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The Observatory Restaurant

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

((((* British
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.

fantastic food in great surroundings. Staff were attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

Chris Taylor 09 November 2016
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

Contact +44 1315258200

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Customer reviews for The Observatory Restaurant

3.8 ((((* (based on 51 reviews)
72% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (24)
  • views (21)
  • luxury (20)
  • romantic (20)
  • afternoon tea (13)
  • private dining (11)
  • lunch (10)
  • trendy (7)
  • value (5)
  • al fresco (4)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (4)
  • breakfast (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((( 5 December 2016 by Yvonne Wedekind from Edinburgh

    Tucked away from the chaos of Edinburgh in December - a little haven of peace. Intriguing walk from main entrance to dining room and you find yourself looking up to Calton hill. Comfortable with a distinct whiff of luxury. All the staff were friendly & couldn't have been more helpful. Afternoon tea did not disappoint and as a lover of this treat the choices, particularly for the savouries, were very imaginative. My husband has a sweet tooth and loved sweet as much as the savouries!

  • ((((( 29 November 2016 by Diane Wallace from Edinburgh

    I enjoyed my steak cooked to perfection & my husband enjoyed the sea bass

  • ((((( 28 November 2016 by Caroline Mckechnie from Lanark

    I cannot say how much we enjoyed the experience. The building itself is stunning and luxurious. The staff who cared for us were immaculate in appearance to manner. All 4 of us had dietary requests that were clarified and dealt with to the letter. The food was presented and each item was described. It is very different from the usual sandwich format and bountiful. We counted over 10 different types of desserts between the 4 of us. We were offered several different types of tea and I requested coffee. This was supplied in pots that were replenished at request. We all had a glass of Prosecco too. Needless to say we couldn't eat all of the food, a doggy bag was offered and accepted!
    We all loved the experience and decadence and will definitely be back. I would also recommend this experience to anyone. Thankyou!

  • (((** 14 November 2016 by Bridget Kelly from Edinburgh

    Great service, lovely setting and attentive friendly staff. I feel the afternoon tea be improved. The toastie was lovely, sausage roll was heavy and I missed having a fish element to the meal. The cakes weren't brilliant and the brownie and almond slice had a shop brought feel to them. The Eton mess was lovely and the tea choice was extensive.

  • ((((( 9 November 2016 by Chris Taylor from Edinburgh

    fantastic food in great surroundings. Staff were attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

  • ((((( 8 November 2016 by Angela Ferns from Livingston

    Had the taster menu, it was delicious. Surroundings plush and very comfortable. Could not fault anything. Had a super evening.

  • ((((( 8 November 2016 by James Curran from Musselburgh

    Excellent service from staff.

  • ((((( 1 November 2016 by Alexandra Wallace from Edinburgh

    Online booking service went through without a hitch and I received a printed confirmation to take along to the restaurant with the voucher. All the staff were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. My friend doesn't eat duck, so our lovely waitress checked with the chef and pork belly was provided instead. All five courses on the set menu were fantastic. We were spoiled for choice. Couldn't really mention any favourite dishes. We have dined here before and it was a memorable experience then too - only on that occasion the sun was shining so we had a wonderful view. Unfortunately, on this occasion it was dark as we turn the clocks back to wintertime this weekend. Would highly recommend.

  • (((** 1 November 2016 by Diana Mellings from edinburgh

    It was a tasting menu and as such it wasn't terribly special at all. some dishes were presented very well; others just swamped in cress. i've tried a few tasting menus in other places and sadly it didnt come up to any of them. The restaurant itself lacks atmosphere and presence and as for getting to and from it. On our way out in particular was fraught as taking the lift to try to avoid the stairs as my ffiend is older and a little unstable and I have severe back problems, we got to closed doors, no signage, wandering around in deserted areas and finally had to go back up the lift to the 3rd floor as there was no other way out and face the long corridor again. Called the observatory I chose it for the views; there are NONE.

  • ((((* 31 October 2016 by Hannah Reid from Edinburgh

    Afternoon Tea was lovely, really well presented in a relaxing room. Was a bit strange walking through lots of hotel corridors to get to the restaurant though!

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