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Blackwoods, Edinburgh,

Blackwoods

4.3
4.3
157 reviews
£26 to £40
Steak
Blackwoods Restaurant is a stylish restaurant located within a Georgian Towhouse in Edinburgh's New Town. Although only 10 minutes walk from the City Centre it doesn't feel that way due to the peaceful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of the city

We specialise in authentic, Scottish, natural, elegant, chargrilled dining using our Josper grill at its heart - The Josper oven burns charcoal at high temperatures to retain food’s natural moisture and flavour.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Italian, Scottish

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:30 am–10:30 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    0131 225 2720

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We source local and regional cuisine, featuring ingredients farmed,<br />caught or bred in Scotland. From farm or fishery to fork, we trace the provenance of our food, focusing on fresh, seasonal supplies. Keeping food<br />miles to a minimum, our Chef goes out of his way to create succulent Scottish dishes.

  • Private party facilities

    Blackwood's is the perfect setting for an intimate private dining experience. Whether you have a business dinner, awards ceremony, birthday, anniversary, or other family celebration we can create a bespoke menu to suit your dietary requirements and your budget.

  • Private party contact

    Gary Harding: 0131 225 2720

  • Area

    Stockbridge

  • Cross Street

    Edinburgh

  • Parking Details

    On-street parking is available and is free of charge from 5.30pm each evening and all weekend

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

What 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. EK

    EdinburghK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Distinctly average. Poor menu with very little choice. No filet or ribeye steak available. Sirloin was tough. All of our food was disappointing. I would not recommend.
  2. SF

    StephenF

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, very well cooked food, and super service. Went to treat my wife after her "special" birthday and was very impressed, will certainly be going again.
  3. j

    jamehoh

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with good service from friendly and helpful staff at a reasonable price. No hesitation in recommending.
  4. D

    Doug

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great, relaxed dining experience. Friendly staff and tasty meal.
  5. AR

    AlexandriaR

    Edinburgh

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pleasant small hotel restaurant. Charming manager. Very limited menu - some dishes strange and not great. Steak good.
  6. TM

    TracyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very elegant dining room, lovely staff and great food. Great choice of whiskies. Recommended.
  7. B

    Bill

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice, quiet and I can add a romantic place to eat, the low lights gave a really nice vibe to it. I liked the food especially the steak. The people there were nice and polite, I am very positive that I will go again!
  8. d

    doonleith

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and excellent food.
  9. DH

    DavidH

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant evening and will go again. Wine list not up to standard of food ( perhaps we all have been drinking better wine at home during lock down). I would be happy to pay corkage to be able to take something better.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner at blackwoods bar and grill. Food was delicious and the staff were friendly. 3 courses for £25 or 2 for £20 is excellent value! Will definitely recommend
  11. EL

    ELAINEH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place to dine, food and service were excellent..... would recommend :)
  12. HF

    HunterF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Probably the worst Ribeye Steak i have ever attempted to eat. Burnt, dry with no flavour or character. Horrible, partly cooked, chips. Just as well the wine was pleasant.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 13 September 2020Dear Guest, Thank you for taking to time review your experience with us, I am sorry that it did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. Most certainly had anything been brought to our attention during your meal or during our checks we would of been delighted to rectify any issues. Naturally, I would be delighted to welcome you back in the near future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  13. L

    Lessuissesanglais

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good menu. Excellent service. Comfortable ambiance.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 13 September 2020Dear Lessuissesanglais, Thank you for your review. It is always a pleasure to see returning diners to Blackwood's. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  14. MC

    MichaelC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining area, the service couldn’t have been more attentive and helpful. We had the valentines menu which includes the chateaubriand (which was cooked to perfection!) and a cheese board! Couldn’t fault anything! Definitely be returning

    BlackwoodsResponded on 2 March 2020Dear MichaelC, Thank you for your 5 star review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed our Valentines menu. A new menu has been launched since then and we hope to welcome you back again soon to enjoy our new dishes! Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  15. J

    Juanra76

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cenamos coincidiendo, con el Día de San Valentin y el primer día de estancia en el hotel. Ambiente y privacidad, estupenda. Mesas suficientemente separadas de otros comensales. Personal muy atento. Menú especial por 02/14/2020, no lo sabíamos. Muy equilibrado, muy buena relación Calidad/Precio. Una velada perfecta.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 2 March 2020Querido Juanra76, Gracias por tu comentario de 5 estrellas. Esperamos darle la bienvenida de nuevo pronto. Saludos cordiales Gary y el equipo de Blackwood

