The Voodoo Rooms

The Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 7060
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open until 3am.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Table back before 7pm
  • Average price £20 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price 20% off the set menu
  • Email
  • Website www.thevoodoorooms.com
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Voodoo Rooms

Competitively priced bistro staples within an eccentrically blinged-up period setting.

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On paper some might say black leather, gold and mirrored surfaces are not the most obvious of bedfellows for a 19th-century period property. Yet, in the same spirit of adventure adopted by the Voodoo Rooms' mixologists, the interior mash-up just seems to work. The main bar is the heart of the operation, which also includes live music, fringe and event spaces. The vibe is buzzing – folk wait for their gig to start, office workers enjoy a post-work tipple and tired shoppers kick back in one of the booths for a snack or a bottle of something fizzy. The menu is competitively priced and delivers good quality bistro staples in an intimate, and slightly Gothic, dining room. Smoked venison with goat's cheese and cucumber salad; plump scallops with iron-rich black pudding and chorizo sit among the starters. The gourmet burger is hefty, its well-seasoned beef served in a crisp brioche bun with skinny fries. There are few surprises on this solid menu, but everything is executed with confidence, leaving the more experimental activities to the other side of the bar.

  • High point: Bling-tastic interior worth the flight of stairs
  • Low point: Service can feel a little strained at busier times
  • Notable dish: Gourmet burger
  • Private dining: 100 seated, 200 standing
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Cool lounge
  • Live entertainment: Live music, comedy, themed nights at least once a week
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

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4 Dec 2009

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Cocktail kudos

17 Jul 2008

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5. king-salami8 Jan 2010, 4:14pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

We popped in for Friday lunch and had the duck stir fry (very tasty) and the breakfast fry-up (which was a huge plateful, and tasty) in the bar. It wasn't very busy (it is January) but service and atmosphere were good. The food was great value. I'd recommend it and intend to return at some point for an evening visit to check it out at night.

Shame about the scaffolding - it ruins the view...

4. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:09pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

3. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:07pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but, unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

2. frank_s18 May 2009, 2:08pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Had a great meal here on Friday night... it was busy but not too busy. The food was surprisingly good (especially the surf n turf), the staff helpful and the drinks excellent.

A very pleasant night - try the "Purple Rose of Tokyo" or "Choco Pops" if you like cocktails..

1. Shawn18 Feb 2009, 2:46pm5 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

I've been to the Voodoo Rooms a few times for nights out and so was looking forward to finally eating here too. The place really lived up to my expectations, the great decor and atmosphere, good service, all be it on a quiet tuesday night, lovely cocktails and good food, my burger being cooked just right. When i was struggling to make my mind up on the choice of dessert, the friendly waitress recommended the sticky toffee pudding, which was a great tip, as it turned out to be one of the best i'd ever had.

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 5 reviews of The Voodoo Rooms.

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