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Thai Basil

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Southside & Holyrood
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14 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told that you can't go wrong with Thai when in Edinburgh. It was a Firday evening and most places looked packed. We were tired after a transatlantic flight, so we just randomly picked this place as there were empty tables inside, and we just needed to sit down and eat. Should have read the reviews first... From the... More 

Thank MskOnTheHudson
Stockholm County, Sweden
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been there twice but saw no other people having food. Don't know why it is so empty in spite of being on the main street. Food was good (only tried Pad thai and Khao pad). Advantage: you can customize your food as you will get full attention.

Thank Utsakarmakar
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

The food was great and reasonably priced, we were the only people in the restaurant but I don't understand why. We took our own bottle of wine and were immediately brought glasses and a bottle cooler, we didn't have to wait long for our starters or main courses and the food tasted fresh and was as good as any other... More 

1 Thank Rosalind A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2016

was in Thai basil with my family, food were so yummy with a good portions. we all so full after main course with no room for dessert.

1 Thank EchoRuth
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We ate here as the other restaurant we were going to go to wasn't open. It was a risk as no one was in it, was a bit wary. But the food was really tasty. We liked it so much we went back the following week and all was the same (I love consistency). So far I've had the hot... More 

Thank akeikom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Food was actually ok when it arrived but it was just the slowest service. The staff were lovely but just very disorganised.

Thank KH7285
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

"Ate" here last night with friends on a visit to the Edinburgh festival, Thai is my favourite so I was delighted to see that they had a special offer on, so result!!! We sat ourselves down (was plenty of seats) and were duly brought menus, which looked really appetising to say the least.... After about fifteen (ish) minutes, a very... More 

Thank Bettysdad1974
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Stop here here was a meal prior to a Festival show. It was early hence there wasn't problems with the service. The girl serving was very pleasant and the food supplied very tasty and we could have no complaints.

Leicester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I came back from a trip to Thailand 3 weeks ago and was really craving for some good thai food like what I had sampled on my holiday in Krabi. After searching online, I found this wonderfully quaint Thai restaurant just off the Royal Mile. I came around 5.45pm and the restaurant was still empty. The friendly waitress welcomed me... More 

1 Thank Iamahullahoop
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Small old fashioned looking restaurant in centre of Edinburgh, hoped for a nice fast tasty Thai meal, unfortunately did not get this. The food was very basic and of poor quality. Service was painfully slow and the ladies toilet pretty grim with paint peeling off the walls, dust & cobwebs everywhere. How this restaurant survives in the centre of Edinburgh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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