Joseph Pearce’s

Joseph Pearce’s
23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 4140
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–9pm
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/joseph-pearces/
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Joseph Pearce’s

Casual bar at the top of the Walk with Scandi food and an intimate vibe.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Like its laid-back Swedish sister bars, you know what you’re getting at Joseph Pearce’s: quirky décor, friendly-but-cool staff, generous food at decent prices and plenty of drinks. At JPs the menu is small – a couple of smörgåsbords, burgers, flatiron steak, salads, Swedish meatballs with mash – but the food is hearty. You can wash it down with a glass of house red or a pint of Caledonian ale and relax from your worldly woes for a moment. During the day children are welcome and the toys and high chairs come out, but evenings are for the big kids. You might catch a match, or DJ Jordy Deelight playing 90s house, or you could join the jogging club (currently doing a bit of plogging, where you pick up rubbish at the same time) on a run down to Sofi’s for a glass of lingonberry cordial. Community vibes abound.

The List's rating
7

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Megan Welford visited Joseph Pearce’s on 23 June 2018
  • High point: Open, anything-goes attitude
  • Low point: More mains to choose from would be good
  • Notable dish: Swedish meatballs and mash
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock/eclectic
  • Live entertainment: Bands, DJs and various community clubs – check social media.
  • Capacity: 200 (40 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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Comments & ratings

4. Em Rider1 May 2010, 9:29am3 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Really good place to go if you've got small children, as there is a toy corner and a couch (ideal for feeding etc). However, the food is not great - a lot of Swedish influenced dishes, but not to everyones taste. The food and drink are both very very expensive! Expect to pay a premium! The pancakes are disappointingly poor value for money, whereas the burger is huge, but at nearly £11 you would expect it to be. The staff are so friendly, they really are a great credit to this place. A mixed review really, not good for food, but a nice place to pop in for a grown-up chat and a drink while the kids play.

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2. cp12318 Aug 2009, 9:40pm Report

Overpriced drinks & ikeaesque food. Not for me.

1. Morna25 May 2009, 11:57am4 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Lovely food, really sweet menus (disney books with the menu inside) & a nice whimsical mish-mash of furniture & decorations.

Only downside was that we went for a hungover lunch & were surrounded by kids playing. Our hangovers couldn't really take it! But it was really busy & probably our fault for sitting near the cuddly toys....

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 2 reviews of Joseph Pearce’s.

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