Filmhouse Cafe Bar

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
$ Mediterranean

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
  • 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 10:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
Restaurant 10:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
Restaurant 10:00 - 22:30
Thursday
Restaurant 10:00 - 22:30
Friday
Restaurant 10:00 - 23:30
Saturday
Restaurant 10:00 - 23:30
Sunday
Restaurant 10:00 - 22:30
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.62 out of 5 stars based on 1963 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 14, 2022
Bernadette H.
Great to be back at the Filmhouse cafe bar .. fresh tasty food and friendly service at very reasonable price !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 13, 2022
Evie J.
Good staff. Menu fine under circumstances. So glad that the cafe exists. Haven.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 12, 2022
Margaret P.
Great food, service, atmosphere and very reasonably priced. We will keep coming back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 11, 2022
Chrissie H.
Great to be back but the menu is a little dull. Not the lovely range as before but suppose that’s covid.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 08, 2022
Anja S.
I used to be a regular, but this was my first visit since the pandemic had started. Staff treated me like a long lost relative (particularly a super friendly colleague with red hair), and also the newer (to me!) staff members were very attentive and friendly - amazing experience. Also helped by the fact that the menu still contains my beloved bean nachos, and after two years the mentioned staff member still remembered that I ask for 'no coriander'!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 06, 2022
Lynn H.
It is a wonderful cafe with good food, very friendly staff and a an intimate atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 05, 2022
Dale I.
All great. Thanks so much for being open.The sweet potato wedges are to die for!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 25, 2021
Christina S.
We always enjoy the experience in the cafe, whether for a meal or coffee. The staff are doing a wonderful job, against the background of these challenging times. Thank you, Christina

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 24, 2021
Miles T.
Always a pleasure to be here. Good food, drink and friendly staff. Most importantly very relaxing place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Dec 18, 2021
Maureen P.
We enjoyed our time here. It is so refreshing to come and sit in a place that does not have loud music blaring. The service at the bar was a little slow, but they did seem to be quite busy with orders. The staff did acknowledge you and served you at the bar when able. We did not have food, so cannot comment on this. I felt quite ok with all the Covid restrictions and would return here without hesitation. A very pleasant place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 15, 2021
Andy G.
The quality of food on offer is great with a good selection of beers as well which is a bonus. Also, the staff are always welcoming and friendly.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 10, 2021
Kay B.
very nice cafe bar, chick pea curry was a bit dry for me.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 09, 2021
Evelyn L.
Great bacon roll and pot of tea and excellent value.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 09, 2021
Moira D.
Lovely to be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 09, 2021
Jane S.
Very nice meal, xmassy ambience, few diners which at the moment made us feel very safe. Staff delightful as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 08, 2021
Jenny B.
It was all very good, and also excellent to see staff paying attention to cleaning still, wiping down tables and chairs as soon as people left and wearing masks. You don't see this everywhere now.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 07, 2021
Emma M.
This is a lovely place to eat, the tables and chairs i was on this time was not as cozy, and it was a bit drafty however this only affected the ambience. Service was great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 06, 2021
Martina P.
I love this café. Great choice of food and suitable for every dietary need. The ambient is wonderful, service great (very nice people!) and rules are respected for everyone's safety.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 04, 2021
rufus r.
Excellent place and space. The absence of the vegetable lasagne remains a gapping void!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 02, 2021
Kay M.
I honestly can't think of a single thing to mark the Filmhouse cafe bar down on except maybe the range of dishes isn't as wide as you might get in other eateries and it'd be nice to have more veggie options. But that said, everything they do have is consistently good and there's a great selection of soft drinks, beers and wines too!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 01, 2021
Lynsey B.
Really lovely place to spend a few hours. Will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 18, 2021
Roberta M.
We love going to the Filmhouse cafe, it’s always good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 17, 2021
Rachel P.
Great to be back at the Filmhouse cafe. Food as good as always!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 09, 2021
Linda G.
Good food served quickly by friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 07, 2021
Deirdre D.
I'm very happy to be back at The Filmhouse Cafe. Food, atmosphere and venue brilliant!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 03, 2021
Michael C.
Nice spot to relax before a show. Very nice pint of Pentland IPA. (Didn't have any food on this visit but I know the Nachos are worth the journey themselves.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 24, 2021
Annie R.
As always good food, service and experience

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 18, 2021
Janice H.
The service was great , and the spacing reassuring . Thankyou so much!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2021
Robert E.
Simply incredible, always loved the cafe and was my first time back since COVID and part from the obvious changes made due to COVID felt like nothing really changed

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 14, 2021
Morag M.
Breakfast offer of hot drink and food item is great value

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 13, 2021
Ann S.
A friend and I were meeting up after not seeing each other for 20 months. An excellent and relaxing occasion and we were well looked after - except we were asked a number of times whether we needed anything further, when we were quite happy. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 07, 2021
Bruce M.
As usual, it is the place to be for a post-cinema meal. Delicious, reasonable food, excellent service and a wonderful environment.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 03, 2021
Nick S.
It was so good to be back at the Filmhouse cafe, where everything felt safe and comfortable, the staff were superb, the service quick and efficient, and the atmosphere relaxed and happy. We'll be back soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2021
Annette H.
Always a pleasure to spend time in the Filmhouse Cafe

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 30, 2021
Michael M.
Nice atmosphere; lovely, friendly service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 29, 2021
Graham B.
Booking went like clockwork; enjoyable meal; pleasant evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 27, 2021
Anthony S.
The food is excellent, but because we like to eat at the Film House fairly regularly - for films and the Usher Hall, we'd like to see more variation in the main dishes.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2021
Helen C.
Loved the fact that the staff member serving us was prepared to recommend the chilli con carne dedpite being vegetarian herself. She was right. It was drlicious!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 24, 2021
Leslie H.
Brilliant as always

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 20, 2021
Angela S.
Food was fabulous as always. Service friendly and attentive. Covid protocol in place well thought out and carried out. Only small criticism no offer of season ie salt and pepper

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Alyson H.
Always a pleasure to visit here, for food, drinks or coffee. Great staff, decent prices and good food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 09, 2021
shona m.
Always love the Filmhouse and was very happy to be back. Looking forward to the menu being extended in time. Background music could have been a bit louder - with fewer people in the space it would compensate for the usual bustle and chatter. Food was beautifully presented and service was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Erica H.
The staff at the Filmhouse are great and the Covid risk mitigation is still in place so it feels relatively safe. The menu hasn’t been changed for a while. Soup and Chilli were good, Veggie Chilli ok but nothing special

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2021
Bridget K.
Always lovely at the filmhouse

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2021
Dave A.
As always, great food and service with ever cheerful staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2021
Donna M.
It’s was very relaxing. Efficient service and cheery staff in tricky times. Food was delicious and appreciated after a trying work day. Donna

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2021
Jane Y.
Oh dear, you are asking the wrong person. I visited you recently for the first time in a year & a half and if anything, the experience was better than the 10 out of the possible 10 I am able to award. The Filmhouse is without any doubt (in my international & 500-year experience) one of the finest places to be in all the ways this survey indicates. To which add a sense of safety, in our present times.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 19, 2021
Beryl M.
Excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2021
Lindsay D.
lovely as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 13, 2021
Anne F.
Thanks so much. We had a lovely time and thought you’d taken a lot of trouble to make it feel super safe! The Salmon Dukka was superb. One of us was a bit iffy about the taboulah with her dish. It won’t be long before we are back again - even without going to a film we thought you provided a top rate venue!