Cruz Bar and Restaurant

Cruz Bar and Restaurant
14 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN
  • Box office 0131 553 6699
  • General enquiries 0131 553 6600
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–1am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm
  • Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £11 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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A First World War minesweeper boat anchored right at the heart of Leith’s bustling Shore district, Cruz has to be among the most distinctive drinking venues in Edinburgh. A popular watering hole with the area’s young party crowd, Cruz serves up an extensive cocktail menu covering all the classics from the Old-Fashioned through to the more recently favoured fruit Mojitos. Drinks are made with an attention to detail that you might not expect from a bar-on-a-boat, and open-air drinking on the top deck proves to be a fun place to overlook the Water of Leith on a sunny afternoon. A bar food menu is available, with a variety of thin-crust pizzas served alongside pub classics such as nachos and burgers – all well-done ways to soak up the drinks on this buzzing party boat.

  • High point: The on-a-boat experience
  • Low point: Can get busy and noisy
  • Private dining: Up to 100 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Club music from through the years.
  • Live entertainment: DJ, band, open mic nights, reggae nights, salsa classes.
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £11.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

4. divorcingjack23 Sep 2013, 11:32am1 star Cruz Bar and Restaurant Report

I attended a hen party at this venue and have never been quite so disappointed. Not only was the extortionately priced buffet over 3 hours late, but I think the catering staff must have assumed that they were feeding a small group of anorexics, as my girlfriends were starving after having to fight for the small morsels of cold pasta and soggy pizza that were on offer. £15 plus £5 for a glass of "prosecco"?! Are they having a laugh?

The toilets, due to the bizarre wonkiness of the entire venue, a water spill that had not been cleaned up and the tiled floor were dangerously slippery and more than one of us nearly broke our necks trying to negotiate our way back to the door.

I was unable to take part in the buffet due to food allergies (thank god, as I would have felt more ripped off than I already do, and that's bad) and had phoned the venue explaining this a few days previously. I was instructed to look at the menu for another restaurant (?) and select what I wanted. I did this and sent an email which apparently never arrived.

When I arrived at the venue, the rightfully embarassed bar staff member told me that the venue doesn't do food and that the restaurant is closed, despite the menu being on the website, and no mention of this when I called! However, miraculaously, I was offered the option of steak or chicken. OK, fine. So I wait, and wait and wait and wait and EVENTUALLY a steak arrives. It was fine. Not good, not great, but OK. Chips were cold and soggy, but to be honest, after I'd seen what the rest of the group had been subjected to, I was oddly grateful.

So, I went to settle the bill afterwards and explained to the staff member that I thought £15 was a bit harsh and that I hadn't been told the price before ordering. The dish that I had actually ordered in my email was £7.95. So, off she goes to get the manager, who was the most exceptionally rude individual I have ever come across. Customer service or even being vaguely civil was obviously not covered in the training course.

So, after me asking and being told straight out that the steak is "normally £18 on the menu" and I was already getting a discount, I very grudgingly pay my £15 and leave. However, I actually look at the menu today and find that in fact the steak is £12.95!! I find this absolutely outrageous.

I hope that no other poor chumps make the same mistake my disappointed, undernourished group did.

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2. Beth31 Jul 2011, 7:58pm1 star Cruz Bar and Restaurant Report

Went here last week to eat in the a la carte restaurant.

Hard to comment too much on the food as, after 70 minutes of waiting, we hadn't received our main course so left. This was after being reassured by the waitress that the wait for food that night was 15-20 minutes and then, after that (several times), that our main courses were 'just coming'. This didn't seem to be an isolated problem - others seemed to wait almost as long (and there were only 4-5 tables in at any time).

We had a bowl of olives to keep us going and some bruschetta; neither were bad, but both are incredibly simple dishes. There was a single choice of beer offered - San Miguel. The house red was drinkable, if thin-tasting.

Add an unwiped table, smeared cutlery and glasses, and a seemingly overpriced menu into the mix and it's safe to say we won't be back. Maybe the bar and bar food aspects of Cruz are better...

1. dale7 Mar 2010, 11:09am5 stars Cruz Bar and Restaurant Report

We went there as hadn't tried there before but was a little skeptical due to looks from outside.

Restaurant upstairs was beautifully laid out.

We had great service from the moment we entered.

I had tiger prawns in filo pasty and they were amazing! Followed by fillet steak, pepper sauce and chips. I asked for this medium rare and it was done to perfection and melted in your mouth!

The downside to this place was the fact were on our own on a Saturday night; I think it's a shame this place was not busier.

I'd recommend this place anytime!

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