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the merlin

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Bar, British, Pub
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168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
+44 131 447 4329
10:00 - 21:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I come here every week with my grandpa as he likes it here as he can't look out the window and people watch , comment on the weather etc .service usually average time, staff nice, food is good standard pub food but tasty enough,they have various offers , desserts nice too . Child friendly .my daughter loves the porridge when... More 

Thank charlotte g
Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to watch a football game, which was advertised by the bar. Got there had a sharing plate and a couple of pints. At the beginning of the second half went to get some more pints and some food and low and behold the kitchen was closed and it was only 9 o'clock. We are not locals so we're not... More 

Thank Walker385
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This spacious place with outside tables has a range of really good pub grub around the £10 mark, but the prize has to go to the "lunch as you like it" deal - a mega sandwich, side dish (coleslaw, chips, mug of soup) AND a soft drink - for £6.49. It's also handy for assorted buses and it's sparkling clean.

Thank Fiona A
Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I were in Edinburgh and decided to try here for lunch. We ordered from the lunchtime special menu. My partner had the steak Philly, with him being American, he enjoy it, says it's not how it's properly made back home but it was still nice. A few tweaks and it would be awesome! My meal on the... More 

Thank Lala2285
Lafayette, Colorado
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113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This was a very disappointing meal. The scampi, they may have been genuine scampi, were very small, quite tasteless and encased in a thick, hard batter. The chips were encased in a tough skin that couldn't be easily, pierced with a fork, were very difficult to chew and again were quite tasteless. My daughter opted for the baked potato and... More 

Thank Bob S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I lived round the corner from the merlin for a few years and went numerous times for family meals. When we relocated we would always come back for a visit. On our last visit (and it will be the last) it was my sons birthday we ordered a kids meal and steaks for the adults and a cheesecake for my... More 

Thank Pam R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The Merlin provides indoor and outdoor seating in a bustling gastro pub. The menu is comprehensive with something for everyone. Servers were fine but could do with being a little more enthusiastic. Our party of three enjoyed our meals however, when we tried to order the 'special' hot chocolate we were told they didn't have the chocolate flake or mallows... More 

1 Thank julieeclaire
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for your feedback on our food. We are glad you enjoyed the food but equally disappointing that we didn't have Deluxe hot chocolate. We had run out of stock and we are only able to order from our suppliers due to allegens regulations and company policy. We do hope this doesn't put you off visiting the... More 

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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We tried this place on a Sunday afternoon, accepting it might be cheap and cheerful It seemed popular enough with plenty folk watching the football on a number of screens dotted about the room and the menu looked reasonable. The food when it arrived was barely edible, and certainly not enjoyable. None of us could finish our meal. I had... More 

1 Thank itripney
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for your feedback and I can only apologies about the standard of the food you received. We pride ourselves on yes providing good value but also taste pub grub . I will take this feedback back to my chefs. More 

Leven, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

My friend and I 'ate' here on the 28th March, and it was an unforgettable experience, but in a very bad way! I'm Vegan, so ordered the baked potato and veggie haggis, as the only other option would have been chips. I should have ordered the chips, as the potato was inedible. Microwaved within an inch of its life, and... More 

3 Thank Joan426
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and I'm really disappointing to hear that you and your friend had such a bad experience . I will be sure to bring this up in our next Kitchen meeting. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

First they got our order wrong , one plate of chille and one plate of plain nachos. We were given one plate of nachos with chille. We pointed this out and thought it had been resolved. The plate of chille arrived, so good so far but the nachos were burnt. They were returned with a request for fresh ones. The... More 

3 Thank dcarnax
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello , It's really disappointing to hear you had such a disappointing experience. I will make sure this is brought up in our staff meeting this week. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 447 4329
We are a pub that service good quality pub grub cooked from Fresh . We have ample seating and show sports regularly on our 5 screens.

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