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Empires

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St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland
+44 131 466 0100
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Coldstream, Scotland, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Nice wee restaurant with a mezzanine floor. Small and intimate. Lovely food, mezze a speciality. Nice place to go with friends for the evening. Very relaxed and enjoyable

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Thank Coldst57
Calgary
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298 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

The place is not inviting-looking from the outside. There is no alcohol served. The food is average as is the service.

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4 Thank niemand
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

After a very average at best meal in David Bann's veggie eatery next door a few weeks ago we got speaking to group of youths outside this place who were raving about it, so went last night, lovely candle lit atmosphere/felt like you were a million miles away from the busy Royal Mile, had amazing 5 item meze main course... More 

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Thank Sam C
Ames, IA
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104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

This restaurant happened to be near our hotel in Edinburgh. The atmosphere is dark with lovely glass lanterns from Turkey. We were very happy with our plates of mezze. It's BYOB so there's no pressure to order drinks. It's hard to get beyond falafel, hummus, and gyros where we live so it was a treat. Service might be a little... More 

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Thank Michael C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

The food is great, the décor bohemian, the lighting subtle, the music "just right". Therefore, this should be a relaxing, chilled place to spent time with friends....but it's not! We were told on booking we could book at 6.30 or 8.30, so we chose 6.30. Every table downstairs was occupied and we got our food about 7pm. At 8pm we... More 

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Thank keskarosie
Melrose, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

There was literally no-one else in when I visited with my daughter. She is vegetarian and most of the menu seemed to cater for her although there were other choices. That was fine and I was happy with the selection. The food didn't seem entirely freshly prepared though. It arrived very quickly which might suggest it was microwaved, however the... More 

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1 Thank Al M
York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

A great experience, it looks, feels and tastes like the real deal! We shared 2 large mezzes between 3 people and were spoilt for choice, delicious food that comes highly reccomended!

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Thank BobYenz
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

Cozy environment, friendly personnel, fast service, nice , tasty food with a large selection of 'meze', reasonable prices and live Greek music by a band of talented Greek students! Do not forget to bring along your favorite bottle of wine! I went there on a Friday evening, it was full, so it would be safer to book in advance...I enjoyed... More 

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Thank Maria O
Newport, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

We'd eaten a lovely meal at David Banns on Saturday night, and on our way back we spotted a sign outside Empires saying that they catered for vegans. So, on Sunday night we decided to give it a try. Luckily we spotted the byob so we went prepared with bottle of wine in hand! When we turned up we noticed... More 

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1 Thank Purple C
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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247 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our waitress Laura was charming and helpful, kindly providing a handwritten vegan menu. We shared the vegan meze platter, including some old favourites such as humus, tarator and falafel. Great option to bring your own wine, with water supplied in tall, elegant beaten metal jugs. Attractive interior of warm wooden panelling, ornaments and wonderful light shades and chandeliers, decorated with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $33
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 466 0100

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

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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