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Makars Gourmet Mash Bar

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 18/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 18/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. A fun independent restaurant
1. A fun independent restaurant
"the best haggis, neeps and tatties I have ever had"
EvelynAnnaMcm
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2. "Edinburgh's gastronomic hero"
2. "Edinburgh's gastronomic hero"
"Range of options was great, including vegetarian and vegan options!"
leah0412
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3. Best food in Edinburgh
3. Best food in Edinburgh
"Delightful place for a meal and a drink."
Dalekninja
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About
The Makars Gourmet Mash Bar has been described as an Edinburgh "legend" , "culinary hero" & “local gem”! All we know is that customers rave about how good our food is and come back year after year and invite their friends. Makars Mash offers heart-warming Scottish local food. Pick your main meal from our range of meaty and plant based treats and then choose one of our 9 mashed potato options to create delicious pairings. Conveniently located on the Mound in the heart of the city, the Makars Mash offers a cosy atmosphere, great views, great service & delicious heart-warming local food. Winner of UK TripAdvisor restaurant 2018,19 & 20. The Makars Mash Bar is one of Edinburgh’s last independent
PRICE RANGE
US$10 - US$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Scottish, Bar, British, Healthy
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today

Came here on a Wednesday for lunch and have to say the food and service was splendid! The portions were generous and we really enjoyed the haggis starter. The staff were friendly and attentive we were definitely stuffed by the end of the meal.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wet night in Edinburgh. We were made very welcome to this restaurant. Our waiter, David, was very sociable and made us feel at home. The food was excellent and loved having the choice of mash. We had Haggis which can be highly recommend. Good...choice of desert and a selection of Whisky. When in Scotland……. An excellent choice when in Edinburgh.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Macha, Agence/Consultant at Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A feeling of home is exactly what we aim to offer. Amazing to hear we delivered. Thank you very much for a review that goes straight to our heart ! Macha

Reviewed today

In 10 years together, this is the first place my wife and I have found that we both loved and neither of us had to compromise on our choice so the other could eat here. Superb friendly and relaxed servers, amazing food and great surroundings...and it's not part of any chain which is always a plus. As a restaurant manager my self I am notoriously hard to please but this places is one of the best I've eaten in, well done guys, wonderful. Thank you.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely one of the best meals I have ever had. Excellent service 👏 Definitely would recommend it and would go back again

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed yesterday

So going to a highly praised place I was fully expecting it to be overly hyped. But I can hand on heart say this place is amazing. Great location just off the Royal Mile with great views over the city. Food is inventive, quirky and...fun and you can tell the servers love what they do. Who’d have thought you could do so much with the humble potato. Only downside we had to wait for 10 minutes but it was seriously well worth it! And nice local beers too. Go there!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having never really had Scottish food before and being vegetarian, I was skeptical as to whether it would be for me but I also wanted to try. Makars is well worth the trip! The food was absolutely sensational. They have lots of choice, particularly their...plant-based/vegetarian options and the food felt traditionally Scottish. Generous portion sizes and the mash tasted incredible. I’m so glad we went - I’d highly recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been on a busy Saturday evening, even though it was extremely busy they have managed the situation very well and made us to wait a bit, after a while we had an amazing place! Ordered the soup of the day , tried scotch...egg for the first time and of course their special mash potatoes with lamb shanks and chicken. All of the food was amazing that I can’t say anything on top of it, chefs are super talented for sure! Special thanks to all the team, Emily and Kate for all their patience, welcoming and warm service. Definitely will come again and recommend this place!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The perfect lunch - stopped by (having booked) for lunch at about three after a long day visiting the Uni. Warm welcome, friendly staff, fab beer and cider, absolutely delicious food (melt in the mouth beef and succulent wild boar sausages. Mash - just fabulous,...sticky toffee pud light and just the right amount of sweet with super creamy ice-cream). We honestly couldn’t have had a nicer, more restorative lunch. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

On a 3 day break with 3 friends we booked in here and it didn't disappoint. The food was amazing. The staff were very helpful and informative and I would strongly recommend. Would definitely returned and recommend to family and friends. Thank you.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great food and service from Sasha and Andrew. We had a fantastic meal and drinks my husband had haggis with mustard mash which he raved over l had chicken salad with a portion of smoked bacon and spring onion mash followed by chocolate brownie and...sticky toffee puddings with ice cream we would definitely reccomend this as a must visit place to eat we will definitely be going back on our next visit to EdinburghMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from Penny F | Reviewed this property |
We walked in on a Wednesday night towards the end of their opening time and were easily accommodated. They have an outside space now too. I would suggest to improve your chances go for an early tea!
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Yes, Makars Gourmet Mash Bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5