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5.4 /6 Excellent 184 Reviews

The Cellar Door

Old Town European, British ££ +100
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About The Cellar Door

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The Cellar Door fools many with its simple shopfront in Edinburgh. Always ready with a surprise for diners at its cozy underground enclave along George IV Bridge, this restaurant boasts flavours underpinned by Scotland’s rich cultural heritage. Choose from a variety of Scottish seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes made from the freshest ingredients and complete your dining experience with a wide range of malt whiskies and local ales. Housed in a former printing press in the heart of the Old Town, this newly refurbished space promises to make customers feel right at home with its famous sense of hospitality. This unassuming gem is not one to be missed by fans of good food, good drink and a good ambience. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Cellar Door, 44-46 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EJ Edinburgh

Further Information

Operated by a dedicated team passionate about Scottish cuisine, you can almost taste the strong sense of national identity down at The Cellar Door. Located on George IV Bridge, close to the University of Edinburgh and within easy reach of many Old Town landmarks is a restaurant stocked with ingredients of unrivalled quality sourced close to home from Scottish farmers. Infused with Scotland’s culinary heritage, The Cellar Door spoils diners with classic Scottish fare like traditional beer battered fish & chips and Scottish takes on continental specialities such as the chestnut mushroom risotto. Keeping things interesting, The Cellar Door’s chefs create new dishes every day to keep customers, old and new, coming back for more.

Regardless of the occasion, for a cuppa or for a pint, The Cellar Door won’t disappoint. The restaurant’s limited-period festive menus will spice up the holiday season, with dishes like sticky Christmas pudding topped with homemade brandy ice cream and roast turkey breast that are perfect winter warmers. With a menu frequently refreshed, it’s no wonder that regular patrons will associate The Cellar Door with a range of tastes rather than any particular dish. The Cellar Door also goes beyond casual dining, also available for private events and team-building workshops of up to sixty people, in which attendees are guided by the friendly crew to create fresh batches of chocolate delights such as chocolates, truffles and chocolate-dipped fruits. The food and fun goes on all week, typically from 12pm to 9pm. If you’re up for dining experience in an elegant and quaint Old Town setting, visit this gem tucked away in a cosy corner in Edinburgh. Book in advance to secure your seats today!

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The Xmas Menu 2017.


184 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 184 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 12:24

Excellent food and very friendly and helpful service. Would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends. The place had a great atmosphere and would book again if we visit Edinburgh again.

1 review so far 6
16.09.2017 14:07

Highly recommended. The venison was amazing. White chocolate brownie and chocolate orange bread and butter pudding also really nice. Really enjoyed our meal here and will definitely come back

1 review so far 6
11.09.2017 06:00

Great food, incredibly nice staff, very good menu, so everyone will be happy there! Good for vegetarians, too, dishes like veggie haggis and risotto are offered

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 08:03

Lovely restaurant good food and friendly staff, also a good vibrant atmosphere, I would have no hesitation recommending The Cellar Door to friends or family.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 08:33

The Cellar Door is without a doubt one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. The atmosphere and staff are both very welcoming, and the staff extremely knowledgeable about the food on offer. I had Cauliflower Three Ways, followed by butternut squash and red pepper risotto with blue cheese pearls, followed by Highland Sticky Toffee pudding, all of which were delicious! Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning, hopefully sooner rather than later!

3 reviews so far 4
13.08.2016 11:55

Cellar Door was pretty warm and busy when we arrived. Had to wait 5 mins for our table even though we arrived a little after our booking time but this wasn't a biggie. Our waitress was chatty and helpful bringing some ice and opening a door to help cool me down - place was pretty warm despite the high ceilings. First starter of creamed goat cheese with beetroot was good and well presented but could have done with more than one very small toast to go with it, the walnuts were crushed so finely that I've only just realised what the decorative crunchy dust was! The other starter, broccoli and cheddar soup (soup of the day) was very tasty. Mains were mushroom risotto which was plentiful but could have done with more parmesan to add flavour and salmon fillet, both were well cooked. We chose raspberry cranachan cheesecake and sticky toffee for dessert. The cheesecake had chocolate mixed into the base, a surprise, but nice, no whisky tho like most cranachans I've had whilst the sticky toffee pudding sauce was yummy, the pudding part tasted of ginger which was odd. Service was good but very quick, felt like we were in California and there was another sitting of hidden diners waiting for our table!

