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National Museum of Scotland | Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
0131 247 4084
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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78 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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35 restaurant reviews
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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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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98 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We went for lunch and had to queue for about 15 minutes - if there was somewhere else we'd have left and gone there, it was that bad. To make matters worse, there were loads of tables that were empty and staff didn't seem to be focused on getting diners seated, served, paid up and out. Given that the museum... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had visited the brasserie during a recent visit to the museum. The restaurant was not busy yet people were being made to queue for an inordinate time to be seated. The scone that was ordered was fine and the staff were OK although service was very slow. However, a major negative was the fact that I could not get... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

In the middle of a busy Festival Saturday we were glad to find this wonderful refuge from the madness in the streets. We had a choice of tables for lunch with very good service. Food was quite expensive but good, as were the drinks. Belgian chocolate waffle was outstanding and the museum attached is a great place to chill out

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very long wait to be taken to a seat, despite it only being half filled. Long wait for food too. The food was very tasty although small portions for the price. The staff were helpful and friendly. However, the long wait was especially problematic for our toddler. This is not ideal for a restaurant in a family attraction.

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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

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  • Cuisine: European

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