The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is currently closed to allow for the Scottish National Gallery project works.

We will be open in time for the Festival and we very much look forward to seeing you this summer.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @TheScottishCafe for exciting news and updates!

We look forward to reopening in August 2019 with an even better and more exciting Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. Our favourite dishes and excellent team will still be with us but with the addition of a refreshed interior and new menu additions.

We are delighted to have opened our self service cafe Espresso in the main foyer of the Scottish National Gallery on Wednesday 2nd July. Join us for hot and cold drinks, delicious sandwiches, scones and a selection of home baking.

Our popular Cullen skink, fish and chips and award winning traditional Afternoon tea can be enjoyed at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar and we would be delighted to offer a complimentary glass of bubbly for anyone who quotes “TSC” when booking.


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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