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!
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!
Great Mexican and bar whether you want just a drink with your friends/partner or some small plates to go with it or a full meal. All catered for and staff are great. Casual surroundings, not pretentious and always always good. Love the place.
Good restaurant. We sat in the alcove which was quieter
Great food, good service, good drinks selection, though could do with more real ales on draft not just craft largers. Would recommend for anyone visiting Edinburgh.
superb place. good food and drinks . service as well
My wife and I ate here before going to the theatre. We both love Latin American food, so we were both looking forward to it. Our table was located in a small alcove towards the back of the premises, which was great apart from when tables next to us ordered the sizzling fajitas, which gave off quite a lot of smoke. Everyone was coughing and it wasn't particularly pleasant for a few minutes - the problem could be easily solved by some additional ventilation. As for the food; the starter of a trio of salsas was delicious, as were our main courses, so no complaints there. For drinks; my wife is pregnant and was drinking mocktails, which are listed on the menu. This was a nice change, as its often difficult to find a decent selection of soft drinks. Unfortunately, they made up the mocktail with alcohol, which we both tasted quite clearly. I took it up to the bar and the waitress who was serving our table tasted it and said there was not any alcohol in it. When I asked her to check with the bar staff, they said it had rum in it! They gave us the drinks for free, but I think a little more care and attention needs to be paid as the consequences could have been serious, not just for pregnant people but for anyone who is avoiding drinking.
Basement restaurant and bar were pretty busy when we arrived. The menu is not huge here and surprising for a mexican there aren't many veggie options. We kicked off with guacamole to share, it was made at the table from a range of ingredients, a nice touch. It was more avocado dip than guacamole sadly as it was lacking in chilli and lime - the corn chips which came with it were very authentic though and a welcome change from the common dorito look a likes. I chose broccoli and chickpea fajitas for my main which came with small dishes of salsa (watery chopped tomatoes, no chilli), guacamole, sour cream etc and a huge platter of chickpeas, a few peppers, onions and broccoli again not much flavour. The tortillas were cold a a bit stiff since they came folded on a plate rather than kept warm in the usual little wooden bowl with lid. My partner had the 3 bean enchilada which he described mainly as dry. If you're into tequila then this is the place as the choice is huge. Service was good and speedy.
Food was average, served at luke warm temperature. Squid and prawn tacos consisted of one shrivelled up piece of calamari and literally two prawns per taco. I was not the only person in the party to have the dish and the other person recieved the same. Coleslaw was brown (or whatever it was meant to be to be honest.) Specific cocktail we had visited premises for was not available. Ie. No Blood orange Daiquiri Again, 7pm on a Saturday night. Premises most prominent drink unavailable Which also considering one of the servers being unable to give us, and subsequently, the surrounding tables, the correct drinks several times. When asked if we wanted anything else, server took order from one of our party and left before checking if anyone else wanted anything. And we did. Therefore, left hungry. Our table was booked at 7pm. At 8:26 we were informed that we only had the table until half past 8pm. 4 minutes notice. Being shocked at this information we asked why. Our server instructed us that we should have been made aware of this at the time of booking. We were not. No mention of table curfew. And this was from a table of people working in a customer facing, hospitality environment, on a work night out. I booked online. But I phoned the next (day of booking) to see if we could add an additional person, to which we were told no. Which is fair enough, but again, another chance to mention only having the table for an hour and a half. All in all a fairly abysmal experience.
I really like The Basement and this time I enjoyed it as much as in the past. The service was great and not too obtrusive, the food was yummy and filling and I think the dessert might have been my favourite part. Lovely atmosphere, great staff and yummy vegetarian options. A good combination.
Recommended by an acquaintance. Brilliant food, easy to find. Very helpful staff with regards to food recommendations and for things to do after our meal. I have no hesitation in recommending The Basement to others. First time I'd used quandoo app, would use again.
Great location close to the playhouse. The Basement is great value and the staff are friendly and efficient. Best of all is the fresh guacamole prepared in front of you. Good food at reasonable prices. This will be a firm favourite!