About First Coast

97 - 101 Dalry Road
Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
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Just a short walk from Haymarket train station, First Coast is a local, independent neighbourhood restaurant. Over the past 11 years we’ve built a strong reputation for serving top quality modern Scottish food at reasonable prices.
Named after a small village in Wester Ross, where the owner has fond memories of eating brilliant Scottish produce during his childhood holidays, First Coast’s menu has something for everyone. Fresh fish is delivered daily, we offer a good range of tasty vegetarian options, J Gilmour butchers supply us with quality Aberdeen Angus steak, and we also make our own haggis

Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Scottish

Hours of operation:
Mon - Sat: 12:00pm - 2:00pm , 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
£25 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
0131 313 4404

Website:
http://www.first-coast.co.uk/

Parking Details:
Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm paid parking,
All other times there is free on street parking

Executive Chef:
Hector MacRae

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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4.5

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4.6

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4.3

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4.5

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Energetic

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (53)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (21)
Lunch (20)
Cosy (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Healthy (12)
Authentic (10)
Brunch (9)
Seasonal (9)
Family Style (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Fireplace (7)
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Modern Decor (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Hot Spot (2)
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Open Kitchen (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Probably my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh - always have an amazing meal and great service. Love bringing new people here as I know they will enjoy it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined 7 days ago

This place is outstanding, right on our doorstep. The food is amazing and the staff look after you constantly filling up nice ice cold water, which personally I must have with a meal. Highly recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Modern Decor, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

Went here for a late anniversary lunch. All three courses were phenomenal: I highly recommend the black pudding, bacon and apple salad starter! The service was also very friendly and attentive. We were also very lucky to have been seated right next to the cosy fireplace.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 17 February 2017

Excellent well cooked food, good service and vairied menu choice for lunchtime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 15 February 2017

Had a lovely lunch at First Coast. Have been a few times and they never disappoint. I would have choose anything on the menu as they have such great choices. Hopefully won't be too long before we go back for another meal. The staff are always so pleasant and helpful without being in your face.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Modern Decor
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·Dined on 15 February 2017

This is a wonderful wee restaurant - if you haven't tried it give it a shot. Lunch and early evening menus in particular very good indeed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Outstanding Value
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·Dined on 11 February 2017

an excellent meal with really good service and reasonable wines. There is a table at the top of the service stairs which is not to congenial but they were very obliging about moving us to another

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Family Style
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·Dined on 11 February 2017

Excellent meal, intersting ingredients and friendly service, all delivered at a very reasonable price. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value
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·Dined on 9 February 2017

Wonderful menu, with interesting combinations of ingredients, flavours. Great waiting staff and a lovely place to meet and eat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 3 February 2017

We had a really enjoyable evening at First Coast. It is a very nicely decorated place with a bit of character. Service is excellent as is the food. The Portuguese wine was also really nice. We took salt and pepper quid, pork cheek and pork fritters for starters followed by 3 gurnards- Everything was excellent, particularly the gurnard which was really good and excellent value. We were less keen on the caramel pot but that was more to do with us than the food. We would be happy to return if in Edinburgh again.

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·Dined on 3 February 2017

Our main courses were very finely prepared and combined a lovely range of flavours which worked beautifully together. I savoured each mouthful and could have happily gone on to sample another main dish even though I was so satisfied with the meal I had. I will definitely be back for more.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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service5
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·Dined on 28 January 2017

The steak was okay but no sauce offered and it was well over priced. The chips were oversized and not inviting. The food was dry to taste and I did feel disappointed. We spent just under £100 for the pleasure. We felt cramped and the table was small and overloaded. We would not return.

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·Dined on 27 January 2017

yet another excellent evening at first coast. the flavors created by the chef are wonderful..that with good wine and friendly staff and the fire all contributed to why we keep going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 26 January 2017

Very tasty food , great vegetarian options . Puddings amazing

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 21 January 2017

Fantastic food and service as always. Will return.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fireplace, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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·Dined on 31 December 2016

Nice atmosphere friendly Staff and god food, 3 Course dinner on new years eve, god value!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 30 December 2016

30th December 2016

As always the food and service at First Coast was excellent. I have eaten here with family and friends over several years. Perfectly sized portions and an excellent menu. For example if you enjoy steak it was cooked to perfection as was the sea bass. The beef kofta as starter was so delicous. The puddings are perfect....the flourless chocolate cake with orange sauce was sublime. The staff are so friendly and attentive but do not overdo this as in some restaurants.

