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Cafe Royal

#117 of 1,796 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
Bar, Seafood, European, British, Pub, Scottish
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19 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
+44 131 556 1884
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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137 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having an old school friend visiting who has been many times before we decided to take her to the Cafe Royal as it is a 'bit different'. The tiled walls are well worth looking at and the food was excellent. I had a toasted sandwich whilst my husband and friend had the soup. If I had to make any criticism,... More 

Thank Margaret T
Minehead, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked out of the way of the main streets and stumbled across this bar, beautiful building with authentic interior. Great service, lovely atmosphere and well priced. Scottish specialty dishes were wonderful. Really lovely.

1 Thank moorveiw
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my second visit here, the first was c6 years ago and this visit was every bit as good as the first. The service was good without being too overbearing and the menu choices were all tempting. We all only did 2 courses and that was not a reflection on the choice of desserts. The wine list is OK... More 

1 Thank GOMS2013
Bagshot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I wandered in here on a Saturday afternoon from the nearby Balmoral Hotel where we were staying. I was interested to see the interior which I had heard was impressive. What I found was the rudest, surliest most incompetent bar maid I have ever encountered. The staff generally seemed incredibly disinterested, but In having the temerity to... More 

Thank tplan80
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Three of us enjoyed an early evening business dinner at Cafe Royal. It's one of these places that you'll either just discover or you'll have to try hard to find it. It's tucked away at the east end of Princes Street. There is a strong European accent to the venue. The heritage-protected Victorian decoration has a strong Parisian look to... More 

1 Thank Andrew L
Auchtermuchty, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped into Edinburgh for a quick lunch and a visit to the National Gallery. Let's go to the Cafe Royal for a burger and a beer I suggested to my wife. We were made welcome by a lovely waitress. On the menu Seafood Platter to share, well why look any further? The meal was exceptionally good and a great... More 

Thank AlasdairMacdonald
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to nearby construction it was a bit difficult to find the Cafe but it was well worth it once we did. The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly and they treated us to a wonderful and fun dinner. Oysters from the North Sea are now my favorite. The Lamb and Venison were excellent and our evening relaxed. We would... More 

Thank Kimberli Z
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this pub in the Good pub guide, and were so glad we went there. The atmosphere, the food and the staff were superb

Thank Clive C
Stockholm, Sweden
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place excellent service, good beer, friendly atmosphere. It is really worth at least one visit when you are in Edinburgh

Thank elisabet163
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place! We always meet the father in law in here, great food and i love how the bar is in the middle so you can walk round the whole bar! But its very very busy all the time and hard to get a seat! Still a great place though!

Thank Kev P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 75
Bar, Seafood, European, British, Pub, Scottish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

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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 squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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