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Ghillie Dhu

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West End
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2-6 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD, Scotland
+44 131 222 9930
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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Mons, Belgium
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place for dinner. The food was great, the service was very friendly, the place was very nice, the live music was good and the prices were correct also. We highly recommend this restaurant

Thank Glouglou01
Forfar, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was busy but service was swift at the bar. Beers were cold and reasonably priced. Best of all was the live band, they were absolutely brilliant with a wide range of cover songs. Would recommend if in Edinburgh for a night out.

Thank UnspokenWords
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Me and my friends visited Ghillie Dhu last week and it was grant-amazing experience. The food was without a doubt the best so far we had in Edinburgh, pints were cold and ready and the place is just stunning. I would like to thank one of the member of your staff (Carolina/Karolina) as she was totally on, very helpful, sexy... More 

Thank TheNavigatorDeda
Lechlade, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked one of the private booths available behind the main bar for food and drinks this past Saturday night. The experience from booking our booth to the service and experience on the night was fantastic. We stayed at our table from 7.30pm through to 10pm, with very attentive waitress service throughout. We then hit the main bar for the... More 

Thank MacFly101
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi MacFly101, thank you for your lovely review from your most recent visit! We agree that our booths are a lovely place to spend an evening for a few drinks, they feel very cosy and secretive! It is lovely to hear that the good service continued once you made your way in to the main bar, and we hope that... More 

Orpington, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a great weekend in Edinburgh for the European Rugby cup final with a group of 40+ of us. Our social secretary booked the Ghillie Dhu for both days. On the Friday we had a late lunch and the food was great. Staff were excellent and dealt with our numbers well. The next day we had the function room... More 

Thank Abfraz
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Abfraz, thank you for your review from your recent visit, and hope you enjoyed watching the rugby! I am glad that the service from the staff and the food were of such a high standard on both days! I hope that you can visit us again on your next trip to Edinburgh. Kind Regards, The Ghillie Dhu team. More 

White Rock
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chose the Juiciest Deal. It was very good. Music starts at 10:00 pm on this night. A little too late for us as we have been out since 10:00 am. Too bad as our Air B&B host recommended it.

Thank Pat H
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Pat H, thank you for your review from your recent visit! We're very glad you enjoyed your steak deal, and hope you enjoyed the surroundings of our lovely bar. We hope you visit us next time you're in Edinburgh so you can check out the live music! Kind Regards, The Ghillie Dhu Team. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a stunning late night bar. Good live music and the lady behind the bar was lovely. Opens until 3am and is not over priced.

Thank dublin6011
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi dublin6011, thanks for your glowing review of your recent visit to Ghillie Dhu! We agree that the building really is very beautiful during the evening, and we're glad you enjoyed the entertainment whilst you were there! We hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks, The Ghillie Dhu Team. More 

philadelphia, pa
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60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The inside has a very "old town" feel to it. It's unlike any other bar I've been to. There were several "sections" to it. We entered into the bar and then were taken to the right to another row of booths behind the bar room. On the other side of the aisle from the booths, there were different rooms with... More 

1 Thank ak195
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi ak195, thank you for your lovely feedback from your recent visit to the Ghillie Dhu! We totally agree that our venue feels like a secret part of the old town whilst being in the middle of the city centre! It is wonderful to hear about the good service that you received, and that you enjoyed your food during your... More 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ghillie Dhu is a lovely venue, being both intimate and spacious, at the same time; combining old-world charm and modern décor in perfect harmony. The food is very good: trendy, tasty, and beautifully presented. However, the service is not exemplary. We were not greeted when we arrived; in fact, we had to inquire if the restaurant was even open,... More 

Thank Cheryl M
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Dear Cheryl M, Many thanks for visiting us here at Ghillie Dhu and taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Your comments will be discussed with the management team as a matter of urgency as this is by far from the level and standard of customer experience delivery we expect from our staff. Measure will be put in... More 

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172 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the end of our trip we dropped in for a drink as the Ghillie Dhu was close to our hotel. The main lounge was quite quiet although there were events going on in other parts of the establishment. A very good singer performed some songs and she was very good. We decided on cocktails and came across the amazing... More 

Thank LizM2
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi LizM2, Thank you for your lovely review from your most recent visit! We're glad you managed to pop in for a drink during your stay in Edinburgh, and that the entertainment and service was to such a high standard. I'm glad you were impressed with our cocktail making skills, hopefully you can come back and sample them again one... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$33
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-6 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 222 9930
Originally St Thomas Episcopal Church, Ghillie Dhu has been beautifully restored to showcase its traditional features. With an enviable location tucked in at the West End of the city centre, we are a short distance from Haymarket Train Station and directly opposite all major bus routes. Awarded Best Small Venue at the Scottish Event Awards two years running the team pride ourselves on the quality of catering and service we provide.Ghillie Dhu benefits from a dedicated and experienced Events Team who are poised to look after your event from enquiry right through to completion. Our Chef has created a variety of mouth-watering menus from the best produce that Scotland's larder can offer.Free wifi access is available every day of the week, ideal if you've got a working lunch or just feel like a nosey on Facebook.

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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