Blackwoods Bar and Grill

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Blackwood's Bar & Grill is a stylish restaurant located within a Georgian Towhouse in Edinburgh's New Town. Although only 10 minutes walk from the City Centre it doesn't feel that way due to the peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of the city

We specialise in authentic, Scottish, natural, elegant, chargrilled dining using our Josper grill at its heart - The Josper oven burns charcoal at high temperatures to retain food’s natural moisture and flavour.

All of our produce is sourced locally and selected for its quality. Beef from Buccleuch Estates and Fish from Eddie's Fish Market in Marchmont are only two of our local suppliers.

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London
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food just wasn't up to par. Hot breads as a starter should be lovely fresh warm bread and not bread which is not soft but toasted. The lamb rump was fatty and not tasty and no nice sauce / dressing. The side of vegetables never turned up. When we noted this on paying the response was one of apology but he'd been busy fixing TV's (assume because this is a hotel and limited staff to do more than one thing).
Frankly that's not of interest to a diner and service and quality of food is key. Neither existed here.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on September 29, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking to time review your experience with us, I am sorry that it did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. Most certainly had anything been brought to our attention during your meal or during our checks we would of been delighted to rectify any issues. Naturally, I would be delighted to welcome you back in the near future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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GB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Heard good news about Blackwoods. Four of us shared two chateaubriand. Meat was all sinew and not palatable. It was on offer and we think there was a reason for that.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on September 25, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for review and sorry for delay in my reply. I am disappointed to learn that the Chateaubriand was not palatable, we would of been happy to replace the meal had anything been mentioned at the time. We have raised the issue with the meat with our supplier as this is not up to their usual high standards. I would be delighted to welcome you back again in the near future, please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Londoners visiting Edinburgh and always prepared to be cynical about food outside the big smoke. It is a quiet intimate restaurant with a small high quality menu with a Scottish spin. Excellent sea food and very good beef.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on September 3, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are proud to use some great local suppliers for our seafood and beef and it is great to read you enjoyed your meal! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We ordered a dozen oysters, which was brought to our table in a platter with a hole to help carry the platter. Unfortunately the ice, the oysters were sitting on, began to melt and a river of melted water poured over the table and onto my husband’s pants and arm. The waiter was very unapologetic and said, “yes I know it happens all the time”.

The chateaubriand was raw. Again, our waiter was flippant and condescending.

Couldn’t eat the steak. One of the most expensive meals of our vacation and one of the worst experience.

The cheesecake was the worst cheesecake I have ever eaten anywhere.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on August 23, 2019

Dear Guest, thank you for taking the time to provide more details on your dining experience. While I was aware of the issue with the oysters, I am sorry if you felt I was dismissive of the incident. Regrettably we learn of your dissatisfaction with the Chateaubriand & Cheesecake after dining, naturally we would have been happy to replace either of the dishes. I would be delighted to welcome you back, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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SS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service local to me and had never been before might become a regular favourite

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on August 15, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Vraiment déçu

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M
Aberdeen
31 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

My first problem was the lack of choice in wines by the glass....only 3 whites and 3 reds. I had mussels as a starter - which were lovely - but the wines weren’t what I would normally have chosen with seafood.
For my main I had a fillet steak - they recommend their Josper (?) grill - but instead of the medium rare I asked for, I got a medium to well done one. Again the wines were disappointing for steak.
I don’t normally have dessert but as this was a new place for me I decided to try the cheesecake, but this also was very disappointing. The whole thing was quite tasteless.
I dislike giving negative reviews but this meal did not reflect the high price I paid for it.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on August 8, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. I am sorry the wines selected did not meet your expectations but we are unable to offer a vast selection due to our size. On checking your meal, I agreed that your steak was overcooked, and offered to have your steak replaced which you declined. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Meat over cooked

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on July 23, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. I note your comments regarding the cooking of the meat and I acknowledged this at the time when I checked your table. We would of been more than happy to prepare fresh steaks to your preferred cooking and this offer was extended at the time. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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AW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and wonderful service. The restaurant is next to a hotel and so it has a hotel feel about it although that didn’t bother me.
Fairly quiet so it felt romantic and intimate. I would recommend!!

