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The Observatory Restaurant

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

((((* British
Average
Main course: £15
Food spend: £29
Opening hours
Tuesday: 17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 13:00 - 16:00 & 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 13:00 - 16:00.

Good food, attentive service - only downside is the long walk through hotel to get to restaurant.

Michael 04 January 2017
from Edinburgh

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A stunning piece of Edinburgh history, The Observatory Restaurant sits inside the converted 160-year-old church Glasshouse Hotel. Its floor to ceiling windows offer amazing views of Carlton Hill, there is a tranquil rooftop garden, and traditional afternoon teas to enjoy.

The Observatory menu focuses on wholesome Scottish dining made with regional ingredients, with inventive flourishes. Flavoursome starters include slow-cooked leg and roasted breast of Perthshire wood pigeon with gooseberry and Edinburgh gin chutney and watercress porridge. There is fresh seafood like pink peppercorn and cardamom crumbed stone bass with potato dumplings, as well as a succulent grill selection.

Inventive desserts feature creations like strawberry mousse with pistachio crumb and prosecco granita, and there is an inviting snug bar area that boasts tremendous wine and fine whisky menus. Afternoon teas at The Observatory Restaurant Edinburgh include all the classic sweet and savoury additions, and during the summer there are picnics in the 2-acre rooftop garden.

Filled with history, and with a great range of luxurious areas to drink, dine and relax in, The Observatory Restaurant sits 8 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.

The Observatory Restaurant

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

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3.9 ((((* (based on 65 reviews)
73% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (31)
  • romantic (22)
  • views (22)
  • luxury (21)
  • afternoon tea (18)
  • private dining (13)
  • lunch (12)
  • trendy (10)
  • breakfast (6)
  • large parties (6)
  • value (6)
  • business (5)
  • al fresco (4)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Christine Mcarthur from Edinburgh

    Had Afternoon Tea with my friend Janet. It was a pre-birthday outing for Janets Birthday. We were treated very well from the moment of arrival to leaving. Very courteous and friendly staff throughout. The Afternoon Tea was delicious. So nice to have something different, instead of the usual finger sandwich offerings, and nice delicate sweet treats made in house. The chef's handmade Scottish Macaroons were gorgeous and took me right back to my younger years. Our only criticisms, in fact not criticisms but comments are that the savouries would have been nice warm and a little chutney as an accompaniment would have enhanced the flavours but overall delicious.

  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Clifford Henderson from Edinburgh

    Food and service was fantastic couldn't fault anything about the evening will be back

  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Kathleen Hunter from Tillicoultry

    Our experience was excellent the service, the food and the setting were all first class.

  • ((*** 9 January 2017 by Eilish from Edinburgh

    I was really looking to the pre theatre menu but sadly we were disappointed in the food.

  • ((((* 4 January 2017 by Michael from Edinburgh

    Good food, attentive service - only downside is the long walk through hotel to get to restaurant.

  • ((((* 2 January 2017 by Samantha Mcknight from London

    Overall we had a great evening with attentive staff, tasty food and a really good range of wines. We were dining from a set Hogmanay menu and one of the party do not eat scallops. They produced a special dish of cured salmon that was quite frankly the best dish of the evening. The service felt a little rushed. When enjoying a 5 course meal, the pace is very important to ensure that you get to savour and enjoy, this wasn't always the case. Also the dessert sadly was burnt which was a shame as it had the ability to be a great dish. Looking across the restaurant, this was standard.

  • ((((* 26 December 2016 by Gill Brownlie from Edinburgh

    Waiters were very good. Fish course was favourite

  • ((((( 23 December 2016 by Laura Stafford from Edinburgh

    Was treating a friend to afternoon tea. We were not disappointedfromt he moment we entered the building we were greeted by a very helpful gentleman who escorted us to the part of the hotel which serves afternoon tes. We were then served by a very pleasant and attentive young woman. Nothing was too much trouble and my friend and I both enjoyed the different take on 'afternoon tea. Everything was fresh and delicious. My friend and I both agreed that we would return and perhaps have an evening meal or a lunch
    Thank -you

  • (((** 19 December 2016 by Michelle from Birmingham

    Had a prosecco afternoon tea. The savoury food was fine but the sweet food was disappointing. The scones were tiny and the cream was not clotted cream as expected. The gingerbread men were burnt and hard so we couldn't eat them. Service was ok but not what I expected for the price paid. This was booked as a special treat and my son and I were disappointed.

  • ((((( 19 December 2016 by Lorraine Emslie from Perth

    From the moment we came through the door the service was fantastic. We were shown to the restaurant first hand by staff. We were shown to our seats by a lovely member of staff who appeared very friendly in deed and we were giving the menu to look at whilst given water to drink. The menu was very good and it was difficult to decide what to chose to eat. The food service was good and the food was excellent. Although the restaurant was vey quiet it had still a very nice ambience to the place. We had three courses each with drinks and the price was great value for money.

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