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Cockatoo

Scottish and British Restaurant and Bar/Pub

3.4 out of 5 3.4/5 from 36 reviews (add your opinion)

22 Millerhill
Danderhall
Edinburgh
EH22 1RZ

Phone: 0131 660 1211

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1100-2300
Sun: 1230-2300

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2.5 from andy (83%) on October 22nd, 2007 (10 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

We stopped here for a pub lunch on Saturday. It looked like it might provide a cheap and cheerful meal. Unfortunately, it wasn't very much of either.

I wasn't very hungry so ordered one of the cheapest things they had on the menu - a baked potato with tuna and sweetcorn. But they had no tuna, so I chose a quarter pounder and chips instead for the same price (£6.95). My girlfriend had a half pound "homemade" cheese burger with chips as she was starving. It was only about a pound more, and was infintely better value for money. My quarter pounder was a thin, bland piece of meat (had been frozen presumably) in a cheap burger bun whereas the half pound burger looked amazing - big and chunky, definitely homemade and in a soft ciabatta bun. Unfortunately it didn't taste great - too oniony. I don't know why they bother having the rubbish quarter pounder burgers on the menu.

Overall, the menu was far too extensive - I reckon pubs should have no more than a dozen mains on the menu - a homemade burger, sausage and mash, steak pie, fish and chips, lasagne etc. Do a few things and do them right - don't try and please everyone only to leave everyone disappointed!

Good points - the service was very efficient and friendly and they have a big car park.

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1 from Michelle (12%) on April 26th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I have just returned from eating at the Cockatoo and won't be back. Service provided by a miserable young girl who obviously didn't want to be there. My Salmon meal was not properly cooked. When paying I saw a waitress open a microwave and stick her finger in a sweet presumably to find out if it was hot enough. If that is the standard of hygiene then diners beware!

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5 from darren kidd (12%) on April 15th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Meal was amazing had haggis fritters - really good. My main was great really nice had chicken and the portion was realy big. Did not have enough room for a pudding.

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5 from Jim Anderson (12%) on January 25th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Excellent mein host. Charming staff. Good OAP menu.

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4.5 from Claire (12%) on March 26th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I heard so much great things about the Cockatoo and when I got there I realised everyone was right. It was lovely. The meal was gorgeous, I had the half chicken, very large potion. It is very friendly and the price is fine. I had no complaints so don't listen to these people who just aren't happy with anything in life!!!

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5 from joan (12%) on November 28th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Five of us dined at the Cockatoo on Saturday. We all enjoyed our meal very much (choosing from main menu and senior menu). I had been there a few times but my family had not and they were most impressed. The conservatory is nice and bright and the service was friendly and good. We will return again soon. Good car parking.

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5 from George Huntington (12%) on September 3rd, 2008 (9 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Actually, the homemade burgers were fantastic, Aberdeen Angus beef, I'm not sure whether you're commenting on the correct place Andy, I am a regular and they do not have baked potatoes on the menu. I had a beautiful pork loin from the specials menu last week. Another very successful business from the Glass family - and for all the right reasons! Exquisite.

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4 from Natasha (12%) on November 20th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Excellent setting, lovely view, friendly staff, great food, even though it was FAR too much for me... if I was hungry I would definitely go back and finish the lot!!! I had the half chicken, was lovely and my partner had the enchiladas... huge portion again... yummy!!! Almost forgot, try the black pudding for starter! Amazing!!! Will definitely go back! Again and again!!!

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5 from colin hunter (12%) on January 24th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

We were there on the 17/01/2009 and the food gets 5 stars from us and the staff get 5 stars too how any one could complain I do not know it's a 5 star place. There was 14 of us out for a 60th and it worked out at about £24 per head not including drinks. The staff were great catered for our every need! All in all it was a fantastic night. Would definitely recommend it to anyone and we would definitely go again.

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1.5 from H Hendry (12%) on January 27th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

The service is so slow, it took 15 minutes for soft drinks to arrive at our table and a further 40 minutes for our meal which was burnt and it was only the homemade cheese burger. It will be a long time before we go and if we go back.

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1 from Ashleigh (12%) on February 10th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

My dad works there, chef, so I won't go there, but to be honest the food is good and you get lots on your plate for your money.

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5 from Donna (12%) on February 15th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Love this place, I have been a few times now, and it's been lovely everytime, a very traditional pub, lovely menu, gorgeous food, caters for families - brilliant.

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1 from Matnd (12%) on December 20th, 2011 (5 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Revolting!! Revolting!! 20 Dec 2011 1600hrs

We walked into this place and it was EMPTY. That should have set the alarm bells ringing.

The chicken and haggi and veg was cold. The sauce was also cold. The chips were the only thing warm. The chicken was dry too.

My pet hate is getting a cold plate, they had not been warmed either.

I will never be back in this place...

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5 from Gordie (12%) on March 22nd, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

What I will say is... one of the waitresses is smoking hot!

