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Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience

#110 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
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354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
+44 131 477 8477
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here to look around the whisky shop and decided to enjoy a tipple in the bar upstairs. Really nice place, decor and drinks when we eventually got them but unfortunately my husband stood at the bar for over 15 minutes trying to sort out 2 drinks! The young man really didn't know what he was doing and when my... More 

Thank jojo082
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for my wife's birthday and I have to say I was very impressed at the overall dining experience we had. We went for the taster menu and would recommend it as it gives you a wide variety and is perfectly sized. The main courses were actually pretty large so I would go with an appetite!. The staff were... More 

Thank MOFF5
Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with family for lunch. The restaurant is very nicely decorated - warm and inviting. A lot of choice on the menu - whether you want lunch or something more substantial. Lots of nice cakes and puddings to choose from and the drinks menu - including the whiskey menu is extensive. We were a table of 6 adults plus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was surprisingly tasty and delicious, tasted like original Mediterranean food. Staff is very kind and the restaurant looks cosy and romantic so I shared a lovely lunch with my boyfriend. Very good price for value. I hope to get there very soon.

Thank Morgan R
Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amber restaurant locates just a few walking minutes from Edinburgh Caste. It is a great place for lunch after visiting the castle. Foods are really good and professional service Restaurant decoration as it name, amber, really warm and friendly.

Thank Hạnh B
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been in this restaurant in October. The quality of the food was very good. The soup and the sandwich were really good and tasty. But the customer service so poor. When we asked the waitress to change seat because the air conditioning was run over us, (the restaurant was almost empty) the waitress said no and she said... More 

Thank Federicamarino87
ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Dear Federica, Thank you for taking the time to review Amber. We're dismayed that our customer service seems to have fallen well below our usual high standard. Please accept my sincere apologies. I would appreciate it if you could get in touch with me so that we can make amends. My email address is J.Hunter@ScotchWhiskyExperience.co.uk Kind regards, Julie More 

Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good lunch deals. We had two platters, one with seafood and one with cheese. Both quite nice. The décor is very nice

Thank Juliapa
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Amber is a good option to have your lunch and continue your whisky tasting before or after your museum visit. Local meat and cheese options are tasty and enjoyable.

Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We were a bit stand off-ish about this restaurant as we were afraid it would be a typical tourist trap. This was actually not our impression. We asked for some help in regards to some whiskey tasting at the table, and as our waitress had little to bring to the table in this regard, she had to fetch a colleague.... More 

Thank Cecilie H
ScotchWhiskyExp, Manager at Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience, responded to this review

Dear Cecile - thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We have fully investigated your comments with the team who were working on the evening. They remember replacing your steak which was ordered med / well done with a medium steak and I understand that this was carried out immediately for you. The waitress in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

We had a nice group lunch . Nice ambiance but the bar scene was just awesome. We had smoked salmon , beef with mushrooms, and the chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream. Although I had soda , I made sure to have their suggested whiskey serving . If you have time , which I haven't , go for the museum.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $59
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 477 8477
We bring you the finest Scottish Food made from the best of seasonal ingredients. Experience Scottish food - full of character, flavour and above all authenticity. Menus change with the seasons and all of our food reflects the regional diversity of Scotland's larder. Enjoy our tapas and cheese platters at the Whisky bar, sit down and relax within the restaurant, or simply indulge yourself with a speciality coffee and homemade cake. Dishes can include: Haggis and Vegetarian Haggis, mussels with a Whisky sauce, beef with dumplings, Scottish smoked salmon, Scotch beef, Highland lamb, caramelised Apple and Whisky Crumble, Scottish Cheeses. OPEN EVERY DAY. Food is served every day from midday, last orders 8.30Pm (Sunday - Thursday), and last orders 9pm on Friday and Saturday. Private groups also catered for. Important access information - please read Please be aware that from 1 November until a proposed mid-March finish date, our lift will be closed for replacement. This will mean that Amber will not be accessible to wheelchair users during this period. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but look forward to welcoming wheelchair users in the new year, with our new improved lift facility

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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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