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Elephant House

$$ - $$$
Old Town
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21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 23:00
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I visited the Elephant House due to its status as the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the first two Harry Potter novels. The space is funky and fun, with lots of representations of elephants. The view overlooking the Greyfriars Kirk graveyard and looking back to Edinburgh Castle is certainly inspiring. The graffiti-filled restrooms are also a... More 

Thank Greg M
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is obvious that this place lives well off its Harry Potter relevance. I had an elephant-shaped shortbread and a cup of tea. Nothing out of the ordinary but it had a quite low key down to earth atmosphere.

Thank Jonas P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff are good the location is great but such a long wait to get in. It is full of tourists catching their glimpse of the Harry Potter Cafe. The food was okay but I would just pop in for the wonderful view and have a coffee.

Thank Templarhouse
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the top places I wanted to visit whilst being in Edinburgh due to the J.K Rowling reference which was great! I can imagine doing the exact same sat writing a novel looking out over Greyfrairs Kirk yard and the castle. The menu was different had good vegetarian options I went for the brie, sliced apples and chutney ciabatta... More 

Thank sassenach24
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the Elephant House. It's something different from your normal restaurants off the Royal Mile. Lots of character and the food was good. Only thing stopping me giving it 5 stars is that it was really busy and they cram as many people in as possible, still worth a visit though!

Thank Michael W
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

17/03 ordered Caesar salad, onion soup. There were lots of FLIES.The waiter said they cannot fix it😳

Thank travelworldonce
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just go! Get a drink there and some food, sit and enjoy! This was the birthplace of Harry Potter! So if you are a fan! Definitely go!

Thank Samantha F
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Undercover hot chocolate protect wi a kid he rated it 1/10! Service was poor and attitude of staff worse. I asked for a chai latte and was given a cafe latte with a shot of chai syrup and was still charged full amount! Will not be back. And the elephant house is rated bottom on a little boys best hot... More 

Thank lisa_superjambo
Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place where J.K.Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter. A restaurant filled with miniature elephants and a view over Greyfriars Kirkyard, where she walked and looked for names to use in her book.

Thank fredlandsbergen
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good atmosphere and service but let down by disappointing food.Filo pastry parcels were soggy,baked potato burnt.Waitress said she would inform chef.£2 was deducted from our £26 bill.Constantly batting away flies which staff assured us they were trying to resolve.

Thank June M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5355

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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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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