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Mercat Bar

££ - £££, British,
28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
+44 131 225 8716
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“fish and chips” (24 reviews)
“haggis” (25 reviews)
“burger” (19 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
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LOCATION
28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disinterested - verging on surly - staff made this a thoroughly unpleasant experience. The notion of hospitality seems to have entirely escaped the management. Almost seemed to go out of their way to make clear customers are less than welcome.

Thank 385Thomas
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 385Thomas, I am extremely annoyed to hear you have had such a negative experience, could you please give me some more information in order that I can take action? Regards Lee

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of food on the menu including dishes with mull of kintyre cheddar! Very reasonable prices and quick and attentive service. Really enjoyed my visit here and would definitely recommend. Nice selection of drinks and the place is immaculate and clean.

Thank erintrump8195
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear erintrump8195, thank you so much for your very kind review. I'm delighted to hear that you liked our selection of food & drinks as well as finding the prices reasonable! I'm also very happy to hear that you received attentive service. Best wishes

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not somewhere we would have walked into usually (due to its frontage) but we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food (humble, unassuming, hearty and all around tasty) as well as with the warmth of their staff! We both had a starter, a main...More

Thank LetmarElliel
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear LetmarElliel, thank you very much for your very encouraging review! I'm very pleased that you enjoyed a warm welcome and quality, value for money food! The mussels we use are from the very clear cold waters of the Orkney islands, we love them too!...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

Excellent find and a more than impressive menu. A great selection of beers go with this outstanding menu, good staff and very friendly.More

Thank marymary1958
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear marymary, many thanks for your 5 star review, it is very much appreciated & motivating to hear that you found our menu impressive and found the staff good & very friendly. We are very proud of our selection of beers, thank you for noticing!...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We tried this place on advice from friend. Had their fish & chips! Excellent food & atmosphere. Returned another time & same result, great! Bartender helped us with picking out what to drink and was very friendly. Highly recommend.More

Thank MarkandCindy75
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear MarkandCindy75, first of all please thank your friend for reccomending us, word of mouth is the best form of advertising for any business! Thank you for visiting us twice & for your very positive review. I'm delighted to hear you really enjoyed the fish...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

At the Mercat bar we had a fantastic evening, the food, service and venue absolutely wonderful, the Owner, management, and staff couldn't have done enough for us. This was my elderly mums birthday party and the whole thing was made special because of the quality...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Frank, I'm very very pleased to hear you enjoyed a fantastic family gathering here at the Mercat. It's very encouraging to hear that you appreciated our efforts and that your event was made special because of the quality we provided, that's exactly what we...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

What an fantastic place! Lovely, attentive staff and delicious food. I would highly recommend the Mercat Bar to everyone.

Thank TeacherScottish
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear TeacherScottish, what an accolade! Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm delighted to hear that you received attentive service & delicious food! Please do highly recommend the Mercat Bar to everyone! Best wishes Lee.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Our first trip outside of the US took us to Scotland. We flew into Glasgow and took a train to Edinburgh....at the Haymarket Train station we decided we were hungry and took to the internet to find a place nearby and found the Mercat Bar...More

1  Thank Susan D
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Susan D, thank you for your lovely review, I'm very glad to hear that the internet sent you in our direction! We recently renovated the bar so it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the new shutter doors opening onto the street, I'm...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017

As a group, we all enjoyed our meals. My friends recommend the haggis nachos as a unique way to try the Scottish classic, haggis. I ordered a salad that was 5 pounds, but it was so small I had to go elsewhere for more food....More

Thank koparl
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Koparl, thank you very much for your feedback. The only way we can improve is if when someone is disappointed they let us know. I'm pleased to hear that you found the food to be delicious & the drinks selection nice. I'm not so...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

I have been in Scotland and Ireland for 6 weeks. The most disappointing meal I have had. Can not recommend.

Thank ilovetodive
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear ilovetodive, I am really very sorry to hear that we have disappointed you so badly. I can only thank you for being kind with a 3 star review. Regards Lee.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$26
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
  • Public Transportation: Haymarket Rail Station - Less than 5 minutes walk. L&T Bus Stops.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 8716
Description
The leading bar in the West End of Edinburgh when it comes to craft beers. The Mercat Bar offer an unbeatable selection of both local and world beers. All of this fine ale is complimented by freshly prepared and localy sourced food. The food menu combines twists on pub classics and Mediterranean inspired dishes. The perfect location for all occasions, be it a romantic meal for two, a business lunch or for larger groups we host an exclusive second bar located in our downstairs function room.
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