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“Blind booking based on these reviews - well justified!”
Review of Dubh Prais

Dubh Prais
Ranked #41 of 2,595 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Our group of four were doing a weekend break on the mainland for a change and wanted to be certain of a good meal to start things off. The chef owner, James, was very happy to show off his kitchen and was most proud of his 25 year experience at producing meals to order. Two attentive waiters ensured we wanted for nothing. The smoked platter starter of three meats had an unusual herb flavour and the house special beef was cooked perfectly, it's rich dark sauce was superb. Not wanting to overdo the meal, we opted to skip dessert and enjoy the coffee, which came with a shortbread and a cube of fudge, great finish. A great blind booking, with charming staff and excellent food. This was the best of the two restaurants we were able to try. With wine and service, £160.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Went here because of the great reviews and it did not disappoint. This a tiny and charming basement restaurant right in the heart of Edinburgh. You must have a reservation! We saw many people come in and get turned away. There are only about 8 or 9 tables. The food is all traditional Scottish meals artfully prepared by a very skilled chef. The hostess and waiter were so delightful and helpful in giving suggestions. We wanted to try haggis and this is the place to do it! They even were nice enough to split one portion onto two plates. The beef special that I had was so tender. Whenever you are visiting a city, you must try the tractional food and this is the best place to go for that in Edinburgh!

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1  Thank ABRO33
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We started our trip to Edinburgh with a visit to Dubh Prais on Friday 19th April and was blown away by the quality of the food, the service and the whole environment.
Do not be put off by any bad reviews you may read (we were a little worroed when we read a couple of negative reviews the day we arrived!) this is a fantastic little restaurant and previous negative reviews are a nonsense.
Located right in the heart of historic Edinburgh on the High Street, this restaurant could easily be overlooked compared to larger grander places in the area but once you step down into the charming basement restaurant, you will find a great menu of local food and produce prepared by the chef James to a great standard. I had the Haggis to start and the Venison to follow which were both exceptional and my wife had the Soup of the day followed by the Salmon which were both very good.
Service was attentive without being annoying and the head waiter was great to have a chat with about the whiskies on offer as well as the food on the menu. To round it all of we met with the chef James who was so friendly and even gave us a view of his (tiny!!) kitchen area. Its a miracle that he produces the food he does in such a space. All in all a fantastic evening.
Remember, this is a small cellar restaurant that only seats 24 people so it is cosy with a friendly environment. We found ourselves having a chat with the people on the table next to us and pretty much everyone there seemed to be having a great time.
If you want great Scottish fayre then head to Dubh Prais.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We popped in here on our second day in Edinburgh (Tues 16th April) at around 17:00Hrs and booked a table for 20:00Hrs, so glad we did, not only did we get the last table but the food was fantastic (the Red Deer Venison was exceptional) and considering the quality of the food the value was really good to. 3 courses, bottle of water came to under £70 (this included a 10% optional service charge which we were happy to pay).

If you want to go and enjoy it as much as we did, book in advance.

David and Sharon
Northumberland

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Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

I went here with my friend whilst visiting Edinburgh and we weren't disappointed! The service was fantastic, really attentive and friendly. The waiter persuaded my friend to eat haggis for the first time ( then told her what it was afterwards!) We had that and then the beef special which was perfectly cooked and salmon (which my American friend said was the best she'd ever had). It's not cheap but the food is definitely worth it. It's a small place which makes it even more special. Brilliant.

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