Filmhouse Cafe Bar

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
$ Mediterranean

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
  • Cross Street: City Centre
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | Mediterranean | Mexican | Middle Eastern | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 0131 229 5932
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Smoking Area, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Vegetarian, Quick Bite,

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Filmhouse Cafe Bar - Bookings

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.63 out of 5 stars based on 2665 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2022
Susie K.
This is an excellent cafe bar with a relaxed vibe, delicious menu and great service. Unusual to find all of those in one venue in the very centre of town.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 18, 2022
Mawuena S.
Fantastic experience

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 08, 2022
Jennifer W.
Nothing needs to be changed. I love it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2022
Graham S.
Excellent quality and service. Need to refresh the menu though

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 27, 2022
Malcolm S.
Outstanding!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 24, 2022
Rosie B.
I love being able to book a table these days! Lovely staff, safe space if on own, good veggie food choices.All positive!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 19, 2022
Deirdre D.
Very happy with The Fimhouse, food & service. I love it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 18, 2022
Sheila M.
Love the cafe but lack of my choice to eat that night was annoying

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2022
Janice H.
Everything was perfect . So nice to be sure of a table (unlike the days when we couldn't book ahead ) Thanks so much.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2022
Moira C.
It is just so much better than it used to be - being able to book a table is great, service is more efficient and it is so good to get everything brought to the table - carrying soup through a crowded area was always a hazard.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 11, 2022
Carol T.
As always, friendly staff, good menu, fab food and great value. LOVE that I can now book a table. Please keep this facility.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 09, 2022
Alan M.
An ideal setting for a relaxed Sunday lunch with friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 31, 2022
Annette H.
always excellent, lovely staff!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 18, 2022
Iain M.
We hadn't been to the cafe since pre-Covid times and we were pleasantly surprised at the makeover it has had. Our meals were delivered to our table within 10 minutes or ordering and both exceeded our expectations for quality, quantity and value. We won't wait so long to return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 15, 2022
Iain S.
Friendly, cheerful staff and very good, imaginative food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 08, 2022
Peter W.
Excellent as ever!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 01, 2022
Jacqueline J.
All very nice as usual .I am a regular visitor as I use the film house a lot and often meet up with friends in the bar .Never had to book before ..thats the only difference .keep up the good work !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2022
Les R.
Good to see new items on the menu. And they were very tasty too!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2022
Brian W.
One of our favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. Very happy that the lamb shawarma has returned to the menu! Only complaint is that the extensive fan ventilation means that most of the tables are slightly draughty.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 10, 2022
BRUCE M.
Filmhouse Cafe is our home-away-from-home. It's always a joy to visit there. Maybe add a pasta or two to the menu?

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
May 31, 2022
Janice M.
It was a bit cold in the bar otherwise big improvement in the food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
May 23, 2022
Olive M.
I marked food down by one star because I think it's a bit mean just to provide one pat of butter for the roll provided with soup. Two would be much more acceptable.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 22, 2022
Rachele W.
Excellent - as always!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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May 18, 2022
Evelyn J.
Excellent service from all staff and the food was very tasty and delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 17, 2022
John K.
A lovely place to meet and eat and drink. The service is pretty quick and always good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 13, 2022
Kirsty B.
Always enjoy the Filmhouse - good food, quick service, reasonable prices.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 12, 2022
Marilyn M.
All good…. Pleasant helpful staff .. efficient..table clean.. meal thoroughly enjoyed.. no complaints….

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 11, 2022
Linda H.
Always love Filmhouse Cafe bar. Outstanding service and the food is lovely. Still a great place to go.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 08, 2022
Mary C.
Great environment, service and value for money , a treasure

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 9/10
May 05, 2022
Laura M.
Cosy, buzzy and busy

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 3/10
May 03, 2022
Maurice F.
a bulkier better value soup, harissa is particularly nice to have in it, and knowing so from the soup sign. Have this type of soup rather than tomato or coriander types. The earthy pods flavour in the choc ice cream is special. Chai masala tea turned out nice too.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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May 02, 2022
Khin g.
I go there often for their simple and tasty food, the staff are efficent and courteous and the the ambience is safe and pleasant. You never have to wait for your order long either.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 01, 2022
Robin H.
Excellent booking service, great staff and great food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 30, 2022
Catherine M.
Love the varied menu. Would have eaten any of the choices. Nice to eat at 6 - too late to get mixed up with coffee and cake folk and eat a meal at a leisurely pace before crossing the road for concert at Usher Hall. Thanks

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 26, 2022
Rufus R.
The menu is getting a little dull Unchanged in a long while. Still no veggie lasagne in sight ( one of the best!). Feedback over many years has no impact.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 25, 2022
Lynda M.
We were pleased to be back to the Cafe/Bar. A good experience as always. It was helpful to be able to book, as we've occasionally had to walk away on a busy Friday evening - although good to have the walk in option. My husband thought his meal was wonderful (chicken/red cabbage- can't remember the name.) Mentioned it again today! My nachos were as good as I remember them, but a huge portion I couldn't finish - might a half portion be possible on this one? Thanks to all. L.M.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2022
Annabel E.
As always a great place for a bite to eat and a drink after seeing a film. Well tested menu and reasonably priced drinks.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 08, 2022
Jennifer H.
I don't like very much on the menu these days. Pre covid it was lovely. Staff are lovely. It's a place I like to spend time.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 06, 2022
Gillian N.
Gluten free, dairy free, mustard and corn free options would be appreciated.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 02, 2022
Liz S.
Delicious food, helpful servers, pleasant atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 31, 2022
Charles M.
The Filmhouse is the most friendly, welcoming venue in the city. Films, food, coffee, wine, people; what's not to like

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 27, 2022
Margaret B.
As a creature of habit…..I always order the filo parcels….delicious! Thankyou

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 24, 2022
Barbara D.
Excellent. Staff and food made our visit very enjoyable as usual

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 23, 2022
Patrycja G.
Lovely, quite place.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 21, 2022
Liz V.
All spot on, as usual!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 20, 2022
Pam W.
Good atmosphere and quality food. Seats OK but benches could be improved with cushions.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 19, 2022
Ulrike W.
Nice, comfortable, relaxed place to meet for a drink or an uncomplicated meal.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 18, 2022
Bianca M.
Great dinner, great prices!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 18, 2022
Judith Y.
All excellent as ever

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 14, 2022
Sally R.
Lovely food and staff..excellent value and wine list very reasonable