Good food, friendly atmosphere, 5 stars from me!

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5 from alan mcquillan (12%) on March 24th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

One of the best places in Edinburgh. Portions arre massive that says it all for me. Mixed grill was lovely ans the Stornaway black pudding was out of this world. The wife had mushrooms and garlic - total magic.

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2.5 from lolamck (12%) on April 28th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Food was way too expensive, unless you are an OAP then they have a reduced price menu. Average main course was just under £10. Saw them taking frozen veg out of microwave. At least if you are going to charge for it then use fresh food. I had cheese and biscuits for afters. Steer clear, cost just under £6 and cheese was awful. Cheap supermarket shrink wrapped cheddar, no grapes or brie in sight. You could still see the imprint of the wrapper - yuk!!!

Cost us £80 for family of 5 for a meal and drinks, yikes. Staff were lovely but price was way too much. I can get a nicer meal for much less elsewhere...

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5 from Erin (12%) on June 6th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

We visited the cockatoo last Friday and treated the children to their tea. The portions were great for the kids and the quality of the chicken nuggets is unbeatable. It is very rare to go out for a meal and get chicken nuggets that are exactly that 'chicken' , well done cockatoo ! The staff were great, especially Angela who made us very welcome and encouraged the kids to play at the play area. Great car park, lovely staff and lovely establishment. We could not fault anything. This place is a must, must visit. It is a pleasure to come across such a great place with great food and great prices. I will be returning and have told all my family and friends about the place.

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1 from paul (12%) on November 21st, 2011 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Went on Friday with the wife. By Saturday afternoon were were both sick and on the toilet. It's now Monday night and I'm just out my bed now. Never will I go there again. I've missed work and a charity fun run I was due at.

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4 from boatman (12%) on September 12th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I had a meal here yesterday with my wife from the Senior Citizens menu. The lentil soup was VG and the steak pies we had were more than we thought there would be and very tasty. As other reviewers have said we found the staff very efficient and friendly.

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4.5 from alan nicklin (12%) on December 12th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Anyone who does not rate this pub value for money with a nice atmosphere needs to get out more.

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5 from shona mcivor (12%) on October 5th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I eat fairly regularly here and cannot fault it even when busy they always manage to accommodate if you have not booked, fantastic portion size for all meals. Everything I have had is scrummy! Best eatery in the Lothians! Give it a go!

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4 from Whiskymaster (12%) on January 20th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Had the Gammon Steak which was pretty greasy and looked like it was cooked in very dirty oil. However my friend had the steak pie which looked great. The Waitress was very sexy - I wanted to gobble her up instead :-)

I will be back as its a nice friendly atmosphere, I will just try something different next time.

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3.5 from catherine (12%) on May 3rd, 2010 (7 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Haggis fritters lovely but not very warm. Main course I thought was expensive but portion was big. Coleslaw not very nice. Kids loved playing outside.

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5 from Paul (12%) on August 26th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Don't get the complainers this is one of the nicest pubs I've eaten at in Edinburgh and destroys the usual "chain" pubs. Never had a problem with waiting too long for food even when it's busy.

The guy at the top is talking about a different place because as already mentioned they don't do baked potatos.

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4.5 from Pamela Stewart (12%) on November 11th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I have eaten at the Cockatoo on many occasions. I have always found the food to be well above average for the price and the service to be excellent. The owner is also a very kind and generous person. Just recently I asked him to sponsor an event we were doing for the Scottish Death Trust, he has no hesitation in giving us a £30 voucher towards the cost of a meal. In this time of people cutting back this was a very kind gesture on their behalf.

Without this generousity I would not hesitate to give my recommendation for this fantastic family run restaurant.

My Aunt and Uncle visit the Cockatoo regularly since we introduced them to the place and they love it. My Uncle is also a very picky eater and wouldn't return so often if it did not meet his standard.

I am sorry for the people that have had a bad experience and can only presume it has been an off day.

My son-in-law is a Head Chef and it isn't always possible to be 100 per cent perfect, you can only try.

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1 from michelle (12%) on December 12th, 2010 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Sun 12th December. Husband and I stopped for a meal here today. We were hesitant as we had been there a couple of years ago and it was revolting... today was no better. Starter was non-descript and the main less so... My husband had the roast beef dinner - what a joke. I've honestly come across corpses with more colour... we asked the waitress if the beef was cooked fresh (i.e. that day), as there was no evidence of a fat or crust. She came back and reassured us in a loud voice that yes it was carved that day... I dont think so, she was a bit stand offish. My husband couldn't eat it and she said she would take it off the bill. I had the steak ciabatta and it was awful, cooked to death, dry and sweet, more gristle than meat and I only had one mouthful. That wasn't taken off the bill... we were well and truly ripped off and know about food and the difference between fresh and frozen.

Too many dishes on your menu for it to be fresh and you need to have a serious word with the miserable staff! Never going back!

