Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (West End)

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Scottish

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Our food is inspired by the fine local Craft Beer micro industry that is now buzzing in Scotland. Like these Craft Beer producers, we carefully select combinations of local ingredients, to create small batch dishes with bags of flavour and fond memories. We are a proud member of the exclusive Scotch Beef Club and all our meats and vegetables are sourced from local farms where we have validated their quality, practices and values.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scottish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm
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0131 228 5100
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Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden
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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service great. We were served by Calli who was very polite and efficient even after sustaining an injury making me a cup of coffee

MB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a brief visit and loved Makars - food was delicious, especially the lamb shank and traditional smoked sausage! Ended the meal with the sticky toffee pudding - YUM. We came on a quiet night, so their were only a few guests and the noise level low. Our server, Ella, was excellent - very nice and very prompt. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

SF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit this year to Edinburgh so we had to visit Makars again . We weren’t disappointed great quality food and excellent service

LB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table here after reading other reviews. I'm so glad I did. We got there 15 minutes early but our table was ready and waiting. We were greeted by the staff who were so smiley and friendly. There was a range of food available ... I wanted to try it all but settled for the lamb shank and my son ordered the haggis. When the food arrived it was piping hot and so delicious. It was also very filling. I wanted to try a pudding but just couldnt fit one in. We will definitely be returning here again when we return to Edinburgh. I would definitely recommend here to people who are after a tasty, piping hot, satisfying meal in a calm, relaxed and friendly setting.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with quick service. Great for families.

KE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food, but ssrvice poor. An hour wait and the restaurant was so HOT. When it finally arrived the food was very tasty

MK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exelent service, very friendly stuff, delicious food.

EG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting for the Tattoo (which was amazing!) and booked a table here online having read rave reviews. And they were right! Both food and service were spot on (thanks Ola snd Callie). The menu is simple, kind of pick and mix. Between us we had haggis and vegetarian haggis with a mixture of wholegrain mustard mash and cheese and chive mash. It was all fabulous! Beautifully presented, fragrant and yummy!!! Checked out food going to other diners (like you do) and want to come back to work our way through the menu :)

Had a really nice, relaxed atmosphere too, and we weren't rushed away when done.

Don't be put off by the shuttered exterior during the day - this is a hidden gem!

Would highly recommend a visit. Loved it!

J
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great atmosphere and service was brillant . Would eat there again

J
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Table was sticky, the furniture very worn and broken. Food was meh! Their flavored mashes all tasted the same. Most disappointing dinner we had in Edinburgh. Maybe the location closer to the castle might be better, but we are not trying it! Very uninspired dinner.......

JD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Makars was able to accommodate a group of 7 since we booked early - 6PM. There was only one table seated before us. We ordered our food and waited and waited and waited while all those who came after us were served. Instead of the waitress admitting that she hadn't handed in our order - she lied about how busy the cook was and that the others were seated before us. If she only owned up to her mistake, it would have been forgiven and our dining experience much improved. All that said, the braised lamb shank, chived cheese mash, smoked bean mash and lastly, the haggis were excellent.

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

We were a group of 10 people. Some of us ordered haggis or lamb and most of us ordered slow cooked beef. All the diches were awesome and the food was Delicious!. The service was also outstanding. The team does a great job in this restaurant.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Not your typical Scottish pub, but the staff was very helpful, it was not too crowded, and the food was excellent.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food at Makars west- end - the vegetarian haggish was delicious, as were wild boar sausagesand the variety of mash caters for all tastes and diets - the service great !! Well recommended

AE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our server, whose name I can’t remember and Liam, the host. V friendly and fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service.

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SE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good experience - quality very high - dessert (brownie) super!
If they could reduce lead time a little bit more it would be more than great.

GH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue in the heart of the West End. Great service, lovely menu and very pleasant surroundings. Would definitely go back

FD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large party and Makars was very accommodating and patient. We were able to pay separately without anything any issues - which was great!

The place was packed, it’s clearly a popular spot. The food was absolutely delicious. Massive portions, great prices. I’ve already recommended this place to a few friends who will be in the area.

