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#472 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Old Town
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
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49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ, Scotland
+44 131 226 2781
12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

So me and some friends found this place by accident on a hungry quest for food. We were lured in by the 25% discount for students, win. So me and another friend ordered the steak sandwich whereas my other friend had the special of the day which was seabass with potatoes. All the food was lovely and we enjoyed our... More 

Thank KaterinaAndr
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Let's start with the service, absolutely nothing to complain about. The staff was extremely nice and attentive. Now it's time to talk about the food. So far, the best food I've ever had in Edinburgh. I've ordered the sandwich of marinated buccleuch steak, mushroom and mustard cream, with straw fries. Well, the bread was so moist and the meat so... More 

Thank Giacinta L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely wee late lunch there today. Am currently doing slimming world so it's so hard to find somewhere where foods aren't laddled in sauces etc. I had the salmon salad which came with an oil sauce but asked if they had balsamic vinegar and they where so happy to oblige. They don't do kids portions for my 6... More 

Thank mandyking80
New York
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I came to Villager on a Saturday evening for cocktails. We had three each. I tried the Strange Fruit, Tapatio and Ting, and the special, which was something to do with hemingway that had gin and st. germain. The Strange Fruit was sweet but really good. My friend had the Choc Espressotini which looked amazing. The drink... More 

Thank Andrea L
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place. Found it by chance. The menu was different and the cocktail menu was wonderful. We had a great meal and the atmosphere was relaxed. The staff were very friendly and I really enjoyed it. Would love to go there again. Any excuse to visit stunning Edinburgh!. I highly recommend the Siberian mist cocktail. Thank you very... More 

Thank Ann-marie M
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very attentive and friendly staff. Firstly enquired about the menu and dairy-free options and this was no problem at all unlike some places. Good value food, venison steak and chicken were both cooked excellently with good flavours on both. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Kat G
South west
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a Daughter unable to eat Gluten severely restricts all choices for eating out. On my recent trip to Edinburgh it was brought home just how miserable and restrictive a problem this is. From hundreds of restaurants you are cut down to a few and when you don't know your way around it means hours of searching, as even if... More 

Thank Trixiepink
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took 3 generations of family to celebrate a birthday. Excellent service, good food and good value for money. Lots of choice, enjoyed the platter, between the 7 of us we tried 6 different main meals and not one complaint, I had the venison - good. The place was busy but service was excellent. Well worth a visit a real gem... More 

Thank Les H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We popped in for a couple of beers and veggie burgers. The beers were good, the food is decent pub grub, the service was great - very attentive indeed and the overall price was very reasonable. It's not fine dining but I would definitely return.

Thank spagirlsontour
south yorks
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is opposite the Elephant Cafe and in my oppinion the better choice for lunch ate at both. our meals were fish and chips crushed pease and tartare sauce , meat balls and chickpeas with garlic bread from the specials board, and the fritata from the small meals section with a pot of tea to warm us up because it... More 

Thank louSouthYorks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 2781
The Villager has been recommended several times on the Ediburgh forum it is a great place for food and drinks. I did visit it during my last visit to Edinburgh and really want to add my review.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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