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Montpelier's

Scottish and British Restaurant and Bar/Pub

2.6 out of 5 2.6/5 from 14 reviews (add your opinion)

159-161 Bruntsfield Place
Edinburgh
EH10 4DG

Phone: 0131 229 3115
Fax: 0131 221 0809

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

Takeaway: No

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3 from rachybaby (68%) on August 30th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

The food is fine but avoid on a Sunday because the place is packed and, more often than not, very noisy. During the week the restaurant has a better atmosphere and is very popular with the locals. However, it is perhaps a little pricey; the food is nothing out of the ordinary. Breakfasts are probably the best as they are very big portions but expect to wait for what may seem like eternity before it actually arrives.

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3 from jwjlewis (64%) on July 17th, 2007 (12 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

For food this place is fine, but only for lunch. As the evening approaches pretentious people flock here in their droves! The revamp a few years ago was not worth the money as the acoustics are dreadful. You'd be much better off going down the road to Kings Bar - oh, but that has turned into Bisque! What is happening to the bars in Bruntsfield?

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3 from clarindavine (44%) on February 17th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

We took friends here for lunch at the weekend after hearing good things about the place. It was pleasant but nothing special. The waiting staff were not great...telling us drinks that were listed on the menu were not available (when they were), having to return to ask what we wanted after not writing it down and then serving something different to what we had ordered. The food was fine, not great but not bad and comparably priced to other bars (£7-9 for lunch course) but all 3 of our meals varied from the menu description.

I would eat there again if I was hungry and happened to be in Bruntsfield but I wouldn't go out of my way to make a special visit there.

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2 from ciamara (42%) on January 10th, 2014 (5 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

We visited Montpeliers on a Saturday afternoon. It is somewhere we have often passed and it looks nice from the outside, the outside seating is always full when the weather is nice and the food looked nice as you passed by.

We had booked a table as we had a voucher for brunch. The restaurant was extremely busy, and we were seated at a table to the left of the entrance door as you come in. Two tables for two were crammed into this wee space. Service was over my shoulder as there wasn't really room to stand between the tables without part of your anatomy overhanging one or both of the tables. Not particularly intimate or conducive for conversation as we could hear every word from the next table. The table was also shoogly, despite numerous beer mats under the table legs. Every time the door opened there was an icy cold draft. Nice candle on the table, but for some unexplained reason it was taken away part way through our meal, just as it was getting darker and the candlelight was becoming visible. It was also the only heating that we could feel. The décor in the part we sat in looked tired and dated with old dark wooden panelling that looked a bit like old fashioned Formica. Bit like an old fashioned ice cream shop. Not to our taste. Can't comment on the rest of Bar as we barely made it over the door.

We did ask if an orange juice could be swapped for a diet coke, but they explained that this wasn't possible as we had a voucher. First time anyone has refused to accommodate a change to something cheaper when we have used a voucher.

We ordered two full breakfasts, which came with orange juice, coffee and toast. The orange juice came complete with loads of ice. Far too cold, obviously not just squeezed and soon very diluted. The coffee was okay.

It was good quality bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis and eggs,we had them fried and scrambled, served with beans in a wee ramekin, mushrooms, tattie scone and half a tomato. Despite hot plates our food wasn't warm. Might have been just the trip past the front door! There was a hair on one plate, and we should have sent the food back, but we were cold and hungry and made the mistake of just removing it. Everything was okay, but if it had been piping hot would have been so much better. The eggs were cooked nicely. The black pudding was sliced far too thinly and consequently, whilst it had good flavour, it was over cooked. We were offered a choice of sauce, but had to ask for salt and pepper.

The burger and chicken on the next table looked better.

The service wasn't attentive. Too busy, not enough staff? Nobody checked if we were okay.

This could have been a really nice experience, the rest of the interior may have been nicer, and might have provided more room and warmth. Unfortunately for us it wasn't enjoyable. If you book, make sure that you are seated away from the door.

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2.5 from SB22 (34%) on October 4th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Went here for dinner on a Saturday night at 8pm, bringing my boyfriend's mother along as she was in Edinburgh for the weekend. I was excited to try somewhere new as hadn't been to Montpeliers before but liked how it looked from the outside.

As soon as we walked in my heart sunk. Being a bar as well as a brassiere, Montpelier's manager feels the need to have the music blaring so loud that you can't speak at a normal level to the person sitting next to you. Fine if that's your kind of scene standing and shouting at your friend at a bar side, but not when you're sitting at a table trying to enjoy a meal and conversation.