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on July 12, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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MW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautiful and delicious. Well worth the cost of the voucher value we had. The staff were really nice and very helpful.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on July 1, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal using your voucher, which I agree is fantastic value for money! We do hope to welcome you back again soon! Best regards, Gary & the Blackwood's team

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JK
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue and location, excellent food, outstanding service

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on June 29, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

There was absolutely no atmosphere in this restaurant. We didn’t feel particularly welcome, maybe due to the fact this is the restaurant for the hotel next door and we were not guests there. That, however, should not make any difference. Waiting staff appeared very inexperienced and were very lack lustre and looked bored. The food was better than the ambiance, but nothing fantastic. Left there wishing we had booked elsewhere and feeling very disappointed.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on July 1, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. I note that you dined on 15th June and from reviewing the shift report I can see that we served 21 guests including yourselves. 17 being non-hotel guests, as is the case on most evenings. I also note that we did have a new member of staff on training. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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KG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best dinner in Edinburgh! Loved every bite ~ food was outstanding as well as service. Glad we ventured to Newtown area! Dont miss this gem!

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on June 12, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my dinner here very much. A nice facility, I was the only diner at 6:30 when I entered. The dining manager could not have been nicer and he even arranged his colleage to give me a tour of a couple of the rooms at the hotel portion as I might want to stay there when I return to Edinburgh. The food was outstanding.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on June 12, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening and the tour of the hotel while you were with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not say enough great things about the experience! Staff and food were exceptional. Left feeling like I can’t wait to come back to this establishment.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on May 15, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, interesting restaurant with a novel menu. Really attentive service. Enjoyed our dinner.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on May 15, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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MW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was delicious! The staff were very nice and efficient. Enjoyed our night!!

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on February 26, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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RW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Chicken supreme main, starters and pudding were delicious. Prices were on the high side, but good food, faultless service and quiet atmosphere make it a treat. Wine selection and whiskies were a bonus also.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on February 26, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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SE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Expensive . Steaks were good but side order of spinach was tiny. ( and had to pay extra for it)
Service was patchy.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on February 26, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for review and comments. I am disappointed that you did not enjoy your overall experience with us. I would be delighted to welcome to back sometime in the near future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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S
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic Place to eat. Wonderful customer service and food!

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on January 3, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you and your family had a wonderful time with us on Hogmanay! We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

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BQ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We have three people who all ordered different types of steak. But the steaks are overcooked and dry. Quite difficult to swallow. And the price was too high for what you get. Overall, an unpleasant experience and would NOT recommend.

Blackwoods Bar and Grill
Responded on January 4, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your comments and feedback. Regrettably we only learn of your dissatisfaction after you have dined. If anything been brought to our attention during the meal it would have been our pleasure to put right and replace any dish that was not as expected. I would be delighted to welcome to back sometime in the near future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

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DP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was very good, just a lack of customers the problem. I’d recommend them doing a chateau de Beouf and a bottle of wine for 2 for £60. That might get the customers in.

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately, I have to say, one of the poorest dining experience of my life.
Apparently lovely food but ribeye poorly cooked, fries uncooked.
Catch of the day without trimmings
Chocolate fondant with shortbread that tasted like shoe polish
Appalling service
I thought I was in a Fawlty towers sketch
Very disappointed and disappointing
Money down the drain...

OT
Kinross-Shire
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Received a gift of a voucher for chateaubriand for two with fizz and tried to book using the live chat, as I had a query I needed answered before I wanted to go ahead with the booking. This didn't seem to be working effectively and advised me to book a table through the the online booking site.
I received a call a day or two later following up on the enquiry.
I visited in a party of four adults and we were the only people in for dinner at 6pm on a Saturday night so there wasn't much atmosphere. That said, the new wallpaper, curtains and seating were very nice.
We elected to stick with just the chateaubriand and I'm so glad we did. The sharing wooden platter which the main course for each couple arrived on was groaning with meat. When we have dined on the chateaubriand on two or three occasions previously it was been melt in the mouth and a generous portion. This time it was quantity over quality. There was twice as much meat as was required but the quality was not as nice as we had had previously -so much so, we took the remainder of the meat home-enough for another meal.
The parsnips, carrots and green beans were overlooked. The chips were tasty but lacking in quantity. The tomatoes on the vine were tasty. Both sauces were tasty too.
The waiting staff were friendly but the younger man seemed to be suffering with nerves and was very shaky-which he acknowledged.
Overall, less impressive than on previous visits

