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Maxies Bistro & Wine Bar

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5b Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
+44 131 226 7770
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

We visited as a work's Christmas function on 19 December. Our table was booked for 4pm so we arrived and were shown to our table which was ready for us. One of our party asked to take his phone out of his jacket before it was taken away and one of the staff joked "nobody is going to steal it"... More 

Thank nikki g
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014

Myself and my boyfriend were on our first visit to Edinburgh, and on a Saturday night after attempting several restaurants for dinner, we saw Maxies, and with a sign that claims 'best fish and chips in the world' we thought it would be worth a try. We were seated immediately very close to the bar, and for a Saturday night... More 

2 Thank Laura_N_Jack
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

I booked Maxie's for an evening meal and a first date and asked on the phone for a cosy table. When we arrived we were welcomed in and sat in a lovely upper section in a cosy side area. Maxies is warm and welcoming and just relaxes you when you go in. Our food was fantastic, not the fanciest fare... More 

Thank CalumLykan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014 via mobile

We stopped in for a drink after spotting Maxie's atop Grassmarket in Edinburgh, and climbing the steps to Castlehill. After freezing our way around the Christmas Market, Maxie's was a haven! Lovely welcoming, relaxing surroundings and the quotes to live by scattered around the bistro

1 Thank Stephanie B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014

Visited on fri the 12th December for a works function. The food was outstanding and the service was second to none ,however the wine red and white was terrible, verging on undrinkable and very expensive at that. ( the only problem is if you drink the spirits and beer it will cost).

Thank Alistair C
Horsham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014

Probably more seafood on a plate than the trawler that caught them! Mussels, scallops, prawns and oysters were obviously not enough.....add the catch of the day (which happened to be salmon) and you have a fish mountain! Beautifully cooked in a wonderful fish jus. Definitely not for the small appetite, but I'm pretty sure that Max would reduce the quantity... More 

Thank Sue B
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014

Visited here a few days ago and it was by far the worst dinner experience I've ever had! We dropped in to see if they had a table for 3 guests around 4.45pm. The girl was very sweet but she didn't seem to know much and had to ask someone else... every time! They did and she took us through... More 

2 Thank Sarah D
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food. The place caught my eye. Had salmon, tasty sauce, lovely potatoes and veg

1 Thank Anna S
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014 via mobile

Food was lovely, had starter and main courses (no room for desert). Food is freshly made and not the usual het up rubbish served to unsuspecting tourists. Views from the terrace overlooking Victoria street are amazing. We will most definitely be back. Service was polite and prompt. Decor not to my taste but then I'm not eating that!!! Man in... More 

1 Thank Clerrie-Greens
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

Four of us had lunch here on a Saturday. It is located very close to the castle and so is an ideal location. The entrance is off the street and down some stairs. There is a terrace but we did not see this. The décor is a bit dated and tatty. This is not a major issue but with an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5b Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 7770

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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