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56 North

#290 of 1,796 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Southside & Holyrood
Bar, British, Scottish
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2-8 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JP, Scotland
+44 131 662 8860
11:00 - 01:00
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended one the gin tasting sessions with afternoon tea. It was brilliant. Staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The gin selection they have is unbelievable (the biggest in Scotland I think??!) and the afternoon tea was tasty and plentiful. Will definitely be back!

Thank green_lady888
Limerick, Ireland
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262 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Quite a distance from the City Centre, but we really enjoyed our meal. Not a great choice for our Vegan Diner, but the service was excellent and the food & drink were good. thought it was a little pricy but there was a lovely atmosphere

Thank Mags M
Halifax, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're a gin fan then you've hit lucky, if you're not you will be when you leave! It's not extortionate and they are super nice guys behind the bar ;) We stayed for three drinks and I tried 3 different ones even one of their own and they were all amazing; I'm a gin convert! They do food but... More 

Thank Amber O
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11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have now eaten here four times when there has been an Itison voucher deal available. Burgers are always juicy with a nice bun. Nice touch as the fries come in a wee basket. Would def visit again.

Thank scotland2407
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great music, 276 gins and the waiter perfectly picked us out some drinks when we couldn't choose fjejrjr

Thank Marcus P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff friendly and attentive but the food was just OK nothing special over a Wetherspoons. Maybe this was because it was at Christmas time. The choice of gins was extensive and numbed the pain of the service charge which should be lifted especially at Christmas when your staff would get a better tip.

Thank Iain H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose comfy cosy booth seating, lovely welcoming waiter. Decent deal and we both ordered the Scottish full breakfast, mine vegetarian. I asked if they had veggie sausages and was told yes. When my plate was brought it had black pudding on it touching the sausages! I had to scrape it off and had to ask for another hash brown... More 

Thank 241Angela
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52 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the best location. Modern decor. Extensive choice of interesting and some rare gins. Staff friendly and happy to help and give recommedations. Some interesting garnish combinations.

Thank Lehovec
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240 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$49
Bar, British, Scottish
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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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