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Red Squirrel

) #188 of 1,869 Restaurants in Edinburgh ££ - £££ , British,
21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
+44 131 229 9933
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“burger” (229 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I've visited the Red Squirrel to get breakfast twice now and both times were great. I'll probably come here at least once during any future trips to Edinburgh. The place itself is very nicely decorated and furnished and it's has exactly the sort of atmosphere...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stumbled upon the Red Squirrel when doing research on where to go for breakfast on our anniversary whilst in Edinburgh. We were not disappointed - arrived to friendly and attentive staff, there were the usual suspects on the breakfast menu along with some interesting choices....More

Thank Louise_Tony123
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Louise & Tony! Happy Anniversary and thank you so much for your positive feedback and nice pics! Very happy to read you enjoyed our Red Squirrel breakfast and the Salmon and avocado sour dough! Hope to welcome you again in the future! Thanks, Team...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Checked out on Friday for a drink as Edinburgh friends raved about the place. Ok was pretty busy and good atmosphere happy with experience. Friends suggested breakfast was pretty good so thought we would check out on line. Keen prices for a bar breakfast. £2.95...More

Thank JoeDeg
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi JoeDeg, thanks for your feedback. Please allow me to point out that we do not increase our prices for the festival. As stated on our menu in house as well as online, the breakfast roll is £3.95 and additional toppings are £1 each.I cannot...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited today with my friend who has a severe nut allergy. We specifically asked if the crumble had nuts in it as she couldn't eat it, the waitress informed us it did and recommended the banana split instead. We reminded her again that it could...More

Thank Carleen82
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited here last weekend and enjoyed good drinks in a really pleasant atmosphere. We liked the decor, the bar man who served us was helpful and enthusiastic when I mentioned the great range of gins they had and even got a few down for us...More

Thank LJO71
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi LJ, thanks for your visit! You have an excellent knowledge of gin styles, was great to speak to you and discuss! The gins we tried were Hoxton and Bobby's, hope to welcome you back!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Walked Edinburgh for nearly an hour and a half looking for a place to sit and have a glass of wine....proved impossible as the Festival is in full flight. Found the Red Squirrel by accident. Had 2 glasses wine from a a large selection of...More

Thank Smokiedog
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Smokiedog, thanks for your kind words!Glad to hear you enjoyed the service!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent and welcoming service. The staff gave us help in finding a table and serving food quickly for our pre concert meal. The range of vegetarian food is very good.

Thank 2017Helen
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Helen, thanks for your positive feedback! Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and we managed to get your Falafel Burger served well on time for your concert! See you soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are vegetarian but don't like to miss a scotish breakfast it's the right place for you! The vegetarian sausages are great!

1  Thank sarben85
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your positive feedback and great pic! Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our party of 9 popped in on the off chance and got a table straight away on a busy Saturday afternoon. Our server, Zoë, was attentive, friendly, thorough and a joy to be served by. The food was swift, hot and delicious and we left...More

Thank SpenPritchard
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words! Pleased to read you were happy with the food and service by Zoe, I will pass your review on to her, thanks again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As regulars, we opted for the burgers. On arrival, I was about to bite into mine when a friend spotted something slithering across the serving board. A little slug had fallen off the lettuce and was making a bid for freedom! The staff were mortified...More

Thank Jammy888
Alistar H, General Manager at Red Squirrel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jammy, thanks for your positive feedback and understanding! We pride ourselves in using the freshest produce possible , and wash our lettuce twice as a standard. Unfortunately on this occasion one slug managed to escape the wrath of our chefs. After some gentle resuscitation...More

West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in
industrial Britain had their most desirable
neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes.
Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest
citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind
grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel
crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and
sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 229 9933
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