Filmhouse Cafe Bar

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Reservations


  Business Info

  • Address: 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
  • Cross Street: None
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | Mediterranean | Mexican | Middle Eastern | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 0131 228 2688
  • Features: Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access,
  • Occasion: Business Dining, Quiet Conversation, Vegetarian, Quick Bite,

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  Business Hours

Reservations Available

Monday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Tuesday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Wednesday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Thursday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Friday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Saturday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  
Sunday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 18:00  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 08, 2020
Louise E.

This is the second time recently that I've been to the Filmhouse and I'll definitely be back. The place is so well set up for self distancing and plenty of sanitiser around. Young staff are brilliant, really friendly and helpful and don't hassle you. Food is great too. All in all a great place to go and relax.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2020
Linda N.

Attend about once weekly and love ambience and the staff are wonderful. Would like to see variations to the menu, but understand these are difficult times.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 05, 2020
Moira D.

Very safe and yet friendly and comfortable space.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 05, 2020
Molly W.

I can scarcely fault you. My choice was very different from previous visits, in fact I think as a meat eater and wanting a hot meal I had to choose Chilli con carne. It was very good - I shall never be vegan and veggie only now and again cannot change the habits of 78 years. Best Wishes and thanks Molly Woolgar


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 03, 2020
Helen M.

Didn't eat on this occasion but the cafe was beautifully organised and the coffee was lovely. Well done.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 02, 2020
polly a.

Delicious food and friendly staff every time!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 01, 2020
Susan G.

I think the staff are managing their new responsibilities very well so I'd like to pass on my congratulations


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2020
Pascal D.

Friendly staff. Good chick pea curry. Really enjoyed it and good to do something as if life was back to normal. Which obviously is not what we all experience...


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 28, 2020
Ross B.

In these dodgy times it was top notch. Thanks for being open.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2020
Tracey S.

Lovely staff. Really nice girl on reception and lovely chattty welcoming waiter x


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2020
June O.

I only have positive things to say about my experience. The newly decorated cafe is attractive, tables are very far apart and a one-way system is in place. Serving staff are brilliant, taking orders, delivering food and keeping an eye on customers. The menu is well designed to allow you to have a small snack or something more substantial.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2020
Betty P.

Excellent food. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Attentive service.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2020
Neil M.

Very enjoyable, and well-managed in these strange times.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 24, 2020
Christine A.

Very impressed with steps taken overall, particularly in cinema, to make us feel safe.......thank you.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 24, 2020
Marilyn B.

Table service was a bit slower today as we were hidden by a pillar and missed. Otherwise all good and not rushed out.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 24, 2020
Lesley E.

The menu does appear to be very chickpea based. This was not a problem for me but my friend would be reluctant to return due to the lack of variety.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 24, 2020
Rona C.

It's wonderful to be able to meet my friend when we're not allowed to visit each other's houses.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 23, 2020
Anne H.

Really enjoyed having lunch at the Film House. The staff are very friendly and there is a nice atmosphere in the cafe. Food was great. Will be going back.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 23, 2020
Margaret J.

It is such a pleasure to be back at the Filmhouse with a friend. Cannot find anything to fault you - we enjoyed our meal and the whole experience very much and have booked to come back again. If anything - it is easier with so few people - quieter and very quick service.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 22, 2020
Kate S.

It was super, thank you!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2020
Teresa O.

Well organised, friendly atmosphere. Great food and service.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2020
Catriona B.

Enjoyed a pleasant meal in safe surroundings. Nice to be back and will recommend to friends !


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2020
Joan H.

Every was excellent. Felt very safe. Well spaced out. Everything spotless and all changes well explained. Will be back soon.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 19, 2020
Stella E.

Great to be back at the filmhouse cafe. Food as expected, comfortable and felt very safe. Staff were so friendly and kind. We will be back soon lockdown permitting. Stella


Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 18, 2020
Linda M.

