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Smart, lively restaurant dominated by an impressive horseshoe bar and a crustacean counter. Classic menus showcase prime Scottish seafood in tasty, str...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Seafood, European, British, Scottish
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People seem to think this is "THE" place for Sea Food in Edinburgh, I disagree. Last time even the chips were a failure. The restaurant decor is so dull, the Gents toilet minute, china table ware dull, every time the front door opened my legs...were chilled by draft, perhaps the ventilation?? Fish soup @£12 DULL.Scallops and Crispy Oyster enjoyed.Cod and chips @£17 very pleasant with dull mushy peas ant sauce. Green leaf salad @£6 dull. Bottle of Distant Noises Chardonay @£42 VERY HIGH mark up. Trifle @£10 not great. Service friendly, but it took 4 people to clear empty plates for we two! This restaurant is a "Cash Cow "not offering value, I know so many more enjoyable places in Edinburgh.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 14 December 2021

We’re a couple who visited on a Saturday night. COVID rules applies. The entrance is obscured currently with scaffolding around it. Have to go up a flight of stairs, I have seen a lift as well for those who have mobility issues. The welcome was...warm and comforting. The waitress showed us to our table (bar table) as this was the space available at the time of booking. It’s comfortable enough to have a multi course supper. Swivel bar stools, perfect for a those who are still a “child” at heart, that’s me! LOL! … Digressing, we had G&T to start off the evening - beautiful. Then our starters: seafood soup & tempura squid (calamari basically) - both were excellent! Mains we had a roasted platter of crustaceans - exquisite! We chose to have just one serving of chips & young stem broccoli- both were delightful. We didn’t have any room for dessert. Hence, ended up with espresso martini & coffee for the man. The decor was top standards too. The bar table is equipped of hooks to hang your coats etc. just underneath the table. The toilets were clean and the staff were accommodating & approachable. The price tag was a whopper! However, we enjoyed the experience and most of all the seafood. Highly recommend this for those seafood lovers & lovers of fine dining.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 14 December 2021 via mobile

Ondine defines what a seafood restaurant should be. Being French I have been eating seafood since I started to eat solids! The issue in Scotland is that most establishments calling themselves seafood restaurants don’t really have seafood on their menus! Fish maybe but little real...seafood. Ondine is the only place where one can order a real plateau de fruits de mer ( seafood platter) the way it should be! Check the menu. I was there 3 weeks ago after the Scotland v Japan rugby match and guess what? I saw two tables of Japanese people eating the plateau de fruits de mer! I quickly spoke to one of the tables and ask them how was the food? The answer was Oichi desu, ichi ban ( very tasty and number one). Now I had the crab claws starter and that was probably the best crab I have ever had, and I have been eating the stuff for 60 years! Roy and the team deserve lots of recognition for a great atmosphere and amazing seafood! Simply superb!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 14 December 2021 via mobile

Yet another fabulous Lunch at Ondine with excellent food and super Staff. It is always such a relaxing experience thanks to Craig and his team. Away from the City for a few weeks but can’t wait to return. Superb!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 12 December 2021 via mobile

We had lunch here and came away feeling ripped off ! My scallops were lovely BUT my main course was halibut although nicely cooked apart from a burnt butter which had been poured on top looking unpleasant ! My main problem was the tiny portion...for the vast price !My meringue was very poor clearly bought in - dry and nasty . Very disappointing . Service and staff was good . Wines good .More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding lunch at Ondine Menu had usual favourites along with some new tempting delicacies Given Chef Roy Brett’s recent ‘Chef of the Year’ award and new amazing Kyobi charr-grill this is simply the best restaurant in Edinburgh! Christmas decorations vey tasteful and uplifting. Staff...first class, friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 5 December 2021 via mobile

Fish soup was absolutely delicious, Dover sole cooked to perfection and full of flavour. Wine was perfect temperature and paired well. Definitely recommend. £130 for 2 courses 2 people with wine.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 1 December 2021 via mobile

Visiting Edinburgh for a few days with my husband and found Ondine on trip advisor. Tried to book a table but all booked up but was offered seats at the bar and I asked if a table came up could they swap us and they...were happy to do. A table didn’t come up but in hindsight I was pleased as it was a lovely atmosphere at the bar, chatting to staff and watching them make cocktails, which a few were for us!. The food was amazing, highly recommended the lemon sole, very generous portions. Three courses later we were very happy and one of the best meals out in a long time.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 17 November 2021 via mobile

Fabulous place, amazing food, great service. If you're in Edinburgh, and love seafood, you have to eat here. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 13 November 2021 via mobile

Replete after another amazing Lunch at Ondine - delicious Oysters and the biggest Lobster ever. Just enough room left for their amazing Treacle Tart. Craig and his Staff (Monica was really super) work so hard to provide guests with a memorable visit. Can’t recommend Ondine...enoughMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Response from Karen C | Reviewed this property |
It is a restaurant specialising in fish and seafood, which are excellent. I am not a vegetarian, so did not study the menu for vegetarian dishes. However, it is a professional restaurant, so I suggest you email them and ask... More
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Ondine is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4