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A Room In Leith

Leith European, British £££ +100
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About A Room In Leith

The latest addition to Peter Knight and John Tindal’s burgeoning line of Scottish bistros and whisky bars, A Room In Leith is, well, a bit more than just a room in Leith. A room in Leith, indeed, where one can can sit down to sample what it is that makes Scottish cuisine great: fresh, local ingredients, seasonal products and culinary nous. Head down to Dock Place, just yards from the Water of Leith, to find out for yourself.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 17:00 - 21:45
  • Friday 17:00 - 21:45
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:45
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:45
A Room In Leith, 1a Dock Place, EH6 6LU Edinburgh

Further Information

Leith is famed for many things, some more salubrious than others. The docks and port that served an Empire, the ‘characterful’ pubs of Leith Walk, Scotland’s most consistently useless football team – against strong competition in that regard – over at Easter Road. This combination of maritime prowess, a dubious relationship with alcohol and gloriously predictable sporting failure is Scotland in microcosm, and at A Room In Leith, one can enjoy Scotland on a plate. Their ingredients down on Dock Place are fresh and local, their whisky selection is among the best in Edinburgh and their knowledge of Scottish cuisine is unparalleled.

When we say that A Room In Leith have a superb knowledge of Scottish cuisine, we weren’t lying. Their menu is packed with dishes that exemplify the breadth of flavours in Scotland: from the north, Stornoway black pudding and Shetland scallops, from the south, Borders steak; from the west comes Ayrshire pork belly and from the east coast, North Sea monkfish. The whole of Scotland comes to Edinburgh – specifically Dock Place in Leith – to dine.

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CHEF'S CHOICE

103 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 103 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 08:01

2nd time I have been here and was not disappointed. Food is excellent and reasonably priced, service is quick and friendly and the restaurant has a great ambiance.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2017 10:47

Great service, fabulous food reviews from all four of us. Good wine menu. Lovely venue altogether. Very reasonable for good quality ingredients. Highly recommend. I believe the menu changes periodically with the seasons.

2 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 08:25

Excellent cozy little place with absolutely brilliant seafood and enormous sharing platters, and very good and attentive service. Also has a nice garden view through huge glass doors.

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 01:40

Staff friendly and professional. Three of us had the seafood and veggie sharing platters. Wow! So much food and all wonderful. Will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 4
10.04.2017 14:18

Sunday evening dinner - menu could perhaps either do with being more varied or slimmed down, as there is something not quite right with the choice available. However, aside from that, the mussels are absolutely the best in town and must be ordered. It's great that they're included in the set menu, and they really are delicious. We had both the mariniere and the blue cheese, both superb. They can also be got from the Teuchters pub opposite. The service was not as good as I had been expecting. It was a little careless, and we definitely didn't feel like we were getting the staff's full attention. I liked the informality of it, it just would have been nice to have a bit more energy and confidence. I was pretty disappointed and, as a waitress myself, feel like service could improve a lot without a change of style. Maybe we went on a bad day, although that really shouldn't happen in a restaurant like this. Overall, we had a nice time and a good meal. It just could have been great, and that's what is disappointing.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2016 08:39

Another great meal at "A Room in Leith"! I have never been disappointed with the food here. Spoilt for choice with the menu, but finally decided on Shetland scallops with asparagus and garlic butter for a starter, plaice fillets on a bed of smoked salmon and chilli quinoa for mains, and a delicious salted caramel and chocolate mousse for dessert. Service was prompt at the beginning of the meal but slowed down a little towards the end, but the restaurant was getting busier. I brought my parents here, as I knew they would enjoy the food and the ambience. They loved it!

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 07:27

We had a really great dinner here. The food was very nice and the location is superb. Also, the service was incredible---efficient and friendly. My husband and I split the vegetarian platter, which was plenty of food for two people, and our entire table shared all of the desserts, including the cheese course. Don't skip dessert here. The banoffee Sunday, passionfruit mango custard, and chocolate raspberry tart were all really nice, and the cheese slate was lovely. I would love to go back soon.

1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 11:59

A Room in Leith was absolutely superb!!! We arrived 15 mins late, and needed to leave again in 1 hour 30 mins to make a show - staff did an amazing job of keeping us to our schedule without being rushed at all. Staff were brilliant, Manager has excellent customer service skills in his meet and greet. Food was just brilliant, and very well priced. BYOB is a bonus. THANK YOU a Room in Leith - we had an excellent evening.

