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Victor & Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

3.9
3.9
234 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
Located in the heart of Edinburgh"s Princes Street Gardens within the National Galleries of Scotland, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant lovingly creates contemporary and classic dishes using the finest Scottish ingredients.
We invest a huge amount of time sourcing its produce with 90 per cent of its ingredients coming from more than 50 Scottish artisan suppliers including Cuddybridge Apple Juice; Peelham Farm; Manna House Bakery & Patisserie; Campbells Prime Meats; Scotherbs; Caledonian Breweries; H J Errington
Cheese; Phantassie Organic Vegetables; Graham's The Family Dairy; Summer Harvest Rapeseed Oils; Heritage Potatoes; Findlay's of Portobello; Crabbie's Ginger Ale and Royal Mile Whiskies.
Our menu is updated monthly to cater for seasonal produce and recipes are tweaked daily according to supplier deliveries.
Everything is prepared fresh on a daily basis from breads, pastries and cupcakes to jams, marmalades and chutney.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 9:00 am–11:45 am Sun 10:00 am–11:45 am Lunch Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0131 225 1550
  • Payment options
    Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Suzanne O
  • Neighborhood
    Old Town
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Regular buses on Princes Street makes The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant perfect for easy access. Stones throw from Waverly train station and St Andrew Square bus station.
  • Entertainment
    Private functions range from corporate dinners and launch parties to exclusivefashion shows and wedding receptions.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

234 Reviews
  1. Rupert

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very dissappointed service on arrival very poor was told table not ready friends had not arrived waited 15 minutes, rest of party already seated very poor service

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food we have both been before great Scottish breakfast

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  3. EileenM

    Edinburgh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely afternoon in this lovely restaurant. The cake stand was lovely with delicious looking treats which taste every bit as good as they looked. The service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the breakfast is amazing. lovely place

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special occasion was a family get together and we were treated royally making it a very special occasion

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite being told there was a problem with the gas and it was a restricted menu, we had plenty to chose from. We had the sharing platter for two and were unable to finish it! Big selection of meats, salmon, cheeses, chutney, salad, breads etc. Nicely presented. It could have fed three comfortably. Perhaps cut down on the platter content and include the cup of soup instead.

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  7. SheilaM

    Angus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good menu and excellent service. Staff all very helpful and accommodating. A lovely afternoon.

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  8. SusanG

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely Saturday lunch with friend. Friendly welcome and shown to reserved table at window and presented with menus with varied selection to suit meat, fish eaters and vegetarians. Young friendly waitress was keen to discuss specials and efficient bringing drinks . Felt well looked after and waiting staff efficient and keen to ensure we were enjoying our meal with appearing overbearing. Will definitely return.

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  9. CarolineA

    Aberdeen

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been before and never fails to disappoint. I only learned later that it was actually Victor himself who showed me to my table! The staff are wonderful, the food is delicious, the wine exceptional and the layout fantastic. It's all you need to know. Go and enjoy!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food-especially the white sea bass.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Very hard to pay on Sunday! Couldn't catch anyone's eye so walked over to the till and stood there while staff hovered around restaurant clearing up etc. A waitress started clearing the table by the till, putting glasses beside it, getting a cloth to wipe it, etc. I asked if we could pay our bill. She said "Wait till I've done this table." And we did. Eventually she finished and it took us 1 minute to pay. This was at 3.15 in the afternoon, there were any number of empty tables so not the slightest need to prioritise clearing more tables. I can see this is quite self-sacrificing by floor staff who throw away tips by this, but it would be more conventional and I suggest better to prioritise customers.

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  12. LaurenT

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hidden gem in the centre of Edinburgh, tucked out the way below the Scottish national gallery its less chaotic than other cafes, we went on six nations match day and had a good breakfast. The food was good and cafe light and airy.

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  13. Black2

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to get together for a reunion of former colleagues Requested a quiet table and that was good Very attentive service from Paul and other staff Only one disappointment my open sandwich with salmon came on rather tasteless white bread, others had nice granary bread.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The lunch menu was disappointing, my wife and I found that we had to choose a menu item that was not a preferred choice. On previous visits we were very happy with the menu and were delighted with the dining experience; not this time.

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  15. Pamela

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We meet monthly as a group of friends, usually selecting a central venue near bus and train stations. We found the service here very good and the food excellent. The restaurant succeeds in offering some unusual yet very tasty dishes. Unfortunately we found the place very cold and staff explained the temperature was controlled by the Art Gallery and they were unable to do anything about it. Such a pity as this apart, a first class eatery.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wrong main course served, but changed. Pheasant a bit tough, but otherwise perfect.

