3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY
  • Telephone 0131 225 9352
  • Seasonal times During Edinburgh Festival Mon–Sun 9am–1am.
  • Bar open Fri–Sun 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm.
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Birra Moretti

Industrial-chic interiors with casual service and a menu to suit all-day dining and drinking.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Checkpoint​ ​achieves​ ​the​ ​delicate​ ​balance​ ​of​ ​being​ ​achingly​ ​hip​ ​without​ ​being​ ​pretentious. The​ ​high​ ​ceilings,​ ​large​ ​windows,​ ​and​ ​open​-plan​ ​dining​ ​room​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​sharp​ ​canvas​ ​for​ ​the slick,​ ​design-led​ ​features.​ ​Lighting​ ​imported​ ​from​ ​old​ ​Berlin​ ​subway​ ​stations​ ​adorns​ ​the​ ​walls while​ ​an​ ​orange​ ​shipping​ ​container-cum-dining​ ​area​ ​creates​ ​an​ ​intriguing​ ​focal​ ​point.​ ​Open from​ ​9am,​ ​a​ ​daytime​ ​menu​ ​of​ ​brunchy​ ​pancakes,​ ​eggs,​ ​subs,​ ​salads,​ ​and​ ​filled​ ​brioche​ ​buns is​ ​served​ ​until​ ​5pm​ ​alongside​ ​good​ ​coffee​. ​The dinner​ ​menu​ ​starts with ​a​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​savoury​ ​bites​ ​and​ ​bowls​ ​which​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​starters​ ​or​ ​nibbles with​ ​drinks.​ ​Mains​ ​are​ ​well​ ​balanced​, ​with​ ​steaks,​ ​chops,​ ​and​ ​filled​ ​baguettes​ ​weighing​ ​in alongside ​large​ ​salads,​ ​fish,​ ​and​ ​vegan​ ​tagines.​ ​The​ ​breast​ ​of​ ​pigeon​ ​with​ ​confit​ ​duck​ ​potatoes, black​ ​pudding​ ​bon​bons ​and​ ​purple​ ​broccoli​ ​is​ ​as​ ​rich​ ​and​ ​substantial​ ​as​ ​the​ ​quinoa,​ ​apple, pickled​ ​beetroot​ ​and​ ​pomegranate​ ​salad​ ​is​ ​fresh​ ​and​ ​wholesome.​ ​The​ ​vegan​ ​puddings​ ​are well​ ​worth​ ​a​ ​try,​ ​especially​ ​when​ ​whipped​ ​coconut​ ​cream​ ​stands​ ​in​ ​for​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​dairy alternative.

  • High point: A​ ​menu​ ​that​ ​suits​ ​all​ ​dietary​ ​choices​
  • Low point: The​ ​acoustics​ ​in​ ​the​ ​shipping​ ​container
  • Notable dish: Corn-crusted halloumi chips
  • Average price: £11 (lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 18 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spotify playlist
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live singer with guitar
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 120 venue booking
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15.50 per bottle

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3. Katy Youngs14 Feb 2016, 1:17pm4 stars Checkpoint Report

We booked a table for a Saturday night and when we arrived I was quite surprised at how quiet the restaurant was. I really liked the decor though but it needed a lot more people to fill it! I hope it will get more popular because the food was great and service was perfect too. Tap water was kept filled and the wine came quickly. I would certainly go back.

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