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£10 - £25
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

When we're traveling we usually try to go several different places for our meals. We ended up at this bar and kitchen for breakfast many times during a week visit. The full Scottish breakfast was brilliant. The staff, Alice and Logan, were so kind and...helpful. The setting was perfectly delightful with doors open to the pavement and the sun streaming in. This place was only a block and a bit from our hotel, and was just overall lovely.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 29 March 2023

A great afternoon live music session 2-5 - very welcoming and great quality as well; will definitely return

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 5 March 2023

Head bar person arrogant, lofty and bullying to 2 ladies approaching their seventies an Sunday March afternoon/evening 5 March 2pm to7pm. Would he have adopted that attitude to his Granny or tolerated it to his Granny? Don't think so.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 27 February 2023

Meeting up with friends for Drinks and Lunch, been to a couple of places and passed here at Lunchtime, glad we dropped in. Friendly bar staff, quickly provided drinks and menus. Great selection, and the food when it came looked good and was really tasty....Good value for money. When we were there they had an open jamming session, 4 guys, playing great songs and entertaining us, we came for the food and stayed for the music.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2022 via mobile

Scott had a glowing personality and served the best French martini I’ve had in Scotland! Highly recommend visiting this bar while in Edinburgh!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 23 November 2022 via mobile

Fab little bar and very welcoming . Nice lager on tap I attended as they have a magic club downstairs and it was fab

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2022

Had a fabby night out there with a group of colleagues who all agreed that the place was a true find. Food was excellent and the prices are fair. Can't fault the staff as they were polite and attentive. We will be visiting again soon.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 5 November 2022 via mobile

Last week it was 5 stars this week it was 1. An average of 3. Asked for a big breakfast got what they wanted to give us and when I complained gave some extras but still not what was ordered. Challenged the server to be...told I had what I asked for. This was not what I ordered. Poor customer service and unperturbed when I stated we would not be back. Word of mouth is a great advertisement or negative.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 October 2022

My wife and I had booked a Chinese meal on the 28th September and were looking for somewhere to have some drinks prior to the meal and my wife spotted the Mercat opposite the Chinese which was absolutely perfect for us. We ordered a Cider...and a Peroni and the barmaid Stacey told us to find a table and she would bring the drinks over to us. Whilst enjoying our drinks we kept seeing lovely meals being taken to vsrious tables and they all looked exceptional, very well presented and you could clearly see that everyone was really enjoying them and the lovely background music being played. We both agreed that we would return on the followimg evening and try the food as it really looked too good to miss and we were certainly not disappointed. After a couple of drinks each we both decided to go for the fish and chips and we both agreed that it was the nicest fish and chips we had had for years, everything very fresh and so tasty. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of Sauvignon blanc with the meal and my wife chose the cheese platter with olives, girkin and biscuits and I chose the icecream for our sweets, absolutely perfect. Unfortunately the lovely Stacey was not working on the evening but we did have the lovely Scott, they are a super team, so efficient, friendly, courteous and obliging. Since returning home we have never stopped talking about this wonderful evening, we both loved Edinburgh and this restaurant really was the icing on the cake. We are already talking about returning to the City and returning to this beautiful restaurant, "what a find!". Well done to you all and thankyou!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 30 August 2022 via mobile

Fabulous place. Visited with my family for drinks and food and spent an enjoyable afternoon during the open Mic session. Friendly staff-served by Elena and food great. Lovely atmosphere.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

First night in Edinburgh staying near the Dean Village. We found this amazing place for dinner. Service (Scott) was exceptional, followed by great traditional Scottish food and beautiful bar. If you're in the area, stop by and enjoy.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2022 via mobile

Fantastic food everything made on the premises, fresh bread straight from the oven. Good range of drinks, cocktails whiskies beers and a decent choice of wines. Best bar near Haymarket station

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 August 2022 via mobile

I'd like to thank the staff for their kindness. Scott and Logan are really warm and welcoming. I had a typical Scottish breakfast and it was sooo yummy ! Thank you Guys !

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022 via mobile

Disgusted! I went with my brother to the Mercat Bar on the 27th May 2022 to have a look at their function room for a joint 70th and 80th birthday party. Upon viewing the room we decided that it was right for our party so...I called that night and booked for 10th September 2022. I didn’t receive any confirmation so I called the following week to check it had been booked, the girl confirmed my name and said it was in the diary so all good. I asked for some info etc on the buffet she advised me that would be sent out but never arrived so I called again the following week to check all was good but got told their booking system was down but they would be in touch. Fast forward to today (25th July) I went in to the bar to pay for the buffet to be told there is no booking for me! I sat with the manager and told her all of the above but they had no details at all of my booking plus the function room was now booked for that date - I’m furious with the way I have been treated and misled due to the Mercat Bar’s incompetence to place a simple booking in a diary. We now have no venue for a party as all places are fully booked. Will not be back, even for a drink.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 22 July 2022 via mobile

Found this friendly bar & kitchen. Staff were amazing and always wore a smile. We were served by Logan. The attention to detail and little touches were on point. Great food, great price, great service.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Response from FootlightsBarGril | Property representative |
Hi Martika, the function room can hold up to 120 people for a party or 50 for a set meal. Cheers Lee Russell
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5