Ishka

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153 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Welcome to ISHKA. Embracing the best of local, seasonal produce; ISHKA’s small team endeavour to support local suppliers in their menu creations. With express lunch, pre-theatre, bar snacks and A La Carte – ISHKA puts a Mediterranean twist on what Scotland has to offer. With beautiful cuts of meat, fillets of fish and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everybody. Stay for a cocktail and dessert and let the in-house mixologists serve you an ISHKA original or stick to the status quo.

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Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 153 People Are Saying
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VR
Perthshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fantastic service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

High expectations were let down unfortunately.
Warm welcome but went downhill from there.
Food was very average & despite it being early 6.30pm and quiet - service was slow.
Only positives were a nice cocktail and nice wine options.

OT
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was really good and not too expensive. Unfortunately, the restaurant is not service oriented at all. We had to wait a very long time until we were served. Even after the dessert menu was brought, we had to wait very long until someone wanted to take the order. This was a pity!

JP
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly place, attentive staff, good quality food at a decent price. Good vegetarian options as well very tender lamb rump. Excellent range of drinks. The evening we went was very busy (match at Murrayfield and the festival still on) but staff were keen to explain it was normally quieter. We'd eat there again.

S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent and tasty, the service was a little slow . But it was the last day of the festival so Edinburgh was busy that night
Staff where friendly and helpful.
I would still recommend this place to people as the quality and size of portions was excellent

KH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really good service from super friendly staff. Couple of issues - too little bread/crackers for pate, waited a while for drinks. Starters better than mains. Overall a good experience given it was so busy on a festival weekend. Thank you

AB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a very relaxed visit at a time when Edinburgh was at its most hectic during the festival. The staff made us very welcome and gave us time to settle down before taking our order. The food market menu was sufficiently varied to allow choice and was good value for money. The wine list contained a better than usual choice of single glass wines which were of good quality. We certainly wish to return on a future occasion.

j
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked for lunch, they had been busy in the festival, food took a while but was absolutely first rate. Nice people, loved it. Will be back

l
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was lovely but the service was very slow which slightly ruined it

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Our visit to Ishka was a perfect example of how waiting staff can make or break an ambiance and therefore a dining experience. On arrival, our table was pointed out to us, we weren’t guided there. No one offered to take our coats, or to bring us water or a drink while we waited for our friend.

There were frequently four people behind the very small bar — it was always as if they were avoiding interaction with their clients!! The charming waitress was running rings around everyone else.

The food was thoughtful and well presented, and much of it was delicious. However, it didn’t always match the highly detailed menu description. If you say a dish is served with hassleback potatoes, then that is what people will expect. Likewise “artisan” bread.

Ishka is a beautifully decorated, well-located eaterie serving some lovely food. With improvements that would cost nothing, it could be a little gem.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely evening with tasty food and a great bottle of wine.

Service was a little slow - the only thing preventing a better review. I'd go back.

J
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service, great value for money. I have already recommended this restaurant to all my friends and family.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The chicken and pork were both fantastic!

X
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and cocktails. Some courses were delicious and others were nice.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and cocktails were fantastic! There was only two people working in the restaurant and bar and so they were very busy meaning service sometime was a little slow however they did brilliantly to rush our main course as we had to leave to go to a show. Bit of a delay getting drinks however when they arrived they were worth the wait!

JR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff and ambience. The did did not disappoint and the menu had some very tasty surprises. Wonderful experience - thank you

S
Edinburgh
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food, the service and price was exceptional

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, service good

AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very average food and slow service. Food arrived cold. Taste fair but not great. Getting a waiter was a challenge and took a lot of time to order.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, service friendly, the only comment I would make is that the music did not match the ambience, although I didn't mind the choice of music. It was very quiet and quite surprised as it is located exactly across from EICC and during the fringe festival, thought it would be very busy - and so it should be, as the food was most excellent.

p
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little Gem by pure chance, lovely staff, really cool decor, food top class.

GM
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was brilliant. Best lamb I've had in the UK. Cocktails were great and cheaper than expected.

FF
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in smart surroundings. Pan European cuisine with a Scottish focus. Lovely local cheeseboard.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, attentive service, in a quiet, slightly out of the way location.

G
Edinburgh
39 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice relaxing space with a very good value lunch of 2 courses for £15.

JA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ishka was an absolute delight to visit. Food, service and ambience excellent. Good range of availability on menu to cater for all needs/tastes. Will definitely revisit.

MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was attentive and friendly. He helped to make lunch a very pleasant occasion.
The food was delicious.

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm welcome when coming through the door. The service was excellent and the food even better and reasonabley priced. The place itself is a very very nice place to be. Will definitely be going back. 10/10 👌

D
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, good menu choice and food we ordered was fantastic. Service was great

BI
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely very helpful waiter. Lovely restaurant really nice food, top end of the scale

RM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, fabulous food. Lovely staff, nice atmosphere. Just perfect!

m
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were vacationing and told by several locals that this is the place to go. It was...fine bordering on good. I don’t have anything negative to say but I’m certainly not overwhelmed by anything either. A bit pricey.

LM
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely darling place. Well crafted menu that was beautifully executed. A local chef owns the restaurant, and you can see the love and care she puts into all the items. I would absolutely visit again.

A
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surpassed all my expectations! Attentive service, really delicious food, great value for money and a cocktail list I could quite easily have sampled lots more of!!
I'll definitely be back. Thank you for a great dining experience.

C
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place. Nice and relaxed. Good was delicious and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Very enjoyable meal

AW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ishka should be busier.We have been a Couple of times and it is quite quiet. The food is good with the chef trying to present inventive dishes.This is not always perfect but there is usually something outstanding on the plate.Really well presented and service is friendly and efficient

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was great, they only had 2 staff on but you could never have told. They were efficient, polite and the food was great as well and very fast too! The cocktails and cheese board were good as well!

PW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ishka is a hidden gem that if it were closer to town would be fully booked for weeks at a time. I'm actually reluctant to recommend it because I want to keep it to myself lol. The food is superb, the service is impeccable but what impressed us the most was the value for money. We had the market menu as the choices we made happened to be on it. I cannot recommend this sophisticated, elegant eatery more.

TT
London
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very helpful and friendly. The food was good. I would definitely go again and reccomend it to my friends and family.

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