Hawksmoor Edinburgh

British, Steak·
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Hawksmoor Edinburgh

Silver Award

Steak is never not a treat (unless, of course, you’re vegetarian) yet it can be trickier than you’d hope to find it fairly handled and given its due respect. A restaurant that is yet to let us down in this regard is Hawksmoor – the sustainably minded mini chain of steak restaurants that stretches from London to Edinburgh.

The Scottish outpost is in the very heart of the capital and finds its home within the The Edinburgh Grand hotel. The restaurant is in what used to be a banking hall and the sky-high ceilings, columned walls, dark wooden furniture and candlelight go no way to dispel the idea that you’re stepping back in time to a much more respectable decade. This is a destination with a sense of occasion.

The throng of people who fill the dining room with their date night chatter bring the kind of buzz and atmosphere that’s hard to recreate outside of big city venues and the staff never skip a beat despite the unrelenting tide of diners.

Plump scallops in their shell come first, grilled until golden and topped with white port and garlic. There’s also some pretty fancy scampi with tartare sauce where the protein has been replaced with sweet and meaty Scottish langoustine tails. For mains a kilo of the best Porterhouse comes out in its very own cast iron skillet, with a wonderfully seasoned deep brown crust and a blushing centre. Rich and robustly flavoured, it’s nearly too good to pour a sauce over. Although if someone twists your arm the bone marrow gravy has all the intensity of the pan juices and then some. Chips and macaroni are non-negotiables on the side while a salad might go some way to relieving your guilt on the five-a-day front.

An unnecessary but ultimately inevitable pudding follows – Hawksmoor’s famous STP. Soft sponge covered in buttery caramel sauce and topped with ice cream and custard sums up the situation nicely. Where other small plate spots prosper, there’s no denying that all-out classics done well can be the greatest dining indulgence of all.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
British, Steak
Food Occasions
Byob, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Following the opening of a site in Manchester, steakhouse juggernaut Hawksmoor has once again expanded its remit beyond the capital with this new site in Edinburgh. Finding its home in the grand art deco banking hall of a Grade-A listed building on St Andrew Square, the space boasts 185 covers and includes a 12-seat private dining room. The impressive building has been sensitively and sympathetically refurbished to celebrate its original features and is a beautiful setting for your next business lunch or dinner with friends. 

The restaurant draws from the incredible produce Scotland has to offer with beef from grass-fed cattle and seafood sourced from the Scottish Coast. From the kitchen, you can expect the usual run of grilled meat and fish dishes, including starters of potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires, and Tarbert crab on toast. Mains include the signature steaks alongside alternatives such as a double cheeseburger with chips, or a veggie option of ash baked beetroots with green sauce and whipped ricotta. To round things off, there’s sticky toffee pudding, ice cream sundaes and salted caramel rolos, while fun cocktails include a Nuclear Banana Daiquiri. 

Those looking to enjoy steak on St Andrew Square will discover everything they need at Hawksmoor Edinburgh, just a short walk from Princes Street, it is conveniently located and easy to reach. Explore the Hawksmoor Edinburgh menu below or peruse our menu highlights for some inspiration on what to order during your next visit.

Menu Highlights

Starters
Armstrong’s smoked salmon, Hawksmoor cure, crowdie & soda bread - £9.50
Isle of Mull scallops, roasted with white port & garlic - £15.00
Main Courses
Cast-iron fillet steak bone marrow skirlie - £28.00
Lobster roll with bearnaise sauce - £22.00

FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Hawksmoor Edinburgh?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Hawksmoor Edinburgh.

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Is there a dress code at Hawksmoor Edinburgh?

No, there's no dress code at Hawksmoor restaurants. Most people wear smart casual attire.

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Does Hawksmoor Edinburgh have a Michelin star?

No, none of the Hawksmoor restaurants hold Michelin stars but they are recognised in the guide.

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Who owns Hawksmoor Edinburgh?

Will Beckett and Huw Gott co-own the Hawksmoor group. The pair are passionate about high-quality and sustainably farmed meat.

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Location

23 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

0131 526 4790 0131 526 4790

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 17:00-21:30
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-21:00

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2 Reviews 
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Gareth D

05 November 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

Tony L

01 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3
Porterhouse Birthday Treat

Fantastic evening celebrating my wifes birthday. We tried the Porterhouse steak... unbelievably good. This was a first for us and sharing wasn't an issue as it was ginormous and cooked to perfection. The staff team were very helpful in helping us navigate the menu and were attentive, but not overtly so, which was nice. The bottles of wine were quite pricy though, this was my only negative of the evening. A brilliant occassion.

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