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First Coast

97 - 101 Dalry Road | Haymarket, Edinburgh EH11 2AB, Scotland
+44 131 313 4404
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Ranked #38 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Scottish, British
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Opening Hours:- MONDAY - Saturday. Lunch 12pm-2pm Dinner 5pm-10.30pm West Edinburgh wasn't a dining hotspot, but charming, inviting, delicious First Coast is one of the establishments that have been changing that. A comfy toddle from Haymarket station, First Coast is quite an intimate, relaxed shop front restaurant done out the blues and greys of the sea, with rough hewn centre wall and super smart detailing. The frequently-changing modern Scottish menu lists meat and fowl as well as fish. Starters include very tender marinated squid, soy and sesame salad, mains include spicy grilled chicken breast with homemade sweet chilli sauce and coconut rice, and sweets include deep fried jam sandwich with vanilla ice cream- seriously. Short, thoughtful wine list, good vegetarian choices and warm service.
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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My wife met a cousin from the Isle of Man for the first time in this restaurant. Our group of 6 were greeted by very friendly staff and the combination of the service,menu and surrounds made it a special night to remember.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Delicious, imaginatively prepared food; great wines; friendly staff - what was not to love? This was our favorite restaurant in Scotland; if we lived in Edinburgh, we'd be regulars. On the night we were there, they were very busy and service wasn't fast, but we didn't feel at all neglected (staff kept checking in with us) and the atmosphere was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My sister and I had a lovely meal at First Coast! The service was nice and the food was tasty and came out quickly. We recommend, as others on trip advisor have, trying the Ox cheek for an entree, it is a must have. Overall, great food and great service and reasonably priced.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's in a not so beautiful area, but look past that. The inside of the restaurant is fresh and inviting. The service was friendly and quick. We decided on an early dinner and made our reservations the previous day. (it was pretty full) We both ordered the whole fried gurnard (a sight to see) with the noodles and chilli carmel,... More

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Dallas, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Five of us ate here and we all agreed that it was the best meal we had in Edinburgh and we had several. The ox cheeks starter was amazing!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited First Coast at the end of 2013. Heard many positives from people working in the Catering industry- it did not dissapoint. A quality dinner based on local ingredients, a blend of Scottish and international cuisine. Very good value as well- they do not stick abusive prices. It will be my choice should I happen to visit beautiful Edinburgh again.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The menus weren't laminated which I thought was strange (they probably change everyday so that could be a plausible explanation). The ambiance is very good and relaxing. Staff were very friendly, easy to approach and facilitate any requests. They ensured we were enjoying ourselves and that we had everything we needed. Little things such as lighting up our candle or... More

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I wish you could have 4.5 ratings cause that's what I'd give First Coast. The food is great, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is just right. The menu was mainly fish based, but there was also a beef, lamb and vegetarian dish.The food quality is fantastic, even if the portions are a little on the small side. The... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We've always had great experiences at First Coast, from carefully chosen wines to excellent well judged dishes. We come often for the start of special evenings together.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We really enjoyed our first visit to First Coast. There's a good selection on the menu and a lot of it is a bit different to what you might get elsewhere which was a nice change. Friendly staff and good service. Will definitely go back again!

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