I think that the fixed and a la carte menus are reasonably priced particularly given the high quality of food on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 27 December 2016

Brilliant, relaxed restaurant. Been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Staff are always welcoming, efficient and friendly. I'm gluten free and this is always dealt with really well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 27 December 2016

We all really enjoyed our meal. Food was excellent, service very good too. The only small complaint we had was that the restaurant was not as warm as it could have been on a cold day.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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food4
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service4
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·Dined on 27 December 2016

Comfortable place for a quiet catch up with friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Family Style, Casual
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·Dined on 24 December 2016

Christmas Eve dinner with returned sons - great food and company

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Family Style
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·Dined on 20 December 2016

Lovely service, delicious and interesting food. Excellent value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 20 December 2016

As ever the food was good with efficient friendly service. The price represented good value for money

Tags: Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 19 December 2016

Fantastic food - as always. Really interesting and different choices. Great friendly service. Always fresh produce and an ever changing selection of delicious dishes. Regional nights great value. I would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 15 December 2016

Group of nine visited. Welcomed, very efficient but friendly service. Food was excellent and wine was reasonably priced.

Will definitely return

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
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value3

 
·Dined on 9 December 2016

Excellent, tasty food full of flavour. Superb, friendly service. A noisy buzz in the restaurant but could still easy hear ourselves talk. We will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 8 December 2016

Steak for four and one fish order. Everything as ordered and on time. Good quality and portion size just right. No problems with selections on offer, or service. Great food. Thanks

Tags: Outstanding Value
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·Dined on 6 December 2016

Excellent food; ambiance and service. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on 3 December 2016

Another fab meal at First Coast. First time for our friends who were most impressed. Food never disappoints & always great value.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 3 December 2016

This was my third visit to First Coast and each time it has been very good. The staff are friendly and attentive without being over-enthusiastic and the food is delicious.

There are good vegetarian options and they also have decent gluten free courses, and are willing to adapt some of the courses to GF.

All in all a nice experience. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fireplace
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·Dined on 3 December 2016

The coley was delicious, cooked perfectly. The dessert was a little disappointing, served in a plain white bowl and the ice-cream had melted - all looked a bit mushy but it tasted ok. Staff nice, reasonably priced and food good - would go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 2 December 2016

Food was cooked and prepared very well and tasted great. Very limited menu and selecttin drinks. All in all a good eating experience if you like the 4 or 5 choices on the menu. A little pricey for what you get and the service was quite slow.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 25 November 2016

Six of get together 2x yearly as we all live quite far apart. Very handy for trains and food was excellent, service attentive. Would recommend to friends, and will return.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on 19 November 2016

Delicious pre rugby meal for 7 of us.

Food was uniformly brilliant, service was quiet and efficient.

We all enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 14 November 2016

A really nice restaurant with good service, good quality delicious food and friendly service. The lunch menu was great value

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on 12 November 2016

A very nice menu and even though the venue was pretty full with pre-rugby match diners (we are ladies who lunch so had no idea!) the service was excellent. We all had the lemon posset for pudding - it was absolutely fabulous! Excellent value lunch £22.50 for 3 courses.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Family Style
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·Dined on 12 November 2016

Fantastic service and yummy food.....every time we come here.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 8 November 2016

What a lovely evening. Attentive service, delicious food and drink and comfortable surroundings. We had venison and hake for our main courses and ice cream and jam roly poly for puddings. The hake was beautifully cooked with potatoes, roast cauliflower, romesco, onion & creme fraiche. The jam roly poly with custard was wonderful, a real treat. I will certainly eat here again and recommend it to my friends. Thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fireplace
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·Dined on 5 November 2016

Cannot recommend highly enough. Everything about this place was faultless. All of the staff were friendly and efficient, bringing our drinks to the table within minutes of ordering. The menu, although small ( a plus point in my experience), offered variety and something to suit everyone. We opted for the special starter of Thai fish cakes, which were the best I've tasted and came with a wonderful mango chilli dip. I chose one of the fish dishes for my main course. The freshest of hake was superbly cooked and served with a light, but tasty sauce and just enough perfectly cooked veg to satisfy. I liked the layout of the dining areas - there are quite a few different areas and I was happy with our allotted table near the bar. I will request either this area again, or the small space beside the open fire. Reasonable choice of wine, including by the glass, and not overpriced. Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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·Dined on 5 November 2016

Loved the food and great atmosphere. Staff were extremely helpful and welcoming

Tags: Good for Groups, Open Kitchen, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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