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“Fantastic food but slow service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Marlayne

Cafe Marlayne
Ranked #484 of 2,437 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $31
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
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“Fantastic food but slow service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

I've been to this lovely place twice - once with a couple friends and again when a group of 12 of us went for a colleague's 15-year anniversary lunch. On both visits the food was truly fantastic, but it was let down by the waiting staff. On both occasions there was a half-hour hiatus before our order was taken. The waiter had to be chased with requests or questions after leaving the table suddenly, and didn't acknowledge requests even when he had heard and was acting upon them, resulting in uncertainty and annoyance at his off-handedness. They have great chefs who cook amazing food, but the waiting staff's communication needs improvement.
If you're not in a hurry - GO HERE. The building is lovely and the food is amazing, but don't expect to bond with the staff.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Handy in attending show in Playhouse”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Pleasant staff, food good especially mussels. Could do with heating their plates before serving as food goes cold quickly. Fairly busy restaurant but ideal and not expensive prior to visiting theatre directly opposite.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Agnes2golf
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food, lovely setting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

I've been here about 5 times now and it never fails to delight! Last time I had the venison burger which was mouthwateringly delicious. Really good. I've had the beef burger too and the duck egg omelette- very yummy too!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank D757ec
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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178 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Lovely cake shame at the hediously bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Was in there with a friend for coffee and cake. When we first walked in we went to the counter to place our order. The two people behind the counter looked at us as if we hsd just walked in to their living room or something?! I actually thought the place was closed. They brought our order over to us no smile, it was so odd? Even when we went up to pay, that seemed to be a massive ordeal for them. It was a shame as the cake was great, but I definitely don't want to put myself through such a strange experience again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shanika G
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Scotland
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334 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Tres chic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

Had lunch here before a visit to The Playhouse a very short distance away across the road. Great service. Nice lunch or snack menu to choose from -we had combinations from both and everything was lovely. Reasonably priced. Quaint decor-my Granny had a sink unit like that!
Would deffinately come back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank visit09
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