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Buffalo Grill

Steak, British and Scottish Restaurant

3.1 out of 5 3.1/5 from 23 reviews (add your opinion)

12-14 Chapel Street
Newington
Edinburgh
EH8 9AY

Phone: 0131 667 7427

Buffalo Grill

Price: £££
Licensed: No
BYOB: Yes (£1 wine corkage; beer etc. 50p each)
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1200-1400
Mon-Sat: 1800-2230
Sun: 1700-2230

Tags: byob restaurant american licensed north buffalogrill steak british scottish

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4 from mdavidson (96%) on June 28th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I was pleasantly surprised to have one of the best steaks I've had in Edinburgh here. This place is good fun and they don't seem to mind if you get a bit rowdy - though you should maybe bear this in mind if you fancy a quiet meal as you could be sat beside a party of 10 footballers.

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3 from rachybaby (68%) on June 26th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I am quite surprised by the previous reviews. I went here one week night when my partner and I couldn't be bothered to cook. It was extremely average and not great value for money like the previous reviews said... perhaps I just made the wrong menu choice this particular evening but I was not very impressed.

I went for the Jambalaya - a chicken/pepper risotto - sounded good on the menu but failed to live up to my expectations. The portion was generous but it was a really bland mix of flavours; I could have done better myself at home and that is saying something!

My partner had the ribs (generous for a starter portion) and corn on the cob which were fine.

Service was fine - nothing special.

Really don't have much else to write in this review as my experience there was distinctly average.

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4 from boroughloch (33%) on April 27th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I prefer this place to the other one in Stockbridge. The atomosphere is more cozy and friendly. The steak with pepper sauce is my favourite here. They have a great range of desserts. Thinking about it makes me want to go back again.

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4.5 from Rich (29%) on July 6th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I consider this to be the best value for money diner in Edinburgh. I am obviosuly not the only one as every time you walk past the place it is buzzing even when every other restaurant in the area is dead. Dont let any chat of football teams put you off, I have been there many times and only ever seen 1, and I was in it!

The steaks are always excellent - the banana pie for desert is a must - in fact just make a visit for that!

Well recommended!

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4.5 from lkhenson (17%) on July 17th, 2007 (10 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Yes Yes Yes! This is one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh for atmosphere, affordability, service AND food.

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2 from sarahgrantie (14%) on July 23rd, 2007 (10 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Was extremely dissapointed with this restaurant after hearing only rave reviews about it. The steak was average, the prawns weren't marinaded and I could have made the sauce for the steak better myself. It was nothing special and I think anyone could make a better quality meal at home. The best part was the brownie dime bar cake for dessert which was I admit amazing!!!

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2 from richardwb (13%) on October 6th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I've lunched there many times over the years (I used to work nearby) usually only when the nearby alternatives were closed as it is certainly not my first choice of eatery. The regular plastic covered menu appears not to have changed in many years, though to be fair they do have dishes of the day on a chalkboard. Quite good value, but not good enough to tempt me back except when there's nothing else.

Wouldn't choose to go there for dinner.

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3 from Rachel anderson (12%) on November 11th, 2012 (5 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Food is amazing - chefs are top of their game. Really really nice. Service was however really not that good, one of the female waitresses is extremely rude, and clearly does not stick to "customer is always right" and will quite happy argue the toss with you in the middle of the restaurant. Their policies on BYO are not clear. Would I go again - NO, not after the staff's attitude. It's not a friendly welcoming place they are looking to get you feed and out ASAP to make money.

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1 from Juan (12%) on December 10th, 2011 (5 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Had the burger with cheese. Very disappointed with the frozen quality fries and the burger with and bun and plastic cheese - was on par with a well know burger chain. Had the Pecan Pie for dessert and the pastry was raw.

Never again.

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4 from kath (12%) on September 17th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I love this restaurant and have been many, many times. Service always cheery and efficient. Best value around with BYOB which is always a great saving on the bill - keep up the great work!

