About The Basement

Located in Edinburgh's city centre just northeast of the New Town, The Basement is a sophisticated take on a typical Mexican restaurant, serving up authentic South American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, but without a sombrero in sight. Instead, The Basement is decked out in colourful, mismatched furniture, handpainted artwork and a wall of suspended potted plants, creating a stylish setting to dine in. You’ll find it situated on Broughton Street, close to the Edinburgh Playhouse, book a table and head on over!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 11:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am


The Basement
10A - 12A Broughton Street, City Centre
Edinburgh EH13RH

Menu Highlights



Salmon and prawn ceviche

mango, lime and habanero marinated salmon and prawns in a crispy tostada basket

chicken mole

roasted chicken thighs in dark mole sauce with slaw and sweet green chilli

pickled vegetable tostada

pickled onion, cauliflower and roast beetroot on crispy tostadas with an almond and sesame crema

More about The Basement, Edinburgh

On the menu at The Basement in Edinburgh’s city centre you’ll of course find all of the old Mexican favourites, from tacos to fajitas and quesadillas, but as well as these classics the menu also boasts some lesser-known but equally as delicious South American dishes. Whether you’re a meat lover, a fan of seafood or vegetarian, there is no shortage of options. Try the esquites chowder (tortilla crusted smoked haddock in a sweetcorn and cream chowder with new potatoes and tiger prawns) or some pumpkin stuffed chicken breast (roasted breast of chicken stuffed with pumpkin, served with crushed new potatoes, coriander and pumpkin seed pesto and mole poblano sauce).

Wash it all down with a cocktail or two from The Basement’s lengthy selection, or head on over during the day for a Mexican-inspired brunch like the breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros. Located on Broughton Street in Edinburgh’s city centre, The Basement is a popular choice with those seeking out a piece of South America in the Scottish capital. To snag a seat at this hotspot, making a reservation in advance is advised!

214 The Basement Reviews

214 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Great value
Grace R.a month ago · 1 review

Excellent service from staff. We arrived early and staff were able to accommodate us. Very good experience and would one hundred percent go again. Loved.

Jonathan L.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food and service, all within the confines of a friendly and lively atmosphere, particularly so for a weeknight evening. Highly recomended for small or large parties!

Christopher G.2 months ago · 2 reviews

One of the best Mexican restaurants that I have eaten at. Service prompt and attentive. The smell of the food on arrival is a great sign of things to come. The food is fresh and tastes amazing. Very relaxed atmosphere. Well worth a visit