The National Galleries have asked us to close The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and Espresso. Our booking system is closed until we are given notification when we can reopen. Follow us on social media @thescottishcafe for further updates.

Dear lovely friends of The Scottish Cafe

The National Galleries have asked us to close The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and Espresso

Our booking system is closed until we are given notification when we can reopen

Please email us on if you have any questions

We will be posting some recipes on social media and launching our #DishoftheDay competition to help you if you are at home and looking for a little cooking inspiration. We are looking forward to seeing your pictures so keep in touch!

Want to help?
Please buy a voucher to be used later in the year at

Most importantly keep well, keep safe and we look forward to serving you very soon

Victor & Carina and the team


The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is privately owned since 2009 by Victor & Carina Contini and is situated at the gardens entrance of the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound with iconic views to Princes Street Gardens.  

We are passionately committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers. We’re proud to be a hard working family business blessed with wonderful staff and suppliers. In fact we still buy from some of the producers our grandparents worked with. Tradition and taste really make our business what it is. You can have a closer look at our suppliers here.

We change our menus to reflect the seasons across all our venues to keep them fresh and exciting. These are supplemented by produce from our own one-acre Kitchen Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh which provides us with herbs, vegetables and berry fruit.


VIBES – Scottish Environment Protection Agency for our sustainable practices – COMMENDED DECEMBER 2017. Watch our case study here

GREEN TOURISM 2018 – Our grading demonstrates our desire to deliver a high quality customer experience whilst being environmentally friendly.

Centotre Ltd is committed to growth through sustainable development, and respects and cares for the environment.

Our objectives are:

  1. To source the best available, locally produced (where possible), ingredients whilst never sacrificing quality.
  2. To minimise our water use and waste production.
  3. To endeavor to find a secondary use for all our waste materials, or recycle where re-use is not possible. This includes the recycling of glass, cardboard, paper and plastic as well as food waste.

All our waste is removed by licensed contractors.

In addition we ask of all our suppliers to have an up to date environmental policy in place and to provide documentation to support this.

Our customers and clients are informed of our environmental initiatives and we aim to encourage their own awareness of the impact their business activities may have on the environment.

The Directors and Senior Management will develop action plans to ensure the policy is implemented and objectives are achieved against our targets.

This policy is frequently reviewed to ensure it is effective and necessary revisions made as required.

The Scottish Cafe Edinburgh VIBES Award: Management SME Award   


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