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“Almost blown away!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Ship on the Shore

The Ship on the Shore
24-26 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6QN, Scotland
+44 131 555 0409
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Ranked #106 of 1,901 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Almost blown away!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

It,s always a bit of a lottery selecting a place to eat when you are in unfamiliar territory and surrounded by a fair selection of bistro,s and cafes but we were so pleased with our choice of The Ship on the Shore that we went back a second time! The first visit was on a cold and blustery Saturday in the late afternoon as it was going dark and we were immediately struck by the lovely cosy but spacious ambience and the warm welcome of the staff-more on that later! As others have pointed out,some items on the menu tended to be on the pricey side and if you are unwary you could soon rack up a substantial bill for lunch. Our choice was the fish, chips and mushy peas washed down with a pint of good beer . Now,that does sound ordinary in the extreme but the whole plate was excellent and i did not regret not choosing the lobster or the £260! bottle of champers. So there you have it, The Ship on the Shore can cater for all tastes and pockets in a delightful setting with attentive and friendly service. Which brings me back to the only reason i have not given it 5. The staff as i have said previously are wonderful but i
cannot get used to the idea of being asked for a tip! ie it,s there in your face on the card reader! gratuity or press clear if you don,t want to and all this is pointed out by the waitress! Call me old fashioned or just plain tight but i do not like it! After paying for the meal it,s up to the management to pay these lovely people a decent wage not ask me to pay it for them! Having got that off my chest i would go back again next time i,m in Edinburgh- Thats if they will let this tight wad through the door!
















little pricey

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wonderful, cosy restaurant in lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I took my family to The Ship on the Shore for lunch on a Saturday and we had a wonderful time! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and in Winter it's really cosy and inviting. The staff were excellent and we had fantastic service.

The food was very good although it is a bit pricey. I don't mind pricey as long as the food meets my expectations and the food at The Ship on the Shore did not disappoint. All of us were very happy with our choices, which included chicken liver pate (starter), scallops (starter), fish of the day (main) fish pie (main) and a sweet potato filled with vegetable curry (main).

The restaurant is located in Leith's Waterfront area, which has lots of restaurants and bars and is definitely worth a visit when in Edinburgh. A top tip would be to request a window table when booking. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Beautiful food & friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We ate here during a long weekend in Edinburgh, we had not booked, but were seated by a very friendly waitress, we asked for the chowder as a smaller portion for a starter as we also ordered the hot shellfish platter, our requests were no trouble at all & the waitress couldn't have been more helpful, she asked how our stay in Edinburgh was & gave us tips on things to do & see. Our hot shellfish platter was amazing although make sure you're hungry as you will get a huge amount of seafood. Desserts were equally amazing, particularly the Mars bar cheesecake, it's just a shame we had 340 miles to drive home that night or we'd have been able to indulge in their amazing champagnes on offer. Outstanding seafood restaurant, it's just a shame we live so far away from it, or we would have regular visits here, I'm sure.

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Rye, United Kingdom
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“Not at all sure about this place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Read some of the reviews and thought I would give it a look.
Tried the Chili Squid then the Lobster and Beetroot Risotto. Managed to eat most of the squid even though it was on the tough side. the sweet chili sauce was sans chili, just sweet.
The Lobster and Beetroot appeared after around 8 minutes and nobody will convince me it was not nuked in a micro before being served up.
I tried it but after several forks gave up. It was bland and the presentation looked like something the dog had chucked up.
I returned it and was not charged. The staff were fine but I will not be revisiting.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, UK
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Enjoyable seafood restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Extremely high quality, fresh seafood restaurant with excellent attentive staff. Great atmosphere and surroundings.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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