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National Museum of Scotland | Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
0131 247 4084
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great location and ambiance, anticipate paying a premium for it

Wonderful setting in the basement, former store rooms, complete with vaulted ceiling. Nice atmosphere if not too crowded. Service OK if not especially welcoming. Lunch only between 12 and 3 pm. Burgers, fish & chips, children's menu etc. Expect to pay around £10 for a main and £2.70 for a soft... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We are a family of four, two kids under 6. On a rainy day, and loving the museum as one of our favourite places, we decided to try the brasserie. After waiting on a queue to be seated as if the place was crowded while plenty of tables remained empty, we were finally taken to one of the tables by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Spanish sounding waitress took order from our table of 5, 3 soups and 5 main courses. After a prolonged wait main courses arrived, enquires after our soup and was told it would come next. When I asked why it hasn't come first she became aggressively confrontational and argued it was my responsibility to have told her. Food was about ok... More 

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Atmospheric setting amid stone arches, but that's about all there is to recommend this place. We visited on a not especially busy Sunday lunchtime. Having waited five minutes to be taken to our seat (which had been booked in advance), it took another 15 minutes for our order to be taken and it was almost an hour before our food... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The overall service was quite poor. After placing our order, half the items were brought out ten minutes later but we soon realised nothing more was going to arrive. We informed the waitress who admitted it was forgotten and brought out some of the rest. We asked whether we could have the scones warmed and were taken away ou to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I love National Museum of Scotland. What a great contribution to the lovely city of Edinburgh. I come here whenever I can, days off, after work.. to relax, to educate myself.. I always think that having a lunch, or just a cup of tea inside of the museum is the right thing to do. The entrance is free, buying something... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wonderful setting in the basement, former store rooms, complete with vaulted ceiling. Nice atmosphere if not too crowded. Service OK if not especially welcoming. Lunch only between 12 and 3 pm. Burgers, fish & chips, children's menu etc. Expect to pay around £10 for a main and £2.70 for a soft drink. Probably better value than the balcony cafe, neither... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We came for lunch here while making a visit to the Games Masters Exhibition at the Museum. Given that we were only in Edinburgh for the afternoon we decided to have lunch at the museum to save time and came straight here from the train station. On arrival at about 12.50 pm, the restaurant was busy and there were many... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I have to say when my Mum suggested that we eat here i was expecting a bog standard panini or bowl of soup. How wrong was I, while the menu was not extensive it offered a goo. d selection. I opted for Edinburgh Haggis served on a rosti topped with chutney. It was absolutely delicious! Superb haggis and a very... More 

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scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The Brasserie is located by the main entrance to the National Museum of Scotland and provides good coffee and cake or, as we chose on this occasion, lunch. I like the fact that you are shown to a table and the food is served to your table, so none of the bothersome queuing often associated with gallery and museum dining.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Having been at a seminar in the Museum and given the awful weather outside, a business colleague and I decided to eat in the Museum Brasserie and I am really glad we did. Although busy, it did not seem so as the service was quick and attentive, the atmosphere was warm but not too noisy and the food choices were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: National Museum of Scotland | Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: 0131 247 4084

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, European

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