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5.4 /6 Excellent 117 Reviews

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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117 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 117 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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4 reviews so far 6
17.09.2017 11:51

Fantastic restaurant, staff were remarkable and provided a wonderful experience. We visited with a 10 year old child and the staff were fantastic with her. Food was delicious - the Black Pudding Scotch Egg is out of this world.

1 review so far 6
06.09.2017 08:32

As alaways an excellent meal and great value for money. The menu had a lovely choice of dishes. The BYOB option is certainly a big plus point.

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 17:03

Even we were 12 people, we could take a big table and enjoyed seafood. All of us were happy with the food, and our room was occupied only by ourselves, so that we could speak as laud as we wish. It was a fantastic night.

1 review so far 6
26.08.2017 20:35

Great food and service. Bring your own bottle which helps keep price down. Food always excelkebtwirg dmgrear choices meet fish and vegetables also platters for sharing twhich are good value

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.

2 reviews 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 6
13.08.2017 17:06

Had a meal for a party of 6 with one child, originally it was for 4 people but things change and the restaurant was great about this, no problem at all. The food was to a high quality and superbly put together with fresh ingredients. The staff were friendly but not over intrusive and catered for our every needs. All and all a good experience and enjoyable time.

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 5
17.09.2017 22:39

Delicious food and generous portions. I had the black pudding scotch egg to start, perfect crispy coating and lovely oozing egg yolk when you cut into it. BYOB policy is another bonus (£4.50 corkage). We were rather forgotten about after our main courses were cleared, no-one offered us dessert and we had to chase a waiter for the bill, but not a big deal as we were too stuffed for pudding anyway!

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!