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Cafe Royal Oyster Bar

#541 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
New Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Seafood
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19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
+44 131 556 1884
12:30 - 23:00
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Royal is a very fine, fin de siecle style bar (first) and restaurant just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. I chose it because it was near to our hotel on a day I knew my family would have done a lot of walking. The food was quite good. I had a selection of hot and cold oysters for a... More 

Thank Greg M
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Spanish waitress was fantastic, very attentive excellent service, food was lovely from start to finish, had the salmon and crab starter followed by a mussel risotto with seabass, delicious, can only recommend the restaurant, I will be back soon

Thank tataitamas92
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

After 18 years living in Edinburgh I had to relocate. For my last lunch in Edinburgh I chose the Cafe Royal as its long been a favourite of mine, I was lucky enough to get a booth and my fish and chips were exceptional. Thanks for all the happy memories, great times, excellent food, service and setting. See you soon... More 

Thank Nellance
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

What a great find whilst up in Edinburgh. This place must be visited if you enjoy good food and great drinks. Please visit it and enjoy Scottish hospitality at its best.

Thank Martin T
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

My husband & I decided to have our valentines meal out on the Saturday before valentines as we're both busy on Tuesday eve & we traveled from Somerset (England) to Edinburgh for a long weekend (Friday - Monday) I did a lot of research on places to go / eat & drink prior to our trip, so for Saturday night... More 

Thank sonic_05_xx
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152 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Visited on a Sunday evening and were lucky to get a table, service was exemplary. We ordered the taster seafood platter and the steak. The steak and chips were perfect and words cannot describe how good the seafood was you must try it! We tried to return Tuesday lunch time but could not get a table will certainly visit again... More 

Thank Kate E
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Called in for a family/ birthday lunch and the place was packed (as usual). Always a great atmosphere in the bar with lots of noisy conversation and buzzing with activity . There were three of us and despite how incredibly busy it was, the serving staff were polite, helpful and friendly. All our food choices were very good, but the... More 

Thank foodieperson2015
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

My wife Debi and I had read some great reviews of the Cafe Royal (which was recommended by my wife's work colleague) prior to our flying visit to Edinburgh so we popped in for lunch there (23rd January). We went to the restaurant and were quickly seen by a very attentive and polite staff member. My wife chose the Pâté... More 

Thank Rick S
Cupar, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Family dinner after a great day out in the city. Service was attentive and friendly. My sons were offered the bar menu, which they declined but was great to be given the choice. The scallops were delicious, venison beautifully cooked and the lobster devoured. A huge plus is the formality and beautiful decor with the combination of the great, buzzing... More 

Thank ilovefood40
York, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a super seafood lunch in gorgeous surroundings at Cafe Royal. Attentive service and great value

Thank QuincyYork

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 1884

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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