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Katies Diner

#299 of 1,778 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Southside & Holyrood
American, Steakhouse, Scottish
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12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4HP, Scotland
+44 131 229 1394
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live locally and have been coming here on and off for the last 15 years, and I can honestly say that for my money, they do some of the best steaks in Edinburgh. After a fairly long absence, I visited again yesterday with friends and was wondering whether they would still be as good. I'm very pleased to say... More 

Thank kayinembra
West Lavington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Katie's last week with some work mates, proper old fashioned service, good wholesome food and great atmosphere. Steaks look pretty good, but I opted for scampi which was tasty Not open on a Monday or Tuesday

Thank rowlane
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Tucked away off the main road, this little diner offers a small menu but with big flavours. reasonably priced as well, , with a BYOB policy, although they do have a licence. Corkage is minimal and no fuss. Panko prawn starter was divine, steaks very tender and flavoursome. Give it a try.

Thank LMMcI
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It is a really small restaurant so make sure you book a table before you go. The restaurant have a great atmosphere and you can take your own booze. We both ordered burger, cheese burger for my husband and veggie for me. I tried many vegetarian burgers in Edinburgh and definitely it was the best veggie burger that i ever... More 

Thank Nazanin L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

First visit and were greeted with a note on door saying "fully booked tonight" always a good sign! It was a bit like sitting in your front room, very small but cosy and a nice atmosphere. Husband and wife team with wife Katie doing the cooking downstairs and Geoff front of house. Food was simply delicious and cooked fresh from... More 

Thank Audrey S
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Went here for an Friday evening meal with my wife . Both meals where brilliant . I had a sirloin and it melted in the mouth ! Would recommend and will be returning

Thank Christopher And... F
East Lothian
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for a few years now. Fillet steak followed by home made apple crumble is my order. The full menu is on the website. Small place run by husband and wife. Nothing fancy but the food is excellent. Only open 4 nights a week and best to book at the weekends. Handy for the Kings Theatre. Highly... More 

Thank Happy_Holidaymaker51
Inverness, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We found the diner by chance when my original pick was poo pooed by the missus. What a moment of good fortune. The steak served up is the best I have had outside of New York. I ordered the rib eye and it was a stunner. Not only that but the chips were superb! Hats off. I would say don't... More 

Thank Marcus C
Royston Hertfordshire
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We found this restaurant by chance, We were staying at the local hotel but wanted a meal out. The small corner cafe described as a 'Diner' did not fill us with anticipation, but the welcome at the door gave us reassurance that we had chosen wisely. The fact that we were first in and the table cloths were plastic was... More 

Thank nvg45
Novi, Michigan
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

We were a group of eight from the US, ages 16 - 60, and we all agreed that Katies Diner is great! The atmosphere is very relaxed and homelike. I felt as if I were at a favorite aunt's house. The 16 year old in our group still raves about the steak and wants to go back.

Thank MistietheDog

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$32 - $42
American, Steakhouse, Scottish
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4HP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 229 1394
Katie's Diner is a small familly run restaurant where you will always receive a friendly welcome. Some say you can enjoy the best steaks in Edinburgh at Katie's and with our BYOB policy it is always a firm favourite with the locals.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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