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4.8 /6 Excellent 75 Reviews

Checkpoint

Old Town Café £££ +100
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About Checkpoint

Drop in to Checkpoint for some of Edinburgh’s finest cuisine, coffee and impressive selection of drinks – including an array of IPAs and other craft beers – all provided in an environment that oozes cool. With clean white walls, rustic wooden floors and simple tables and chairs, Checkpoint feels like a bistro or cafe, but offers the cuisine of a full-service restaurant. Open every day of the week from 9am until midnight, this comfortable dining establishment on Bristo Place is there for you when you need it most. Dishes at Checkpoint include the chorizo, kale and bean bowl, the Checkpoint burger, Greek spanakopita, a mouthwatering 6oz rump steak with beetroot slaw and potato rosti, and classic French-Belgian moules mariniere. Get on board by booking ahead – Checkpoint in the Old Town is known to get busy!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 01:00
Checkpoint, 3 Bristo Place, EH1 1EY Edinburgh

CHEF'S CHOICE

75 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 75 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
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7 reviews so far 6
15.08.2017 11:41

The restaurant was really busy (during the Festivals which is to be expected) even when we arrived just before noon but the wait staff were really friendly and kept us informed about the delay in ordering and checked on us many times. Food did not take too long in the end and was delicious as usual. Really friendly and attentive staff thanks so much and good luck during the rest of August! :)

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 16:24

Friendly staff, great lunch, good coffee. Busy because of the festival, but everything came out pretty quickly. Menu is a nice mix, with lots of interesting stuff to try

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 07:44

Food and service were both outstanding. The flat iron steak salad was just enough for a meal. Prices were very reasonable. I would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
11.07.2017 10:51

Pleasant, central bistro with nice food. The waiting staff were helpful and quick. An inexpensive menu with a good selection which would probably appeal to young adults.

1 review so far 5
19.05.2016 10:59

Had a great experience at Checkpoint. Went on a Sunday evening for a relaxed girls night out at around 6:30, the place was quiet and we got a table by the main window. Service was quick and the girl serving us was extremely patient and nice. We had the house white wine which was OK (not expecting much for the price) and shared the mussels with chips with my friend. Our portion was big enough for two and one of my friend's starter was more like a main (laksa noodles I think), so ask before you order :) A great experience overall, would recommend it.

1 review so far 3
09.08.2017 08:50

Checkpoint is currently struggling with new kitchen staff. We were warned the food would take a long time to arrive and the restaurant was far from full. The waiting staff were not wrong. The sea bass and cod dishes were good and the flat iron steaks OK but the chips need some serious work. Supposedly three times cooked, they were huge - more like quarter potatoes than chips - and completely failed to achieve the light fluffiness inside and crispiness outside that normally comes with such a pampered foodstuff. The main course bowl of chickpea and squash was also huge and so heavily spiced it ended up being bland and an insurmountable trial to eat. The staff were pleasant and did provide an on the house drink when one of the mains didn't appear until five minutes after everyone else's. It could be a really nice place to eat and probably was, but at the moment it's very hard to rate highly.

1 review so far 6
31.05.2016 19:50

This was my first time at Checkpoint and it was so good I went back twice in one day. Great service and excellent food. Highly recommended for either brunch or dinner or even just a coffee.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 12:35

The surrounds and atmosphere are wonderful at Checkpoint. The food and menu are fab, the only thing lacking is the services, its a tad slow and inattentive.I have been here many times and look forward to returning very soon.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 15:36

I was meeting up with old friends and wanted somewhere with interesting and delicious food, which was also helpful for people with allergies. We were made very welcome at Checkpoint. Highly recommended!

6 reviews so far 6
01.09.2016 08:34

Another breakfast at Checkpoint, another lovely experience. I had the smashed avocado on sourdough (yum!) whilst my friend had the trout benedict (yum!)baby both were superb!

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 14:36

We really enjoyed our first trip to Checkpoint. I'm looking forward to trying out the brunch menu sometime in the near future. Nice staff, good food, definitely returning!