1 review so far 4
06.03.2016 18:25

We have eaten at this restaurant before and enjoyed it .Service is very good and friendly and much of the food with concentration on seafood is very good.Lower rating is for three reasons: one main course just did not work -tattie scones with wild halibut could have worked as a starter but should not have featured as a main sweet course had three choices none of which appealed to any of us and very strangely they advertised a range of exotic teas on their menu but when we ordered a variety of different teas the waitress came back to say only one was available-very odd and unprofessional That being said nice people and other dishes were enjoyed by my party

1 review so far 4
23.10.2016 10:02

Lovely restaurant very original and different. Unfortunately we were sitting for over 30 minutes before we were offered drinks and that was only because we summoned one of the waiting staff so perhaps we could have waited longer if we had not asked a waiter to serve us. We eventually received our drinks and then it was a further 30 minutes before our food arrived. Service very slow but the staff were delightful. Food delicious and hot when it did arrive. We opted for the 2 course set menu of steaks and dessert and this was very good value and very tasty. Would I return? Yes I would and would I recommend this venue yes I would.

1 review so far 4
28.06.2016 16:18

Food was rated at 5 - imaginative, well cooked and served for price. Service also at 5, smoothly and efficient. However, unfortunately they messed up my booking, telling me I had booked for Sunday (which I assume they transposed incorrectly). Since I did not have a device carrying the evidence with me, I accepted my fault and spent an embarrassed evening with my guests, having after some discussion been graciously offered a 'spare', usually unused table near corridor and kitchen entrance. Thus our evening was a little unpleasantly coloured. Lesson: Phone ahead and check all bookings at least a day in advance (which I usually do!) I have tried to find an email to conta

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 08:46

We had a very good meal here, well cooked and interesting food for a very reasonable price. A good choice of drinks, including wine by the glass and several Scottish gins. We arrived early on a Thursday evening (about 6.15) and were the only diners throughout our meal. When we asked we were told that Thursday is a 'hit and miss' day for custom. So if you like more people around you when you eat perhaps another night would be better. However the quiet atmosphere suited us. Overall a very positive experience

4 reviews so far 5
09.06.2016 14:47

Excellent food, we had Sirloin Steak (one with Surf and one without) from the set menu each with sides included. Quantities were more than sufficient and an excellent wine list. The premises are sufficient in that it was possible to move our table to another quiet area when an office party of six noisy diners sat down next to us before we were served! We will go again and it was nice to have a pint of Ossian in the Teuchters Bar prior to going to the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 11:26

This was our first visit to A Room in Leith restaurant. Reception was first class , shown to our reserved table without delay with plenty of space between tables. Staff were very friendly and fine choice of food on menu. My wife and I found the food to be of excellent quality and the price of our accompanying bottle of wine was reasonably priced. Overall, a great night out.

1 review so far 3
22.11.2016 09:43

We were booked to have our anniversary meal and were not let down by the food which was amazing! Really good quality and great price. However the service was very mediocre and after waiting an age for dessert menus, the table next to us who were served after us got theirs first. Then came the battle to get noticed for the bill. Once the bill came we sat for another 20 minutes expecting someone to come to us; we eventually gave up and went to the still where the three waitresses were having a chat. I stood for 5 minutes and not one of them acknowledged me. Poor show which affected the rating of have given. Shame as the food as stated was amazing.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2016 21:54

Great experience. A Room In Leith is everything we hoped it would be and more. Good food, cosy ambience, good service and very affordable prices. Highly recommended. Will definitely return again.

1 review so far 4
04.07.2017 00:12

Food was amazing and staff very attentive. Ash course was send out in good time - bread and water delivered to table which was topped up regularly. Cocktails were in very small glasses for the price and the room was very cold considering it was a rainy day I would have liked it to have been a bit warmer and cozy inside, had to wrap my coat around my legs like a blanket to get a heat. Overall really enjoyed the experience.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 11:24

Staff were great and attentive without being over powering. Food was outstanding bring your appetites though as you get loads especially the sharing platters......don't need a starter thats for sure! Absolutely loved the whole experience a great place to take friends, if you've not been definitely put it on your list of Must Do's!

3 reviews so far 6
29.07.2016 16:07

first time here and it was lovely. Had olives to start which were amazing followed by the meat sharing platter. A mountain of food all cooked perfectly. highly recommend it. A great selection of wines, real ale in tap and drams. what more could you ask for! We'll be back

4 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 08:51

We were a group of eight and the table was well set and the welcome by the manager and staff was faultless! Add the excellent food and service which made a very nice dining experience. The Room in Leith is one of my favourite restaurants!

1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 15:55

Good quality food. Good friendly professional service. Good location. Bottle of wine not overpriced either. Really nice gesture of free tap water served in a glass bottle and refreshed without asking. The only negative was the Ladies loo not great. Needs checked regularly I would say. Despite that we would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2016 15:48

A lovely meal in relaxed surroundings. Great food and fabulous service. An interesting menu with lots of choices and local produce. All well cooked. A great selection of beer and wine, including the fabulous draft selection available from Teuchters landing.... Would go again

4 reviews so far 5
03.06.2017 19:26

Excellant prsentstation of the starter. The sirloin was tough for a medium request, but the scallops and grilled mussels were superb! The pudding of Carrot Cake with Ginger and Whisky was, again, superb! I'v had better here before and I'll come again! Select your sirloin of beef better is crucial!

