Filmhouse Café Bar

Filmhouse Café Bar
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
  • Box office 0131 228 2688
  • General enquiries 0131 229 5932
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–11.30pm; Fri 8am–12.30am; Sat 10am–12.30am; Sun 10am–11.30pm
  • Seasonal times During Film Festival, bar is open until 3am
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–11.30pm; Fri/Sat 11am–12.30am; Sun 11am–11.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times £8 for all mains between 3–5pm daily
  • Box office times Mon–Sun 10am–9pm
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Filmhouse Cafe Bar

Fresh, fast food in a venue offering fab movie choices.

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The Filmhouse Café and Bar does what it does so beautifully, and unassumingly, it’s easy to overlook what an impressive operation it is. Here’s a café that serves a wide selection of flavour-packed meals, catering for all dietary requirements, to up to 150 people, with the speed and efficiency required when people are about to head into a flick. Weekly specials keep an otherwise tried-and-trusted menu fresh for frequent visitors, but it’s hard to resist the temptation to re-order favourites – seriously great hummus, buttery garlic bread, wholesome veggie curry and enormous baked potatoes. Traybakes offer tasty pud options – the brownie is so squidgy you’ll be fighting the urge to lick the plate clean. All that and the bar selection isn’t shabby either – a wide choice of inexpensive, tasty plonk and a strong array of local and exported beers on draught, all able to be decanted to a plastic cup for your movie. True cineastes are advised to try their fiendishly hard monthly film quiz as well – such stuff as celluloid nightmares are made of.

  • High point: Their full Scottish breakfast is one of Edinburgh's finest
  • Low point: Gets awfully busy just before screening
  • Notable dish: Seriously, the hummus is terrific
  • Average price: Kids menu - £5.95 for drink, meal and dessert (set lunch)
  • Private dining: 40–60 in Guild Rooms
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Sometimes, connected to film screenings/festivals. Monthly film quiz.
  • Capacity: 136 (12 outside)
  • Largest group: Not generally available; only for specially booked events.
  • Open since: 1987 approx.
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

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1. Morna14 Jan 2011, 10:49am5 stars Filmhouse Café Bar Report

Amazing nachos!

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