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First Coast

4.4
446 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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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
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Cuisines
Scottish
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Sat: 12:00pm - 2:00pm , 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
0131 313 4404
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Hector MacRae
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm paid parking,
All other times there is free on street parking
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.4
Value
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5.0Dined on 16 August 2017

Fantastic as ever - can't be beaten for top quality food and value

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2017

Lovely food and great service. Great value for money 😀😀👍👍

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2017

I first went to First Coast to visit a young lad on placement from the college where I worked. This was just after it opened. The people who opened it were really great with him and I hope its still them that manage it. The food was great, then, as well and it still is. I hadnt been for a while but the standard was still high. Im still dreaming about the lemon posset and raspberries!

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3.0Dined on 21 June 2017

We booked this restaurant for my Mum's 65th birthday as it is local to my Sister and I - we had both been before but not for a while. The food was excellent, good portion sizes, a nice variety on the menu and really tasty. The only thing that let it down was the service we received. There was only one lady front of house and maybe she was having a bad day but I don't think my family and I have ever felt less welcomed into a restaurant. We had two babies with us and I had requested a high chair prior to our arrival however there wasn't one at the table when we arrived and we had to ask for one, which seemed like a bit of an inconvenience for her to organise. We both struggled in through the door with our buggies, whilst the waitress/ manager looked on (didn't offer to help). We weren't told about the specials, offered dessert or coffee and nothing was delivered with a smile. We did leave a tip but this was for the kitchen, I do hope they receive it. It was a real shame it turned out this way as the food was lovely but I doubt any of us will be back.

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Food delicious. Good range suiting all of our family party, ranging from vegan to enthusiastic meat eaters! Very pleasant service. Good atmosphere, though not for the hard of hearing! The only downside is the 2 hour slot for the table. Although we were able to stay on for longer, we were aware of the time constraints. If that doesn't concern you (and it is made clear) 5 stars!

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2017

The food was lovely but given that, for the better of an hour, my friend & I were the only 2 customers in the place, I would have hoped for rather more attentive, interested staff. Also, there was no light in the loo, which was a bit off putting, to say the least!

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2017

We tried First Coast while we were in Endinburgh for a short time visit because the reviews were pretty good and we were happy with this decision. It's a nice place with good food and cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2017

The meal was really delicious and a nice choice of food. Service was also excellent and staff were very happy to assist. The thai chicken salad waas truly scrumptious! There was something for all tastes on the menu. Will definitely be back. Thanks for a great evening!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2017

Brilliant. Beyond my expectations.
Very rarely say that about anywhere.
I will be back.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2017

I have been going to First Coast for many years. It never lets you down. Great food and service. Last night in particular the sardines were heaven!

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2017

We went to First Coasr for our anniversary on the recommendation of a friend. The restaurant was busy, staff friendly and the food was good. Very good value for money for city centre. First Coast is certainly worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2017

Great evening with lovely good and great service! We really enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the restaurant

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2017

Nice and trendy place.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2017

Fantastic meal as always. First Coast is a firm favourite and a go to for any occasion. Cannot recommend more highly.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2017

Brazilian fish stew was a talking point and a big hit! Crispy lamb starter was shared but wished I had it all to myself!

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4.0Dined on 23 May 2017

Tuesday's Tanzanian dinner was very good, as always. We look forward to others in the themed series.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2017

The food was superb and staff were very pleasant. Overall we had a lovely meal, nice choice of wine and drinks too.

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2017

Great food. Friendly attentive service. Rustic but don't let that put you off.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2017

Really excellent experience. The service and the food were top notch. Would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2017

Second visit to First Coast. Just as good the previous visit. Excellent fish starters and mains, beautifully done. The Thai marinated chicken salad is also a menu staple that my wife can't go past. Everything fresh and good quality. Can get very noisy if seated next to a group, but they have several rooms.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2017

Lovely, interesting food, great service and fantastic value, as always

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4.0Dined on 22 April 2017

Been to this restaurant many times in the past but not much lately. Staff have changed however the food, ambience and service is still as good as I remember. Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2017

Myself and five girlfriends were visiting Edinburgh from Ireland and this restaurant had been recommended. I must say the good was superb everyone enjoyed their meal and service was good, the only downfall was the wait between starter and main was a little long but the food made up for it and it really was great value for money.

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3.0Dined on 1 April 2017

We booked a table in advance. When we arrived, the main section of the restaurant seemed to have a good ambience however we were seated in the section around the corner. The two person table by the window is awkwardly placed as it is right in front of the door which staff come through from the kitchen; we felt a little in the way. It was also chilly in this corner as a draft came through each time the door opened.

The food itself was delicious- I had a and my friend had butternut squash soup and I had a squid ink risotto. For my main we had a fish stew- which I loved. There was a very long wait in between courses - roughly an hour between our starter and our mains.

I was visiting Edinburgh on a short trip and would be hesitant to return again on a future trip.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2017

We booked a table for ten people at 6pm. Two of our party were delayed beyond 6.30 but the rest of us ordered before that so as to use the early diners' menu. Since the restaurant was quiet I asked if they would kindly allow our two late-comers to order from the same menu but this was flatly refused. I feel this was pretty poor and hardly good customer service. We were after all paying almost £300 and didn't want to make the two late people feel even more embarrassed by having the dearer menu. Apart from that gripe, the food and the evening was great!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2017

This place is always good and this visit didn't disappoint. Simple but really tasty food at an excellent price. Not in the centre of town but really handy for Haymarket station.

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4.0Dined on 21 March 2017

Most enjoyable themed Belgian dinner. We had to ask for Belgian beer which was not on the menu, but which was instantly forthcoming when we did.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2017

This is always our first choice of venue for our catch ups (usually every couple of months). Menu always contains some favourites but there's also always something different. Full of flavour and well cooked and the home made bread is delicious. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2017

Ideal for post rugby catch up........great food choice, atmos, service etc.........so happy to get a table for four at short notice!!!

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

Great food, super service, nice people in the Restaurant

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

Excellent food ambiance service and value. One of my favourite restaurants for early evening with friends

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2017

A regular visitor, am never disappointed - food and atmosphere is always superb

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2017

Food and service always excellent. Great choice on the set menu.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2017

Another lovely lunch at First Coast. Excellent food and service from very pleasant staff. Always feels relaxed and never rushed from the table.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2017

Went to First Coast on Thursday 23rd Feb. My friend had the haggis neeps and tatties to start and I had lentils beetroot and harissa. We both had fillet steak for the main course. Whilst we both enjoyed our starters, the steaks were amazing! Service was spot on! Great to see this restaurant keeping up its fab standards!

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5.0Dined on 22 February 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2017

Consistently good restaurant with a changing menu that's well priced and maintains interest. Casual dining with a helpful team.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2017

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

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