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The Cafe Royal

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19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
+44 131 556 1884
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was there because I stay very near but they didn't make me disappointed at all. Waiter and Waitress tried to advise me not look at me as an Asian alone with simple dress up as this place very luxury. I ordered the best food...More

Thank Tarnrattana
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is my favourite place for drinks and food in Edinburgh, a slightly hidden gem. Serves awesome seafood and a massive selection of whisky, gin and nice wines.

Thank Fiona D
Reviewed 6 days ago

This bar/restaurant gem is beautiful old building hidden away at the east end of Prince’s Street behind the Apple store. The décor is amazing (Victorian & Baroque), with stained glass windows in the Oyster Bar and Royal Doulton ceramic tiles. The bar includes a wide...More

Thank FLORIDAJUDE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice seafood, excellent service and cosy! This restaurant is actually located behind a Main Street behind the Apple shop in Princes square. I do recommend them! Don't be put off that you will have to walk past in the crowded pub. Worth it!

Thank Nick L
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Nick, Thank you so much for the favorable review, we hope that you'll find occasion to visit us again. Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this wonderful bar/restaurant recently, my first ever visit and was blown away with how beautiful it is.This should be visited by everyone going to this wonderful city, even just to look inside for a few moments. However if you leave without trying the food...More

Thank James D
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear James, Thank you so much for the kind words, we hope that you'll find the occasion to visit us again. Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was my birthday meal this year and I booked in advance to get into the restaurant area, we chose to have the full Scottish Menu and we were not disappointed the food was superb and the service was just the right amount of attentive...More

1  Thank David B
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear David, Thank you for the 5 star review, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really don't know what the fuss is about this restaurant priced bar food,although it does have a partitioned restaurant,with an almost identical menue.the service was appalling,despite extremely pleasant staff.overrated,overpriced.asked for restaurant menue,although I was eating in the bar.which is allowed.it was right in front of...More

Thank Jpton
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Jpton, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are truly sorry that your visit didn't live up to expectations, we will take your comments to the team and i hope that you will have an altogether different experience should you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My only complaint about this venue is that it’s not bigger. Every time I’ve been in the place is mobbed so space is a premium and you kinda feel squashed. Great drinks and a superb choice. I haven’t eaten here but it certainly smells good!...More

Thank KayleighMac
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Kayleigh, Thanks for the review, unfortunately we can't add an extension though! Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an early reservation for dinner recently. Our server was phenomenal and incredibly attentive and read the table well and didn’t hover over us. She gave a great recommendation to one of our party and was genuinely delighted to discuss the food with us...More

2  Thank Ryan W
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Ryan, Thnak you so much for the great review, we hope that you'll find the opportunity to visit us again. Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Return visit from years ago did not disappoint. After looking at loads of other establishments decided Cafe Royale had exactly what we wanted on offer Scottish beef pies with good selection of fresh vegetables and good beers. Excellent service and atmosphere would very much recommend...More

Thank suebell262
Paul M, General Manager at The Cafe Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Sue, Thank you for the kind words. Don't leave it so long next time. Regards, Paul McNally, General manager

Nearby
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
...More
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Response from symagry | Reviewed this property |
Informal dress seems appropriate but we did not see shorts and flip flops at dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$23 - US$75
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
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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Description
Opened On The 8th July 1863 The Café Royal Opened In This Stylish Parisian Building, Which Was Designed By Local Architect Robert Paterson. The Elegant Stained Glass And Fine Victorian Plasterwork Dominate The Building. On 27th February 1970, The Whole Building And Its Interior Were Listed, Thus Preserving It For Future Generations. We Pride Ourselves On Being An Authentic Edinburgh Circle Bar, With Fantastic Drinks And The Freshest Scottish Fayre
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