So good to be back at the Filmhouse! The service and safety measures were first rate, food good but inevitably not the usual range of choices. I liked the safety of disposable paper menus and social distancing. Like everyone else, I wish things were 'normal' and the FH had its usual bustle and chatter, but you're doing a great job under the circumstances. Good luck and stay safe.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 16, 2020
Ruth M.

The staff were really helpful and fun.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2020
Sheila W.

Had a fantastic meal. Staff were very attentive and Covid measures were excellent. Highly recommend.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2020
Miles T.

Well managed and safe eating and drinking experience in these social distancing times. Good to be back at filmhouse


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 11, 2020
Ed A.

Extremely diligent with distancing, hand hygiene, masks etc. Would strongly recommend this venue to anyone who is nervous about going out but wants a taste of normality again!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2020
Helen S.

Happy with the way staff are implementing the changes and their pleasant attitude to customers.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 09, 2020
Judy D.

I enjoyed being back in the Filmhouse It was a limited menu, which was fine . Staff were very helpful. All in all great to experience being back in Filmhouse surroundings!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 09, 2020
Derek L.

Really enjoyed first meal back at the Filmhouse. Great staff and fab food. Impressed with the arrangements for social distancing. Thanks


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 09, 2020
Juliet K.

Our first time back to Filmhouse since Covid struck in March. Very nice to be back, lovely healthy and delicious food as always. Staff were very considerate and careful in how they dealt with us. A great experience as always.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 07, 2020
Shiona M.

Congratulations for getting the cafe up and running again. I do like the new decor. hope plenty of folk book to enable you to keep going.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Siobhan C.

I felt very safe. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Food excellent


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 05, 2020
Gillian C.

Really good measures in place for social distancing made for a very relaxing evening. Great service from all staff and good choices in the more limited menu. Great to be back to the Filmhouse cafe :-)


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2020
Chris M.

Great work by the team at Filmhouse. The cafe bar looks great with its new decor plus all the tables are well spaced out for distancing. I was worried about my first trip into town but the team made it all feel easy. The chilli was fantastic as always. I look forward to the screens reopening soon!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 03, 2020
Yvonne G.

Delicious food in spruced up surroundings. Friendly staff. Felt very safe and well looked after.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2020
Peter W.

It was good to see FH cafe back in action. Will be back soon!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2020
Sandy B.

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening, great staff, atmosphere and service.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Francis W.

It was lovely to be back in the Filmhouse, and everything was brilliant. The only thing missing was the pleasure of a good film to see.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Shirley O.

A real pleasure eating supper in the Cafe.So good to be back - and to get a table! The ambiance was greatly helped by the thoughtfulness in our safety and comfort. It will be hard to give up the peace when life is 'normal' again. Only change is to put back on the chick pea curry the drizzle of yogurt and not have the Tzatziki.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Clive H.

So great to be back. The staff have done everything they can to provide a properly safe experience. Hope as many people as possible come to support them.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Susan G.

Like the new decor; food was good; tables well spread out and clean; and excellent service. Look forward to coming again, and with some films to add to the experience!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 26, 2020
Aileen P.

Great to be back and lots of space with a simple system in place. Can't wait till the Filmhouse cinemas open again


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 26, 2020
Ali C.

Ambiance was good as there was a fair bit of chatter coming from other customers but this will be improved overall once the Scottish Government permits music to be played in restaurants again. Hence I didn't give this a full 10/10.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 25, 2020
Alasdair F.

Great to be back in the Filmhouse and it's looking good after a make-over!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 24, 2020
Roy P.

Lovely first post-lockdown experience. Was met and escorted to my table by a member of staff who explained to me the Cafe/Bar rules (which are available on the FH website). My order was taken and delivered to me in good time. The Cafe/Bar wasn't so busy probably due to the weather and that it was a Sunday but still had a good ambience. Staff were friendly, very attentive and couldn't be more helpful. More than happy to visit again and suspect the experience will be just as good!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 24, 2020
Seila D.

Amazing service. Really nice place


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2020
Eleanor B.

It was great to be back at the Filmhouse. Felt very safe and the online ordering of food and drink worked well. Staff are lovely and very helpful.