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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.

The way the restaurant is set out you still feel that you have your own space and privacy. With this tasting menu I can't say that there is any one dish that was my favourite as they were all very tasty and delicious.

John Lunn 08 October 2016
from Dalkeith

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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

3.7 ((()* (based on 35 reviews)
68% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (16)
  • views (15)
  • luxury (13)
  • romantic (11)
  • afternoon tea (8)
  • private dining (8)
  • lunch (6)
  • al fresco (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • breakfast (2)
  • value (2)
  • business (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • (((** by from Edinburgh

    All be it the food was excellent and waiting staff were very friendly and helpful. But the one hour wait to be seated at our table which was booked for 7.45pm and seated at 8.45pm was unexceptable, which is not be fitting of restaurant of your quality. Very disappointing. Can't comment on value as it was a very special anniversary (30yrs) gift.

  • ((((( by from Livingston

    Fabulous tasting menu experience. Lovely staff , very friendly and efficient. Quality produce and gorgeous presentation. Great selection of wines. Will certainly book again.

  • (((** by from Edinburgh

    Good food although small in amount.

  • (((** by from Edinburgh

    We had a voucher for the tasting menu with a pre-dinner glass of champagne. The pre-dinner drinks area was lovely but the 'champagne' was not cold enough and I think it was just sparkling wine. Our meal was fine, but not spectacular until we came to the desserts. Make sure you keep that pastry chef! I would have been very disappointed if we had paid the full price. The circular glass around the restaurant does not really work at night but the rest of the restaurant has a nice ambience.

  • ((((( by from Edinburgh

    Interesting hotel development. Long walk through hotel to tastefully decorated restaurant. Quiet, seated by impressive windows but sadly no night time view of city due to 'bronze effect of glass.
    Five course Tasting menu was delicious, different and imaginative. .. some with Scottish slant: duck with potato scone! All dishes were tasty with an interesting sweet based on three favourite chocolates of the chef: caramac,aero and rolo.Enjoyed champagne too!

  • ((((( by from Inveresk

    From the minute we arrived until we left, we had a first class dining experience. The staff were extremely helpful and polished and made us feel relaxed and welcome especially as we were not residents.
    The food was fabulous. We had the 5 course tasting menu with a glass of Perrier Jouet on arrival. The wine we had with the meal was wonderful.
    A truly excellent meal.

  • ((((( by from Aberdeen

    Delicious. Presentation exquisite. Chocolate pudding my favourite

  • ((((* by from Edinburgh

    Very friendly staff, lovely food. Loved the duck and the dessert was a treat.

  • ((((* by from Edinburgh

    Food lovely. View exceptional.

  • ((((( by from Edinburgh

    Staff very friendly , excellent meal and surroundings, chilled bar experience.

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