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Aspen Bar and Grill

British, Scottish and Burger Bar/Pub

3.4 out of 5 3.4/5 from 16 reviews (add your opinion)

66-67 South Bridge
Old Town
Edinburgh
EH1 1LS

Phone: 0131 556 0200

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1 from Kate (12%) on April 10th, 2008 (6 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Food was lovely, however the place was empty and this was very obviously due to the service and standard of staff. There was only 1 girl working and she was highly patronising and rude to both me and my mother who were in Edinburgh on a holiday. Great shame as we'd been in a few days before and the service had been okay.

Don't go there unless you want to be insulted by a snotty waitress, trust in the fact that it is empty for a reason. x

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3.5 from lala (12%) on May 14th, 2008 (6 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I have always had good experiences here. They do good student deals on drinks and have always been friendly and helpful. It can be empty at times, but I have seen it very full at certain times which obviously means people do actually like it.

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3.5 from Stewart Anderson (12%) on May 16th, 2008 (6 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I think this is a great place to start from on a night out. Aspen is now under new management and things are a lot better service wise and they still do student discounts and the food is very good.

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4.5 from Rebecca Currie (12%) on July 6th, 2008 (6 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I really like Aspen. The new owners have really turned this place around. The food is of restaurant quality but at decent bar prices. The service is very relaxed and informal. This is good as you often get textbook and scripted service in most bars which I find a bit false and offputting.

The cocktails are great and I love the atmosphere.

An all round decent place to be in Edinburgh.

Go and find out for yourself.

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4.5 from Leah Webster (12%) on July 27th, 2008 (5 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I go to Aspen quite regularly, the food is great and the atmosphere is good too. During the day it is perfect for a quiet peaceful and very reasonably priced lunch and in the evening it's really buzzy and the cocktails are brilliant. The staff all seem really nice and the decor is lovely too, what more can you ask for?

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1.5 from alex m (12%) on June 25th, 2009 (5 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Well, the food is average. The drinks are also average, not bad really. But for what you pay - even for folks who get student discounts - it is nothing very special.

My main problem was the staff and the ambiance. I mean, they have free internet access. So if you want to hear folk chatting with their families in (fill in the blank), speaking very loudly, then this is your place.

I mentioned this to the wait staff--and my friends and I had already bought more than 70 euros of food and drinks--and she did nothing. We left. I won't be going back. There are classier places in Edinburgh with the same quality (like The Villager, among many others) where one can do without the folks who just want to sit around for hours using the internet.

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1 from Mel (12%) on March 15th, 2011 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I purchased a Groupon offer to eat at this bar. It cost £19 for supposedly £49 worth of food and drink. Wish I hadn’t of bothered!

The bar doesn’t look too bad, apart from empty (apparently everyone knows not to eat here apart from us out of towners), until you get to the dining area. The seats are covered in black velvet and falling to bits.

My deal was for two and included a starter and main each and a cocktail each. My partner wanted a pint of lager and we asked if we could swap one of the cocktails for a pint instead, to which they said no. So I ended up with two cocktails, neither of which I could drink. I first ordered a Mojito, which I usually love, but this tasted foul, I have no idea what they put in it but two sips is all I could manage. For my second I chose a summer fruits cocktail, this one I could only manage one sip. What a waste.

The food was no better. I got soup to start which was like dish water with chunks of veg in it. It even had a layer of grease shining on the surface...disgusting! For the main both me and my partner ordered a Panini with potato wedges as this seemed the safest option. They even managed to mess this up! Everything was rock hard like it had been re-heated 10 times, or sat under a heat lamp for hours.

Stay clear and save your money is my only advice!

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1.5 from Jane Whitehead (12%) on July 28th, 2010 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I was in Aspen for a friend's birthday. Biggest problem was the female staff including the so-called manager. The girl who served us was rude, patronising and obnoxious and definitely better suited for serving fries in McDonalds. When we asked to speak to the manager, she approached us very aggressively and instead of rectifying the problem defended her staff and blamed our behaviour. How that women could run a bar was beyond me. Only rectifying part was the male bartender was very polite and apologised for the incident and did make us some great cocktails. I would only go back if I knew that certain staff members were and weren't working.

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1 from Petra M (12%) on August 2nd, 2010 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

AVOID!!! The manager is an extremely obnoxious woman who doesn't really believe in customer service. Although the food is decent, for the price you pay you expect it to be presented well and if you do have a comment, you expect it to be addressed, but instead will probably be blamed. There's not much more to be said for this place, which was probably half-empty for a reason and will continue to be with this woman in charge.

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4.5 from Amanda Nicholson (12%) on August 27th, 2010 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I never post on review sites as they tend to be places where people who feel aggrieved post.

I must say I love Aspen. Given that it is a near City Centre bar the atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly. I have never found the staff to be anything other than helpful and cheerful. They always go above and beyond and they obviously do a good job given the welcome we always receive.

The food is tremendous value, the cocktails are excellent and the wine is really good value if you compare the price and quality of wines in other premises around.

It frustrates me when I read bad reviews like the 2 previously as the guys in Aspen are great and one of the main reasons I go regularly.

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4.5 from LaurenG (12%) on August 30th, 2010 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

I chose Aspen as my local throughout the festival. Before making my journey home, I'd like to thank the fine folk at Aspen for taking care of me so well. I found the staff and management to be nothing but pleasant, fun and helpful, particularly during an extremely busy time. The food was lovely and I felt they made a genuine effort to produce something fresh and original. I would recommend the jambalaya and the mojitos. I'll definitely be back next year. Thanks again!

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5 from NHenderson (12%) on October 20th, 2010 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Great food, excellent service and a good choice of beers! I took my wife and friends here before and after a visit to the Festival Theatre last weekend. It was very busy but having booked for pre-theatre dinner, the staff made an extra effort to ensure that we were served quickly and efficiently in order to get to the show on time. The burger was excellent and washed down with a few pints of Staropramen. Minus points - the slightly strange mirrored toilets. Plus points - catching the footie on one of the many screens.

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5 from simon jones (12%) on January 19th, 2011 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Under new ownership - fantastic!

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4.5 from Deb (12%) on July 25th, 2011 (2 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Just returned from Aspen and was more than pleased with the quality of food, service and price. Our meal was far superior to other more "posh" restaurants in the city. Don't let the emptiness of the bar be off putting. Do give it a try.

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5 from Hank van Essen (12%) on April 19th, 2012 (2 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Karin and I, visiting from Sydney Australia, wandered in one March afternoon. We sat down and ordered a local beer, and struck up a conversation with, we discovered afterwards, the owner. We had a fantastic time, the food ordered was of a high quality, and the beers went down very well. Thank heavens our B&B was only a mile up the road.

Well done sir. When we get back to Edinburgh one of our priorities is to visit Aspen Bar & Grill again.

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4.5 from paulwright (6%) on June 11th, 2011 (3 years ago)

Aspen Bar and Grill, 66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS, Edinburgh

Me and my wife along with two of our friends paid a visit last night clutching our £22.50 Groopon vouchers.

After reading some of the previous reviews, although somewhat dated, our expectations were not too high but what the hell, only £22.50. What we got was a good, efficient and friendly service, lovely food of generous portions and with a bottle of wine per couple thrown in.

A most enjoyable evening.

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