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“Lovely vegetarian food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Henderson's

Henderson's
94 Hanover St., Edinburgh EH2 1DR, Scotland (New Town)
0131-225-2131
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Ranked #567 of 1,791 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $9 - $21
Cuisines: Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: New Town
Description: Established in 1963, Scotland's first vegetarian restaurant is still proudly serving fresh, wholesome and tasty food seven days a week.Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or visit our deli shop for some takeaway and a loaf from our onsite organic bakery.Our restaurant is set up cafeteria style, for a relaxed and informal dining experience, featuring live music every night, it's perfect for children, families, young and old, and still run as Janet Henderson envisioned 50 years ago.If you fancy table service, head to the Bistro, just round the corner from our deli.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Lovely vegetarian food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

My two daughters having a girly day out in Edinburgh, we couldn't get into any restaurant, which I was very happy about being a vegetarian. We went into the bistro so it was table service, service was a bit slow but the delicious food made up for It, and the Australian wine. Both my daughters loved the food would recommend to vegetarians and meat eater

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Try the Bistro if you want to sit down and be served”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Great food that just happens to be vegetarian - plus puddings that are really fab.

If you are in Edinburgh treat yourself - the flans are really tasty , the servings generous , the wine well chosen and reasonably priced , the patrons a wide mix and the staff very helpful.

Give it a go.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, good wine and good music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Henderson's of Hanover Street is rightly renowned for high quality vegetarian food. It is self-service (table service in the Bistro upstairs) but staff are always willing to carry trays if help is needed, the atmosphere is relaxing,live music in the evening is good but not intrusive, the chocolate pot puddings are to die for and no-one minds if you spend all evening over a meal and extra glass of wine. Or two. A lovely place to eat, either alone or with friends.

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“Vegetarian Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Firstly the positive, the food is exceptional! You really do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to find several dishes to delight you! There is also a lovely atmosphere with live (usually jazz) music most evenings.

I understand that they want to appeal to the trendy and young but if they turned this in to a table service restaurant, they would be booked out for weeks and make a fortune! As it is, they must do very well as they are always busy whatever time of the day you go but they do have a rather odd approach!

They serve top notch food, but you have to queue at the counter to order, pick up your food and pay, collecting your cutlery from a grey tray as if you were at a motorway service station! This is not the easiest of tasks if you have bags/coats to be carried! If your food needs preparing they give you a wooden spoon to put on your table as if you were in a downmarket pub!

This cafe type approach in no way reflects or does justice to the exceptionally high quality of the presentation and taste of the food which is truly outstanding, which with hindsight seemed a bit of a shame! The main menu can only be ordered after 4pm so if something on the website entices you, make sure you don't go at lunchtime as I did on my second visit on consecutive days!

Oh and one more thing...the "facilities" off of the main restaurant area are diminutive, cramped and in desparate need of refurbishment (though I understood afterwards that these were not the main toilets)!

Would I go again (yes absolutely) for the food alone!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good hearty food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great place for vegans and veggies with many options and variety. Good portion size, cozy venue and live music.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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