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Elephant House

21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good34%
  • Average24%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible10%
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday around 11am and was relatively busy. It’s an OK cafe for brunch but not amazing. Great for the link with J.K Rowling and the bathrooms are amusing with their graffiti of Harry Potter.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I'm not a fan of Harry Potter but I always admired Ms Rowling who used to be a single struggling mom, but still managed to achieve her dreams. She used to write in this cafe. I only had a Scottish coffee there but I really...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was looking forward to visiting this due to the link with JK Rowling, but I'm afraid the coffees, meal and cake were disappointing and overpriced. Not much else to say really - yes, come here for the Potter association, but not for the food,...More

Thank Graydon W
Reviewed 4 days ago

We can't recall if the name of our waitress was Morgan or Molly, but for sure she made us want to leave early, when she sat us down rapidly ask for your order, after we told her to wait for a minute so that we...More

Thank HIIB
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wanted to see why JK Rowling/Ian Rankin frequented this coffee house so much..... yes, Fabulous views onto Edinburgh castle, plenty of tables and met a lovely American couple on honeymoon on the next table, but to have run out of scones mid afternoon was not...More

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited this cafe in the evening given it is much talked about. While the mornings can be very packed, the evening was fairly quiet and we expected to be served alright. However, the service was rather slow and inefficient. The lady serving was busy...More

Thank MM1501
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes this is the place associated with J K Rowling but there are not many wizards on the waiting team. We ordered pancakes with bacon and maple syrup which were plentiful and tasty but they sat, tantalisingly within reach for 5 mins before they were...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bit of a tourist trap, we queued for around 20 mins to be let into a large seating area that was annoyingly only half full. Prices were a little higher than desired. We ordered some olives, a cake, a coffee and a tea but we...More

Thank AnnaLaurenChapman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is really low quality. The coffee that we had was very burnt and I felt shaky after drinking it. Also the guy behind me the chair broke and fell on the floor and the staff didn't even care about it. Never ever go...More

Thank Gaspar C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to stop in because of the tie to JK Rowling, which was displayed prevalently throughout the restaurant and even the bathrooms! The service and food were good. My husband got a steak and ale pie and I had a fish pie. Both were...More

Thank amfr08
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5355
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