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Merchants Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Old Town
British, Scottish
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17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
+44 131 225 4009
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Merchants just before Christmas. The menu was extensive and the staff were very attentive. The food was exceptional and we had a lovely evening. Will definitely be returning.

Thank 1moray
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not quite sure how you order the Duck and lamb arrives for two of our party. The owner who took our order had not the decency to apologise or even come near our table . Basically the food was mediocre and the service atrocious. Avoid unless you like surprises.

Thank Mike N
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Had dinner here on our work Christmas night out. There were around 15 of us for the meal. The menu had enough variety to suit everyone, even the vegetarians. The portion sizes were good so no need for a takeaway on the way home at the end of the night. Good value for money too. Would be interesting to visit... More 

Thank Adrian D
Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic smaller restaurant lovely surroundings and wonderful food would definitely have the haggis spring roll with neeps which was to die for. Lady on reception who served us was really nice and friendly

Thank Kimnco2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

On a cold Wednesday night this place was undeservedly deserted choice of food on set price menu amazing could not believe sIze of starters I had baked pear and Stilton loads of cheese then to follow two huge pieces of venison 9 of us and every ones meal looked fab the asparagus wrapped in bacon looked amazing ok service was... More 

Thank Patricia B
London, England
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126 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Just around the corner from Grassmarket, near Greyfriars Bobby, it is a bit hidden away. Staff were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and they were genuinely concerned that we enjoyed our meal. Being a pair of fussy eaters, the adjusted the menu offering to suit our taste. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank CatlondonUS
Hamilton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Was given a voucher here for a gift and what a lovely gift it turned out to be. It's a bit hidden away in Grassmarket, minutes from Greyfriers Bobby statue but well worth a visit. We had a 3 course meal which was served promptly and well presented. Food was piping hot and delicious. Haggis spring roll is a must.... More 

Thank Liz M
Pocklington, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Another decade another geography reunion in Edinburgh. And another visit to Merchants for our dinner. These guys are great. Flexible on numbers(we had some late shows which they took in their stride) , and great service. The wine flowed and we all got fed well too. Even room to spread out and blether afterwards over drinks and coffees.

Thank johnsinclair357
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were in Edinburgh for the day, having travelled up by train, so were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of Waverley Station. Merchants was recommended as having good disabled access for me in my wheelchair. We booked for the early supper deal, which we could n't fault. Hubby had smoked salmon tower, very substantial, I had classic asparagus... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

There were 2 parties of ~60 people all wanting to eat and be at the castle in time for the tattoo. The food came out in a good time, the portions were generous and tasty. I surprised them by saying I was vegan and it didn't phase them. All good.

Thank jo l

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$72 - US$72
British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Merchant Street | Off Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 4009

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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