  16. SM

    StuartM

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 15 January 2020Dear StuartM, Thank you for your 5 star review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent venue , good food and great service.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 15 January 2020Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb evening! Service and Food were great. The restaurant is an attraction itself in a marvelous neighborhood in Edinburgh.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 10 January 2020Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was bland, which was disappointing for a £75/person meal for Christmas Day. We had come hungry and were hoping for a hearty meal but each dish fell short. The staff were friendly and attentive and the ambiance was nice.
  20. N

    Niko

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Christmas Dinner. Food and whisky are absolutely top.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 10 January 2020Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  21. F

    Fifer

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Lovely place, very nice staff but the food was a big let down unfortunately. My steak was a decent size but was pretty tasteless. My Wife had fillet steak but it wasn't cooked medium as she requested and it was quite dry. On a plus point. The carrots and triple cooked chips were ok. Therefore unfortunately I have not added Blackwoods to our list of restaurants to revisit in the future.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 10 January 2020Dear Guest, Thank you for taking to time review your experience with us, I am sorry that it did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. Most certainly had anything been brought to our attention during your meal or during our checks we would of been delighted to rectify any issues. Naturally, I would be delighted to welcome you back in the near future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  22. DF

    DavidF

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    we had a very enjoyable family dinner here on a wet and dreary Saturday in December
  23. Y

    Yvonne

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2019

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Very poor. Overpriced. Sterile environment with little to now atmosphere. I had the salmon terrine. It was very dry. Served with dry bread and a few leaves without dressing. My husband had a red onion tart tartine that to be fair was tasty. But again dry salad. No dressing. Only a couple of leaves. Mains he has the sea bass. Very crisp skin served with rice. Far too salty. I had the fillet steak. Ordered medium rare. Was served well done and grey. Never send food back but I had to immediately return this. They were apologetic and made a second steak while husband had his meal. Disappointing. I had a glass of syrah which was good. Nothing special. He had a glass of sauv blanc. Bill was 82£. Very poor value. Would definitely not recommend.
  24. BR

    BermudaRocks

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely ambiance, great steak and equally great service!

    BlackwoodsResponded on 9 December 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place for a quiet meal.
  26. SW

    SimonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    An excellent restaurant for quiet dining as a couple or a small group. Tables are not crammed in which creates lovely ambiance where you could spend many hours. Thankfully you won’t spend too much either as prices are no more than any other city centre restaurant. Quality and service very good. Will definitely return when next in Edinburgh.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 25 October 2019Dear SimonW, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Restaurant was convenient. The staff were great. It was warm and inviting, lovely food and the best Truffle bread I have ever eaten! Truly delicious. Our only small niggle, if any, was the lack of Vegetarian choices. There were 3 vegetarians in our party and only one option. Having said that, all 3 thoroughly enjoyed the choice that there was. We might have dined there for our second night if there had been a couple of other choices.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 25 October 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We regularly review our menus and are always looking to improve our choices for diners. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

  28. d

    dianeg

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food just wasn't up to par. Hot breads as a starter should be lovely fresh warm bread and not bread which is not soft but toasted. The lamb rump was fatty and not tasty and no nice sauce / dressing. The side of vegetables never turned up. When we noted this on paying the response was one of apology but he'd been busy fixing TV's (assume because this is a hotel and limited staff to do more than one thing). Frankly that's not of interest to a diner and service and quality of food is key. Neither existed here.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 29 September 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking to time review your experience with us, I am sorry that it did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. Most certainly had anything been brought to our attention during your meal or during our checks we would of been delighted to rectify any issues. Naturally, I would be delighted to welcome you back in the near future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time and food for my husband’s 50th birthday! Would highly recommend!
  30. GB

    GraemeB

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Heard good news about Blackwoods. Four of us shared two chateaubriand. Meat was all sinew and not palatable. It was on offer and we think there was a reason for that.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 25 September 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for review and sorry for delay in my reply. I am disappointed to learn that the Chateaubriand was not palatable, we would of been happy to replace the meal had anything been mentioned at the time. We have raised the issue with the meat with our supplier as this is not up to their usual high standards. I would be delighted to welcome you back again in the near future, please don't hesitate to get in touch directly. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  31. L

    Londoner

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Londoners visiting Edinburgh and always prepared to be cynical about food outside the big smoke. It is a quiet intimate restaurant with a small high quality menu with a Scottish spin. Excellent sea food and very good beef.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 3 September 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are proud to use some great local suppliers for our seafood and beef and it is great to read you enjoyed your meal! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

