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Mercat Bar

$$ - $$$, British,
28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
+44 131 225 8716
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“haggis” (32 reviews)
“fish and chips” (24 reviews)
“burger” (28 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We dropped into this bar/ restaurant by chance. The interior is not exciting, looking more like a cafe than a Gastropub. However the food was excellent. The burger was obviously freshly made and was cooked to perfection.

Thank Graham R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Edinburgh with a group of friends and needed a good breakfast before we headed back. Veggie breakfast included Linda McCartney veggie sausages, veggie haggis plus all the other extras that the meat eaters had. A great size and the coffee was good and...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice people, good service, great food! We had a problem with the order and the people fixed it perfectly. They informed us promptly, gave us a drink on the house and made sure we had everything we needed. Great service!

Thank Hans B
Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice folks at the bar, good service, good food, helped me choose a good whisky. What else? Oh yeah, price was ok. Thumbs up!

Thank silmacar
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

Waitress was alert to the prelude to our leaving soon after being seated at a table near the door which was open letting in a cool draft which a local may have found refreshing but a tourist from the tropics did not. She moved us...More

Thank gek_lee
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2018

Hi there, many thanks for your kind review. Us Scots do indeed enjoy getting the doors open whenever the sun shines but it is not always that warm! I'm very pleased you enjoyed the service & found the portions to be generous. I will feed...More

Reviewed June 4, 2018

Popped in here with my friend for couple of drinks on our way home from a shopping trip. The place was very quiet - maybe three other customers - no-one at the bar. I placed our two drink order - Tanqueray and slim, half of...More

Thank keep P
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Good morning, I am sorry to hear about your negative experience with us. It is unfortunate that your server misunderstood your order. We don't actualy stock schweppes slimline, I would hope you were served Fevertree naturally light instead? As for the half pint glass, I...More

Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

All of the fish & chips were uncooked. Batter was raw on the inside and burnt on the outside. Manager was very blunt with us, with no manners or any kind of customer service skills at all. No apology or even comment when we raised...More

3  Thank ScotDr
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Hi Scot, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I am very sorry that you had such an appalling experience with us. Something clearly went badly wrong with the preparation of your food. You're complaint was not handled at all well & I am...More

Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

Found this place by chance on our way to the castle. Full Scottish breakfast, or a variety of others options available. Lovely young man serving & food was awesome.

1  Thank Georgina J
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Hi Georgina, thank you very much for your review. I am pleased you chanced upon us & enjoyed the service & found the food to be awesome, very encouraging words. Kind regards, Lee Russell

Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

What a find ! With an ordinary frontage, you'll find a rare reward if you venture inside ! We had a wonderfully reviving breakfast there (been at a wedding all day and night the day before !) and The Mercat came up trumps ! Great...More

Thank Alistair F
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Hi Alistair, many thanks for your review. I am delighted that we were able to provide fayre which "sorted you out". I'm very pleased you appreciated the quality of our food & I hope you are now fully recovered! All the best, Lee Russell

Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Our server was nice, but service was EXTREMELY slow. It took our salads an hour to arrive. We were starving since we all had been travelling all day so we were ready for a meal. Once our salads arrived we were completely dissatisfied and disappointed...More

Thank Naomi H
Lee R, Owner at Mercat Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Hi Naiomi, I am loathed to respond due to your use of an expletive in the title, however thank you for bringing your issues to my attention. I am aware that we had some service issues on Monday 28th due to a very high volume...More

West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in
industrial Britain had their most desirable
neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes.
Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest
citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind
grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel
crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and
sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along
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March 24, 2018|
Response from FootlightsBarGril | Property representative |
Hi Martika, the function room can hold up to 120 people for a party or 50 for a set meal. Cheers Lee Russell
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $26
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Scotland
  • Public Transportation: Haymarket Rail Station - Less than 5 minutes walk. L&T Bus Stops.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 8716
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The leading bar in the West End of Edinburgh when it comes to craft beers. The Mercat Bar offer an unbeatable selection of both local and world beers. All of this fine ale is complimented by freshly prepared and localy sourced food. The food menu combines twists on pub classics and Mediterranean inspired dishes. The perfect location for all occasions, be it a romantic meal for two, a business lunch or for larger groups we host an exclusive second bar located in our downstairs function room.
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