The Dogs

Price guide: Budget

110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

Price guide: Budget

The Dogs interior

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#19 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.3
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Service:
3.2
3.2
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
5
5.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Dogs

Keen prices, imaginative dishes, eccentric owner - The Dogs is a one-off, well worth a visit.

Local eccentric David Ramsden has a long history in the restaurant business in Edinburgh and although his previous restaurants (Fitzhenrys and Rogue) were both excellent, the old adage "location location location" took its toll, which makes it all the more satisfying that he has finally struck gold.

His prices have always been keen and despite being on Hanover Street - the very heart of happening Edinburgh - The Dogs is no exception as this place is very good value indeed. A trendy, minimalist atmosphere and good prices means this place is always busy. A genuine food enthusiast, David has always championed the lesser known cuts of meat, things that a few years ago we would turn our noses up at, but now are all the rage. He's a food trendsetter in Edinburgh with a big personality.

Food and drink: 

Be adventurous with such things as pig's trotter and pig's ear salad, or maybe devilled ox heart? You can eat the whole beast here. But the good thing is you don't have to if you don't fancy it. Ironically his vegetarian options are also excellent, so as you chow down on your braised shin and horseradish dumplings, your more sensitive companions will be more than happy with Autumn veg stew with cauliflower millet mash or curried parsnip soup with toasted almonds. Good fishy stuff too.

Recommended dishes: 

Soup of the day is always great. Seasonal, filling and fresh - the perfect antidote to Edinburgh's colder months.

Ambience: 

Trendy, minimalist with some great dog-related art. The place is always busy so there's a good buzz.

Service: 

David himself is a genuine eccentric. You will clock him immediately. He is pin thin, wears the grooviest specs I have ever seen and has an unmistakably authoritative air. He runs a tight ship and is like a choreographer, keeping the place running smoothly. He has been known to throw the occasional wobbler, which is like a cabaret at no extra charge and part of the experience. The last thing you will get is fawning service but it will be friendly and efficient - hopefully.

Location: 

Hanover Street is the heart of the city. There are so many restaurants on this street that have a big frontage on the street level that it is another feather in David's cap that people flock here. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool in Edinburgh, which can work for or against restaurants. It has certainly worked for The Dogs.

Price advice: 

I keep going on about how reasonable it is...but it is: £3.60 for the soup of the day and main courses averaging about £8. Two mighty helpings of sticky lemon and ginger sponge pudding with custard costs £6.50.
 

Tables to book: 

Tables are hard to get so not worth quibbling.

Other useful branches: 

Seadogs - the seafood and vegetarian specialist Dog - 43 Rose Street - www.seadogsonline.co.uk; and Dogs Amore - Italian-themed Dog, 104 Hanover Street, practically next door - www.amoredogs.co.uk and Underdogs the bar underneath has great squishy sofas and is a good place to start or finish.

More information on The Dogs:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
Food:
British, Seafood
Address:
110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
Telephone:
0131 220 1208
Website:
http://www.thedogsonline.co.uk
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
eccentric owner, great value

Have you been to The Dogs? Would you recommended it?