Filmhouse Cafe Bar

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Under $25

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

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
Aileen F.
Lovely to be back, thanks guys

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 29, 2021
Liz S.
Well organised, welcoming, tasty food.....great to be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2021
Kay M.
I always enjoy spending time in the Filmhouse's cafe bar - I like the relaxed vibe, the friendly staff and the tasty food on offer at virtually any time of day. They also offer great coffee/tea, beer AND wine (and you can't say the same for many other places). The only thing I'd wish for is a bit more variety on the food menu, especially more veggie options, but I understand this is difficult at the moment due to Covid constraints.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2021
Roberta B.
I was happy to be back in my favourite café bar. The staff were as friendly and helpful as ever and took care to make my visit safe as well as enjoyable. The food was delicious and well set out. I was impressed by the range of dishes available. Well done to Filmhouse café bar!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 08, 2021
Selena C.
Had a very pleasant evening, staff very efficient with serving food and drink. The food was delicious and value for money

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 01, 2021
Julia W.
We always love a visit to the Filmhouse Café and this was no exception. The same calm and cosy ambiance and great service. The food was a wee bit disappointing compared with previous visits ... an overly peppery tomato soup and the presentation of the hummus was offputting - although it tasted delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 30, 2021
Margaret P.
Very fast and friendly service, fully Covid compliant and great food, with film to follow. What more can you ask? Great all round.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 29, 2021
Victoria G.
Delighted to be back at the Filmhouse and we were very pleased with our meal and the service we received. All staff were very attentive and prompt with any requests, the food was good value for money and although the Cafe/Bar lacked its usual buzz and conviviality, it was just great to be back! You could tell the staff were pleased to be there, too. Thank you for such a happy evening!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 26, 2021
Brenda W.
We greatly enjoyed being back and think your new decor is really nice. Food as good as always and service excellent. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Debra L.
Everything was perfect delicious food great service as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2021
Barbara D.
We enjoyed our visit and our food. Everyone helpful and the food delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 18, 2021
Mirren S.
We both enjoyed our food and the service was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 17, 2021
Ginnie A.
It was all good. Service was excellent and food a familiar favourite.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 17, 2021
Gillian F.
Great service from charming guys -only slight drawback is menu hasn't returned to full offer-i.e.no soup or filled baked tatties.Food otherwise really good

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 16, 2021
Ruth C.
Well organised and great to be back. Have to mark down the ambience because this was such a buzzy place pre pandemic but as good as it gets in the circumstances.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 14, 2021
Hazel C.
As always the service was excellent

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 14, 2021
Dougie C.
Food was excellent, as ever, and service was great in the circumstances. Combining a screening with a meal and some drinks is highly recommended!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 12, 2021
Alexandra E.
Our server was really nice but seemed a little stressed. The food arrived super quickly, we had the nachos and there could have been more salsa and guacamole for the amount of nachos. The veg chilli is also a little heavy.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 10, 2021
Dorothy M.
I am just happy that your back in business Your new staff are doing well and nice to see old staff faces too! Just hope you can continue

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 09, 2021
Siobhan C.
Great to be back and staff were too

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 09, 2021
Keith S.
I like the new paint and decorating you've done. The bar has a good ambience, plenty space to move about. It feels good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 06, 2021
Richard A.
Great in every way!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 05, 2021
Catherine C.
Very relaxed atmosphere. Tables were well distanced, and other measures reassuring.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 04, 2021
LESLEY H.
Our first for over a year. Everyone very helpful - and the dining experience was great - as usual!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 04, 2021
Fiona B.
Excellent food and welcoming staff

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 03, 2021
Mo G.
It's wonderful to be back. The food was better than before lockdown I think. And the service was quick and sweet tempered.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 03, 2021
Andrew C.
We were glad to return to this location after a long time away. We don’t expect top class cuisine, just good value for money fare and we were not disappointed. We were impressed with how the staff dealt with a couple at the next table, who appeared to be serial complainers, with their extreme patience and tact when dealing with their unfounded grumbles and demands. It was a good experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 03, 2021
Rhona F.
Very good food, lovely staff and atmosphere, excellent hygiene and covid safety

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 02, 2021
Bruce and Susan M.
Great to be back. Everything was beautifully done. Staff were terrific, food excellent. All Covid stuff was managed well. What a joy to have a beer with my meal (not that I haven't had one or two at home).

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 22, 2020
Teresa O.
Well organised, friendly atmosphere. Great food and service.