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Cranston's Restaurant

Old Waverley Hotel, 43 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY +44 1313440082

((((* Scottish
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
Main course: £8
Food spend: £20

Lovely lunch good size portions
Attentive staff

Lorraine Campbell 03 September 2017
from Glasgow

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Overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, Cranston’s Restaurant offers a view to match no other. Cranston’s presents luxury dining, complete with a sophisticated bar and a homely lounge.

Featuring the best of local produce and traditional Scottish fare, Cranston’s menu offers diverse dishes of impeccable quality. Enjoy the signature baked chicken supreme with roasted new potatoes & vegetables with jus, or delight in the chef’s penne pasta. Cranston’s restaurant in Edinburgh also includes a menu for younger diners.

The grand interior is reminiscent of a Grecian parlour, featuring a fine-detailed corniced ceiling to complement its ancient persona. Interwoven into this classic style is a modern twist, giving Cranston’s restaurant a chic and contemporary touch.

Enjoy the a la carte menu or opt for the splendid set menu, Cranston’s in Edinburgh is located on the infamous Princes Street. It is less than a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh’s Waverley Railway Station.

Cranston's Restaurant

Old Waverley Hotel, 43 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY

Contact +44 1315168814
Reservations +44 1313440082

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Customer reviews for Cranston's Restaurant

3.9 ((((* (based on 63 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • views (28)
  • value (26)
  • lunch (25)
  • dinner (24)
  • afternoon tea (18)
  • private dining (10)
  • romantic (8)
  • breakfast (7)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • trendy (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((*** 8 January 2018 by Suzanne Rodger from Edinburgh

    I'll begin with the positive comments! The food was delicious with generous helpings. and we were seated by the window overlooking Princes Street and the German Markets, it couldn't have been better. However ... one crucial negative comment. In the dining room, there was a party of around 40 or 50 people, and right away, I would have thought they should have had a private room for their party. And it was a party as they had their own 'awards' ceremony to much laughter and mirth. This in itself is harmless but we felt that we had gate-crashed someone else's event. We couldn't hear each other speaking and it was very frustrating We raised this with the restaurant manager who agreed with us and was very quick to reduce our bill by a sizeable percentage. So in essence, it didn't spoil our evening but it would make me re-think coming back. It's a shame that the food was 10/10 but the organisation and the bookings management was 0/10.

  • (((** 5 January 2018 by Tove Skillingstad from Oslo

    Had the festive menu, turkey with trimmings. Turkey was ok, the rest was overcooked and/or tasteless. Waiter was unbelievably inexperienced, told us she was no drinker, and therefore knew nothing about wine to go with the food. She also claimed they had no port to go with the dessert, it was on the menu, so we had to ask the other waiter to get it for us. Maybe they should give their employees a minimum of training before lettingvthem handle guests? Stayed at the hotel for three nights, the breakfast was good, though.

  • (**** 19 December 2017 by Vikki Cheadle from shrewsbury

    We did not have a good experience at this restaurant. We arrived at the hotel reception to ask where the restaurant was. We were told very abruptly that the restaurant was fully booked. When we stated we had a reservation, the reply was 'Oh well just go down that corridor then'. Not a friendly welcome to start with. We walked into the restaurant, were given our table to then be told oh you must have booked online, the chef is only here until 9pm (our reservation was at 20.45), he normally doesn't take orders after 20.30. We questioned why would they accept the booking, to be shrugged at and told well the chef will take your last order. The meal was rushed, and not to a good standard. It was very obvious it was not freshly cooked, we had what was left over. The turkey was dry, the potatoes not cooked, and the sausages burnt. Only two carrots and two parsnips. We have had beyter meals in backstreet pubs!! The waitress was clearing tables, and setting up for the next day around us while we were trying to eat. My mother's chair was knocked several times as she came past. Very poor experience and poor quality. For the price aswell, 28.95 for 2 courses (only option we had was the festive menu) which it did not state online. Really did not want to pay even half that amount for such a poor meal. I do not believe the chef can actually be called a chef!! If it was such a problem to cook for us at that time, then they should not have that time slot available to book online. Overall disappointing experience from start to finish.

  • ((((( 3 September 2017 by Lorraine Campbell from Glasgow

    Lovely lunch good size portions
    Attentive staff

  • ((((( 19 August 2017 by Hazel Scougall from Edinburgh

    The fresh sandwich

  • ((((* 10 August 2017 by Ruth from AIRDRIE

    Asked for window seat when booking
    Got it many thanks The view over Princess street was excellent . Waitress service was good

  • ((((( 4 August 2017 by Stephen Pryce from Oswestry

    We booked on line off site with no problems. Arrived on time to be greeted by a warm welcome. The restaurant was quite full and had a nice atmosphere with nice background music and people chatting. ThE drinks and food orders were taken in good time and all courses were delivered as we wanted with good friendly service. Steaks were cooked as ordered and we're full flavoured with a whiskey cream sauce love cooked chips and veg. Wine was lovely and we'll served. All in all a very good meal and evening for my partners birthday!

  • ((((( 15 May 2017 by Mark Schabacker from Edinburgh

    Great location, beautiful and comfortable atmosphere

  • ((((( 24 April 2017 by Kate Maclean from Edinburgh

    My friend and I had a lovely lunch the food was excellent, great value for money. We had 2 courses for £9.99 I had the chicken, crushed roasted potatoes and veg in a thyme gravy, my friend had the hake with a tomato sauce and veg,we both had the lemon cheesecake it was divine! The helpings where so generous we where glad we had opted for the 2 courses only, as there is also the option for 3 courses plus a glass of wine for £16.99, glass of wine included.
    The staff where pleasant and helpful. We will definately pay another visit to Cranstons restaurant.

  • ((*** 21 April 2017 by Carole Meaney from Edinburgh

    Sorry to say that I wouldn't recommend the afternoon tea. The scones were brick hard and the choice of small cakes was not the best. The sandwich which you have to choose a filling from a short list was the best part of the afternoon tea, however, I wish they would give you the choice of more than two smallish sandwiches and less of the small cakes. £27 for two seemed to me expensive given the less than satisfactory quality of the afternoon tea.

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