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Purslane Restaurant

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
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33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
0131-226-3500
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Competent cooking; great service and excellent meal.

While this small, compact restaurant might not have a very imposing entrance and arrival, particularly on a grey and gloomy Edinburgh day, the quality and presentation of the meal makes up for any initial reservations. The room is small and a bit gloomy, feeling very empty with only 6 covers on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

While this small, compact restaurant might not have a very imposing entrance and arrival, particularly on a grey and gloomy Edinburgh day, the quality and presentation of the meal makes up for any initial reservations. The room is small and a bit gloomy, feeling very empty with only 6 covers on a mid week lunchtime, but the meal preparation and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Visited on spec from TripAdvisor review..... Friendly welcome, had the £30 three course menu, good on the set menu. Had the scallops for starters, nicely presented and tasty, rabbit dish for main which was well cooked and subtlely flavoured with rabbit ravioli. Desserts....we had a chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet which was excellent. I had the cheese board which had... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A quaint tiny little restaurant. Food was excellent. Nice wine list. Very good service. Would absolutely go back and recommend to others. Nice, comfortable, not snooty at all (just flew in from London). Price to value was great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We booked for dinner on Thursday night to celebrate a birthday and the meal made it a memorable occasion indeed. While there were only 4 tables booked, the restaurant only sits just over 20, so did not feel empty, but equally the conversations were not intrusive. We chose from the a la carte menu and the fixed pricing for 3-courses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Came here with a friend to celebrate a special occasion and it couldn't have been a better choice for this! This is the third time I have been to this restaurant and it remains my firm favourite. My friend and I both started with the scallops and followed up with the most amazing hake dish. Even though we were full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This was our third visit to Purslane and it is quickly becoming our favourite eatery in the city which says a lot given the quality and calibre of dining establishments throughout Edinburgh. We opted for the lunchtime tasting menu and the food was exquisite as ever. Fantastic wine list and helpful, professional, friendly staff. An absolute must if visiting Edinburgh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Me and my husband visited Purslane tonight (sat night). We arrived at 7 and were the only ones there, but this wasn't a bad thing- the manager (I think he was the manager or owner)and the waitress were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. They greeted us, served us quickly and even recommended excellent bars for us to visit after. We had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Lovely intimate restaurant. Food was served quickly and perfectly seasoned. We had three courses for fixed price, my husband and myself ordering everything on the menu between us and could not fault a single dish! Very good value, we will return.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I came here on Wednesday to celebrate my 30th birthday and could not have asked for a better experience. The service was friendly, efficient, professional and was perfect for the tone of the restaurant, Gregor also helped us with some great recommendations including the cherry dessert. The food was exceptional, we have eaten here a few times... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We've eaten lunch here twice now, both times we went for the taster menu, I highly recommend this nice little place, the food was excellent, if you like fine foods then this place is for you. The service matched the food and was to a great standard, we will return and we will recommend!!! loved it!

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Address: 33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131-226-3500
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Stockbridge & Dean Village
Cuisine: International

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  • Address: 33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Neighborhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Phone Number: 0131-226-3500

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  • 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.