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Filmhouse Cafe Bar

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Coffee Shop, International, Vegetarian
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88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
0131 229 5932
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: This cafe bar is part of Filmhouse cinema.

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not just for cinema-goers

Counter service is friendly and plenty of 'earthy' choice mix for healthy vegetarian types. A nice chill place to have a beer or coffee, lunch or early evening dinner and not just for cinema-goers. Good place if you're on your own with a book or fancy an afternoon film in a traditional cinema.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Denise L
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Scotland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a few meals here during a festival. The falafel plate was dry and overcooked. The filo parcels seemed stale. But the worst was the nachos. Ordered without jalapeños and it came loaded with them. Sent it back and another was brought out immediately. However on closer inspection it seemed they just picked them off as the plate was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Counter service is friendly and plenty of 'earthy' choice mix for healthy vegetarian types. A nice chill place to have a beer or coffee, lunch or early evening dinner and not just for cinema-goers. Good place if you're on your own with a book or fancy an afternoon film in a traditional cinema.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

When Oh When is the cafe itself going to be refurbished? It must be a health hazard. The chair covers are mouldering and starting to ingest themselves. Bits of the filthy looking carpet are worn away to nothing. How much effort would it actually take just to renew the flooring and get some second hand tables and chairs? Let's hope... More 

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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The cafe / bar is being improved at present (feb 2015) but is still very popular for coffees and snacks, light lunches or pre film meals and drinks. Tables can be scarce at peek times but time it right and you can enjoy some peace from the hectic pace of the city. Recommended.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I really like this place, it is unassuming and a great place to catch up with friends at lunch time, maybe even have a glass of wine or a pint of beer with your lunch. They do daily specials, which are mostly homemade, soups, stews, curries etc, the food is always lovely, and very quick to arrive. The atmosphere is... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Every time I watch a film here I find it hard to pass up on the filmhouse nachos. They must be some if the best in edinburgh. There are plenty of tasty dishes to choose from and more vegetarian options than most places. Sure it is a bit 'studenty' but that's part of the charm. If you want slick there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Informal, friendly service, good range of good value hot dishes, snacks and drinks - great choice of wines. Can be busy, especially before/after popular films, but very convenient location for anything from a coffee to a meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Maybe it's because it reminds me of my student days, as the clientele are either students or at least used to be, or perhaps it's because it captures a great atmosphere whilst remaining safe, even on a Saturday night. Then again it could just be that the food is great. It's honest food, free from fuss. In fact it's great... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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76 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This has to be one of the best cinema cafes in the UK. No plastic hot dogs or megabucks coffees here. A vast range of drinks - hot, cold, soft or alcoholic and all reasonably priced with 'llte bites' to die for. The bacon and hake chowder was deliciious as was the toasted ham and gruyere bagel but if I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Looking for a place to eat before a film, I had not thought about the Filmhouse. It was very busy and so you need to persevere to get a seat. Service was very good and they managed expectations very well - food arrived within the time quoted. Baked potatoes and fillings were excellent and all round - why go anywhere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 0131 229 5932

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, International, Vegetarian

Description

This cafe bar is part of Filmhouse cinema.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.