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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea bass” (14 reviews)
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British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival and had a lovely lunch in this bistro. The food was really delicious, the venue had a great atmosphere and the staff were polite and attentive. We will be back next year!

Thank Rob H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasant staff in great location for the festival and quick service however the Eton mess was a rip off! Half a broken meringue 2 strawberries and a bit of squidgy cream for £6 with no presentation. Disappointment after a reasonable meal.

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, many know what the Fringe festival is and implies for good Auld Reekie, fewer know, but some may guess, what it feels like for the local residents. Still, as both my better half and myself are quite passionate about theatre and performing arts... off...More

Thank Chiara M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second year in a row have gone with a group to this restaurant after a show. Food is delicious, interesting menu with a Scottish touch and right in the heart of all things festival being situated between George Square and The Pleasance. Pork Belly was...More

Thank KirstyScobb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely pre theatre meal. We both had the scrummy haggis bon bon' s to start. I had the amazing Pork Belly, Slow roasted, home-made kimchi, toasted cashews, wild mushrooms, star anise jus and my partner had, Cod Fillet, Pan-fried, slow roasted Mediterranean...More

Thank Debz_Wood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my husband last night and we ate from the festival menu. The Cullen skink has to be the best Cullen skink I have ever had, creamy flavoursome and massive amount of fresh smoked haddock in it. My husband even tried it and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the restaurant has a very cosy and intimate atmosphere, the Ladies toilets certainly need to be refurbished and a new lock fitted, as several of us had to get someone to pull the door open from the other side when it stuck, while inside....More

Thank JoyceSheena
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Passed this during the fringe festival and the menu was what we fancied and tables looked nicely made up. Couldnt fault it. Best cullen skink ive ever had and husband loved haggis bonbons. Main courses well presented and great. Staff nice and friendly. We got...More

Thank sailorgirlsuffolkUK
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

5 of us had a pleasant lunch from the festival menu. We all agreed that the starters were exceptional. The main were nice but one dish was a puzzle. The menu described the oven roasted salmon as being on barley, borlotti and endamame beans. However...More

Thank GillK26
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We had dinner at Sylvester tonight, it was a treat!! I had the smoked salmon starter, but what really impressed me was the Pork Belly with Kimchi and mushrooms. The slow cooked pork was non fatty and the use of star anise was an inspired...More

Thank Karen C
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$30
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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