  32. D

    Darling4food

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2019

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    We ordered a dozen oysters, which was brought to our table in a platter with a hole to help carry the platter. Unfortunately the ice, the oysters were sitting on, began to melt and a river of melted water poured over the table and onto my husband’s pants and arm. The waiter was very unapologetic and said, “yes I know it happens all the time”. The chateaubriand was raw. Again, our waiter was flippant and condescending. Couldn’t eat the steak. One of the most expensive meals of our vacation and one of the worst experience. The cheesecake was the worst cheesecake I have ever eaten anywhere.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 23 August 2019Dear Guest, thank you for taking the time to provide more details on your dining experience. While I was aware of the issue with the oysters, I am sorry if you felt I was dismissive of the incident. Regrettably we learn of your dissatisfaction with the Chateaubriand & Cheesecake after dining, naturally we would have been happy to replace either of the dishes. I would be delighted to welcome you back, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  33. SS

    SteveS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service local to me and had never been before might become a regular favourite

    BlackwoodsResponded on 15 August 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Vraiment déçu
  35. M

    Miaw

    Aberdeen

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    My first problem was the lack of choice in wines by the glass....only 3 whites and 3 reds. I had mussels as a starter - which were lovely - but the wines weren’t what I would normally have chosen with seafood. For my main I had a fillet steak - they recommend their Josper (?) grill - but instead of the medium rare I asked for, I got a medium to well done one. Again the wines were disappointing for steak. I don’t normally have dessert but as this was a new place for me I decided to try the cheesecake, but this also was very disappointing. The whole thing was quite tasteless. I dislike giving negative reviews but this meal did not reflect the high price I paid for it.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 8 August 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. I am sorry the wines selected did not meet your expectations but we are unable to offer a vast selection due to our size. On checking your meal, I agreed that your steak was overcooked, and offered to have your steak replaced which you declined. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best Regards Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Meat over cooked

    BlackwoodsResponded on 23 July 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. I note your comments regarding the cooking of the meat and I acknowledged this at the time when I checked your table. We would of been more than happy to prepare fresh steaks to your preferred cooking and this offer was extended at the time. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

  37. AW

    AmandaWhite1984

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was fantastic and wonderful service. The restaurant is next to a hotel and so it has a hotel feel about it although that didn’t bother me. Fairly quiet so it felt romantic and intimate. I would recommend!!

    BlackwoodsResponded on 12 July 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you back to Blackwood's Bar & Grill again soon. Kind Regards Gary and the Blackwood's team

  38. MW

    MarionW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautiful and delicious. Well worth the cost of the voucher value we had. The staff were really nice and very helpful.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 1 July 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal using your voucher, which I agree is fantastic value for money! We do hope to welcome you back again soon! Best regards, Gary & the Blackwood's team

  39. JK

    JKNEATS

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue and location, excellent food, outstanding service

    BlackwoodsResponded on 29 June 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Gary & the Blackwood's team

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    There was absolutely no atmosphere in this restaurant. We didn’t feel particularly welcome, maybe due to the fact this is the restaurant for the hotel next door and we were not guests there. That, however, should not make any difference. Waiting staff appeared very inexperienced and were very lack lustre and looked bored. The food was better than the ambiance, but nothing fantastic. Left there wishing we had booked elsewhere and feeling very disappointed.

    BlackwoodsResponded on 1 July 2019Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and comments. I note that you dined on 15th June and from reviewing the shift report I can see that we served 21 guests including yourselves. 17 being non-hotel guests, as is the case on most evenings. I also note that we did have a new member of staff on training. Naturally I would be delighted to welcome to back in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Best regards, Gary Harding Restaurant Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Blackwoods is rated 4.3 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Blackwoods

10 Gloucester Place Edinburgh, EH3 6EF

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Edinburgh

  • Area

    Stockbridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:30 am–10:30 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Italian, Scottish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    On-street parking is available and is free of charge from 5.30pm each evening and all weekend

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

  • Phone number

    0131 225 2720

  • Catering

    We source local and regional cuisine, featuring ingredients farmed,<br />caught or bred in Scotland. From farm or fishery to fork, we trace the provenance of our food, focusing on fresh, seasonal supplies. Keeping food<br />miles to a minimum, our Chef goes out of his way to create succulent Scottish dishes.

  • Private party facilities

    Blackwood's is the perfect setting for an intimate private dining experience. Whether you have a business dinner, awards ceremony, birthday, anniversary, or other family celebration we can create a bespoke menu to suit your dietary requirements and your budget.

  • Private party contact

    Gary Harding: 0131 225 2720

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