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 11:54

Last work Friday before Christmas the restaurant was full but the service and quality of food was first class. Really helpful staff who had helpful suggestions for their best beers from their (extensive) collection. Reminded again what a great place to eat this is. Recommended!

1 review so far 5
10.03.2016 22:34

Excellent food & service. We couldn't have been happier or more satisfied with the large portions & flavours. Only mishap was that the waitress hadn't been updated on that night's menu. She did quickly find out what we needed to know. We'll definitely be back soon to try the breakfast menu.

2 reviews so far 6
29.08.2016 20:10

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were well looked after by our waiter, Thomas, who served us well but also engaged in a bit of banter. He advised us on both food and wine. We were very impressed and will return

2 reviews so far 6
18.12.2016 11:38

The staff were attentive and prompt. The place was not crowded, was spacious and had a nice ambience to it. There was free wifi. There was a lot of choice of food in the menu and the food tasted great!

1 review so far 6
27.01.2017 02:03

IT WAS AMAZING AND WE LOVED IT THE DUCK WAS SO SO SO SO GOOD AND IT WAS SUCH GOOD VALUE amazing service and lovely drinks and a very very nice place TRY THE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CHEESECAKE U WONT REGRET

1 review so far 5
08.06.2016 08:31

Really nice space, helpful staff, interesting menu with more choice than the usual, but a simple burger option there too. Our food took a long time but we were compensated with a free drink without having to complain, so it must be an exception. Great service

1 review so far 5
31.03.2016 09:37

Light, airy, and stylish with a menu to match. Great lunch options and good coffee are the icing on the cake. Staff are quick, attentive and polite. Price-wise very reasonable. Expect to pay around £8 - £10 per person for lunch. Excellent value.

1 review so far 3
30.06.2016 09:45

We thought the food was nice, and menu has large choice, all quite healthy sounding, however I wasn't too impressed with the welcome, especially having booked, I was just gestured to finding a table. Service average, no spoon with my soup and had to ask twice for some water. There only seemed to be 2 people serving and the place was full, so I guess they were a bit busy.

2 reviews so far 5
23.01.2017 16:20

Food was great, very good atmosphere - clearly a very popular place, even at lunchtime in January! Worth a visit, service very good even though busy. Interesting daytime menu, not sure about night time one but will be back to try.

1 review so far 4
12.06.2016 09:58

Reservation was for 3 people. We were placed around a table, which would have been adequate for 2 but was cramped for 3. However, there were other tables available, which could have accommodated our party better. The beer was good but expensive for the size. Food and the service were good.

1 review so far 4
29.05.2017 18:58

Average food , service & ambiance, not as good as anticipated. Fairly empty early evening Sunday. Couple of vegan options which was good. Apart from a couple of main course fish & meat dishes, menu felt like cafe / fast food, not restaurant. Probably better suited to lunch rather than dinner.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2017 22:39

Amazing! The best burger in Scotland. The food service was amazing, our needs were met. The bar selection was good, the bar service was excellent. Cocktails were fantastic, and a good wine selection.

1 review so far 4
05.08.2017 09:15

Great choice of food and very friendly and helpful staff. Been there for lunch many times - this was my first time for dinner. Only downsides - white wine not chilled enough and (even more so than lunchtime) it was a bit too noisy to have an easy conversation.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 19:26

All good - service and food brilliant! Table was ready when we arrived and we were able to promptly order drinks whilst waiting on friends. Good choice of food and friendly service

7 reviews so far 6
19.05.2017 23:19

Really great, friendly and attentive service. Large menu with great options catering to many dietary restrictions with unique food choices. Fun atmosphere - have enjoyed every visit and will be back!

1 review so far 6
03.06.2016 16:25

lovely sandwiches and great service. lots to choose from on the menu, and an interesting variety, so we will be back soon to try out some of the other stuff available!

