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“Busy night handled well”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Compass Leith

The Compass Leith
Ranked #347 of 2,449 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$23
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Busy night handled well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Went in mid week for a bite to eat with my partner.

Place was busy for a Wednesday night with only one member of staff on although you would not realise. Service was fast and good was great.

Not our first visit here and definitely not our last.

The good is of big portions and always tasty and fresh. If you like good home cooked food at a good price and service with a smile head down to compass!

1 Thank trixypoo
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A bit disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

I was a little disappointed with this. I had the Cullen skink with a work colleague. It was a bit expensive and lacked the taste of a good Cullen skink.

Thank TheMortons001
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The Compass”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

This is more of a restaurant than a bar, but you can go in for drinks only. Service is excellent as is the food. The chef is really inventive and the food is really good value. You can watch the kitchen from the restaurant which is always reassuring. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank JAMES G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

I have visited The Compass many times and always had a fantastic time. It's a lovely place to go in the evenings as it's nice and cosy and very romantic with lots of candles. It's normally nice and busy in the evenings too so the atmosphere always has a nice buzz about it.
The food has always been spot on with seasonal produce and all of a very high quality. It's traditional bistro style food such as fish and chips and steak pie etc, however the quality is excellent and definitely a lot more special than standard pub grub. The fish and chips are to die for and the portions are very substantial. Also been here for breakfast and had the most amazing bacon with maple syrup on french toast. The full scottish breakfast really hits the spot too.
Only criticism is that the service, although very friendly, can often be slow and also the gravy on the sunday roast is always watery.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank snugglepug7888
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A perfect Scottish pub lunch.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

Met friends for brunch/lunch. Excellent range of options with differently priced portion sizes. Nice mix of typical breakfast things with Scottish dishes and traditional pub lunch dishes. The fish cakes were delicious! Good range of drinks. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Mrs-Tiggy-Winkle2014
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