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Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
+44 131 477 8477
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Ranked #200 of 1,825 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $59
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We bring you the finest Scottish Food made from the best of seasonal ingredients. Experience Scottish food - full of character, flavour and above all authenticity. Menus change with the seasons and all of our food reflects the regional diversity of Scotland's larder. Enjoy our tapas and cheese platters at the Whisky bar, sit down and relax within the restaurant, or simply indulge yourself with a speciality coffee and homemade cake. Dishes can include: Haggis and Vegetarian Haggis, mussels with a Whisky sauce, beef with dumplings, Scottish smoked salmon, Scotch beef, Highland lamb, caramelised Apple and Whisky Crumble, Scottish Cheeses.The opening times stated by Tripadvisor are incorrect. OPEN EVERY DAY. Food is served every day from midday, last orders 8.30Pm (Sunday - Thursday), and last orders 9pm on Friday and Saturday. Private groups also catered for.
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Yorkshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Lovely little restaurant departure from the corporate norm of pizza express and hut etc I totally recommend the haggis it's yum on a summers day as well as a winter one, staff are friendly atmosphere is cool

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The selection of whisky, of course, is great. So is the beer. The Innis & Gunn was recommended, and we were thrilled! Decent sandwiches so we'd have room for dessert. OH MY! The Millionaire's brulee was AMAZING and the cranachan was excellent.

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Edmonton, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Our family did a scotch tasting tour, followed by lunch in the restaurant. I am a convert to Speyside Single Malt Scotch! The lunch menu is enticing and the selection of beer, wines and scotch was good. While the restaurant was busy, service was quick and very pleasant. We hope to return some day!

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Had lunch here after taking the whiskey tour. Food was excellent, great choices on the menu and the wait staff was very attentive. Overall a good enjoyable lunch!

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of Amber. We are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch, and we hope to see you again soon. More

New Haven, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were promptly seated on a Tuesday evening. Atmosphere was pleasant but a little less formal than I'd expected, e.g., plastic-coated menus. With a couple other large groups in the dining room, it was a bit noisy but not overly so. Service was generally good but a bit scattered, e.g., forgotten drink orders. Food was excellent - good portions, excellent... More

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for this very full and honest review of Amber. We regret the small issues you allude to, but are delighted that you rate the experience 'excellent' over all. We are immensely proud of our Whisky selection, which is one of the broadest in Scotland. With 380+ whiskies there is certainly plenty of choice! More

Caloundra, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I didn't visit the Scotch Whiskey Experience but I did have lunch at its attached Amber Restaurant. The lunchtime atmosphere was friendly & relaxed. The menu was varied and included Scottish items too. I had the Lamb Stovie which was accompanied by thin oat cakes. Dessert was a Cafe Latte and Trifle. My daughter had Marinated Beef Strip Salad and... More

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the team to give feedback on Amber. We're delighted that you enjoyed both food and service -your kind remarks will be passed on to the team. More

Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We did the whiskey tasting early on in the day and it was very informative. Then later we went back to have a late lunch. Food was all local and very well prepared. Am planning to go back in a couple of weeks. Service was friendly. Would recommend highly.

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

What a great review! Thanks for taking the time to give us such nice feedback, and we very much look forward to welcoming you when you return. More

Georgetown, Texas
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband enjoys whiskey so we booked Amber soon after we planned our trip to Europe. Based on another review where a waiter stated he would be their "whiskey guide" for the evening I had high hopes of whiskey guidance throughout our meal. Perhaps we didn't ask enough questions, or perhaps we should have gone over to the actual whiskey... More

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience of Amber. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal, and felt we offered good value for money. We regret that you did not feel 'guided' enough in ordering your whisky/whisky liqueur. We try to be non-intrusive in this regard; as you correctly surmise, although all our staff are extensively... More

Standish, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Visited the Amber bar with my daughter after touring the shop and seeing a whisky bottle priced at £18000. The bar downstairs is vey friendly ,superb choice and the barman is both helpful ,full of fun and so much knowledge. We had a lovely hour trying 2/3 whiskies we had never had before and never once was we shown the... More

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Hi Ian, thank you for taking the time to review our bar. We are delighted that the selections were to your liking. We hope to see you again for more drams the next time you are in Edinburgh. More

Tyresö, Sverige
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My brother and I visited Edinburgh and went to Amber for a late lunch. The restaurant is hidden downstairs when you enter the main entrance and pass the whisky shop. It has e nice atmosphere and they day we visited the service was excellent. We chose the "5 Scottish tapas" selected daily by the chef, accompanied by a glass of... More

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ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review of Amber. The mission of our Whisky Bar is to create a welcoming, informal environment which allows for the maximum enjoyment of Scotch Whisky, so we're delighted we acheived it in your case. We do hope to welcome you again should you return to Edinburgh. More

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