MM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both had lamb which literally fell off the bone it was so tender & washed it down with some water and a good bottle of Shiraz. All very nice. Service was good & the staff friendly. Good value too at £51 for two

O
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and friendly service. We had a wonderfull experience of scottich cuisine. I highly recommand this restaurant.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience at Makars! From beginning to end, the service AND food was amazing! Started with the “skins” without knowing much about them and they had us talking about how we absolutely need to be able to get something like them in the States - perfect crispiness on the potatoes and the salsa and cheese flavors make it a perfect combination. Moved on to the main course - between us, we tried the wild boar sausage, the smoked sausage and the chicken, all with the cheddar cheese and chive mashed potatoes. The potatoes had a good amount of cheese which very much pleased all of us and all of the meats were greatly enjoyed as well (I believe we liked the boar sausage the best, but can’t go wrong). Finished off the meal with the sticky toffee pudding (a suggestion from one of our servers) and, again, just incredible!! All of our servers (Sophie, Kirsty, and Liam) did a wonderful job taking care of us even with another large table that came in right behind us. A MUST try place to dine!

BL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Trendy location. We are German tourists and had a great time in Scotland.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was great here, but the food wasn’t anything to write home about. There are better restaurants serving Scottish food out there!

SJ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very Good Food, unfortunately a Little Bit noisy. Nice Service.

l
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The concept is a good one and the decor was nice enough however the portions are on the small side. The decor is basic and our table was dirty and was never cleaned despite the restaurant not being overly busy. The food was nice enough but i don't think i would rush back.

t
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first evening in Edinburgh and we had a lovely meal at Makar's Gourmet Mash Bar. Very cool interior, transformed industrial meets coffee house . Liam, our charming waiter was very helpful. We were seated quickly and Liam recommended a raspberry gin cocktail which smelled wonderful and would have tasted as good had it not been that sweet. That and the noise levels -varied but could go really high due to the accoustics- were the only uh-ohs, and not very major ones. The boar sausages were perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside with that delish touch of brown and juicy inside. Very flavourful seasonings; I could use one now. My husband had the lamb shank; didn't bother giving the other choices more than a glance. The lamb just slid off the bone into a gorgeous red sauce of red wine, cranberry, rosemary. And now the star dish around which everything else revolves, the mash. I ordered the roasted bacon and green onion mash with a little melted cheese. Not going to forget the texture (smooth, crumbly and not sticky at all) or the taste, crunchy bacon, a little zing from the onion. My husband had the chive and cheddar mash and in both our cases, the mash took the honours. We preferred to finish the mash and left some of the meats behind. Go there hungry because the helpings are massive. Thanks Liam for your suggestions.

L
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a reasonable price. Very friendly staff, would recommend to anyone

SM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every item on the menu is well crafted and executed perfectly. I had the braised beef skirt with cheddar mash. The meat was so well cooked it was fork tender. The table next to us ordered the haggis, jeeps and tatties. The presentation was perfect. Very friendly staff.

LM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seating ideal not too noisy, good choice on menu at reasonable prices, service was very good.
Food was excellent and good portion sizes.
Would recommend and go back.

IM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Arrived in plenty time were seated and asked if we would like a drink. We chose our drink then advised it wasn't in stock so we chose something else, same thing, not in stock. So for the third time we chose something else, surprise, not in stock. Absolutely shocking for a Friday night so we walked out and will never be back.

PC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed
Thought food very average in fact that’s being kind starter of haggis neep and tarries was a joke it was that small
Potato skins nice
I had vegetarian haggis with horseradish mash very average
Must say service was very good

JC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit food and service was excellent. Our party of seven were served very quickly. Portion size was very good on both starter and main. Will definitely return.

KG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a first for us, as we don't seem to have any of these in Kent. We all throughly enjoyed the experience, and the food was amazing. Looking forward to our next visit to Edinburgh, so we can come back again.

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

All the portions great; ask for help pairing your dish with a mash. gammon was out of this world.

TH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive staff, wonderful service and tasty Scottish food. I cannot expect more.

LD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place... small menu but everything we tried was just delicious (chicken, beef and lamb shank).

Good humoured staff who actually seemed to enjoy their job.

Great place if you’re every in Edinburgh !

MG
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and value for money. What more could we want!

LH
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great quality, hearty and tasty Scottish food.

Good friendly service.

Decent beer although no draft.

IB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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