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) #375 of 1,855 Restaurants in Edinburgh $$ - $$$ British, , European
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea bass” (13 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a pre-theatre supper in this very nicely decorated restaurant. The server made us very welcome and the ambience was relaxed and the food excellent. I was surprised that few diners arrived as we left at about 7pm....it is just the kind of place...More

2  Thank cmcoulson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked at 7.30, hardly anyone in there which I found surprising! The decor is really nice and the service was top notch too. The food was lovely with great variety! I can recommend the Ox cheek! 2x large wines and full 3 courses for 2...More

1  Thank Andy G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with a group of around thirty persons. Preordered the food. Everything was fine. We would come again. The two waitresses were very nice to us, very friendly. Good service. The food was fine, but not excellent. Good beer selection. I had a...More

1  Thank Urlauber0815a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've often passed this place, but being near great finds like Field or Blonde, I've often overlooked it. However I finally decided to try it last night - wooed by its pre-theatre menu deal which offers 3 courses for only £16.95 - and it didn't...More

2  Thank Cece C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Eaten here several times pre theatre. Food is the best I have ever had and what good value. Lovely waitress. Will always eat here when I visit Edinburgh!

1  Thank Jane P
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Well, visited here for dinner prior to attending a show at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh. We arrived late (due to traffic) however the restaurant were so lovely about this. The décor is beautiful and indeed the food is superb. Starter and main courses were...More

1  Thank Cymraes66
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We booked a table via OpenTable app as we the reviews were good. It was Saturday night and our booking was for 21:15. We booked the table probably 30 minutes before and as we arrived we were told that the restaurant has closed the kitchen....More

Thank Magda B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Decided to try this restaurant for lunch, we chose the lunch set menu which was at a really good price. High quality food, really good portions and great skills went into the meal from the chef. All I can say..... Yum Yum Yum!!!

Thank Claudia P
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Spent an evening with family, enjoying the new menu, which was simply fabulous. From my first taste of Haggis (accompanied by a delicious chilli jelly), and followed by succulent beef cheeks- the presentation, and taste, was divine. However, the best was saved until last: the...More

Thank Helen G
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Friendly service and consistently good food - highlights include rabbit ravioli and a modern (unpretentious) haggis main course. Incredible desserts.

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tatp, Owner at Sylvesters, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thank you for your lovely review and for being our 200th review! We do hope to see you again!

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$28
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
  • E-mail
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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