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Illegal Jack's Tex Mex Grill

44-45 Saint Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ET, Scotland
+44 131 629 2722
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good18%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, American, Southwestern, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
44-45 Saint Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ET, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A big fan of mexican food, just found this to be lacking, not fun, and bland cheap food. Lots of dirty tables, poor lighting and disinterested staff.

Thank gambit80
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Reasonably priced and incredibly tasty. If I keep going so regularly they are gonna start charging me rent

Thank gr87_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’d tried here a couple of years ago and was given a blank confused look by young student type staff when I asked what options on the menu were vegan (much to the owner’s dismay when he heard). Today they have an amazing vegan menu...More

Thank WilliamWallace1314
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Been going to IJs since its opening in Edinburgh back in the Lothian road days. It's constantly delivered a reliably brilliant burrito which I return to time after time. I live in London now but return to Edinburgh a few times a year- always make...More

Thank Lloyd B
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We had the chicken and pork carnitas burritos. Both were delicious. Ordering is done as you walk in and your burrito is built to suit right in front of you. I opted for the spicy salsa and guacamole and there was enough heat to make...More

Thank marajade4444
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We have eaten here several times and always very enjoyable food. Good menu options for gluten free, friendly staff and quick service. Husband likes the beer choices too. Illegal Jacks is a local independent business and the best Tex Mex in Edinburgh!

Thank Flkrkbairn
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The prices are more slightly higher than at other similar Mexican restaurants but they are justified. I have eaten here on several occasions and have always enjoyed the food.

Thank Caleb H
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We could not wait to visit illegal jacks after reading up about it. As we were on holiday we wanted to get to visit the best food of Edinburgh... and oh yes were we treated!! You get to much food for the price of it....More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Every month we have an outing here! The food is brilliant, good price and staff are lovely. So much choice, we have something different every time we visit!

Thank Louise2234
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Four of us ate for £33. I had a big bowl of meat, cheese, salsa and guacamole. It was so yummy but I got very full. Two people had quesadillas with meat and they were huge and my son in law has a burrito. Off...More

Thank Shelly T
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

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  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
Mexican, American, Southwestern, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44-45 Saint Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ET, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 2722
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Only two-time winner of the Observer Newspaper *Best Cheap Eat* in Scotland! Independent, owner-operated, love to take reservations via social media or old-school phone :) 44-45 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH89ET
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