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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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
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A quaint bistro style restaurant with only 20 covers so I assume booking essential. The food and service were both excellent and we shall return.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A quaint bistro style restaurant with only 20 covers so I assume booking essential. The food and service were both excellent and we shall return.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Using an ITISON voucher my husband enjoyed a fabulous tasting lunch menu. The food was excellent, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were attentive but not intrusive a very relaxing experience. Very good value and a very good experience. Would recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We have been here one year ago for our small wedding breakfast. Loved it. So we decided to come back for our one year anniversary. Purslane didn't let us down. Had a wonderful night there. Starter, scallops and pock belly terrine, were nice. Main courses, rabbit and rump of lamb were fantastic!!!!!! The reason for one star missing is because... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have eaten here about 5 times now & everytime has been excellent food, wine & service. Gregor has given us a few recommendations of places to visit following lunch or dinner there & all have also been excellent. Lovely atmosphere, would certainly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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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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.
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