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5 from Linda A Hyland (12%) on November 6th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Been going for years - fantastic food, fantastic prices, fantastic staff and it is great to take your own bottle.

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1 from Mephista (12%) on January 5th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

This place used to be great - quick service, consistent quality of food, however, no more. A colleague and I went for lunch there recently, and in spite of being one of two tables when we walked in at 1 pm, by 1:30 pm, we had watched another 8 tables come in and watched them all get served before us. We pointed this out, some excuse was mumbled.

When lunch was eventually brought, I had to send it right back. I had ordered eggs benedict, one of the dishes they did best, or so I thought. Eggs were raw, sauce was cold, bread was stale and the plate was swimming in greasy water from the not very carefully squeezed out salad. When I sent it back, the waittress said, "Sorry, we have a new sous chef and he's finding his feet." Not good enough, folks: don't blame your new sous - the food that comes from any kitchen is the Head chef's responsibility, and if he sent it out, he's willing to put his name to it. To be fair, I was offered something else, but as 45 minutes of my lunch hour had gone, I didn't have time.

Must try harder, guys. And if you make a mistake, admit it - don't blame the new guy.

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5 from marty (12%) on May 26th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

This is one of the best steaks I have ever had. The night I went I had what was on special - sirloin steak with jalapeno and creamy garlic sauce with a side of chips. I got the steak medium-well and it was perfect. I honestly don't know how a steak could be better. My mates thought the same thing as well. I'm definitely going back.

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4 from Anna Petersen (12%) on October 19th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I have been here quite a few times now with my partner and every time it has lived up to its expectations! The food here is wonderful and the staff make you feel so welcome. Definitely my favourite place to go in Edinburgh!

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2.5 from tracy (12%) on October 19th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Lovely steak at good prices but poor service. We booked for my husband's birthday as a party of six. However, one of the party had to cancel at last minute so I this explained to the waitress and she abruptly moved us to a four seated table and stuck a chair on the side. This was unsuitable as the table was too small and every time the waitress went by to serve the customers behind us my husband had to stand up and move to let them by.

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5 from Tom Reilly (12%) on September 2nd, 2010 (7 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Never let down - service attentive, food from experience excellent. It really is just as it says. Adjacent competition is an anomaly - there isn't any!

The sea bass is a piece de resistance.

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1 from Bernardo Ralha (12%) on January 2nd, 2011 (6 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I've been a regular client for some time, and in the last month I probably went for five meals at different occasions. All went fantastically well with amazing food and great service. But I decided to go and meet a couple of friends as well as regular guests of both of your restaurants, and after a fantastic three course meal, with amazing food, we were rushed to leave the restaurant and the table, as apparantly there was a booking for our table coming at 8:30.

Me and my friends left the restaurant at 8:50 with no sign of the people who should be coming for our table, and even though I asked the server if there was any different table available so we could finish our drinks were told that it was not a possibility, even though more than half the restaurant was empty.

In the end what was such a joyful evening, with again great food was left spoiled because of the way we left feeling, by being rushed.

Definitely none of us will be looking to come back in the future.

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2 from Gemma (12%) on July 1st, 2011 (6 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Went here with husband. Very disappointing, though the chef cooked the steak exactly how we had asked the quality of the beef was very poor.

Staff were pleasant but there wasn't much atmosphere. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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2 from Lyndsay Robertson (12%) on July 24th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Our food was great and the service prompt but the fact that we overheard the waitresses slagging off our table ruined our evening. Great restaurant, shame about the waitresses!

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3.5 from Dub (12%) on March 14th, 2012 (5 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Been coming here for years as I enjoy a good steak. Staff always polite and very helpful and accommodating. Sometimes a bit draughty depending on where you're seated. Overall though very good and reasonably priced.