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5 from Nita Saunders (12%) on January 3rd, 2011 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

My family and I (3 of us) had the pleasure of dining here on Christmas Day.

Nothing could be faulted, the food was excellent. Turkey, Duck and Halibut. The service likewise, with the waitresses we had smiling and dressed in festive apparel. There was a lovely 'buzz' which added to the overall atmosphere, making for delightful day out.

Congratulations to the Manager, Chefs and all staff who contributed to making our day special, thank you and happy new year!

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4.5 from Julie (12%) on January 2nd, 2012 (5 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

I have eaten at the cockatoo on many occasions over the last 3 years and have never been disappointed. The choice of food is great and the portion are a good size. The staff are always friendly and attentive and can't do enough to help you. If you are looking for a 4 or 5 star restaurant then go elsewhere but if you are looking for a good bar meal with a friendly atmosphere and great choice on the menu then look no further... it's perfect!

My friend and I go here and spend hours eating and chatting and have done on 6 separate occasions and love the relaxed feel of the pub.

Just about to book up again for tonight and take the parents this time.

The banoffee pie is very yummy!

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1 from Normahdonald (12%) on May 24th, 2012 (5 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Was at this restaurant on Wednesday. Five of us. The food was absolutely disgusting. Member of the quayside and I will make sure I let all the members know in Musselburgh. I was told that your food was rubbish. I paid 12 pounds just to go home and be sick.

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4.5 from caroline (12%) on October 18th, 2013 (4 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

My family have been going to The Cockatoo for many years, the food is always excellent, the staff are friendly and cheerful and always make a fuss of our daughter who they have known from a baby (she is now almost 6). If you are looking for a welcoming family resturaunt with good food you need look no further. The dessert menu is the only thing that stops me from giving it 5 stars as only one or 2 things are homemade.

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1 from robert gallo (12%) on November 17th, 2013 (4 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Very disappointed indeed with the Cockatoo. We went in (even pre-booked) with a party of 6 of us yesterday (a Saturday) at lunchtime. We waited an extraordinary amount of time from time taken to order and even get drinks, also time taken to order food and time taken to receive the food. Very poor service in this day and age. There's NO excuse for this, except perhaps to save money by not having enough waitresses and / or chefs.

Do not visit if you expect reasonable service!

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4 from Griffith (11%) on June 5th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

We had Sunday lunch on our first visit to the Cockatoo today and thought that the food was good, standard pub grub but absolutely fine. The prices were fair and the service was polite and very swift. The portions were very generous - I doubt if many people manage a dessert after a main course. We will definitely go back again.

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1 from jojo (7%) on February 13th, 2010 (7 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

13th Feb 2010 we have just left the Cockatoo largely disappointed, beautiful place but just a pity the food did not reflect this also. Staff friendly, we got seated in the lovely conservatory, I chose for starter the battered mushrooms and my husband the cheese nachos in a bowl. When the mushrooms came it was obvious they had been deep fried to within an inch of their lives and swimming in grease. Husband's nachos started out very nice but a very small way down into the bowl he discovered they were soggy and had to leave more than half, if this was on a plate, this could have been avoided. 10 seconds after they took our plates away the main meals came, always a good idea to let the starters go down first. I had ordered the chicken stuffed with haggis and whisky sauce, chips and veg. The chicken was stringy, the haggis overpowering, the sauce congealed, and the veg had obviously been boiling all morning. Husband had ordered the bacon and cheese burger, chips, salad. Burger bun was soggy - so soggy half was stuck to the plate when he lifted it up, coleslaw was watery, and the salad poor.

Will not be going back.

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2 from tonymac (6%) on April 28th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Went here a couple of weeks ago with a mate.

Good parking.

Service good.

Haggis fritters starter was OK, but the sauce seemed a bit synthetic and was salty.

Lasagna main course was bland and it appeared to have been microwaved to death.

For the price, not what you'd expect.

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5 from karenc1607 (6%) on August 5th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Some people are never happy! I have visited the Cockatoo on many occasions and find it to be one of the best places to eat in Edinburgh. I am surprised no one has mentioned the piri-piri chicken as the restaurant is renowned for it! The haggis fritters to start are amazing as is the Stornoway black pudding. The portions are huge and they have a senior citizen and children's menu with smaller portions too. The sticky toffee pudding is a MUST if you can squeeze any more in! They have a gorgeous conservatory area where you can relax and enjoy your meal (no children allowed in the conservatory), a play area for children and a huge car park.

The prices are very reasonable and the staff are fantastic.

Angela and Jim do a great job and ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your experience at the Cockatoo. Enjoy!!!

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2 from eleanor o'donnell (6%) on September 27th, 2015 (2 years ago)

Cockatoo, 22 Millerhill, EH22 1RZ, Edinburgh

Waited ages for a drink as waitress could not manage to fit us in

her busy schedule. Dinner took one hour to come and kids were really hungry by then. Waitress staff do not care to be bothered so I will not be bothered to go back again ant time soon.

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