is really good and excellent value - you would pay so much more for this in the town centre. There is a great wine selection and the waitress was incredibly nice, very attentive and friendly. Have already booked to go back.

Thank johnsaundersjames
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

The menu looks great and the reviews are generally favourable, so off we trekked. Friday night, decent location, central ....yet the restaurant had not one table, not one! Should have taken the hint and walked out then! The service was completely bizarre; one very young and out of her depth member of staff who didn't know the menu. Her friend... More 

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254 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I came here prior to to the NYE celebrations on the royal mile and princes street. Excellent choice, Marta was on duty and made us feel very welcome. We both chose fish for starter and main course and we were not disappointed cooked too perfection and very well presented. Good food, great staff, lovely city and a... More 

Thank DGY-Eaglescliffe
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Went for the Christmas set lunch menu with colleagues. Delicious food, well presented and excellent value for money - just £20 for three courses with coffee and an amuse bouche. Friendly, efficient and attentive service from the waitress.

Thank natalieturner51
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had a very tasty office Christmas lunch here served by the very helpful and friendly Marta. We were a bit dubious as we were the only people in, and the waitress was a bit vague about a vegan meal one of us had pre-ordered, but once she checked with the chef it was all fine. Every plate was cleared... More 

Thank Kenny B
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Been here quite a few times . Each year when we come up we always make a point of dining here. Disappointed this time. Meals were far from hot, main course tasteless and pastry on panna cotta tart tasted as was days old. This has put us off going back. We always raved about this place but not now. By... More 

Thank Joan M

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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$5 - US$28
British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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
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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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 Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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