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 Filling Station, Royal Mile, Edinburgh


Filling Station
235 High Street

Tel: 0131 226 2488
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Wine Selection * Restaurant * Town/City Pubs
Kids Welcome

About the Pub
  American-style bar and restaurant on the High Street. The main bar is on a raised platform to the front of the room overlooking this busy tourist street. To the rear is the restaurant which is decked out in the typical American style with car registration plates and other related memorabilia. This section gets very busy and a wait in the bar or outside at the street tables is often required. The menu is mainly Mexican/Texan style with pizzas, burgers etc. With all the bustle and comings and goings it is definitely not a boring experience here.
Linda - Mar 2001
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Visited Filling Station on Friday 5th October 2012 and be warned... Ordered a pint of Tennants Lager and a 250ml glass of wine and was flabergasted to find the price was £10.80 !!!! (Live locally in Edinburgh)

£3.80 for the pint, fair enuf .....

But wait for it £7.00, Yip £7.00 for a glass of average pinot gricio......

Rip off Britain or what... what do tourists think if visiting Edinburgh...

I suggest the bottle would not cost that amount...

Hand your heads in shame Filling Station... Be Warned :(

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

just got back from the filling station with my wife. while the staff were nice and friendly and my wifes food and drink order were fine, I was brought the wrong drink and the wrong food. after sending it back and getting the right order delivered I tucked into what looked like a good burger and found to my horror that only the outside of the burger had been cooked and the inside was still bloody, raw and cold. Never again will I return.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

just got back from the filling station with my wife. while the staff were nice and friendly and my wifes food and drink order were fine, I was brought the wrong drink and the wrong food. after sending it back and getting the right order delivered I tucked into what looked like a good burger and found to my horror that only the outside of the burger had been cooked and the inside was still bloody, raw and cold. Never again will I return.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rating: rosettes

moira jeffs
I often go to the filling station for drinks, my husband and i wanted some breakfast so we called in for a bite to eat. We were shown to a seat then we waited... waited... waited,,, and then a waitress came to our table and asked what would we like, we then ordered our breakfast and waited... waited again for around half an hr before we got the breakfast. I am know the filling station is buzy but a half hr is a long time to wait. One thing i can say is that the prices are not to bad, it's only if you order a drink it gets expensive
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Worst meal in Edinburgh
I visited the Filling Station with my husband and 10 year old son on Tuesday 27th December 2011. The girl on the desk was very nice and we were seated after a short wait. However all downhill from there. Place was busy but plainly hugely understaffed. We were on the upper floor but I only saw one waitress for what is quite a big restaurant. There was another young male waiter but I only saw him wander vagely back and forth a couple of times and did not appear to be taking orders or serving. We were offered the lunch menu which goes up till 5pm and appeared to be very good value. I think 2 courses were £7.95. It took a wee while for our orders to be taken and then five minutes later the waitress cames back and said that she had't written our drinks down and what were they? It took another 10 minutes for them to arrive. My husband and I both ordered potato skins and fish and chips. My son ordered a pizza. The potato skins when they arrived were poor quality and barely lukewarm. However, it took another 45 minutes for our mains to arrive. At this point we had been in the restaurant for over an hour and my son had not yet had anything to eat! The waitress dumped the plates and walked away. My husband took one look at his and declared he wan not eating it! the fish was clearly overcooked to being almost burnt. I tasted mine and the chips were almost cold and were obviously not freshly cooked. The fish was dried out and tasteless and resembled those cheap fillets you can buy in Iceland. My son liked his pizza. We complained to the girl on the desk, paid for our drinks and pizza and left. DO NOT GO HERE. IT IS AWFUL.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

went for breakfast on 27/11 and I was disguised i suppose had button mushroom on the plate ye I had 2 what a laugh; and what about the servive jesus never seen a bad service like Ive seen
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Mr Wilson
On the Fringe
My Mrs and I dropped in on the 1st day of the fringe, sat down for a couple of drinks which were on the expensive side, then decided to grab a bite to eat, i had the meatball calzone side order of onion rings and she had the American club sandwich, our waitress dispite it being very busy was attentive and polite the meal was spot-on and i even though i have a big appetite i couldn't finish which was a nice change. I would definitely call in again, if the drinks were cheaper i would call frequently and give and extra point to rating.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Rating: rosettes

brian little
Really bad
Me and my girlfriend walked in last night to the Filling station on he royal mile wed 10th aug, we had to wait 15minutes for a table so had adrink in the bar, which was ok. We then got our table and decided to order the Full rack of ribs, when they arrived was 9 cut up small ribs in small bowl with half cooked small bowl of chips and 3 small tubs of sauce. I was disgusted with the 9 small ribs in the bowl that i asked to speak to the Manager on duty. I was told him that i was disgusted with the portion for £16 for the meal that was in front of me, which he agreed was terrible and said would discount the meal to half price and was having discussions withe the managers regarding the ribs. The meal was ruined with the whole ambience, we ate few of the ribs and asked for the bill and walked out. I would not recommend the Filling station for food ruined our night.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

jackie day
not the best place to eat in edinburgh
arrived at the filling station at around 2pm today. as it was busy i asked how long we would have to wait on atable for 2. was told that there was a 5-10 min wait so myself and my son decided to wait. After we waited for 20mins my son went and asked how long we were still going to wait and was told that the buzzer to let us know when our table was ready had not been registered so we were actually never going to get a table. We were then given the next available table. We ordered our dirinks,a diet coke for myself and an irn-bru ice cream float for my son, after a wait the drinks arrived my diet coke and an irn bru for my son,this was returned as it is not what he ordered. We then ordered our food. an all day breakfast for him and a hot dog for myself. they arrived in ok time as the resteraunt was busy but the allday breakfast was missing the link sausage, we told this to our waitress who came back with a sausage on a seperate plate and left. after a short time the waitress came and asked if everything was ok, it wasnt the breakfast should have also had potate scones with it that were also missing, she then informed us that they had run out and only had hash browns and askd if he would like one, this is half way through our meal. Surley this should have been mentioned at time of ordering as he would have ordered something different. I would like to say that i have been the this place before and received good service but after today i would only return if i really had to and as there are plenty of great places to eat in edinburgh that dont cost as much it is highly unlikley that i will go back. still waiting on an apology
Monday, August 8, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Overrated, overpriced and poor quality
My partner and I popped into the filling station for lunch as the menu looked quite nice and the price was a bit over average so we figured it must be quality food.
We sat down at our table and our waitress introduced herself and continued to take our drink order, she then went on to ask if we would like to start with garlic bread with cheese to which I replied no thank you, she then proceeded to ask again if I was sure she couldn't temp me to order, this annoyed me slightly as I'd don't want to have to come into a restaurant and be
We wanted some comfort food so ordered chilli nachos and macaroni cheese with Chips and battered mushroom to share.
The macaroni dish was described on the menu as being creamy macaroni with cheese onto, out into the over till bubbling and when it arrived it looked very plain with hardly any 'creamy sauce' no cheese on top and there were actual pieces of pasta with no sauce on at all. The sauce that was there tasted like powered cheese and it was horrible.
The chilli nachos had about 2 tablespoons of chilli if you were lucky and this was basically all kindness beans and tasteless. There was big raw chunks of green chilli not jalapeños and there was only cheese covering 2 of the nachos!
The battered mushroom although nice were too greasy and when I took a bite the grease was everywhere!
We couldn't every eat the dishes and pushed the plates to the side, not once did the waitress come over and ask if everything was okay and when I asked for the bill she was silent and did not let on or ask how our meal was! I do not understand how this place can charge these prices and serve such poor quality food. I have made sure my review is on every single site as people do not have money to waste and there are so many nice places in Edinburgh that serve decent quality food for reasonable prices! I will never be back!
I also want to say that, this location will pull alot of tourists and the filling station should be ashamed of producing such poor quality! This is a an insult to Edinburgh!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

We visited the restaurant at an extremely busy time but found the service to be absoloutely first rate!! Ligne our waitress couldnt have been more attentive and our meal was amazing! wish we had a filling station near us as this is somewhere we would definitely visit again.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Very disappointing and expensive - £9.95 for a burger meal. Quality poor. Chips soggy and fatty. No salad (one slice of tomato and a few limp pieces of rocket). Tiny tub of coleslaw.Shabby. Edinburgh residents and tourists deserve better! On the Royal Mile too!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

j mc g
whats up with edinburgh went there for 3days most places close early.thought it was our capital
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Rating: rosettes

j mc g
worlds end pub royalmile ordered burger was raw drinks on the expensive side.refunded burger but would nt go back.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Rating: rosettes

mr j mc govern
waste of time and money
filling station royal mile edinburgh.went there with my partner and another couple end of march.service deplorable and expensive.got 2starters and drinks 2hrs later our main still wasnt ready.asked for bill minus main £45 havin a laugh paid £25 and left
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Sue quinn
don`t go
in Edinburgh yesterday and went for meal at `the filling station` have to say it was the worst meal out i have ever had. Obviously didn`t have enough staff waited ages for food and when it came was terrible. 3 out of 4 of us picked at the food another just sent it back as soon as she saw it.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Rating: rosettes

