David Bann

fully Fully VEGETARIAN
options VEGAN options
options ORGANIC options

Opening Times

Every Day = 11.00am to 1.00am


Telephone: 0131 556 5888

Website: http://www.davidbann.co.uk

Email: Contact David Bann

Contact David Bann


56-58 St Mary's Street
Off the Royal Mile and the Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1SX


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Very disappointed with a trip in September 2011. The impression I got was they were very much relying on their reputation. Negative Val
Sun, 02 Oct 2011 11:03:34 +0100
I visited David Bann during the Edinburgh festival with my family. It is the best vegetarian restaurant, or indeed any restaurant, I have been to in a long time. The menu is varied and interesting - took us all ages to choose, even the non-vegetarians were spoilt for choice. The food was plentiful, beautifully presented and the service was friendly and efficient. The decor is stylish and the restaurant has a real buzz about it. We arrived at around 6.30 p.m. and the restaurant was already busy. I wish there were more David Bann's - please open up in London. The price was what I would expect to pay for a really good quality meal. Positive Mandy Barrie
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 22:24:44 +0100
I have visited on 2 ocassions and both times our party was delighted with the food and quality of service. Excellent range of dishes. Slighty expensive, but it is fairly central in Edinburgh. I will return. Positive Gilbert Valentine
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 19:49:13 +0000
Recommended! Modern looking restaurant with very friendly & helpful staff. Low level lighting which was actually slightly too dark. Great range of food for vegans, including delicious vegan dessert - apple/cinammon fritter with chocolate vegan ice-cream. Portions small, prices high. Recommend making reservation in advance, as I was turned away on a Saturday night! Positive Hannah
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 18:18:00 +0000
I didn't actually want to step inside the place after reading the menu. Folk up here say that place is good but also very pricey. A bowl of Udon noodles for £9.50 or the plate of roast veg for £13 helped me make up my mind to turn on my heels and go elsewhere. I'm sure the food is delightful. Neutral Colin
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:44:26 +0100
We went to David Bann while visiting the Edinburgh Festival. It is very good food. But we felt that the dishes were not in any way a fair representation of what the menu claimed and we afterwards left feeling hungry. For example, a starter Goats Cheese Salad priced at £7.50 was rather small. The three slices of goats cheese were the size of a 50pence piece, and the same thinness! Frankly, it should have been labelled a salad with a hint of goats cheese. Having last visited about five years ago (when we were impressed), on this occasion we felt rather disappointed. We are vegetarians and know when we have been fleeced. Our impression: If you want overpriced tiny portions of good food visit David Bann but take a sandwich with you to deal with the hunger. Neutral Lee Gledhill
Thu, 07 Aug 2008 15:13:49 +0100
The food primarily caters to vegetarians- the vegan options are usually a shadow of their former selves, i.e. without the cheese/ cream etc. The chef is obviously talented and the presentation excellent, but a little more thought into tasteful vegan food would go a long way. Positive raksha
Fri, 11 Jul 2008 12:38:34 +0100
Booked a table for Thursday evening then we phoned up to change the time, unfortunately they hadn't got our original booking so we had to eat there later than we wanted. However, the restaurant manager phoned me up to apologise before we'd arrived and they also deducted 10% off the final bill for the inconvenience! This is top quality dining service and what you'd expect at fine dining restaurants in London so it's fab that a veggie restaurant sets such a high standard. The place was full, gorgeous modern surroundings, fantastic wine and a massive choice of veggie and vegan options. I took three meat eaters with me and they were highly impressed. We had three courses and all were fantastic, can't recommend it highly enough!! Check out the menus on the website but i'd recommend the vegan choc ice cream as a must! I'd say there isn't a better veggie restaurant in London - hope they open another branch somewhere else soon! Positive Nat
Fri, 30 May 2008 15:13:37 +0100
Delightful find! Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Its always good when you can share a joke with your waiter (or waitress). The atmosphere was very congenial, and the lighting warm. The food was innovative, well prepared, and well presented. The ingredients were not the usual stuff, and the combinations worked surprisingly well. The risotto was one of the best I've had in a long time. The desserts alone are reason enough to detour through this restaurant. We came back for a second round of desserts after making a live jazz performance after dinner! We paid £47 for two for wine, starters, main course, dessert and tea. Would gladly indulge ourselves here again. Positive Amit Roshan
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 23:35:37 +0000
The Creme de la Creme of Edinburgh Vegetarian Eateries.  Been to David Bann about 6 times and was going to go there this evening but I am trying somewhere that is not on this list (that's how I came across this excellent site).  Anyway, Fabulous Food, Excellent Wines and brilliant staff who will always try their very best to find you a table.  Only gripe is that the gap between the courses can be a little rushed sometimes but the quality of the food makes up for any little silly problems.  In a word, it's splendid. Positive John
Sat, 14 Jan 2006 00:00:00 +0000
Unfortunately the restaurant was closed the day I went, but it looked very good from the outside and seemed to have won some prizes. Neutral Koen van der Hauw
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 00:00:00 +0000
Exquisite food in a perfect setting, with great atmosphere and attentive staff. Vegetarian eating at its very best - so you may well have to book at busy times. Positive John Hilary
Wed, 21 Apr 2004 00:00:00 +0100
Formerly Banns Restaurant of Hunter Square, Edinburgh. The new, improved Restaurant is under the sole management of David Bann. Chef Sean Flint seems to be something of an alchemist. His materials, everything that you ever saw in the best-stocked wholefood store, every vegetable that ever passed through the market. He plunders the larders of cuisines as disparate as India, Japan, Italy, Greece, Malaysia and Mexico alongside a reworked Seventies wholefoodie repertoire. All of which may sound like a sure recipe for disaster, but amazingly isn't. Flint turns these disparate strands into gold. Apart from the food, the atmosphere, the service and the approachable flexibility of the menu, the other commendable thing about David Bann is his prices represent good value, a nice change for veggies who are generally ruthlessly ripped-off in restaurants. The sheer amount of work that must go into ingredients in this kitchen could put many carnivorous establishments to shame. Positive Rik Moncur
Wed, 11 Jun 2003 00:00:00 +0100
I was very happy to eat here. The food was well presented and tasty and the staff were able to tell me which dishes were vegan and gluten free. We ate here lunchtime at the weekend after visiting "Dynamic Earth" which is nearby. Prices for main meal £6 - £9. Positive Gill Gibbs
Tue, 03 Jun 2003 00:00:00 +0100
Banns has a cosmopolitan feel about it with a modern stylish decor. The menu is imaginative and the roasted roots in maple syrup and lime juice are exquisite. Service was excellent. Middle range prices. Positive Carol Norman
Wed, 18 Jul 2001 00:00:00 +0100

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