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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Contemporary seafood restaurant with an ethical outlook

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Ondine has earned a loyal following in a few short years, and it's not hard to see why: just off the Royal Mile, on George IV Bridge, it's a contemporary space with great views out over the old town. But sustainable seafood served amid an atmosphere of cheerful bustle is the main draw, and the ecological ethos is not empty marketing speak. You could take a high seat at the central horseshoe-shaped crustacean bar, or park on a stripy banquette and get things under way with oysters - four types, no less, either as they come or cooked tempura-style with Vietnamese dipping sauce - or something like a classic fish and shellfish soup with the time-honoured accompaniments of rouille, gruyère and croûtons. Chef Roy Brett takes a sensibly restrained approach, so nothing is overworked and every molecule of flavour is extracted from the first-class piscine produce at his disposal. Thus main course brings wild Cornish sea bass with squid peperonata and whipped artichoke, or meat fans might tackle a rib of Orkney beef served on the bone with bordelaise sauce and pied de bleu mushrooms. Finish with good old treacle tart, lifted with a zesty hit of lemon and served with clotted cream.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Roy Brett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Seafood
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 68
  • Wines by the glass: 31

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street or Castle Terrace car park

Getting here

In Edinburgh City Centre, just off the Royal Mile.

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Waverley Station
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