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Cafe Royal Oyster Bar

19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
+44 131 556 1884
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (44 reviews)
“fish stew” (6 reviews)
“cullen skink” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 187 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here before we went to the rugby. We had oysters and the seafood platter for starters which were presented well and all 6 of us enjoyed them. We had a variety of mains and desserts which were all delicious with good wines...More

Thank Gavin S
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Gavin, We're thrilled that you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review and we hope to see you again, maybe before the 6 Nations? Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General Manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit the Cafe Royal most times I'm in Edinburgh and especially like it after rugby internationals at Murrayfield. 7 of us spent a cracking few hours here on Saturday evening: drank lavishly on superb real ale and single malts and enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere....More

Thank DJM1965
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear DJM1965, Thank you so much for the great review, we hope that you'll visit us again soon. Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General Manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a delayed train journey to Edinburgh so pulled in here on the way to our hotel. An impressive bar and restaurant with a beautifully retained traditional decor, serving great food and drink. The service was excellent and we were warmly welcomed despite not having...More

Thank mashjon
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Mashjon, Thank you so much for the great review, please come and visit us again. Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General Manager

Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Met our daughters friend for a drink or two and ended up eating in the bar. Good cask selection with seven beers on handpulled plus interesting craft Lager on tap. Enjoyed fish and chip supper. Staff very friendlt

Thank Yorkshire1245
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear yorkshire1245, Thank you so much for the great review. It's wonderful to read that you had a nice time at our place. We hope to see you soon. Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General manager

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends visiting from abroad and was impressed by the quality of the food, the good service and the lovely surroundings. We went on a Sunday night and it was quiet, only two other tables. It's a bit of the beaten track...More

Thank JHW17
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Dear JHM17, Thank you so much for the review, we are pleased that you still enjoy the Cafe Royal. We will have a look at the veggie options and see if we can't add a few more. Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General Manager

Reviewed 17 October 2017

Third time this year, food and service is always excellent, would recommend to anyone a little gem in Edinburgh. 5*

Thank markiemark2016
Paul M, General Manager at Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear Markiemark2016, Thank you for the endorsement and the 5 stars. We're looking forward to the 4th visit already. Yours sincerely, Paul McNally, General Manager

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Last time I was here, and we have dined here on and off over many years going back well beyond the ages of most of the young staff, I was really disappointed by the food. Not so this time. The food on this occasion during...More

Thank Kirkcaldylad
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Have visited this restaurant space at the end of the Cafe Royal Bar for over 35 years, and often the food was poor. Not so today we had a cracking lunch and good waiters. The decor is priceless Victoriana and features in the movie "Charriots...More

Thank f2s
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We stumbled on this little gem in the back streets of Edinburgh. The decor and ambience was very welcoming, with ample space and comfortable seats. We shared some steak sandwiches which were delicious and enjoyed sitting and chatting over our drinks. The only reason I...More

Thank Trishywish100
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Arrived for dinner with no reservation and Karen was very sweet with us and found us a table. The setting is wonderful, the food extremely surprising. Cod was smoked and delicious; lamb was tender and the vegetables al dente, not at all overcooked. Both dishes...More

1  Thank MafaldaNordica
Nearby
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
...More
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Ann M
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Response from f2s | Reviewed this property |
Ann, my review on lunch is on the Review page. It seemed in August to have very good food and staff, which has not always been the case in the ?40 years I have known it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 1884
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