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56 North

#272 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Southside & Holyrood
Bar, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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2-8 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JP, Scotland
+44 131 662 8860
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Popped in for brunch on Sunday along with friends and the food was just fantastic. I have knocked 56 North in the past but it appears they have gotten themselves back on track, producing excellent food and the staff are just super welcoming. Keep up the good work guys you really did make my Sunday one of the best.

Thank BTDEdinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The steak sandwich's were cooked to perfection. Lovely atmosphere with good music (not too loud) was able to conduct a conversation. Staff could not have been more helpful in explaining the differences in the many gins on offer. Tried a couple of different Scottish gins. Will definitely be going back. Also many thanks to the manager for a wonderful eating... More 

Thank JET376
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The gin tasting afternoon tea is a fantastic experience. The class is really good fun and the staff are so knowledgable about all gins, and I mean all! It is entertaining and brilliant to try lots of different gins. The afternoon tea was nice with lovely rolls and tasty cakes and scones. We booked a table and stayed on to... More 

Thank J W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been going here for years. Great for an occasion. Whether it's a big night or a just a quiet pint. Nice staff who do everything to please the customer and a great selection of drinks and food. Food is good and pricing justified.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attended with 7 friends for lunch Itison Voucher. Very disappointed not with service but on arrival bar was very cold as to the point we had to ask the waitress to turn the heating up to which she replied was on full!! When food arrived burgers/chicken where luke warm along with french fries. All in all very disappointed not comfortable... More 

Thank Lynn L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We go to 56 North a lot. We went initially for the burger voucher deals and enjoyed it so much we have returned regularly and we go for the brunch deal around once a eeek. The food is delicious but what impresses us more and more and especially when we were there today, is the quality and friendliness of the... More 

Thank Roy H
Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We had a good dinner here recently. We booked on line and only 8pm was available though we would have preferred earlier. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost empty which was a bit strange, and we maybe should have phoned to book. We were seated promptly and service was excellent. I had salmon with sweet potatoes and a mango... More 

Thank rubenskibble2014
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We booked here for lunch following my daughter's recommendation and weren't disappointed. The gin menu is huge and the suggested garnishes along with fevertree tonic were fun and tasty with something for every palette. Plenty of beers too but nothing dark. Most were light with some fruity. Plenty of US imports. The menu has good choices. Our party tried the... More 

Thank Mike W
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you're not a gin lover, this probably isn't for you. If you are a gin lover, this is the best bar you'll ever step foot in. With over 200 gins behind the bar it cannot disappoint. We did the 'gin tasting' session which was 2 hours long. It was really great fun and I would definitely recommend booking on... More 

Thank PaigeAlsop
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Went along with my partner as wee treat for our anniversary. Bought this with "ItIson"voucher for a Gin Masterclass and Afternoon Tea. Never been to one of these before and WOW it was fantastic. The class was 5 star from the start to finish, Neil who was taking the class was so passionate and friendly. He really caught the attention... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$51
Bar, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-8 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 662 8860
Edinburgh's original Gin Bar and Restaurant. Specialising in gin with around 200 varieties on offer with extensive drinks menu and cocktails. Food is served all day and is homemade by the award winning team under Robert Brown. Burgers, salads, classic mains along with contemporary items make up a seasonally changing menu. The venue is bright and airy with large windows which open onto one of Edinburgh's largest outdoor terrace dinning areas during summer. Located in the old town, 56 North is also in the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe and has an unrivalled location for Fringe visitors.

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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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