We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Pleasantly surprised, better than your average chippie”

The City Restaurant
Ranked #256 of 2,460 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Grill, Fast Food, British, Scottish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Description: Family run restaurant in the city centre now celebrating 20 years in business and with a fresh new look and menu! Great for all parties, couples,families and small/large groups of up to 50! We are open most hours of the day. We welcome booking or walk-ins! Regards City
UK
Level Contributor
54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised, better than your average chippie”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Lived in Edinburgh all my life and this is the first venture to the City Restaurant and will not be my last. Granted this is not a bistro or Michelin star the food menu is comfort food, chippy style but a lot nicer and presented well. Ordered the fried pizza and partner ordered a few sides. Food arrived promptly but it feel as if it had just been cooked and not left lying around. Service was dead friendly and restaurant was really busy but I never waited long for anything ordered. when they got our order slightly wrong, they rectified it really quickly. Nice place for a quick meal in between festival shows.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Sumotartan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco P, Owner at The City Restaurant, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Hello,

thank you for reviewing us, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. This time of year is our busiest and have many visitors coming in for a quick meal between shows.

hope to see you soon whether its outside or in the festival!

Kind regards

Marco Pia
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

478 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    272
    137
    41
    13
    15
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Our go-to restaurant in Edinburgh!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

What can I say about The City Restaurant that hasn't already been said? I first discovered this restaurant with my colleagues when visiting Edinburgh in 2011 for work reasons. While we occasionally ate at other places, this was the restaurant we always returned to day after day. During my most recent trip to Edinburgh with my wife in June 2013, we again made this restaurant our favourite food establishment. It's located on Nicholson Street, a stone's throw (5-10 minute walk) from the Royal Mile. They are open fairly early in the morning and have amazing breakfasts!

They also have large portions of food at extremely good prices, everything ranging from fish and chips to pizza and salads.
It's all made in front of you for those on the lower level so you can watch as it is prepared. (There is both an upstairs and a downstairs). They also do a take away for those on the move.

The staff were amazing! They were friendly and fast and the food was always fresh and hot. The waitress we met most often was Maria from Spain and she made our visits all the more pleasant and enjoyable but even the cooking staff began to recognise our daily visits and were always ready with a greeting and a smile.

We highly recommend this restaurant to all those traveling to Edinburgh. Thanks to all the staff at The City Restaurant for making our trip memorable!

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Shawn D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco P, Owner at The City Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hello Shawn,

thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. I will first of all let Maria know of your comments, she is a great waitress with a wonderful personality and she will be delighted to read your review.

Many of the team have been with us for a while, and are part of the success of the restaurant. its great to hear comments from customers that visit regularly, whether it being once a year or once a week. It keeps us going!

Thank you again and look forward to your next visit to Edinburgh!

Kind regards

Marco
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love it!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Very casual but nice and not too over filling! Amazing fish and chips, one of the best I've had actually. Really recommend this place as its also very much in the city centre and easy access although abit awkward if you were to take your car as it is hard to find parking

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Amynicholson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco P, Owner at The City Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hello Amy,

really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and especially your comment about our signature dish! We have been in this trade for decades and this is now the third generation.

P.s I really like the title of your review :-)

hope to see you soon

Kind regards

Marco
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“FRIENDLY RESTAURANT”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was our 2nd visit to this restaurant as we were at The Festival Theatre which is next door to it.
Our 1st visit we thought the food was very good fresh and good value for money, The waiting staff very attentive and the cleanliness of the whole restaurant high.
We were not disappointed on our 2nd visit again the same high standards. We will definitely be back for another meal.
It may be a chip shop/restaurant but it is better than some of the large chains of restaurants.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank odonnell67
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco P, Owner at The City Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hello!

I am delighted to hear that we were able to keep up our standards. We are family run and there is nearly always a member at work to help with the quality of service and food. But we are fortunate also to have such a great team working with us. I will let them all know of your comments. Thank you again and hope to see you soon.

Kind regards

Marco
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Relaxed, friendly, family run, gem in the city ;)”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Whether I'm meeting up with the family, or having a nice relaxed breakfast on my own watching the world go by. This place is always my/our port of call.......Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, great staff, fast service, fab food, all at reasonable prices for Edinburgh.

Highly recommended!!.... whether your a tourist or a local.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Jonathan_EH1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco P, Owner at The City Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hello Jonathan,

Thank you for your great review. this is our aim when we refurbished the restaurant a few years ago, and glad we can satisfy you for different occasions. We try to cater for all for all customers and occasions so its great to hear that we are achieving this.

Looking forward to your return!

Kind regards

Marco
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The City Restaurant also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Been to The City Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing