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  • 5.0 star rating

    No surprises what this place specialises in.

    I love this restaurant. I always have a small chowder to start, then maybe some baked oysters. All of the varieties of mussels I've tried are tasty, I do like the white wine mussels above the rest though.

    I've never tried their specials but they always sound delicious.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Seriously good mussels. Lick your fingers kind of place.

    The shallot sauce, the mussels the presentation, the price  - Great.
    I had some scallops, they were cooked very good, not rubbery, juicy and tasty.

    I also had the sea bass dish once, it was lovely but only served one fillet, which unfortunately didn't fill me up as much and expensive for what you get... but no worries, nothing a 1/2 kilo pot of their great mussels cant fix.

    The Edinburgh Restaurant feels like a greek taverna and had a nice atmosphere.

    I love the location too, centre of Edinburgh on the back pebbled Rose street.


  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I will sing the praises of this lunchtime deal to anyone who will listen. £7.95 for a half kilo pot of mussels AND chips/salad AND a glass of wine/beer/soft drink. Amazing.

    Last visit a mate and I sat al fresco and got to enjoy Rose St in the sunshine, which was a treat in itself and even more so glass of white wine in hand. He went for the roasted red pepper and pesto mussel pot and I went for the white wine and garlic. Both were delicious, with hardly any closed shells. They also keep you well topped up with dunkably soft bread that I ate far too much of whilst trying to soak up every last drop of the sauce.

    There's a wide variety of other things on the menu, even for non-mussel-lovers who've been dragged along. Friendly staff will put a smile on your face too - they're v efficient at turning tables over without hurrying you and attentive even when the place was rammed.

    Give it a try - the lunch deal is just such good value, you might pull a mussel! (A pun too far?! Ok yeah, probably should've quit while I was ahead. Ahem I'll be off now...!)

  • 4.0 star rating

    Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I get really, really nervous when I'm traveling and wind up eating in tourist central. In most cities, you really wind up with only two options: You're either paying through the nose for decent food or paying a smaller amount for nastiness.

    I'm happy to say that Mussel Inn didn't veer too far in either direction; our mussels were nicely spiced, steamed and flavorful, with perfectly solid service and a kind front of house that found us a table on a very busy evening. And prices were far from unreasonable; not cheap but not nearly as horrifying as I expected. Made for a satisfying meal downtown.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I was totally blown away by the food.  Extremely creative and fresh food, wonderful service, and a sinful ice cream-espresso-whisky affogato.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    The Mussel Inn is a solid bet for a cheap lunch. I'm gluten free so the bread is off limits (but I remember from before eating about 3 baguettes worth with my mussels). They do tend to cram you in so probably not the best bet for a romantic meal but for a great cheap lunch with lovely fresh food, then its a good choice.

    Mussels, chips and a glass of wine/beer/soft drink is £7.95. Non mussel eaters can have cullen skint. Mussels are fresh and well prepared, with lots of options of sauce. I like the white wine and shallot and it does tend to be my default choice. I did find that this visit, I had a lot of closed mussels in my portion which isn't ideal so only 3 stars for this visit but the rest of the family enjoyed their cullen skink.

    I'm now as wowed as I was when I first discovered it in Glasgow (they were better at filling the bread basket then) but for a decent lunch in the centre of town, then it is worth a visit.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I'm still too ashamed to return to this restaurant.

    On what was supposed to be a study break in my first year of university my friend and I instead opted for a spot of afternoon drinking. I was missing my boyfriend who was studying in London at the time and my buddy was looking to cheer me up. Four or five drinks later we stumbled into the Mussel Inn because clearly seafood would help out our alcohol lined stomachs. We ate mussels and clams and basket after basket of bread. I remember raving about the garlicky taste and drunkenly asking the waiter to compliment the chef. We also drank some more... I have vague memories of being very loud and asking to play with a nearby tables toddler. They said no.

    Two hours later I was on the Sleeper train to London...

  • 5.0 star rating

    While on a short visit to Edinburgh a friend and I wandered into Mussel Inn in search of something to satisfy our seafood craving.

    The ambiance in casual and relaxed without being too informal. Our server was brilliant and very knowledgeable about everything they served. I cant have dairy, but was desperate for the seafood pasta. He suggested that he would have a chat with the chef and - voila - I got seafood pasta with a dairy-free red pepper sauce. This goes down as a HUGE plus in my book. We also started with a huge pot of steamed mussels which were heavenly and a great (but inexpensive) bottle of white wine.

    This place is everything I love about a restaurant. The staff is casual yet attentive, the food is simple and spot on, the prices are reasonable, the ambiance is relaxed and not rushed. I look forward to returning the next time Im in Edinburgh.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Am I a student? Yes.
    Do l like eating out? Yes.
    Do I like good value for money? Yes.
    Do I love fresh mussels? Yes!!
    Do I like Mussel Inn Restaurant? Definitely!

    Good crusty bread (served warm), amazing prices. Could easily split a big pot of mussels between two (if you're good enough friends) for about a fiver each. Now I haven't tried any other dishes here besides the mussels, but I'm assuming they are pretty good.

    Overall I really like this place. It doesn't get 5 stars because well, I can think of better Edinburgh based seafood places and well, the decor is a little lame! The service is okay, but the experience is good.


  • 3.0 star rating

    I've popped in a few times over the years, and while not blown away by anything they do, it's always been a safe bet for a decent lunch.

    I nipped in for what's billed as a 'lunchtime quickie' today and have to say it wasn't too bad overall, given you get mussels, a small glass of wine, a bowl of chips and bread and butter for £7.50.  You do have to have your wits about you though, as the mussels that normally come in either kilo or half kilo sizes are reduced to a smaller bowl size for this deal option. You might be a bit disappointed with this if you're expecting the usual metal pot to arrive on your table.

    That leaves me with my only minor gripe - the smell! There was a less than wholesome undertone in the air today that, had it been any stronger, would have had me squeezing the lemon wedge onto my top lip (in CSI pre-autopsy stylee) rather than into my bowl of mussels.  Hopefully just a bad day in the kitchen.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I had read a lot about this place and came to it with high expectations. I was not disappointed. My joy started when the smell of the delicious steamed mussels hit me as I walked in the door. It made me more hungry. I had the mussels steamed in white wine, shallots and cream. A half kilo was the perfect size (35 in all). A buddy had the Moroccan style and they were even better -- amazing how the flavor infused the mussels. great for dipping bread into.

    Argula heavy house salad and a value priced Sauvignon Blanc rounded out the dinner. The starter of raw oysters was just ok -- not as good as the ones I get on the east coast of the USA. Still a great dinner experience. Would go back in a heart beat. It was the best dining experience we had in Edinburgh.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Pretty nice place for Mussels or sea food.

    Great service and resonable prices.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The Mussel Inn offers great food, competitive prices and a superb location. I came here the other day for the fabulous lunch deal where I chose a bowl of mussels with fries and a glass of white wine for only £7.50, what a bargain! Service was really quick and I think that this menu is designed for people of their work break so the fast service ensures they get back on time, how considerate! The mussels were amazing if a little bit messy to eat, but I'm really messy anyway. The portion was large and the red pepper dressing I opted for was amazing.

    We sat outside and I actually felt like I was on holiday watching all the people walking along Rose Street, it was a glorious day!

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is my favorite restaurant in Edinburgh. I love mussels, and this place makes some GREAT mussels. Huge tureens - you can get full or half kilo pot - of fresh mussels cooked in several different flavor bases.

    I tried the Shallot (white wine, garlic and shallots), which was divine! I was very curious about the Moroccan and Mexican pots and will try one next time I am in town. They also have the most delicious fresh baked crusty bread, for dipping in the broth.

    We had chilled Oysters to start - with a bottle of wine and good friends - perfect evening and perfect meal!

  • 2.0 star rating

    We had a very disappointing visit to the Mussel Inn. The soup that I had to start was extremely poor. The mussels were better, but it made us "kind of sad that I can no longer keep it in my mind as the holy grail of mussel places."

    Overall, we said: "It's an extremely popular place, as was evidenced by the lively and diverse crowd packed in for a busy lunchtime service, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the quality, particularly of the soup."

  • 3.0 star rating

    I suppose it's time for one of those reviews where you just don't see what everyone else really loved. Ok here goes: First off I have nothing major-negative to say , ok that's done. I heard about this place and really wanted to try it so once I did I had high expectations. It was good food, I had the Moroccan mussels the big one, and it was tasty and very spicy which I liked. The broth was also good, not great but good. Over all it was a good meal , if not a little pricy for me. The menu is not to big not to small. Beer goes well with the mussel pot I think. You have the wine sauce they are cooked in, so another glass of wine kind of over does it. A beer compliments it very well I believe . So it's a good restaurant , kind service, fresh seafood. I give it a thumbs up, if your visiting or just love locally harvested mussels go here!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Mmmmm, I like mussels. I know some people get a bit squeamish about mussels because they just look a bit squishy and like there's a bit too much going on inside them, but quite honestly there's nothing I like better than a nice lunch or dinner involving mussel chomping. I think it's also the novelty of prising open shells and scooping up the sauce which makes me warm to a good mussel dish, as it makes the whole experience extra fun. Now I've made myself sound like an infant that needs to be entertained while she's eating....anyway, if you're passionate about mussels and other related seafoodie delights, the Mussel Inn is a reliably great place to come to on Rose St.

    Always busy, and with sharp service, the Mussel Inn has a good friendly feel to it, and the menu has a brilliant range of mussels by the kilo or half kilo, which you can team with a range of sauces. There are also lots of scallops options, as well as oysters and some really tasty starters to be had too.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I gathered that on my very first visit to the Mussel Inn I should really sample the mussels. I am a huge seafood fan, but the thought of eating things out of shells, especially mussel shells for some reason fills me with dread. I also walked into a chipshop once and witnessed a really fat man gorging them out of a glass jar and that kind of put me off for life.

    However, I decided to stop being petulant and get stuck in. We actually got there just in time for the lunchtime quickie menu which runs from 12-2.30pm on weekdays and comes in at a very reasonable £7.50. The restaurant itself is nice and spacious, the tables are well spaced and there is plenty of room for a bit of privacy whilst eating- I hate being jammed in a restaurant and listening to the couple next to me arguing.

    I had the bowl of mussels with red pepper sauce and a glass of white wine. You could choose from mussels with a range of sauces or seafood chowder which my mum had, and she said it was amazing!
    The mussels looked and smelt beautiful, but there is just something about them that I can't get to grips with and I ended up leaving quite a lot of the dish, but with absolutely no disrespect to the chef who cooked them beautifully and the sauce was so yummy I dipped quite a few slices of bread in!

    We were in and out within the hour, perfect for our quick shopping pit stop. Next time, no mussels for me!

  • 4.0 star rating

    The Mussel Inn hosts some high quality fish based dishes. Such high quality is present in the mussel dishes they serve.

    Nestling in a big rustic pot, available in plenty of delicious varieties (Shallot being my choice), and accompanied by some chunky bread are the Mussel Inn's showpiece: you guessed it, Mussels. If your feeling macho you can even order a kilo of the unsightly gems, around £12 for that liberty.

    One word of warning: you may arrive smelling of sweet perfume and with freshly washed skin, but by the time you exit your clothes will stink of garlic infused cooking oil and other kitchen smells.

    It's all part of a decent dining experience though.

  • 4.0 star rating

    With branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Mussel Inn has long been established as a good seafood restaurant. But with freshly opened Seadogs muscling in on Mussel Inn's turf, it might have to up its game just a little.

    Saying that, I always find this establshment consistently good, with efficient service as Eleanor suggested. With its plain but pleasant decor and no fuss approach to dining, their menu is easy enough to figure out. You have the option of choosing mussles ans scallops with a variety of delicious sauces which are always creamy and bring out the flavour of the seafood without drowning them. I have vowed to try them all in my time but can recommend the cheesy sauce and, a more recent venture, the spicier option.

    As Eleanor rightly outlined, Mussel Inn seems to cater well to its potential business customers who are looking for a quick but tasty lunch. It's also a good place to try seafood for the first time as their mussels are delicious, but if you happen to chicken out they also do pasta. It's a messy first date because, if you're like me, you will practically shove your face in that bowl to hoover the gorgeous mussels up, but I quite like the hands on approach to dining! A firm favourite, it still goes does swimmingly well.

  • 5.0 star rating

    The thing about mussels is that no matter where you get them from, they seem to taste the same every time, with the only real indicator of quality being the level of food poisoning / diarrhoea you find yourself with the following morning. Because of this, I rarely bother with them even though I find mussels incredibly tasty, but The Mussel Inn's lunchtime deal was just too good to resist on a recent visit.

    To be controversial, I actually went for the chowder instead of the mussels, and found it to be utterly fantastic and full of fishy goodness. I wasn't in the mood for wine so just had a coke while E-Bot slugged back her glass of white, but with a big bowl of fries on the side as well, the £7.50 price was an absolute steal.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I had heard good things about this place before I managed to go to it. My best friend would come to Edinburgh regularly for the rugby and would rave about the mussels in this restaurant. So I checked it out!

    The atmosphere is really laid back and really comfortable. It's the sort of place you don't need to get really dressed up for, go in wearing a hoody and fat-ants and you're just fine.
    You have to have mussels when you're here, they're really yummy!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I would travel all the way to Edinburgh for their seafood pasta -- absolutely delicious....

    Good service and actually pretty reasonable given the quality of food. Would return.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Wow!  Great mussels, super friendly staff. They were helpful with our 7 year old, letting us get a half portion of fish and chips, bringing crayons, and chatting with her.

    We both got the lunch special, one with leeks and one with shallots.  Both were very tasty and fresh.  They come with steak fries and bread, and a glass of wine.  The salad that came with the fish was crisp and lovely.

    If you could put these mussels with french-style bread and fries, it would be a perfect 5 stars.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    Delicious mussels! Good service, nice atmosphere. Good bread.  I had a wonderful time.

    I guess it's a bit crowded and I'm not in love with the decor, but it's solid.

  • 3.0 star rating

    This came recommended from a tiny popup-map guidebook we picked up, and it didn't disappoint mostly.

    The starters were very good, but I was astounded to see that queen scallops are about the size of my smaller fingernails (and i'm a girl!!!). The mussels were good too, but they didn't leave enough of the cooking juice in as the Belgians do and that was a shame.

    Generally food was good. The only real disappointment was that for the whole evening, and indeed the next day too, our clothes smelled so horribly of fish that it was nearly unbearable!!

  • 5.0 star rating

    went here for new years eve and it was great - busy but in a good way, bustling and fun, had the mussels - of course and they were delicious, the food was great. great bread, all of the food was good. the inside is a bit like a cafe style rather than posh restaurant but that's what gives it it's character. loved it and would def go back again every year!

    • Qype User leithm…
    • Edinburgh
    • 9 friends
    • 95 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Cant beat the kilo pots of mussels. especially with cumin.
    love some of their seafood soup as well. tend to go for seafood rather than fish here but have had great sea bass in the past.

    • Qype User lamloo…
    • Edinburgh
    • 6 friends
    • 75 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Absolutely LOVED it :)
    My Favorite Fish place in Scotland was Scotts in Largs , but Mussel Inn almost changed my mind! We had the hot sea food platter , the sauce was really good , the vriety of fish was great" the mussels were yummm! and we had king prawns as starters and the were good too! one last dish was seafood past , which i loved but i would have preferred the sauce to be a bit thicker! I def. recommend it , it is always quite busy so try to book in advance

  • 5.0 star rating

    Reluctantly tried mussels for the first time here two years ago and I've been coming here ever since! Total convert. The Dijon and Leek is by far the best flavour, but why stick to one!? Its so inexpensive my boyfriend and I usually order 3-4 half kilos to share. The other favorites are moroccan and blue cheese. But PLEASE PLEASE if you do go, order the crab salad it is heaven!

  • 5.0 star rating

    I came here almost four years ago when I first visited Edinburgh. This time I went as I stopped by Edinburgh on my way up north, and they actually sat me at the same table. Such coincidence! I had fond memories of the mussels here, and they again did not disappoint. I got the lunch deal so a plate of mussels with salad and bread. I also ordered a seafood chowder. The chowder was quite watery, although the taste was lovely. The flavors were predominately from the fish in the soup, and I enjoyed it. The mussels (I got with shallots) were fresh and delicious, and I mopped up the left over sauce with the bread.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Started with the mussels cooked in their natural juices.  These particular mussels came from the Shetland Islands.  They were fresh, tasty and similar to Penn Cove mussels at home.  Several separate broths are offered.  

    Next, I had scallops which had been farmed in the area.  Unlike the US, these were served with the corals.  These "Queen" scallops were very tasty though somewhat on the small side -- only a small bit per scallop.  

    Wines seemed to be reasonably priced and the restaurant was clean and bright.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Five years ago my wife, my 13 year old son and I stumbled upon this restaurant during the Edinburgh Festival and had a great time eating their mussels. We were impressed with their food and hospitality. Fast forward to this year and my wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Edinburgh and we decide that our first stop will be the Mussel Inn Restaurant. The staff to celebrate our anniversary gave us a dessert trio on the house!! They are the best here, knowledgeable, kind and a great eating experience. We'll be back!

  • 4.0 star rating

    It's pretty simple really,if you're in the city for a weekend or a couple of days its a must to go here. I had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated,but the turnover seems pretty quick,staff were all friendly and helpful. If you're in town just go !!

  • 1.0 star rating

    We came. We saw. We got food poisoning. Visited last week while on vacation. The food tasted excellent, we each ordered various dishes. I personally loved their blue cheese mussel recipe. For maximum enjoyment try pairing the mussels with a cold glass of water as you vomit them back up three hours later. 3/5 barfs.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Specialising in mussels, oysters and scallops this was the first proper restaurant we headed to an we weren't disappointed withour scallop starters and 1kg pots of mussels for mains. Yummy. Lines out the door during Festival season as no bookings are taken. However turnover was pretty quick and we luckily didn't have to wait too long.

    • Qype User Bronwy…
    • London
    • 26 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    The Mussel Inn is a casual family restaurant buzzing with atmosphere and appetizing smells. Although modestly decorated, the food portions are a force to be reckoned with as mussels are served in kilogram and half kilogram pots (literally!) The pots are served with fresh crusty bread which is perfect for scooping up the sauce (the shallot, garlic and white wine sauce is always a winner!). The staff are friendly and lively and an evening out will not break the bank as prices are reasonable. Mussels, scallops and oysters are the main items on offer so I would avoid this restaurant if you are allergic to shellfish.

    • Qype User vaness…
    • Edinburgh
    • 1 friend
    • 72 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    One of the best places to eat in Edinburgh if you like shellfish. Kilo and halk kilo pots of plump mussels. A variety of sauces you can get them cooked in and the bread to dip in the sauce is plentiful. Extremely reasonably priced and always busy, you cant go wrong!

    • Qype User Bulli…
    • Frankfurt, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 34 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Seafood Heaven right in the middle of Edinburgh.
    The prices are very reasonable.

    I would go there again for the mussels, the scallops,
    the oysters and everything else.

    Go there, you cant go wrong!

    • Qype User angels…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 109 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    FABULOUS!!!! We ordered half pots of each 'flavour' and we were not disappointed! It just made us order more. Everything is fresh and prepared very well. No fancy schmancy decor on the food. Reservations a must. The place is always full. Will definitely keep going back!

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