The Canny Man's

4.3
46 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
"The Canny Man's in Morningside is an Edinburgh institution established in 1871 and passed down through 5 generations of the Kerr family. The establishment is well known far and wide for it’s quirky nature and ‘never’ changing décor. The interior sees every nook and cranny filled with everything from moose heads to muskets, sheet music to stuffed animals. A genuinely one of a kind bar and restaurant. The restaurant specialises in the best Scottish produce with a strong focus on local suppliers. Alongside this they have a well stocked gantry of over a 200 malt whiskies and a large wine list. The Canny Man's is very much a unique experience in Edinburgh and not to be missed."
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
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4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FoodieFleming
Glasgow
14 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience5

On arrival at the pub, we were greeted by a very miserable older woman - almost felt like she was annoyed we were there?? Put a real damper on the whole visit. Apart from that, the place is well worth a visit.

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StuartS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places for a few drinks and something to eat, always a great atmosphere, with friendly efficient staff who quickly get to know you

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SabMac
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Canny Man's. It was a very relaxing experience. They had all the right COVID measures in place, the atmosphere was calm and quiet and the food was lovely. We will be back very soon.

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HelenS
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

So despite taking my booking and asking me to confirm the table it turned out the restaurant is closed on that day and is never open. I have complained and you acknowledged this but you are still sending me emails about this non existent experience can you stop please!

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Long established Morningside establishment coping well with the current COVID restrictions - no change to the surroundings and the food up to the usual standard. Good value for money.

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JamboJim
Edinburgh
32 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We are unable to write a review on our visit, as although we had a confirmed booking when we arrived at the venue we discovered it was closed. We were advised that they do not open on Thursdays. We have been going to The Canny Man’s for several years, enjoy the atmosphere and the food. However clearly there is a glitch between the venue and the Open Table booking service, which appears not to know when they are closed. Very annoying and inconvenient. We have another booking in place for 13th December, which we hope goes better.

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TaraM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience all round. Fantastic roast with all the trimmings. Great value for money.

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neilmac1874
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had booked Canny Mans through their website using open table, only to turn up and premises were closed and no answer on phone number on website. Very disappointed in Canny Mans and Opentable

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Menu on website needs to be updated as prices seem to have risen and less options available

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Alejandra
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The decoration is peculiar.
The service is amazing, very friendly and quick with all the orders/requests.
The biggest and most delicious oyster have ever had.
Ice cream + liquor is a lovely treat, you must try it

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent a week in Edinburgh and visited nearly every day, food delicious and staff so friendly and attentive, will definitely be back.

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Tabitha
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Staff, food and wine menu superb.

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vipJohnK
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always good food and service. Shame current regulations are stifling long standing , top class local businesses 😞

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Henry
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a lovely quirky place the Canny Man's is. The service from the beginning was outstanding and the food absolutely lovely. Thank you.

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MandeepD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Sunday dinner with some lovely, friendly and helpful staff.

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LynneT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, attentive service. Excellent Covid measures in place.
Very reasonable.
Lots of unusual things to look at on the walls.

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DMun
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Excellent food, superb characterful building but service was apalling even though the place was half full. This was recognised by management and bill was halved. A one off I hope, but won't be back.

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Extreamskier
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really good food, specifically great seafood, eclectic open sandwich selection and wild ice cream ‘cocktails’. All accompanied by their very personal service and unique Canny Man atmosphere/decor.

Distancing was good and well run.

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moiko81
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a MUST in Edinburgh. Located in the beautiful Morningside, it's a very beautiful restaurant, with a complete and passionate menu.

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Catlover
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the white table cloths and French style service

JK
vipJohnK
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy my visits to the Canny Mans, lovely pub, great food and fine Ales.

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Sammy
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was really good, considering the situation theyve dealt fantastically with it, making you still feel safe whilst gettin the pub feel.

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RuthW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food and in the main great service. One woman waitress was unfriendly and behaved as if she didn't want us there. At one point she walked away without us being able to finish our drinks order. However, the other waiter and waitress made up for her poor service and we're incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive. A lovely, pub full of character and ambience. Would definitely go back.

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DerekO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with superb service and Superb food.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely people. Excellent service. Great ambiance and lots of interesting things on the walls. Quality food. Good prices.

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EmmaElizabeth
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very helpful staff and wonderful food, enjoyable evening

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JeanA
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place, full of character. Marvellous food and wine!

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LynnM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place to dine first time at Canny Man really enjoyed it.. thank you

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NiamhQ
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

If you're looking for a lovely Sunday lunch in a pub garden this is the place to go, but we had a bad service experience. We had a really nice afternoon sat outside in the sunshine. I ordered the pork roast dinner and my boyfriend had the beef. The food was great.

The only reason I haven't rated it too highly is due to the disappointing service. We were served by a woman who made us feel unwelcome and uncomfortable from the outset. Originally we sat indoors; there was nobody else in there and because our waitress was so rude and blunt, we nearly left altogether. However, luckily I asked if we could move outdoors where there was a really nice atmosphere that made up for how cold and unhelpful our waitress was. I asked her what wheat free beers they have and she stared at me blankly and then said "I don't know". I asked her if she could find out and she said I could look it up if I wanted and wrote them down for me... It turned out that they did (tennents is a barley based beer). We still left her a generous tip but felt we should leave a comment so that this can change in the future! A man who worked there came over at one point to check everything was okay with our food and he was really nice so it wasn't everyone, just our one waitress.

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mikeh
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it is our favourite pub just 15 minutes from the city centre, there are not many pubs like it ! would als suggest a stay at the Lanes Hotel literary just next to th epub fab place.

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HannahM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The perfect place for a cosy Sunday lunch with loved ones! The staff couldn’t be more helpful and attentive! X

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant find. Unique establishment. The fixed price menus were very good. All in all, good service, great food and beer / wine.

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GerryS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

First time my sons had been there and they were blown away by the whole vibe. We all thought our waiter was brilliant.

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JamieH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Went for Sunday lunch meat and gravy were lovley, veg was nice but not enough for 4 people. Drinks were lovley wine overpriced (£15 bottle for £55!)

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Alison
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice dinner with friends on a very busy post rugby evening, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

What a lovely wee find. This pub is so charming and full of character. All staff friendly and on the ball. Very busy yet still very attentive. Relaxed dining at its best.

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IleenS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Canny Man's never disappoints. Friendly, great service and fantastic atmosphere

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IainB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive service
Good Food
All in an ambience that is unique to “The Canny Man’s”

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GeorgeA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Excellent food as I’d had reported. But dreadful service. Long wait for menus, drinks and order. Starters arrived before our drinks. Our waiter seemed rushed off his feet. And table a bit like being in the middle of the M25. But good atmosphere, excellent food and would go back.

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djmacd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

We enjoyed our visit but, as has been the case over the years at this venue, the welcome and ambience is cool. I’m made to feel like I’m intruding rather than a welcome guest. Can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s just not what I’m looking for. The food was lovely.

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The Canny Man's is rated 4.3 stars by 46 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.