I had the spring rolls for starter which were delicious. The portion was small but I was glad as many restaurants overdo it on the starter size. My main was a vegetable tart with salad. The tart's pastry was burnt at the rim and the vegetables were clearly just put into the pre-cooked case and shown the grill for 10 minutes before being put on my plate. It was dry, and not very tasty. Fortunately I had ordered a side of chips, which was much more enjoyable. Without listing what everyone else had, the other mains were enjoyed. Desserts were delicious but my banoffi pie was oversized (Not really a complaint!) The meal filled us up but it was a pleasure to leave and step out into the quiet of the night. I certainly won't be going here for dinner again, but I've heard the breakfast is good, so maybe I'll give Montpelier's another chance.

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3 from MaraCarfagna (30%) on July 22nd, 2008 (10 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Montpeliers is certainly a stylish establishment, but as a restaurant it lacks a little substance. The decor is contemporary, and the staff uniformly beautiful, so if appearances are important, Montpeliers cuts the mustard as a style bar.

As a restaurant, however, Montpeliers, is fairly average. I have eaten here several times, after a little wine, but the chain-food was forgettable and I only remember one meal, Nachos followed by Thai Noodles. The Nachos were tasty, if derivative, and the Thai chicken and noodles were quite nice.

I see the new menu is highly adventurous with culinary rarities including Fish & Chips, Burgers and Chicken Caesars now featuring prominently.

While those looking for serious cuisine should head into Town/Leith, Montpeliers is a great place for a drink, and good (if predictable) for a bite to eat.

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2 from foodie (26%) on February 11th, 2009 (10 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

I ate at Montpelier's last night. The whole Montpelier's chain (Tigerlily, Rick's, etc) have 2 for 1 meal and drink specials on at the moment, which is attractive on the face of it, however, our portions were pretty small, and my food was quite overcooked. I'd have been pretty ticked off if I had paid full price! As other reviewers have also noted, the acoustics are terrible, making it a bad place to have a decent conversation.

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3 from IrishScot (26%) on November 7th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Yes, it gets full of the pretentious crowd - but that's the area that it's in and you have to accept it.

Good food, and a good price - no massive complaints here.

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3 from peevee (23%) on October 12th, 2009 (9 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

good for breakfasts and a cocktail or two in the evening (if you're not strapped for cash that is). They do a good selection of breakfast rolls for reasonable prices, and the bar area has a nice atmosphere. Wouldn't go there for food however, as there are plenty of better, less expensive places in bruntsfield.

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2 from vladimpala (17%) on March 22nd, 2008 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

I used to go here quite a bit - it has a nice ambiance (as long as it's not too busy) and the food was interesting and well prepared. However, in the last couple of years the standard of the food really seems to have dropped, to the extent that I have had to send a couple of dishes back back to the kitchen.

Breakfasts are normally OK - though service can be a bit slow. That said, on my most recent visit for breakfast (Feb 2008) I ordered french toast which came minus the egg - basic mistakes like that should never make it to the customer.

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2.5 from DrKolarBear (16%) on July 2nd, 2008 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

The food in Montpeliers is variable to say the least. For a while a friend of mine and I were going just to see how badly our order could be messed up by the staff. He and I are chronic masochistic complainers so maybe this is something for my analyst and I to discuss rather than taking up the meat of a restaurant review. Nevertheless.... the burgers are reasonable, the pasta is lame and the steaks (assuming your order makes it intact over the 20 metres to the kitchen) are good. Ribeyeeeeeeeeee.

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2.5 from Dave (12%) on August 7th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Went with high expectations of a good food and a pleasant night, food was bitterly disappointing! Ordered mussels for starter and a bowl with exactly 13 small mussels arrived, then went on to have the lamb shank which had almost no flavour at all. The atmosphere was okay but over all was a poor evening the meal cost 50 quid all in including a bottle of wine (2 of us) so it wasn't mega expensive. The service was okay. If someone was to ask me if I'd recommend this place the answer is definitely no if it's good tasty food you're after this isn't the choice for you.

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1.5 from David (12%) on May 29th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

Unpleasant, cash and carry, microwaved food at gastro-pub prices. OK if you want a drink and are on the pull, avoid if you're looking for decent food.

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4 from adrienne (12%) on June 27th, 2010 (9 years ago)

Montpelier's, 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG, Edinburgh

8 of us had a great meal at tea time yesterday - and 2 mains for price of 1 is really excellent value especially with so many of us eating. Had mouth watering fish and chips, salads, burger and Caesar salad - all excellent. And the wine was spot on. Great variety for all tastes - we had 4 teenagers including a vegetarian with us and there was lots to choose from.

Would highly recommend.

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