Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)

4.8
792 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
Our food is inspired by the fine local craft farmers, breweries and distillers that are buzzing with excitement in Scotland. Like these artisan producers, we carefully select combinations of local ingredients to create small batch dishes with bags of rich flavours. These invoke memories of past times and loved ones. Add to this our acutely developed appreciation of wines and spirits from further afield; and the idea was born of opening a place where locals and visitors alike could rendez-vous.

If you've never been to a Mash Bar before, it's not exactly a bar or a restaurant, but a combination of the two with an uniquely warm and friendly atmosphere. Look at our reviews they say it all!
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food, the haggis neeps and tatties starter was amazing! Brilliant service. Absolute must if you’re in Edinburgh.

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AliceD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and very chilled - loved it!

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KerriH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal with excellent and friendly service. We both enjoyed the beef haggis with mash, I had the cheesy mash & my partner very much enjoyed the I’ve with black pudding. It was good value for money

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JaneE
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, highly recommended. The only downside was the ladies loos were dirty and over flowing bins.

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IanP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won’t be disappointed the food is gorgeous and the service is lovely. Highly recommend a visit

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, a must in Edinburgh!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were equally amazing as always!

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Nini
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great background music! Honestly the best food experience I’ve had in a while. Will be recommending and hopefully coming back sooner than later.

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Yasmin
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and really quick service

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Greigw
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice shabby chic spot with a deceptively simple menu of main +mash+gravy. Portions are not vast, but once you have eaten the very well seasoned (ie peppery) food, you will be happy with what you have. Service took a tiny bit longer than the snappy delivery we had been led to expect but basically a great lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lamb Shank with bacon green onion mash was Incredible. Make reservation and get your tummy in here.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

arrived late for our booking due to traffic but staff were very understanding and managed to get us a booth table - really amazing comforting food with friendly service - our waiter was so helpful and good craic :)

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YvonneU
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed great food and service from the team at this restaurant. Would definitely come again. Highly recommend the lamb shank.

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stokietravellor
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is what more restaurants should do. You take simple food and do it very well with charming staff (shout out for Danni, Jen, Ben and David). It feels like family. The mash is excellent (black pudding was especially so) and we had the sausages which were great. Local and ethical adds to the pleasure and the bill was very reasonable. Next time in Edinburgh we will be back

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Gray
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff - friendly and attentive. Good concept, well executed. Might be on the salty side for some, but I like my food well seasoned and it was perfect for me.

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PeterL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both me and my girlfriend ordered the wild boar sausage and the cheese/chive mash. Absolutely incredible food, and a very nice selection of drinks to go along (I had a thistly cross and a 10 year old Laphroaig). Be careful on the stairs to the toilets because I did bonk my head due to my own lack of attention. Servers were very friendly and welcoming, will be visiting again on the next trip to Edinburgh.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, everything was delicious 😋. We all tried something different and loved by us all. Puddings were great too. Excellent service. Definitely recommend trying 😀

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, the mash beautiful. The staff are very helpful and the service was great.

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LauraC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bring your appetite, portions are large and not for light eaters! It was a beautiful day to sit outside under the tree and there was lots of space, felt very safe. We were worried about time because we were on a tight schedule but service was super fast.

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Taity
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to The Gourmet Mash Bar, and was as good this time as before, the service was excellent, as was the food. Must mention Emily our waitress who made our visit very warm and welcoming, and was very friendly. Will definitely visit again and recommend to friends and family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We ordered beef with horseradish mash, lamb on the bone, a mini haggis and house salad to go with our pints. Unfortunately they were out of scotch eggs. Loved our meal and staff were friendly. Thank you!

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SaraW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drinks & service. Staff extremely helpful & friendly, great atmosphere..will revisit when back in Edinburgh..

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MaggieK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, well presented and good portions. Staff friendly and courteous.
Only negative point is the long wait for food to be served, having said that it was worth waiting for.

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Hannah
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little place with great food, friendly staff and good cider!

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Smashing (!) meal......different to the usual, and locally sourced. A small business worth supporting.

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PaulG
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; good craic with the staff. Recommend for great POSH neeps n tatties.

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JohnA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service at a very reasonable price. The serving staff were lovely, really helpful and attentive.

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GabbyRud
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, great with baby, plenty of space for a pram and highchairs available

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KevF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service excellent - attentive/friendly but no overbearing. Only slight let down was the toilets weren't immaculate - feel this is important as it is an indicator of how attentive the business is to detail and dirty corners that are clearly not regularly cleaned is a small let down.

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TomH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably good food and great service! 10/10 Will always come here when in Edinburgh.

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Paulabidsc
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good quirky meal. Meat was excellent and enjoyed the mash and a lovely seat in the window. Would definitely recommend and book in advance

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Djlm68
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good meal out after being locked away like a hermit. Really different menu. 6 of us all had different dishes. 6 clean plates. Really enjoyed this and highly recommend.

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Newbie
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very welcoming and friendly 😊
Food was good, well presented and good choices for vegans.
Drinks menu also good.
Would definitely recommend.

MD
MandyD
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended this restaurant and we weren't disappointed.
The food and staff were excellent. Lovely place to relax and have a fabulous meal, cooked to perfection. Will come again on our next visit.

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GarethA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Vibrant atmosphere and professional courteous staff. Would definitely come back to eat when visiting Edinburgh.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a place. Our food was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely book again when we’re next visiting Edinburgh. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.

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TinaQ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place! Lamb shank is awesome and haggis is soft and tasty. Ben gives us a worm service and choose wonderful sauce for us! Definitely worth you go and have a try.

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HillsonL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, especially the lamb shank, Scottish cheese mash, and brownie for dessert. Friendly staff and comfortable environment. Must eat when visiting Edinburgh and location is convenient.

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JSBu
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d seen the reviews for Makars, and understood how popular it was, but were still surprised quite how great the food and service was. Quite honestly one of the nicest meals we’ve had in years, and will definitely be back again.

FAQs

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound) is rated 4.8 stars by 792 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.