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 - 21:30  
Tuesday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  
Wednesday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  
Thursday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  
Friday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  
Saturday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  
Sunday
Restaurant | All Day 12:00 - 21:30  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

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.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2020
Rachel P.

So good to be back at the Filmhouse. Quiet to start on Saturday but soon got going and atmosphere good, as was the coffee and cake!. Liked having unoccupied small tables in between those used, which made it seem less empty but still maintained social distancing.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 4/10
Aug 23, 2020
Maurice F.

Good the chickpea curry's ingredients all filling. But the tzatziki had sounded like being a dip rather than just a garnish. Nachos are only offered either plain, which seems not worth it, or not V. Missed draft beer: the bottle seemed smaller. Having tried to draw together a couple of other folks during the week, + delayed booking because of it: really needed to know in advance of booking that it's changeable. The film chromatic colours in the pictures of audiences, v effective. When you are not fully booked, is there a time term how long we are allowed to stay? Was uncertain around that.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2020
Margaret M.

Food was excellent. As someone with a gluten allergy choice was very limited understandably in circumstances but what I chose was excellent and the service was excellent. Lovely to be back in a favoured lunch spot.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2020
Jane C.

Food, service and adaption of venue to new routine all excellent. Just missed the old 'atmosphere' horribly.. Hang on in there EFT best wishes Jane Corrie and Charley Dodds


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2020
Shona T.

Really excellent: the food, service, and safety measures. Booking my next visit now!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2020
Gill H.

Cafe Bar looking good. Staff helpful and friendly. Food excellent. Great it is open. Different atmosphere but I expected that. Probably better when it gets busier. Will be back.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2020
Irene Y.

I enjoyed my meal and time at the Filmhouse. They were well organised with the one way system and plenty sanitisers and pretty tissue boxes on tables scattered around was a nice subtle touch without being too clinical. Service was very quick. I would have liked to see a fish dish on the menu.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2020
Dorothy M.

It was just great to be back We didn’t have food but the menu looked familiar! Only three tables occupied but that will improve The staff very informative and attentive


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2020
Howard T.

Staff acted very professionally in relation to Covid 19 precautions. Well done!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2020
Julie E.

Went on the second night of re-opening. They have taken excellent care to create a welcoming and safe space. Service & food were both excellent and we were extremely happy to be able to support a local arts venue.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2020
Keith S.

I am glad to be back at the Filmhouse. It's fresh new look and table service is first class. Enjoy my return experience. Lovely staff. No worries at all. Will be back soon.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 19, 2020
David S.

Lovely informal well-distanced venue. As always. Polite attentive service with enthusiasm


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 19, 2020
Pamela C.

I love what you have done with the place during lockdown. It looks fabulous. Great food as usual and distances between tables is good. Good luck.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 11, 2020
Selma R.

2nd time back, post lock down. Definitely coming back.....again


Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 10, 2020
John H.

Get the veggie chilli nachos back. Poor vegetarians feel undone with there being only nachos with meat chilli. Otherwise nice chilled atmosphere and staff are really lovely.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 08, 2020
Ruth G.

Great to be back, well thought out distancing measures and app etc worked a treat. Staff were friendly and cheery.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Liz H.

I enjoyed eating at the Filmhouse and the systems they had in place were straightforward and easy to follow. Staff were very helpful . With social distancing measures in place it does create a much quieter atmosphere in the bar. I used the dine out deal and it was excellent.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Les D.

Great to see the cafe back after all this time. Will certainly visit frequently


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 27, 2020
Ann R.

Fantastic visit as usual, would recommend to all friends and deinitely will return


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 27, 2020
john d.

Sorry no backed potatoes


Overall: 9/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 25, 2020
Mary G.

Add veg chilli to the menu please


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 23, 2020
Ken F.

The only thing that would have make this an even better experience would be a few more customers.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 21, 2020
Katherine M.

Good to be back! Staff very helpful, welcoming and reassuring. Look forward to returning. ps Please bring back Stilton Nuggets...