kerryann fraser
Outstanding meals
would recommend the Filling Station to any one as the meals are outstanding and the service is excellent i would give the Filling Station 10/10 welldone guys :) :)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Rating: rosettes

scott fraser
Well done
i take my wife there every second week for a meal if we had the money we would eat there everyday its so out standing well done guys
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Daniel Martin
Best Pizza in U.K.
I'm a pizza connoisseur from the states, and the pizza at the Filling Station made a rainy day in Edinburgh into a fantastic experience. The crust was tasty with a nice texture, the sauce was perfect, and the pepperoni had just enough kick to make me never forget that pizza! It ranks in my top five anywhere I've ever been.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Dickie Watt
It's where I got my dinner.
Lovely fajitas. Yum Yum.
Lovely Beer. Yum Yum.
Hustle and bustle. Recommended
Monday, September 18, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Sheron Beusen
Filling Station Belgium
Dear Filling Station,

Really lovely to see there is another Fillling Station in Edinburgh!!! WONDERFULL! when I have the time I will absolutely visit your restaurant. Futhermore I'm really curious what kind of menu you have. Just to get some more ideas. Hope you can send it to info@fillingstation.be.

Filling Station
Tournebride 53
3620 Lanaken
tel: 0032-89721986
mobiel: 0031-655336781

Friday, April 21, 2006
Rating: rosettes

great lunch
had lunch here last monday and the service and food was spot on
Monday, March 6, 2006
Rating: rosettes

numpty reviewer
Why has someone left a review of Stirling filling station on the Edinburgh one? numpty!
Friday, December 2, 2005
Rating: rosettes

We went to the Filling station on Rose St, Edinburgh with our 1 year old little boy and despite the food being served on the lower floor everyone was helpful in getting the buggy downstairs and the waitress was extremely helpful and polite and even refilled the little ones cup with squash. Fantastic food that arrived in great time, i enjoyed the entire experience, only wish i could have stayed for cocktails at the bar as it looked intriguing! Baby fell asleep before his dinner arrived but we were offered fresh food when he awoke and a box to take away his leftovers in. If your looking for an outstanding restaurant that has great prices, fantastic service and a delicious menu, head to the filling station.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Don't bother if you are hungry
Visited Stirling Filling Station. Took over 40 minutes for our mains to arrive. Not good when you have small childern accompanying.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Barmaid Natasha
Cheers, to the lovely Natasha, for that free pint on Saturday 26th March 2005.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Old firm hater
football colours
You must be stupid if you think you can go into pubs with football tops on. Your husband probably had a jacket covering his top so the bouncers didn't see it when you went in.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Paul Mallon
Read on...
I live in South Manchester, a place not short of top-notch restaurants and bars, It was my first visit to Edinburgh and had been there only two days when by chance we decided to go here for a spot of lunch. First impressions were very good; the place was spotless and well-laid out and the staff were extremely helpful very efficient. I was immediately seated and drinks arrived in seconds, not minutes. After looking over the superb and wide-ranging choice on the menu I plumbed for the Fillet Steak with the Blue Cheese sauce with a side order of Garlic Bread with Cheese, followed up by warm pancakes with cream, ice-cream and chocolate sauce (greedy pig, yes I know!) and can I just say it was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The girl who served me (Sarah I think her name was) was extremely polite and helpful, the food arrived quickly and was cooked to perfection. The décor and layout of the place was very interesting but relaxing at the same time and just added to the whole experience, which was nothing short of superb. I really enjoyed my time in Edinburgh, the Castle, the Scotts Monument, Mary Kings Close, the Camera Obcsura along with many (many, many!) bars all got a visit and were all excellent but it is a real tribute to the management and staff of this restaurant that the hour or two I spent here was the best part of the whole visit. If I could give more than 5 Rosettes I would! All I can say is a big thank you on a job superbly done to all at the Filling Station, and to anyone who is going to Edinburgh… EAT HERE!
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Louisa Thomson
No football colours
We consider ourselves regulars in this restaurant. We were asked to leave because my fiance had his football top on. The bouncers had already greeted us at the door, we had sat down at our table and were looking thru the menu when the bouncer approached us and asked us to leave because no football colours were allowed. We asked him to show us the sign which indicates this, he was unable as there is no such sign, it was the managers decision he said. Quite embarrassing being asked to leave a restaurant. Never go back.
Monday, August 2, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

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Tel: 0131 226 2488
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