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Greyfriars Bobby Bar

#244 of 1,780 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
0131 225 8328
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Pensacola, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small seating area but the food is very good. Good service and the other dishes that passed by us looked great. I would not hesitate to eat here again.

Thank Barry B
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this lovely traditional pub twice last weekend. Our first visit was on Saturday afternoon. Everyone made us feel very welcome, despite being very busy we were allocated a table after 10 minutes and tried the sharing platter which was fabulous, the wine kept flowing and 2 hours later we eventually left deciding to come back for Sunday lunch which... More 

Thank Karen F
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165 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good solid pub, did food but we only had a drink, seating outside at front, inside half of seating saved for diners only. If in this area and fancy a drink would recommend it.

Thank Blue B
Regina, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our stop here. All the meals were fantastic, especially my quinoa and edamame salad. Great drinks too, and the staff were really helpful and friendly.

Thank Stacy B
Barreiro, Portugal
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143 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a very pleasant dinner after a day strolling through busy Edinburgh on a summer evening right before the Fringe Festival starts. Took the kids just inside the licensed hours and we all had a great time at Greyfriars Bobby. The hunter's chicken and the mixed grill were quite nice and we all shared a bit. Drinks and dessert options... More 

Thank RuiAna_ptbr
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had passed on a coach tour and finally got chance to visit.Took a photo outside and called in for a bit of lunch and a drink. We had the Cullen Skink which was shown as a starter but was perfect for a light lunch. It was tasty and wholesome and we needed nothing more. The staff were friendly and the... More 

Thank certa
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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702 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I like this bar. It has the look and feel of a traditional Scottish bar with a good selection of beers and ales. We came in here on a work night out - we didn't have food. It's right next to the statue of Greyfriars Bobby (as the name suggests!)

Thank ScottishTemplar
Barking, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not for the faint of heart the portion size in this pub, my mother ordered the scampi and chips and it was to die for, and my stepdad ordered the haggis neaps and tatties, and for the first time try he enjoyed it,the staff were very friendly and the pub was immaculate would highly recommend if you have children

Thank kimberleychadwick
Ontario, Canada
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I ate here after a long day of touring Edinburgh, and were less than impressed. The staff were very friendly and doing the best they could, but there were definitely not enough people working. The food took a long time to come out and the portions were small for the amount of money being charged for them.... More 

Thank Carleigh R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What I love about Nicholson's is that they offer consistent level of quality throughout the UK, usually in a historic setting. This pub is no exception - quality food, courteous service, pleasant atmosphere.

Thank Timofey V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $16
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 225 8328
You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a short stroll of Chambers Street, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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Staying in Old Town

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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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