1 review so far 6
27.05.2016 15:06

A sensible set price menu with good choices available and a well-chosen wine list, coupled with friendly efficient service in comfortable surroundings make this a great place for an evening out. Well cooked and nicely presented food at reasonable prices too.

2 reviews so far 6
12.12.2016 17:55

Can't fault the place- good service, nice atmosphere and great food! There were 4 of us and we each had 3 courses- all delicious! I recommend the butternut squash soup and bean cassoulet (I'm vegetarian ). We will be going back!

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 20:27

Good choice on all three courses. Food beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Excellent cheeseboard with plenty of oatcakes and biscuits. Service also excellent. This was our third visit and we will certainly be back. Thanks to all the staff

1 review so far 6
21.07.2016 23:41

Great restaurant, fab staff and amazing food and wine. Can highly recommend. They even moved us to a different table as the conservatory was a little hot for the one yr old in our party. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 11:29

French bistro style decor and ambience. Couldn't fault the excellence of the service and food was top class, well presented and cooked to perfection. Comprehensive wine list with both budget and quality wines. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 5
21.08.2016 20:39

Good service, including catering for the toddler in our party with a continuing supply of teaspoons - thank you. Lovely food with the exceptions of my mussels which were over-cooked and in a rather watery and tasteless sauce and included three which hadn't opened.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 21:07

Lovely to be told the table was ours for the whole night so we were not rushed in any way. The service was very good and the meal was delicious, especially the Meat sharing platter.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 07:19

a very nice place with exelent food. we had oysters, hake, haggis. all prepared to the point, very nice decorated on the plate. the staff was very friendly and professionel. we will come back soon!

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 09:22

Really good food and reasonably priced. Excellent drinks list as well, they had some amazing gins on offer. Slightly questionable music playing, but that is down to taste. Would highly recommend this place

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 10:19

Very tasty, quality food, expertly cooked. The place also has a wonderful ambience. We was a group of us there and everyone complimented their dinner. Great location too. I will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
14.08.2016 15:50

Great food, great value, and fabulous service! The waiting staff deserve special mention as they were so accommodating as we had a 5 week old baby with us. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2016 09:04

An excellent meal for my partners Birthday! We had the sharing seafood platter which was amazing, because there was no crab left we got extra Scallops too!! Will definitely be back ☺

1 review so far 6
13.08.2016 20:54

Great food. Very reasonable prices. Relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff. Decent kid's menu. A great lunch enjoyed by 3 generations of my family. What's not to like? Looking forward to the next visit.

6 reviews so far 4
03.09.2016 21:23

Surprisingly quiet for a Saturday lunchtime. Good value and interesting menu. Delicious mussels. Excellent cullen skink, very filling. Wine was reasonably priced. Service was excellent. The flat white was the only disappointment - it was a latte or maybe a cappucino, but definitely not a flat white.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:03

Really good food, excellent service. Will be going back again! It was my second time there and did not disappoint, brought my mum and dad the second time which they loved!

1 review so far 6
09.04.2016 01:33

Fabulous location, great atmosphere, lovely staff and tasty food at a very reasonable price. Overall a fabulous and highly recommended experience. Should be followed by a drink in Teuchters 😉

2 reviews so far 6
28.07.2016 08:02

Inspired menu, quaint surroundings, and excellent service. A small and friendly restaurant that packs a big punch! I've been several times now and it has been great on every occasion.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2016 06:43

Very quiet and beautiful place. We had the seafood platter and it was excellent . The waitress was very pleasant ad efficient . All in all, a great dining experience.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2016 08:15

Fabulous food and great service! Four of us shared a meat platter and a seafood platter. Both were excellent. We will be back again on our next visit to Leith.

1 review so far 5
02.03.2017 12:44

A great restaurant ,delicious food and good value for money, BYOB option is also nice. We will be back very soon My wife had the steak for main and I had duck ,cooked to perfection

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 12:13

Great food. Great beer. Great service. Great memories. I shared the meat platter between 2 and recommend highly, others had the 2 course menu. Plenty of variety. No complaints.

3 reviews so far 6
13.03.2016 13:17

Fantastic food! Fabulous atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyable evening! Such a good combination of dishes to choose from on the menu with a beautiful view as well. Try the meat platter...delicious!

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 07:39

Fantastic food and lovely atmosphere as always. The menu choices are fantastic and extremely well priced at £26 for three courses. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 08:44

Warm welcome,extensive interesting menu,very tasty.We were in the cosy front of restaurant.The back area where there are more Windows I'm sure will be lovely and bright in the summer.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 07:50

Very friendly service throughout, excellent food, good wine list but BYOB an option, salted caramel and choc mousse to die for, fair price. We'll be back for sure!

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 08:30

As usual we had a lovely evening. The food is very good and beautifully presented. The service is excellent and there is a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2016 08:51

Absolutely love it here! The food is always great, yet it's reasonably priced. Our meal last night was no exception. The fact it's BYOB is an added bonus.