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Elephant House

21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible10%
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“cakes” (136 reviews)
“brownie” (15 reviews)
“haggis” (29 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

For years the cafe was good simple food served relatively quickly. Now it has table 'service' with the serving staff spending more time looking at their phones than paying attention to the customers. Awful.

Thank acadhermit
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

For a Harry Potter fan you have to have lunch or dinner inside the Elephant House. Food and drinks are so affordable and delicious. Make sure to use the bathrooms inside it is full of Harry Potter quotes

Thank Chantalle_Maritz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having waited for 30 minutes to be seated - Ok we knew it would be busy at 4pm we then waited another 30 mins for two coffees and a further 10 minutes for two spoons after asking twice. On top of that we waited and...More

Thank Stuartt99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re planning on any kind of JK Rowling ‘experience’ don’t bother. If you want a good Edinburgh cafe experience - definitely don’t bother

Thank Dorothy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to the Elephant House Cafe many times and have had a wonderful experience. I came in for dinner last night with my friend and I have to say the staff really let it down. The staff were very negligent and we really just...More

Thank Holly M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 of us had lunch here on New Years Day. We waited quite a while for a seat which was to be expected but after we had been shown to a table we seemed to be ignored. One of our party shouted "Excuse me" to...More

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I brought my family to Elephant House because of my son who is a Harry Potter fanatic. Reached there about 2:30pm and there was a long queue. Fortunately didn't have to wait too long for our turns, less than half hour. The food were surprising...More

Thank LikeToTravel3388
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We googled the opening times and were told it was open but when we arrived it was shut! We wanted to visit The Elephant House purely because of it's Harry Potter claim to fame. We got a photo out the front and peered in the...More

Thank _izzy_tschannel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for breakfast and we had done cakes, they were nice not the best cakes I've had but still nice :) interesting toilets!!

Thank VanessaVines
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for lunch on our first day as Harry Potter fans, knowing the significance of this place. It was pricey, but the vegetable lasagne was fantastic, as was the huge slab of Victoria sponge cake! It can be busy throughout the afternoon too,...More

Thank pbs1986
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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