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The City Restaurant

#233 of 1,783 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Southside & Holyrood
Grill, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
+44 131 667 2819
09:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our third visit to this restaurant, and the service and food has always been excellent. The staff are really friendly and make you feel welcomed. Food is served fairly fast and comes in big portions.

Thank Ninnunipsu
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to City as I have heard my cousins have been a few times before and is quite popular. Its a short walk from the city so perfect if you want to be nearby. The menu's quite big with something for everyone and I liked how they do a little takeaway chippie on the side. It was quiet when... More 

Thank Tracy H
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered a double burger, but didn't realize that it had bacon on it. I asked them to cook a new one because I could not eat the bacon or the bacon grease that was all over the burger. Instead, they removed the bacon and added cheese, but brought the same burgers. I again told them, I cannot eat the... More 

Thank keetakeely
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. The battered sausage supper is a must try! Staff attentive & helpful. Only downside is, it is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.

Thank love2travel3012
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Told to check this place out for its food, and this proved good advice. You may forgive yourself for thinking its a cross between a chippy and Ed's Diner, but far from it. Staff very welcoming and make an effort to sit you quickly, whilst the food, especially the fish dishes are value for money. This is one place (fishy... More 

Thank Paul G
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We popped in here for a quick bite to eat one Saturday evening. Although it was busy we were served promptly and enjoyed sitting a window seat watching the world rush by. Great burgers!

Thank grahamdw2016
Isle of Bute, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed an unexpected meal in this restaurant. We went upstairs and found that to be nice and quiet but atmospheric.The waitress knew the food inside out and was able to answer detailed questions. The soup tasted home made and was served with granary and white bread. The main courses arrived and were not a disappointment. We would visit again.... More 

Thank Gwen P
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

waited and ignored for ages, had to be reassured at least three times that my food and coffee were coming. The chips were undercooked and the staff never really cared when I told them

Thank Janey G
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I love it here, we like upstairs with a window seat! We had lentil soup followed by salmon and breaded haddock. Lovely, staff are friendly too.

Thank Beverege
St Helens, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Nice evening meal at City Restaurant today. Spotted on TA as a decent cheapish place to eat. It is a family run place centred around a chip shop but has dining facilities on ground and first floor. Enjoyed very good burgers and scampi. Service was attentive and food came quickly and was piping hot. Menu is more varied than a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Grill, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 667 2819
Family run restaurant in the city centre now celebrating 20 years in business and with a fresh new look and menu! Great for all parties, couples,families and small/large groups of up to 50! We are open most hours of the day. We welcome booking or walk-ins! Regards City

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighbourhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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