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The Living Room

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113-115 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN, Scotland (North Castle Street)
Rail: Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket
0131 226 0880
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: No expense has been spared on Edinburgh���s Living Room restaurant, one of...
No expense has been spared on Edinburgh���s Living Room restaurant, one of a clutch of popular style bars lining George Street. The d��cor has been described as "Manhattan loft with a colonial twist���, a pretty fair description of the chic, upbeat, welcoming atmosphere at The Living Room. There���s a lot of stylish wood, substantial brown leather armchairs, potted plants and sophisticated lighting. A slick entrance bar, brought alive most evenings by one of a superb roster of resident jazz pianist performing on a white baby grand, leads to a cavernous dining space where the balance between comfort and style is reflected in The Living Room's modern European menu. It ranges from snacks, salads and roasts (Sundays only) to comfort food classics and more ambitious pasta, grill and seafood dishes. Edinburgh diners love the international wine list and the sexy cocktails and absolutely everyone praises the service to the skies.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A lovely lunch in a trendy bar

We were meeting our new boss for lunch and the choice of location was not ours. We couldn't complain, we weren't paying! The service was very good although the waitresses seem to be suffering with some bulky plates! The food was actually very good. I had a steak and ale pie and it was one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2012
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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95 reviews 95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We were meeting our new boss for lunch and the choice of location was not ours. We couldn't complain, we weren't paying! The service was very good although the waitresses seem to be suffering with some bulky plates! The food was actually very good. I had a steak and ale pie and it was one of the best I have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Met with friends for birthday drinks and food. Sat down at booked table at 615 and advised we would need to vacate table by 8! Food... Green Thai curry... Watery liquid with some chicken... Very bland. No point in complaining as had complained about mojitos cocktail as had no taste of alcohol...waiter said he would inform bar staff but no... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
435 helpful votes 435 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Had to book to ensure a table for Saturday evening, but well worth the effort as the meal was well up to the high standards we have come to enjoy from this chain of restaurants . Close to the Hotel & vibrant atmosphere ! Will go again when next we visit Edinburgh!

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7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

have to say i really enjoyed my trip here, especially the scallops which were cooked to perfection as was the steak, but have to agree with other reviews in that the prices are too high for what is presented. which is a shame as really enjoyed the food, although had to flag down a waiter is wanted one.

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Hawarden, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Went here for a meal on our first night - meal was good, our steaks were over cooked for what we asked for - but that said I didn't complain because I was too hungry. We went for cocktails in the bar afterwards. Waiter was very attentive.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We were looking forward to our meal at The Living Room. Having walked past the restaurant, situated on George Street, it looked as though it would meet our expectations; what a disappointment. This was our first visit to The Living Room, the food was bland and overcooked, there was not enough seasoning on either of the main meals. I did... More 

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Nice, France
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Live jazz piano accompanies your dinner. Steaks, scampi, rack of lamb. Very nice wines.

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perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

fantastic for dinner and drinks good place to catch up with friends and family with atmosphere

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Gave this place a thumbs up a while back, but it seems to have slipped a bit. The last few times we visited the food was lacking quite a bit. As a result have decided not to return. It seems as though they tried to gussy it up a little bit in terms of presentation, but in the process, as... More 

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Livingston, West Lothian
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Enjoyed a delicious meal with friends at the Living Room in George Street, Edinburgh. The service was excellent with the hostess coming back several times to check everything was okay for us. A large jug of water was provided. One thing I would say is that wine by the glass was expensive £6.80 for glass of pinot gricho yet the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 113-115 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN, Scotland
    (North Castle Street)
  • Public Transportation: Rail: Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 226 0880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 36
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

No expense has been spared on Edinburgh���s Living Room restaurant, one of a clutch of popular style bars lining George Street. The d��cor has been described as "Manhattan loft with a colonial twist���, a pretty fair description of the chic, upbeat, welcoming atmosphere at The Living Room. There���s a lot of stylish wood, substantial brown leather armchairs, potted plants and sophisticated lighting. A slick entrance bar, brought alive most evenings by one of a superb roster of resident jazz pianist performing on a white baby grand, leads to a cavernous dining space where the balance between comfort and style is reflected in The Living Room's modern European menu. It ranges from snacks, salads and roasts (Sundays only) to comfort food classics and more ambitious pasta, grill and seafood dishes. Edinburgh diners love the international wine list and the sexy cocktails and absolutely everyone praises the service to the skies.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
 

Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.