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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Total amazing place. Gorgeous food and faultless service. We had the pre-theatre menu, which was very good value. Really nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dmxed
Reviewed 28 September 2018

The waitress is super nice and helpful. The food is healthy and delicious. Price is cheap relative to the food quality. I will come back for sure.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank endiw2016
tatp, Manager at Sylvesters, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, and for your kind words! We hope we do see you again!

Reviewed 22 September 2018

Outstanding delicious food with local ingredients. Complex sauces that balanced each other. Found it by accident walking by. Restaurant was filled for good reason. Amazing quality and service for very reasonable prices. Very special! Reserve in advance.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Al G
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Out with a group of work colleagues plus partners for our annual end-of-fringe knees-up. The day started well elsewhere. Sylvesters had been booked by one of the group for an early dinner pre evening concert. The restaurant looks very pleasant and casual. The waitress was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Brian C
Reviewed 30 August 2018

6 of us ate here during the Fringe, and it was really poor. We complained about one starter - the Arincini -- which was dry and tasteless but got no satisfactory acknowledgment; the prawns in the 1/2 pint of prawns were tasteless and presume were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank shirlham
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We visited during the festival so cannot comment on the regular menu but this was very good. The service was very friendly and competent, the menu choice was limited (not necessarily a complaint) but it was still difficult to choose as the offerings were very...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nan K
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Great food - we visited during the Festival so it was a special menu. Plenty to choose from. The salmon was cooked beautifully. The staff were so friendly and attentive. Great value for money (with main courses at £10.95). Our water was filled up without...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Julia R
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Another post show dinner during the Fringe, this was a delight. Our show over-ran but our table was kept even though we finally arrived after the advertised ‘last orders’ time. We really felt they cared that their customers weren’t disappointed. This is a bistro not...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jezza3591
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We booked a pre-fix supper during festival for Sylvesters and we were not disappointed. What a little gem. First off - very warm welcome in this bistro style restaurant. Second off - superb food. The menu is not extensive but extremely adequate by way of...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank l7hgw
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

To this charming restaurant 10 minutes from the Pleasance, 5 minutes from anywhere near the university ( festival goers please note) for a late supper post Alex Edelman. Please book this restaurant, the staff are lovely, the prices reasonable, the wine very quaffable and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$28
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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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