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) #363 of 1,867 Restaurants in Edinburgh ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ British, , European
55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
+44 131 662 4493
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea bass” (14 reviews)
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11:30 - 23:00All hours
British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Although the restaurant has a very cosy and intimate atmosphere, the Ladies toilets certainly need to be refurbished and a new lock fitted, as several of us had to get someone to pull the door open from the other side when it stuck, while inside....More

Thank JoyceSheena
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Passed this during the fringe festival and the menu was what we fancied and tables looked nicely made up. Couldnt fault it. Best cullen skink ive ever had and husband loved haggis bonbons. Main courses well presented and great. Staff nice and friendly. We got...More

Thank sailorgirlsuffolkUK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 of us had a pleasant lunch from the festival menu. We all agreed that the starters were exceptional. The main were nice but one dish was a puzzle. The menu described the oven roasted salmon as being on barley, borlotti and endamame beans. However...More

Thank GillK26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at Sylvester tonight, it was a treat!! I had the smoked salmon starter, but what really impressed me was the Pork Belly with Kimchi and mushrooms. The slow cooked pork was non fatty and the use of star anise was an inspired...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very pleasant restaurant close to George Square and is very handy for all the festival venues in that area. The staff were very helpful and attentive and the food was very good indeed. We had a lovely meal followed by an excellent...More

Thank Martin14750
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked online, arrived to a warm welcome. Festival Menu worked a treat, good selection of starters, mains and desserts. Haggis for my hubby as a starter, beetroot for me. Followed by pork and pie then the banoffee pancakes were a real treat! Great service from...More

Thank Elinor P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed some lovely food from the special Edinburgh Festival menu. Excellent haggis bonbons to start and two very good fish dishes for mains. Great little restaurant in Edinburgh old town with friendly staff. Would certainly recommend a visit.

Thank Puss100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolute gem of a restaurant, food is brilliant, never been disappointed Been in for lunch, pre theatre and dinner. If you are looking for just great food and friendly service give it a try.

Thank biglowser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon Sylvester's looking for a pre-theatre dinner near George Square during the Jazz Festival. So glad we tried it - good value, cheerful service and very good food. I started with Pancetta & Stornoway Black Pudding Fritters, followed with Slow Roast Pork Belly...More

Thank MakeItSimple
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've actually been her a few times since my last review so figured it was time to update. I simply love this place - it's laid back, unpretentious yet the food is amazing! The seem to sell a lot of haggis bonbon, which I'd definitely...More

1  Thank Philip T
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55-57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB, Scotland (Formerly Pink Olive)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 662 4493
  • E-mail
Sylvesters restaurant is positioned in the heart of Edinburgh, close to many tourist attractions such as Greyfriar's Bobby, Chamber's Street Museum, The Meadows, The Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University at George Square. ​If you want to catch up with some old friends, to relax with colleagues after a morning of hard work, or to celebrate a special graduation within walking distance of the McEwan Hall , Sylvesters is the perfect venue for a delicious, relaxed meal. We are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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