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4 from cicatrice (8%) on November 27th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

I've eaten in these premises on countless occasions. I tripped over this web site while searching the internet to acquire their telephone number as my mobile phone battery was dead and I needed to make a booking for the weekend (always best to book before-hand on Fridays and Saturdays). Out of curiosity I had a look at the reviews to see what kind of experiences other diner's encountered. I accept that human nature pre-disposes people to shout out when something bad has happened to them rather than something good, but I've got to say, I was somewhat taken aback that the worst review score has been given by someone who has not even been to the premises and, although it was totally irrelevant to the issue, thought it pertinent to mention the ethnicity of a member of staff at the crux of her complaint - what's that all about? It certainly does nothing to help anybody decide if they would wish to eat there, or give an indication of what type of dining experience they would be likely to have.

Anyway, to set the record straight. I've enjoyed going to the Buffalo Grill for years. Granted, it has never been awarded any Michelin Stars, but I don't think that has ever been their aim. The hours that they are open are fairly standard for a Scottish restaurant, they do lunches Monday to Friday, and evening meals seven days a week. If you call at any time in the morning, then you can expect the premises to be closed. And yes, the staff will re-arrange the furniture to accommodate groups (and also to accommodate customers with physical disabilities). However large groups are the exception rather than the norm, with the main clientele being couples and foursomes, although weekends, particularly Sundays, appear to be popular for parents to bring along their children.

As you would expect from a premises called the Buffalo Grill, the menu is mainly meat dishes, but also includes various vegetarian and fish dishes The menu has changed little over the last two decades (if it ain't broke - why fix it?), but dishes have been added and there is more than enough choice for the regular customer (such as myself) to introduce their own rotation. The staff will also accommodate customers requests to make amendments to the advertised dishes (or do they only do that for us?). The portions are always very generous, and the prices reasonable. I accept that the fare is not top-drawer, but it's certainly always competently prepared, and normally exceeds that.

Although the premises specialises in steaks, it always surprises me, that if brought up in coversation, that others will remember the Buffalo Grill for a wonderful starter or dessert which they had.

An important thing to point out, is that the Buffalo Grill is not licensed to sell alcohol, although soft drinks and other beverages are available. So, if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal then you'll need to bring along your own bottle. Although charged £1 corkage, when you consider that other restaurants in the vicinity, and which don't allow you to 'bring your own', charge £25 - £35 for very ordinary wines, then this represents a significant saving and an opportunity to ensure that you can have your favourite (or at least decent) bottle of wine with your meal. For those without their own wine cellar, there are several off-licenses in the immediate area. If you do forget to bring along a tipple then the staff do allow you leave the premises to make a purchase and return.

Something unusual is going on in the Buffalo Grill, certainly unusual in the restaurant trade, and that is the longevity of the staff working there. We've seen then come, we've seen them go, and on occasion, seen them come back again, a sure sign that there's a pleasant working environment, and that appears to 'rub off' on the staff's attitude, and the overall ambience. I don't know of any other restaurant in the city centre that employs waiting staff who are so genuinely polite, even the kitchen staff are likely to join in with a friendly smile or wave if not too busy.

So, to sum up. No Michelin Stars, closed in the morning, staff and customers likely to be of mixed ethnicity, atmosphere most weekends tends to be 'vibrant', probably best 'value for money' restaurant in Edinburgh, staff warm and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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4.5 from katonka (6%) on February 10th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Being a regular in the "buffs" for many years and would like to take issue with the previous reviewer. Nancy would be the lovely waitress this rude woman was referring to who is Edinburgh born and bred not JAMAICAN! The doors would be open to make it easier for staff to get in and the lights would be on so as they can see to get ready for opening at noon as they don't open for breakfast as it states on the menu board in the window! Still one of the best value restaurants in Edinburgh after twenty-five years.

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1 from coco (5%) on October 29th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Buffalo Grill, 12-14 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, Edinburgh

Extremely rude Jamaican waitress on duty today rolled her eyes and said "we're closed" when my 2 daughters walked in to have breakfast this morning at around 10ish when doors were open and lights were on! This won't help future business as they both know loads of people in Edinburgh and it doesn't take long to get a "bad" reputation in this town! Take heed manager!

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