Mussel Inn

Price guide: Mid-range

61-65 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH

Price guide: Mid-range

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#20 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
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4.6
Ambience:
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Service:
4.1
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Location:
4.3
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Value for money:
4.4
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Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss, People watching, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Expert review of Mussel Inn

Informal diner with great seafood, bang in the centre of town.

A inviting atmosphere welcomes as you wander through the door. The initial reaction is this but is tiny! But this just the small bar/servery, although there are a few high bar tables which seat 2 or 3 here. Through the small doorway you find the main body of the kirk, simply decorated but buzzing with happy seafood eaters. If there is one die hard meat eater amongst you then forget it - not even a surf n turf here. This is for the scallop, mussel, oyster, fish,  eaters of all ages and stages.

The menu is the same no matter whether lunch, dinner or snacks, their lunch value at £7.50 for 2 courses is excellent value and ensure The Mussel Inn is always busy.

Food and drink: 

Seafood and eat it. All Scottish, freshly prepared and delightful.

Starters include seafood chowder in a small or large bowl., Fish cakes or Crab salad.

Kilo of half kilo pots of mussels served with a choice of 7 sauces such as white wine, garlic, shallots & cream or Morrocan chillies, garlic, ginger, coriander & cumin. They do  kiddie pots too.

Oysters chilled or grilled by the 6 or 12.

Shellfish pasta, king scallops seared, skewered or char grilled.

Side dishes offer 3 salads green, feta or caesar.

Recommended dishes: 

Seafood chowder whether its part of the lunch deal or not you have to try. Creamy, smoky, flavoursome with chunks of fresh fish it is a rib sticker and a meal in itself.

Mussels are their stock in trade and are grown on ropes in the west coast of Scotland and the Shetland Isles

Ambience: 

Light wooden tables and chairs,  wooden floor,  mirrors, light walls, big  windows to Rose Street. Always busy and buzzing. Good atmosphere no frills but fun.

Service: 

Used to being busy the staff are efficient and unflappable.

Location: 

Rose Street runs between Princes Street and George Street, is easy to walk to from anywhere in the centre of the city.

Price advice: 

Lunchtime quickies - great at deal £7.50 available Monday to Saturday: 12 noon - 3pm
Sunday: 12.30pm - 5pm .  A 2 course special such as seafood chowder or a pot of mussels with a sauce of your choice with chips or salad and a glass of wine, beer of a soft drink. Served with fresh French bread.

Caesar salad £3.80

Fish cakes £4.95

Half a dozen oysters from £7.50

A kilo pot of mussels from £9.60 kiddie pot from £4.40

Grilled seabass rocket, feta, new potato, roasted red peper salad. £12.10

£1.80 for a cappuccino in this part of town is cheap!

Other useful branches: 

There is another branch in Glasgow at 157 Hope Street, G2 2UQ 0141 572 1405

More information on Mussel Inn:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
Food:
Seafood, Vegetarian
Address:
61-65 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH
Telephone:
0131 225 5979
Website:
http://www.mussel-inn.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thurs 12 - 3 5.30 - 10pm (Summer all day) Fri-Sat 12 - 10pm Sun 12.30 10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Mussel Inn? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (12)

great lunch. Faultless service and yummy hot food.