112 reviews

17 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD

Old Town, Edinburgh

Cuisine: Scottish

About Merchants

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Really great find!

    Truly wonderful staff, delicious food & proper portion sizes - excellent.
    Jenn Carroll - dined in restaurant 03/01/2020
  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Excellent restaurant

    We have visited Merchants several times now and have always enjoyed the food and service. It has a great selection on the menu that would please most people. An excellent evening.
    Eleanor Russell - dined in restaurant 11/12/2019

Established Scottish restaurant in the Old Town

Named after the street it can be found on, Merchants is a Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town just off Candlemaker Row. The restaurant is striking mix of red walls, white columns and curios that echo its historic surroundings. Merchants is wheelchair accessible, child-friendly and within walking distance of many attractions such as Greyfriars Kirkyard, St. Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland.

Fine food made with seasonal ingredients

Equally as suitable for a romantic dinner as it is for a business lunch of Edinburgh lawyers, Merchants regularly changing menus walk a neat line between tradition and innovation.

The ingredients will change according to the seasons but asparagus spears served with a Hollandaise sauce and Parmesan is a classic combination that needs no tweaking. On the other hand, the breast of duck served with a rhubarb and ginger sauce is a deft innovation while the haggis spring rolls with creamed neeps show a definite willingness to move with the times. For the main part though, the dishes are good, solid classics.

Old Town accessibility & transport links

Merchants is on Merchant Street in the heart of the Old Town and around fifteen minutes on foot from Edinburgh’s Waverley train station. Some pay and display street parking is available close to the restaurant and taxi ranks can be found on nearby George IV Bridge or on West Bow just off Cowgate. Bus stops are also within walking distance of Merchants.

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