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“The best in Edinburgh for seafood. Without a doubt.”

The Ship on the Shore
Ranked #95 of 2,460 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish, Seafood, European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Ship on the Shore, a secret gem in Edinburgh’s Seafood dining scene. At the Ship on the Shore, we have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the freshest and most extraordinary Scottish fish and seafood. The Ship on the Shore loves to use these offerings and we take great pride in using the freshest, which arrives daily and is harvested from sustainable stocks, we love this gift from nature's larder and wanted to share what we enjoy with you, our fellow travellers. Our approach is simple really; we offer the finest ingredients, passionately prepared and expertly presented. When the sun shines, our delicious seafood can be served outside, on our shore-front terrace beside the Water of Leith. When it doesn’t, our atmospheric restaurant and bar awaits you. We serve food all day, from our delicious menus; Champagne Breakfast (9-11.30am), Crustacea and Mollusc (12 noon -10pm, Lunch (12 noon -5pm) Dinner (5-10pm). On Sunday's we also offer a delicious Sunday Roast. Whether it’s a light lunch you’re after, or luxuriating over our Fruits de Mer 'Royale' or Hot Shellfish Platter, accompanied by the finest wine or champagne, The Ship on the Shore offers informal, understated excellence.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“The best in Edinburgh for seafood. Without a doubt.”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Not really sure what "welshyyy" is talking about? The Ship has consistently fantastic food. And the place is spotless. I live in Edinburgh but have been lucky enough to have eaten all over Europe through work and pleasure. The Ship is one of my favorites. If you love great food then you'll love this place. In fact it's been quoted in the press quite a few times as being Michellin starred chef Tom Kitchins favorite place to eat in Edinburgh. That doesn't happen without good reason.

  • Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

food always very good and quite reasonable, i like to have a table in the bar which has a good buzz about it. great vareity on the menu for lunch/wine a wee bit more pricey than some

Visited July 2012
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Amazing seafood in a warm, relaxed setting”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This was our 2nd time frequenting this restaurant as for our most recent romantic weekend away we wanted to ensure we had a seafood extravaganza for one evening and the Ship on the Shore certainly provided that.

We knew even before we arrived what we were going to order and were more than happy to pay the £90 for the Deluxe Fruit de Mare, however when we went to order the lovely waitress advised us that this was the cold version and that the hot was only £65, even better!!!

To go with the meal we ordered a bottle of Prosecco which was delish. The wine we could finish but the shared main was so large we had to leave a lot which was really frustrating for foodies such as ourselves. Definite value for money as it included a full lobster, langoustines, mussels, clams, large crab claws etc.

What we love about the Ship is that the restaurant is suitable for for romantic couples, families or for any other occasion and that the lighting and ambiance was really warm and inviting upon arrival.

We will definitely be returning in the future.

Marie & Andrew

  • Visited February 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is my girlfriends favourite restaurant, if we stayed in Leith we would be here once a week! it is fantastic. If you like seafood you will love this.

The service has been excellent every time we’ve been and I find it much more enjoyable an atmosphere that Fishers next door (it is a fine restaurant and you wouldn’t be let down in there)

Ultimately it is overpriced considering what your getting but sadly good shellfish is expensive in Scotland because we import it all before it gets to us!

Try this place for an experience, if it’s a special occasion have the ‘Fruits-de-mer’ with champagne for a treat.

  • Visited November 2012
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“Nice food, shame about the service.”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Went there tonight with the boyfriend to celebrate valentines and also so he could try his first lobster. The food tasted great, however the portion size was a little tight when it came to the lobster. When the half lobster is pretty much the size of a langoustine you may as well serve the entire thing.

What really let the place down though was the service, the waitresses actively blanked you when you made eye contact and you were left waiting a decade just to be served. Also not appreciative of the funny looks received for not tipping. They probably should have used the energy spent on dirty looks on actually providing a service worth tipping for.

  • Visited February 2013
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