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The City Restaurant

#243 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Southside & Holyrood
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35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
+44 131 667 2819
09:00 - 00:00
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Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seriously, if you're going to have fish & chips, have them here. A local recommended it (a waiter at another restaurant), and we had fish & chips twice more during our trip and none were as good. We had a vegan with us and she enjoyed the vegan burger, so all around, a good time.

Thank NCL827
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate twice in this restaurant in our 5 day trip to Edinburgh. Our kids really enjoyed it. My son who is a fussy eater actually said that if he could take this restaurant home with him he would. This is a sit down chipper style restaurant with a 50's diner feel. I loved that they had gluten free options... More 

Thank Emily G
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice old fashioned chipshop restaurant , brought back childhood family meals , and the meals were excellent , prices very reasonable & staff were very attentive

Thank Deefan54
Bath, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an excellent juice for anyone with a big appetite or is simply very hungry. There are plentiful choices no matter what your dietary tastes and the food arrived promptly. The food itself was good honest home cooked type cuisine and tasted great. We had 3 different vegetarian options, all were huge and all were tasty. The bill wasn't... More 

Thank kerry h
Largs, Scotland, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 2 good meals here during our stay would recommend for both food and service. Reasonable prices and very good location

Thank Mary U
Maraval, Trinidad
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276 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch on bank holiday Monday. Had all day breakfast and scampi and chips. Food came quickly and tasted good. Pleasant staff and plenty of seating upstairs. Toilet clean. Recommend to visit.

Thank hickmagp
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to a great show at the festival theater and after the show we were very hungry and right next door was this little gem. The place was busy but we had a table in minuets , Great staff and the place was spotless. Two fish and chips ordered and wow it was lovely perfect batter perfect chips. Two... More 

Thank Paul M
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187 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for dinner and as we booked beforehand were given a lovely booth at the window in the corner upstairs. What a view. The menu is extensive with chippy items, burgers, pasta, salad, pizza and other mains but this was fine as it meant there were plenty to choose. We ordered steak pie and 1/2 chicken supper. Both... More 

Thank Wee Y
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family which includes 2 teenagers came here one morning for a late breakfast. The choices on the menu ticked all of our boxes and you could tell by its popularity that people like to eat here. You could also tell that it is a family run business by the friendly atmosphere. However we were served by a very 'no... More 

Thank Rebekah E
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

generally good,food good, we like upstairs. but will be avoiding if the dark haired waitress is working as her attention is sadly lacking due to being on her phone all the time. one period it was over 10 minutes

Thank desgandy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$26
Grill, Fast food, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 667 2819
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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