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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive) (Cowgate)
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Ranked #154 of 1,854 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $36
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cowgate
Description: Sylvesters restaurant is positioned in the heart of Edinburgh, close to many tourist attractions such as Greyfriar's Bobby, Chamber's Street Museum, The Meadows, The Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University at George Square. ​If you want to catch up with some old friends, to relax with colleagues after a morning of hard work, or to celebrate a special graduation within walking distance of the McEwan Hall , Sylvesters is the perfect venue for a delicious, relaxed meal. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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91% Recommend
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English first
Hamilton Scotland
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Excellent service,friendly staff,good food well presented,good atmosphere,good value for money --would return again

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Having eaten at Sylvesters last December on a pre-Christmas set menu, I promised myself that I would return to try the a la carte menu. I couldn't remember the name of the restaurant, so had difficulty trying to find it on the internet, but eventually found it on.......Trip Advisor! Managed to get a table for four for a busy Saturday... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It's difficult to find restaurants that keep things simple and use fresh ingredients showcased at their best. I can't believe it's taken me three weeks to find Sylvesters, if I'd known about it when I first arrived, I'd have been eating here every day. I've been back twice in the the last two days. It's the best quality food in... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

After a long day of enjoying events at the Fringe, we needed to relax and hoped for an interesting and tasty meal at a sensible price. We were not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and the modern Scottish ambience comfortable. We both had rack of lamb - tender and tasty, with chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables and pesto followed by a... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Found this place by chance this year. Very friendly with a good menu and reasonably priced house wines by the glass. Very close to Udderbelly and St George's Sq. Good value lunch/pre-theatre menu

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

For our first Edinburgh dinner at the start of our annual Fringe visit. Comfortable, simple relaxing decor, friendly, helpful and attentive staff and most of all great food, reasonably priced. They keep a lovely Prosecco too. Highly recommended. Would suggest you book, particularly during the Fringe. Will go back.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We chose this restaurant at random. We chose well. Great food and smart staff who like working there make for excellent venue. The prices are reasonable and good value. The menus is small but well balanced so you know everything is fresh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was on a recent trip to Edinburgh and Sylvesters was a perfect choice. I can see why this restaurant is so highly rated - my meal was fantastic, the service extremely attentive and the restaurant's decor creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. I had a three rib rack of lamb with grilled vegetables and basil and walnut pesto. The... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner (a la carte plates, the pre theatre dinner menu is 5-6pm) before grabbing a couple of evening shows at near by Fringe Festival venues. The "Melange" salad was delicious with a tangy mix of salad, nuts, cheese and cous cous, my husband had the pork dish and it looked and tasted beautiful,... More

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food was excellent,the service was friendly and very polite. The restaurant itself was very clean and modern in design.

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