s
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

QUIET AND ROMANTIC MOMENT

SERVICE COULD BE IMPROVED EVEN GOOD

DM
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Was 20 minutes before anyone even showed us a drinks menu, in the end I had to go up and ask myself. One waiter seemed to be actively avoiding eye contact when we tried to get his attention. The waiter that served us eventually was at least then good and the meal was ok.

OT
Hamburg Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Das Restaurant hat ein tolles Ambiente, dem das Essen in keinster Weise gerecht wird.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for our 6th Wedding Anniversary. It was a Monday Evening so very quiet, however great service, Great food, Great wine and just made us feel good on a special night

MM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing visit. Standard has fallen significantly sincr my first visit in 2014. Owners too removed from the business to care.

SB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the £49 deal for the chateaubriand for two. It was amazing!! Awesome staff to.

d
London
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We returned as the Chateaubriand was so good last time we visited and such great value as we got the deal for 2 sharing. This time however the meat was really strange. Didn't taste at all like last time and meat was tough and hard to cut into and had a strange thick skin. Tasted smoky and not even sure what the meat was but we were really disappointed. The seafood starter was good and the dessert was nice but portion of ice cream served with chocolate fondant was so small it was embarrassing.
Good service but shame about the food. Will be a while before we return and won't ever order the chateaubriand again.

AS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Located in the Blackwoods hotel, this restaurant does suffer from being off the main drag and a bit quiet. If you are looking for a hot spot bustling with locals, this may not be for you.

That being said, we enjoyed our meals.
The fish was perfect. We had haddock, over samphire greens, absolutely delicious.

There was a salmon salad, dressed in a balsamic dressing and citrus, nice compliment to the fattiness of Scottish salmon.

We also really enjoyed our host, who was warm, funny and very helpful.

Recommend!

d
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the chateaubriand special and was fabulous. Great food, wine and service. Really cosy intimate dining and excellent value for the quality. Highly recommend!

WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Chosen for our son's 18th birthday as he loves a steak - we were here for his 15th birthday! Venison and pigeon starters were gorgeous but the tomato salad was a little lacking in excitement, especially at almost the same price. We ordered 1 x chateaubriand and one fillet steak but were not asked how we wanted them cooked when we ordered, however, they were all lovely. We had to remind them about the portion of chunky fries to go with the steak. Small dessert menu but only son wanted so not a problem. A lovely evening but a little room for improvement.

P
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food

RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting in a Georgian townhouse with high ceilings. Food is presented well, and service was attentive (it was not a busy time of the evening). My only complaint was that the steak was overcooked compared to what I'd consider medium rare, but the good quality of the meat made up for it.

LL
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have written on the website for the above restaurant. We were there on Saturday night . Service was very good and the gentlemen serving our table were very polite and knowledgeable re the source of the food. Both my husband and I had starters and both order steak for our mains. I had the Fillet and my husband the Sirloin. My fillet was not superb, It did arrive cooked to my specification however there was stringy bits and also some fat which I would not have expected with the steak costing £36 this was including 1 side and a sauce for the steak. I ordered a portion of lean beans. As I say the service and food apart from the steak was good. I know everyone is different re meat choices however I have purchased steak in both Morrisons and M&S and never experienced them being stringy or fatty. It is not that I would not recommend your restaurant but I would be telling them of my experience. Also although it does say on your website that casual is acceptable there were a few clients under dressed in our eyes.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catch up meal with a great friend- food was great and ambiance was lovely for us to chat and catch up.

ED
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, waiting staff first class and fact they support local produce and brewerys makes it more special. Would definitely highly recommend a visit. Sampled the chateubriand deal £49 for platter for 2 which was more than enough for 2 steak lovers. Get yourself down there then wander into Stockbridge which is minutes away .

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome by the door man, waiter a funny guy and very accommodating, food was fab and didn't wait too long between courses. Definitely worth visiting again. We will be back

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