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#321 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southside & Holyrood
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
+44 131 662 4493
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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245 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came here prior to to the NYE celebrations on the royal mile and princes street. Excellent choice, Marta was on duty and made us feel very welcome. We both chose fish for starter and main course and we were not disappointed cooked too perfection and very well presented. Good food, great staff, lovely city and a... More 

Thank DGY-Eaglescliffe
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for the Christmas set lunch menu with colleagues. Delicious food, well presented and excellent value for money - just £20 for three courses with coffee and an amuse bouche. Friendly, efficient and attentive service from the waitress.

Thank natalieturner51
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very tasty office Christmas lunch here served by the very helpful and friendly Marta. We were a bit dubious as we were the only people in, and the waitress was a bit vague about a vegan meal one of us had pre-ordered, but once she checked with the chef it was all fine. Every plate was cleared... More 

Thank Kenny B
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here quite a few times . Each year when we come up we always make a point of dining here. Disappointed this time. Meals were far from hot, main course tasteless and pastry on panna cotta tart tasted as was days old. This has put us off going back. We always raved about this place but not now. By... More 

Thank Joan M
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Loved this warm and cosy bistro. Menu varied and interesting. All of us delighted with our choices. Will definitely be going back

Thank happywandererSurrey
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Everything about this restaurant is bland. Like the colour of the décor, it’s a grey and drab experience. Even my husband, who was doing his best to like it, said that the background music was “sounds to cut your wrists to”. I wonder if it was the chef’s night off, as the food was the sort of thing I make... More 

Thank hate-popups
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Vg value at £16 pre-theatre. Best Prosecco I've ever tasted. Lovely decor & ambience. Food was a mixed bag. Tasty croquette starter. The Szechuan Pork Belly however was about as Chinese as tartan. Nice but lacking any Chinese flavour. The mixed beans that came with it were clearly out of a tin. The dessert was a Meringue. Out of a... More 

Thank AlAvenger1
Dunblane, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Visited with a friend the other evening before heading to the theatre - our first time visit, but certainly won't be the last! The food was superb, coupled with the presentation and friendliness of the staff. Definitely book and enjoy the experience, you won't be disappointed.

Thank JohnF55
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Imaginative food served by a friendly waitress in comfortable restaurant. We have already booked a return trip.

Thank Lupin K
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Had a meal here with my wife while on holiday in Edinburgh. The food here was outstanding on a par with many more expensive restaurants, I would thoroughly recommend it. It was a real shame that we were the only people in the restaurant all evening, however do not let this put you off the food more than makes up... More 

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$27
British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 662 4493
Sylvesters restaurant is positioned in the heart of Edinburgh, close to many tourist attractions such as Greyfriar's Bobby, Chamber's Street Museum, The Meadows, The Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University at George Square. ​If you want to catch up with some old friends, to relax with colleagues after a morning of hard work, or to celebrate a special graduation within walking distance of the McEwan Hall , Sylvesters is the perfect venue for a delicious, relaxed meal. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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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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