The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Gardens Entrance of, The Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EL
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Opening Information

MONDAY – FRIDAY
10am to 4pm
(Kitchen closes at 3pm)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
10am to 5pm
(Kitchen closes at 4pm)

Afternoon Tea served 10am to 3pm every day

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Hitlisted 2017/18 by The List Eating & Drinking Guide as well as Tiplisted for Afternoon Tea.

Award winning gallery cafe located within the Scottish National Gallery overlooking the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Fresh seasonal Scottish produce using small local suppliers and growers.

Serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Fantastic large terrace for al fresco dining in the summer months.

Afternoon Tea is served daily 10am to 3pm

Cuisine: Scottish, Afternoon Tea, Brunch, Sunday Lunch
Dress Code: Casual
Price point:
£ £ £ £ £

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Visited On Thursday, 29 October 2020

A really nice experience to be with you again

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Visited On Thursday, 29 October 2020

Fabulous food, service and staff

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Had a great experience last week but a poor one this week. Different waitress? Service was very slow and our server appeared grumpy, disinterested and unapologetic. I hesitated to give her a tip. Also, i had specifically asked for a quiet table for my hard of hearing companion. So we were put right beside the kitchen where even I had difficulty hearing! No such problem last week when we were on the left as you come in. A thoroughly disappointing experience this time.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Good food and food service have already recommended to friends

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Contini Cafe is a lunchtime oasis with great food and friendly service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

I have been SO impressed with Contini's arrangements both at the restaurant on George Street (where I have eaten with family and friends a number of time and twice now over the last couple of months but also with The Scottish Cafe where I had coffee with a friend on Tuesday afternoon and lunch with another friend yesterday. I have been singing the praises of the way the restaurant and staff have excelled in reassuring customers about Covid compliance - and led the way before masks etc were mandatory - but also the way in which they have still managed to make dining an enjoyable experience. I have eaten at one or two other restaurants during this time but have not been as impressed with measures (this includes a Michelin-star restaurant in Edinburgh). I do feel the owners of Contini are industry leaders in their approach to the challenges of Covid. Bravo!

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

Fish and chips were fantastic, so fresh!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

We had a lovely lunch at the Scottish Cafe - the food was great, view was amazing and the service Was outstanding! We also felt very reassured as the safety measures in place, such as the one-way system and spacing out of the tables was excellent. It’s always the staff that make the difference in a restaurant, and the staff here were the best - very friendly, polite and helpful. We would highly recommend this place!

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

What a disappointing experience! I have visited the Cafe often but this may have been the last! At a time when even making the decision to go out and eat and spend money it makes me angry this was so awful. The waitress was awful. No pleasantries, no explanation of covid, no offers of water at table, no offers of sauces with mains. She came at end of mains and placed tray on table and asked us to put empty plates on, we clearly didn’t do it properly as she corrected it so why ask us to start with? No warmth from her at all. We asked for the bill, she came with it, didn’t enquire as to who was paying just announced the amount. For the first time in my life I removed the £10 I left on the table when she again came back and out the tray down. A really disappointing experience. I think her name was Anthea?

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

Visited the Coffee Lounge yesterday and had a very nice experience. The Lounge itself was welcoming and well spaced out. The staff were extremely helpful and hospitable. Bacon rolls with coffee and hot chocolate - delicious on a dreich Edinburgh day. All in all a good experience - good atmosphere; well look after; great food so thanks to Victor and his staff.

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Visited On Monday, 26 October 2020

Very relaxed

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

Beautiful food, thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

Good delicious but cold. Service seemed efficient but ordered a cake at the end of the meal which didn’t ever materialise.... asked about it again and it STILL didn’t materialise so I just got the bill..... probably didn’t really need cake anyway. Staff very pleasant though but stressed lady on the door. Nice situation with glorious outlook but very noisy. Plusses and minuses I suppose.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 October 2020

Everyone in our party agreed that all the Covid measures were handled brilliantly. Everything was explained really clearly when we arrived and when we sat down, but didn't impact on enjoying our afternoon tea! We haven't been in many venues during Covid and this felt really safe but, more importantly, the fun atmosphere, friendliness of the staff, and brilliant food gave us a little slice of normality amid all the craziness. Thank you so much.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Excellent service and COVID 19 standards excellent

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Visited On Friday, 23 October 2020

My first visit - I’ll be back! The warmth of the welcome was extra special.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Excellent

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Visited On Thursday, 22 October 2020

Very good attention to Covid regulations whilst maintaining a relaxed and enjoyable lunch experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious lunch in the lovely bright and airy cafe / restaurant with superb views over Princes Street Gardens. The table service was excellent and we will definitely be back. Thank you to all the Scottish Cafe team for all their hard work at making it a very pleasant, comfortable and safe experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

It's difficult to find anything that could be done better other than perhaps the online booking system. For some reason, the restaurant itself had no record of my booking. Despite that, a table was found and all went very well.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Table booked for 12.15. People still sitting there. Waited till 12.25 at an open door. Because of open door restaurant cold. Had left by 1.15pm

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Everything great - only small quibble is that the tables near the door are a little chilly !! Appreciate why you need to keep this door open as the main exit, but if we’d known we were sitting near an open door we’d have worn an extra layer. The raspberry posset was outstanding - thank you !

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Visited On Friday, 23 October 2020

Would be good to have another vegetarian or vegan option

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Visited On Friday, 23 October 2020

We had a lvely lunch which felt special in the circumstances. Well organised space and the team are working very hard to make it safe.

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Visited On Friday, 23 October 2020

This was my first visit and I will come back. I feel I can’t say too much in answer to some questions after one experience. I will comment on very good service and Covid precautions.

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