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The Melville Bar

#789 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
West End
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
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19 - 25 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NG, Scotland
+44 131 225 1358
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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458 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just nipped in for a pint.we sat outside in the sun drinking a lovely peroni. Cannot fault it. Will be back today when the sun comes out

Thank Dundeetravellers_8
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249 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Visited the other day and had a delicious chicken burger with cheese and bacon and would thoroughly recommend a visit. The staff are nice and the atmosphere is just what you would expect in a local pub, great.

Thank BTDEdinburgh
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Melville is usually described as 'trendy' but we went in as a family of 3 adults and 3 children, one of whom is a baby. We were welcomed and well looked after. The original idea was to have a light lunch but we were so taken with the 'full breakfast' - we succumbed. And no disappointment there, rather, our... More 

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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Nice daytime boozer. Modern decor. Probably shows sport when it's on. Didn't have food. Bogs okay. Good selection of whiskies. Decent prices. Bar staff nice. Decent beers on tap.

Thank Bradford C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Totally disappointed ..was rushes as they had 2 large bookings ..the staff need to chill and smile ..the food was ok..but the pub lacks atmosphere ..not as wecoming as we had hoped

Thank denise5561
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Nice bar but don't put money in the juke box because I paid a pound and the waitress skipped all my songs at the request of a group of people! Quite sad since we paid :(

Thank Nicole T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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461 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The funny thing is, we used to go in here a lot, not been in for a while as my wife no longer works round the comer, so we met some colleagues, started a tad, had a drink. It was apparent very quickly that the girls behind the bar were not very friendly. A family of tourists came in for... More 

Thank Scottieboyuk
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in here for a drink on the way to the fireworks for Hogmanay. Great service and great atmosphere. I loved the kisses on the wall in the ladies loo. Have eaten here in the past and the food was lovely. Hidden gem.

1 Thank Christina N
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Hadn't been in here since I worked at this end of town in the late 90s. All change on the decor front - no carpet any more and everything done in - sorry - characterless grey. But. But, but, but. Don't judge this book by the cover and don't be put off. The service and the food was superb. The... More 

1 Thank John M
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I had lunch with my wife on a Friday, not a good experience for us. Decorated very contemporary, not my favourite for a Pub. The service was slow.The food was not good at all, bland and unmemorable. There are so many better options around.

Thank Andoni A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$26
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 - 25 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NG, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 1358
Newly refurbished bar/restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh's West End serving great food and cocktails. Open till 1am Daily.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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