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Purslane Restaurant

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
International
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33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Perfect

Me and my partner went for the tasting menu and we weren't disapponted! Good portions, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Couldn't fault it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Rebecca O
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Me and my partner went for the tasting menu and we weren't disapponted! Good portions, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Couldn't fault it!

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New York City, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Purslane is a cozy restaurant, and the seating is managed very closely as each table was assigned to an expected party. The food is good but not outstanding. The service was appropriately attentive, though the size of the space did make for some tricky maneuvering at various points. Overall, this is a fine choice for dinner, but we did enjoy... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Slightly off the 'beaten track' of Edinburgh's usual tourist routes, but well worth seeking out. The setting and ambience of this small restaurant (20 places0 are delightful, as was the service: attentive but discrete. The food was excellent. The four of us enjoyed every mouthful. At around £50 per head, including drinks and wine, the price was great value for... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Opted for the set lunch menu and it did not disappoint in any way. The hostess was charming - attentive yet not intrusive. Calming, relaxed atmosphere yet welcoming. Having returned from lunch, we immediately booked the 7 course tasting menu for a special event in May. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and we're returning next month! Amazing.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We would fully recommend this restaurant if you like, comfortable surroundings, high quality service and phenomenal food. We went with the 7 course taster menu with matching wine. Every course was my next favourite with the hake and the foie gras being the exceptional dishes. Everything from the relaxing tunes, to the lighting the friendly approachable host is reason to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There was nothing I didn't like about this place. Excellent service, incredible food. Music, atmosphere, decor all added to a superb evening's dining. Superb value.

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Edinburgh
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The restaurant is on basement level of St Stephens street, down some very steep steps. The dining room is very small & intimate but didn't feel overcrowded. Service was efficient & friendly. Food was cooked to perfection & presented very well. Overall I thought it was great value for money & will be happy to return.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This small restaurant has an amazing chef, real gourmet food at reasonable prices. Every dish had been created with imagination, love and attention. My pork dish had pork served in different ways with delicious sauce and red wine poached pieces of pear. Each dish was a work of art. There is a taster menu, but also a set menu where... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

7 course tasting menu with matching wines for £75, worth every penny, food and wines were fantastic, service was good and informative and not rushed in anyway, my only criticism is that it would have been nice to have a copy of the menu so that you knew what was coming next (all other restaurants we have had tasting menus... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Fine dining in a casual and cosy atmosphere. The staff were lovely and the food was considered, presented well and most importably...delicious!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Neighborhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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Staying in Stockbridge & Dean Village

Neighborhood Profile
Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighborhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.