1 review so far 5
10.04.2016 07:44

Great midweek dinner! The menu had some delicious sounding options making it difficult to choose what to order ! We both had po boys and shared one their amazing salads. Service was quick and prices were reasonable.

7 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 19:56

Great food and service once again. The avocado florentine has quickly become one of my favourite lunches (with a side of delicious sweet potato fries)! Already planning my next visit!

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 17:21

Lovely atmosphere, some great tunes playing in the background, and the waiter was super-cute, friendly and very efficient. Would definitely go again, and the sweet potato fries are a must.

3 reviews so far 6
19.09.2016 11:16

Lovely place with a nice relaxed vibe. There is good variety on the menu, so we were able to order a good interesting mix of meals, food was delicious.

6 reviews so far 6
01.05.2016 19:22

Love this place. Great staff and great food. The menu changes all the time so it's fresh and exciting. They even make their own peanut butter ice cream!!!!

1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 07:55

Great food that tasted and looked amazing! Service was friendly and quick. Only slight complaint is food and coffee wasn't that hot... Setting was nice and good atmosphere

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 09:35

Great place to eat out with friends on a Friday night; young and friendly service. The selection of dishes for the menu was excellent and plates well presented.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 08:52

good food, section of gluten free was listed but was better than most restaurants offer.. Staff are great, and very quick. would visit again if back in town

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 20:39

Excellent food, wine and coffee. Wide choice of food options and good to be able to mix and match choices. Nice chilled out afternoon lunch, top stuff.

1 review so far 2
22.08.2016 16:20

Unfortunately we received the wrong drink in our first order, part of a starter was missing and when we brought this to the attention of the waitress she went to get the missing item but it never it materialised. One of our main courses was stone cold as if brought out of the fridge and placed on the plate. It was reheated but the rest of the table had almost finished theirs by the time it returned. Not a great occasion.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 19:17

Generous portions of great food, friendly service! Nice atmosphere and good facilities for mum and baby. Clean baby change and noisey enough to mask crying little one.

1 review so far 5
23.06.2016 08:09

Delicious food, good value. Wasn't busy but took a while to get served by the waitress - otherwise everything was great and once our order had been taken the food arrived quickly.

3 reviews so far 4
27.06.2017 14:49

Interesting and varied menu with lots of options for drinks and food. Food was well cooked and tasty with nice presentation. My main criticism is that the music was too loud - more at bar/club volume than for dining.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 18:32

Lovely place! Always good service, greta food and nice atmosphere. Good for breakfast, brunch, business lunches and early dinners with friends. Spacious and cozy. Highly recommended!

6 reviews so far 6
19.08.2016 21:53

Amazing breakfast once again! Everybody was very happy with the various dishes. The waiting staff were particularly helpful and attentive. I love this place! Thanks again!

1 review so far 5
26.01.2017 09:05

Great food served all day long. Nice light sandwich options and a great dinner menu. Giant portions of bread and dips. Only criticism is that the service is a bit slow.

1 review so far 5
06.07.2017 09:48

Our server was new, only her second day but she was so lovely and did great. The food was tasty and reasonably priced too and the decor is cool and unique.

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 19:12

Had a lovely lunch here, food was arrived quickly and tasted great. The service and atmosphere also made for an enjoyable time. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 18:38

Excellent value at lunch, and delicious food! A b c D e f g h I j k l m n o P q r

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 10:04

Quandoo was super quick and easy to use. I received confirmation of my successful booking almost immediately. I will definitely be using Quandoo again. Recommend!

7 reviews so far 6
10.08.2016 21:07

Fun atmosphere, with really good food and service! Sweet potato fries are delicious and the portion sizes are generous. Looking forward to my next visit!

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 07:19

Never fails to disappoint! Had the delicious harissa bowl and my sisters had the rolls which were tasty as apparently. Great staff, I'all be back!

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 14:41

Excellent food and atmosphere! Can't wait to get back! Great space and vibe all evening. Bang in the middle of all the festival events too!