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  17. Lula

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was there with a friend for lunch. Attentive staff but not too much. It was busy but not packed and they left us to sit over coffee till we were ready to leave. Bright décor and an enjoyable place to have lunch.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very poor service. Exceptionally slow. Staff were not at all bothered about providing good service.

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  19. KilimaKiu

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. Quiet enough for my 88 yr old aunt and three of her relations; an excellent menu; charming service and a nice, relaxed ambience.

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  20. BigMac42

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As a regular at this restaurant this occasion was uncharacteristicaly dissapointing.The soup was poor and the warm buttery with salad bland.Maybe (I hope)this was just an off day.This was not up to Continis normally very high standard.Service was as usual very good.

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  21. LindaK

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant in the Heart of Edinburgh. Staff very friendly & food delicious.

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  22. Binkydork

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great breakfast in lovely setting. Staff very welcoming, great choice of menu options.

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  23. Graemie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent restaurant with a great location Dodd and service superb.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was extremely friendly, kind and efficient without being overbearing. There was great knowledge of the menu from the waitresses, something not very often encountered. Bravo! The food was really superb, simple but full of flavour. The cullen sink was extraordinary. Only negative was the beetroot tartlet, a little on the mean side. The Orkney wine was a surprise and absolutely delicious. I am not often in Edinburgh but each time I am back I shall come back to you.

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  25. Joand

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was of a good quality but the experience was let down by the service. Our food took a long time to arrive, one dish was later than others and our plates were not cleared for a long time. We eventually asked for the dessert menu, hoping this would mean the staff noticed our plates but we were given the menus and the plates were left. We were even asked if we wanted to order desserts whilst the plates were still there and we specifically had to ask for the plates to be removed first. Whilst the restaurant was busy this was no excuse. I would consider returning for a casual snack as the setting and location are good but not for a special or full meal again.

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  26. JMHH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent lunch ! I am pleased I booked the table in advance and so had not to queue at this busy lead-up to Christmas Day. The table size suited us as we had the opportunity to chat without feeling we had to raise our voices, the staff are excellent and attentive. Also they remember me as I use this venue to meet friends for lunch at least twice a month. I have already booked for the 4 golfing girls to have our New Year lunch at the Scottish Restaurant.

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  27. Irene

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall an enjoyable birthday meal. However, for children with us, not enough choice on their menu. Plus clearing away of glasses before we were finished was unfortunate.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since it was the peak of Christmas market, we arrived 15 mins late. Thankfully, we booked a table which was situated at the end corner of the restaurant - Nice, warm, less noisy/busy and excellent view of the Christmas market. Lucky I guess! Both of us had 3 course meal. Even though the menu are quite standard, but they taste unique. It was fine dining (so don't expect big portions) with a touch of creativity in terms of tasting (burst of flavour). After 3 course meal which ends at 4pm, it filled me up till before bedtime!

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  29. JennyC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really tasy and of good quality. Lovely staff.

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  30. LesM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely lunch in lovely surroundings Very good service and beautiful food

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  31. DianeG

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant that we have used on numerous occasions and it us always very good. We have also used there other two restaurants in Edinburgh and would recommend any of the three restaurants .

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The location suited us for our visit to the Christmas market and always so pleasant in a location overlooking the gardens.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming and friendly staff. Excellent service and Xmas menu one of the best I have had. A great time was had by all

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonfderful ambience, wonderful staff, great food. It is a magical place to be at Christmas

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The timing of bringing food to the table was poor and food was then not very warm although flavours were ok.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First time. Took a good friend for birthday lunch. Both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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  37. angiegal

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The two course deal would be better if you could choose between starter or dessert everything else was lovely

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  38. Lunchladies

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent city centre cafe with good choice and fresh well presented food

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very busy, and we were waitning an hour for our mains, but we didn't mind that. My husband has ordered honey roasted pork belly which was great, however my salmon was raw inside so I have retured it, and refuse replacement as our kids were getting bored. I would recommend this place if you are not in a rush, for ambience as it has got really nice relaxed atmosphere. Food is a hit or miss as some options are great like their fish and chips, or pork though avoid salmon and beetroot tart.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and really excellent service with a very good central location and views. Unusually friendly and helpful staff. We had a great time.

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The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Old Town
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 9:00 am–11:45 am Sun 10:00 am–11:45 am Lunch Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scottish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Regular buses on Princes Street makes The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant perfect for easy access. Stones throw from Waverly train station and St Andrew Square bus station.
  • Payment options
    Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Suzanne O
  • Entertainment
    Private functions range from corporate dinners and launch parties to exclusivefashion shows and wedding receptions.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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