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John Lewis

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#1,283 of 1,875 Restaurants in Edinburgh}
££ - £££Cafe, British,
69 St. James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP, Scotland
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good22%
  • Average20%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (28 reviews)
“lentil soup” (2 reviews)
“cullen skink” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
69 St. James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

The cafe looks great and still boasts terrific views over Edinburgh towards Fife, but service is slow and still an awkward system where you have to queue 2 or 3 times. There are machines to make and grab your own hot drink, but on a...More

Thank King02
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice revamp in Place to Eat but store will be a nightmare for months/ years to come due to the ongoing works next door. I feel for the staff with the noise.

Thank PeeTeeMascot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the new cafe on the 5th floor in John Lewis yesterday and was impressed by the decor, seating and views. However, the standard of cleanliness was very poor with crumbs and food debris on the floor and under seating which must have been there...More

Thank holidayskier52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new layout is awful, the servery area is badly designed and far too small with customers milling about in every direction as hot drinks are over here, sandwiches over there, hot food in between and cakes in the middle, creating a disorganised shambles. Staff,...More

Thank 45derrick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cafe has recently been refurbished and now feels like the kind of place you could sit for hours admiring the view. It was slightly disorganised with people confused about where to queue for drinks as they seem to have a barista style service for...More

Thank ms21cg
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This cafe is so lovely now it’s been refurbished, so much bigger and spacious in its new location. The views down leith walk and right across FIFE are amazing. Self service food areas split but hot/cold/soup station. Great food and the cake selection always looks...More

Thank Joey P
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The only reason I’ve given two stars is because the staff are nice. They’re having to cope with many complaints, and they do so well! The promised change in the scone recipe has come, and its as bad as the last failed effort—very dense and...More

1  Thank lastword2016
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We stopped here for lunch and only one of us found the menu the least bit appealing. The other called it "lady food" (the lunchtime crowd did seem to be 90% female) so we ended up having tea and splitting a scone so one of...More

Thank gauss_law
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Disappointing range of sandwiches, lunchtime should have a wide range, all who had sandwiches/rolls/foccacia (only 4 items), were all disappointed by how dry the food was, the only person who was happy at our table had the hot pie meal. There were salads, all of...More

Thank Bertiestravels
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Usually the soup in here is top class but our Pea and Ham was not hot enough. It wasn't cold, it just was not hot enough. I often see the staff testing the temperature of the soup, but not today. The container was less that...More

1  Thank 312wync
Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to
malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton
have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a
mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village
found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything
but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street;
even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and
art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 St. James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
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