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“An excellent niche bar fighting its location”
Review of The Vintage - CLOSED

The Vintage
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Indian, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Edinburgh
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88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“An excellent niche bar fighting its location”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The Vintage is doing something which the other miriad of Leith bars aren't. Namely a large selection of craft beers with cheery staff and a funky tapas-based menu. The food is excellent with lots of handmade yumminess to try (think spreadable chorizo, smoked sausages, pates etc). The staff are always top of their game and I'm becoming a regular.

The only downer is for the restaurant itself is that it is probably 50 metres the wrong side of trendy in terms of Shore location. As a result it probably misses some of the trade that it deserves. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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  • English first
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English first
NYC
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Liked a lot”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Worth a detour from Edinburgh as recommended by friends. Vintage is really serious about beer AND food. Owner and staff very friendly. Jugged rabbit very tasty, amazingly rich taste, dwhipped crowdie on sourdough fun, smokie fish cakes delicious. Also had herring tartare (fine), lamp whisps (not our favorites) and curried pork carpaccio (liked a lot). Seasonal greens OK, but clearly their heart not in that dish. Total of seven small dishes was more than enough for two hungry people, prices seemed very fair to us.

  • Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Pricey and poor”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Maybe not for us but went here with 5 friends and had a mixed time.....place and decor is nice but food was poor compared to alternatives in that area. We had rabbit burgers and the roast lunch which hadn't been serve yet until 5pm on a Sunday....according to the staff....warning bells! The burgers seemed rubbery and the brioche was stale...which set us back 12.50 each.

For desert we had elderflower gel and rhubarb which was bizarre and we had one spoon and left the rest.

One good thing was the fish cakes starter...very nice but they failed to bring our starters altogether which isn't great.

Overall service was confused and food disappointing.

Lots of other places cheaper and better.

Visited May 2014
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Northamptonshire, UK
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice....but at a price!”
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

Fine if you like the uber-metro-sexual-gastropub scene (as confounded 'foodies' we generally do), with a seemingly good range of cask and bottled beers. Good setting and location, and very friendly and chatty staff. The 'but' element here (if you guessed one was coming) are the prices. As none of the mains hugely appealed without blowing the budget, we initially opted for three 'tapas-style' starters to share, a member of staff telling us that four to six tapas snacks EACH would roughly equate to a single main course. Hmmm. At around £4 each, that makes for quite an expensive dining experience. The tapas arrived, stylishly presented, but meagre rations or what!? The 'Pork Scratchings' were just four average-size pieces, 'Beery Bacon' was four tiny slithers of streaky-type bacon, and the 'Wild Boar Chorizo' was just four thin slices of salami-type sausage. All presented on a nice bread board and accompanied by some cornichons and a couple of salsa dips. None of the snacks were anything to write home about really and at these prices, we left feeling disappointed and not a little cheated. Ratings-wise, the dining experience wasn't Poor, but price-wise it wasn't as good as Average either, so 2.5 stars it is.

Visited May 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We went to The Vintage for a late sunday lunch. Lovely releaxed atsmosphere, we were seated right by the open kichen, which was fab. Waitress was friendly and attentive. Loved being able to watch the chefs, they clearly take a lot of pride in their work which was great to see. Brilliant beer selection. We had a mac n cheese burger with homemade chips - amazing and the roast lamb, also wonderful. Desert a banoffee cheescake. Perfect. All in all a wonderfully relaxed delicious meal in lovely surroundings at a great price. Also great to se the manger windering about chatting away. You're all doing a great job, we'll definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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