1 review so far 6
11.08.2016 15:14

Really good meal, nice to see good vegetarian dishes on the menu and we liked the Scotttish-themed dishes. The puddings were especially wonderful, and we had excellent service. There is a great atmosphere there too. If we had one suggestion it would be to lower the music volume a bit once the place filled up. Would certainly recommend The Cellar Door.

3 reviews so far 6
03.07.2016 10:17

We had a fabulous meal at The Cellar Door! It is a bit hidden but finding it was well worth it. The food was fresh, the menu had great variety and it was a great value. We also had a fantastic picpoul wine which is a new addition to the menu. Highly recommend a meal here if you are in Edinburgh!

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 08:13

Superb food. We came here two years ago when we visited Edinburgh as a work friend recommend and we wasn't disappointed. We had to visit The Cellar Door again. Staff was amazing, took the time to talk to you and made you feel welcome. Definitely worth a visit!

2 reviews so far 6
21.08.2016 22:19

Great service, from walking in, being offered to choose where we sat, through to the attentive friendly service throughout! Good was decent sized portions, but amazingly tasty and presented in their usual exquisite way! Almost too beautiful to cut apart!! Haggis starter, venison cooked beautifully with beetroot and carrot, with cubed herbed potatoes and sticky toffee pudding left me feeling elated, and not overly stuffed as happens so often on 3 courses!! If you're a regular, I know why, if not............. Why not?? Sort this out now and book up!!!

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 22:39

Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent menu. This is a hidden gem in Old Town. We visited during the Festival when all restaurants tend to be stretched but The Cellar Door coped admirably. We will return when the tourists and festival crowds have gone.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2016 10:16

The food was incredible absolutely bursting with flavour. 4 things stood out in particular; Haggis Spring rolls, mussels in white wine sauce, Pork Belly and the absolutely mouth watering vegetarian lentil and walnut cakes! As a fairly picky vegetarian I am always hesitant but liked the sound of the meal with crispy Kale and I couldn't have left any happier! Would recommend to anyone but vegetarians will love this option too! (Sound question below is irrelevant as the atmosphere was ideal!)

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 10:30

It's always great to be in The Cellar Door: good food, nice drinks, great service, lovely atmosphere. Even the location, on the busy George IV Bridge, is not in your mind when you take the steps down into the restaurant.

2 reviews so far 6
30.03.2016 07:54

Small concealed entrance lead to a larger restaurant downstairs. Food was amazing, not huge portions but we were all stuffed after. Presentation and taste were 5* and the service was every bit as good, there was 5 of us and a couple of quite fussy eaters but nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were extremely polite, friendly and accommodating. Have already recommended to friends and I will definitely return again very soon.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 09:44

I booked online and it was so easy. The environment is cosy and the staff very friendly. I had Creamed Goats Cheese with Pickled Beetroot, Beetroot Puree & Walnuts for first which was surprisingly good! I had the salmon for main and it was delicious! It literally melted in my mouth! The wine, Torre Cerere Montepulciano D'Abruzzo was very good, too! Overall, I found the prices quite reasonable and I am definitely going back!

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 18:42

The Cellar Door is a real find. The place is cozy yet you don't feel crowded. The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable and best of all the food was great, especially the sticky toffee pudding.

3 reviews so far 6
11.08.2017 08:21

The table was waiting for us and we were greeted and served by a friendly and professional team. It was tough making menu selections because we were tempted by several options but all four of us loved our choices. The emphasis is on Scottish dishes and I can confirm that the cullen skink was exceptional. They offer some relatively reasonable wines, which we enjoyed, and the espresso was very good.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2016 21:10

Fantastic service, lovely atmosphere. We were well looked after and the waitress paid particular attention to the fact that it was one of our parties birthday. When dessert was served it was decorated with a candle. The food was very tasty, well presented and very good value for money. We had 3 courses for £20. Would recommend and will be back again for another team meal out :)

1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 17:00

Fantastic meal with a nice cozy environment. Lunch deal of two courses for £12 was a steal. The grilled chicken with couscous was perfect. A good selection of local beers and drinks. Couldn't ask for more. I'd also recommend their cheesecake dessert. It's good to share with another and is extremely fluffy and cheesy with an oat / granola crust on the bottom. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:32

This restaurant is Edinburgh's hidden Scottish gem. Food is fantastic! Staff were so friendly and very knowledgable about their menu. It is also very reasonably priced. I have a feeling you will need to pre book this little restaurant soon as the word will get out on how fantastic it is. I will be back Cellar Door. Thank you for a lovely evening. :-)