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The Pompadour

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

(((() French
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
  • The Pompadour by Galvin - Edinburgh
Main course: £30
Food spend: £58
Opening hours
Wednesday to Saturday: 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 13:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 21:30.

Beautiful restaurant with 5 star food and service.

Jana 13 February 2019
from Edinburgh

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The first Scottish venture for impassioned brothers Chis and Jeff, The Pompadour by Galvin offers stunning French fine dining. Guests can lounge with expertly mixed aperitifs in the speciality Pompadour cocktail salon.

Blending the finest Scottish produce and a pioneering French cooking style, signature dishes from the Pompadour menu include roast Scottish Chateaubriand, violet artichokes, ratte potatoes & garlic cream or apple tarte tatin to share.

Over their careers, the Galvin restaurant brothers have gained awards including 2 Michelin stars, 10 AA Rosettes, and were named Chefs’ Chef of the Year in 2011. First opened in 1925, The Pompadour in Edinburgh was inspired by the lavish leanings of Louis XV’s chief mistress.

The stunning Renaissance-style dining room is recognised as one of Edinburgh’s finest, with corniced ceilings, ethereal murals and rich velvet swept throughout. The shopper’s delights of Princes Street are just 2 minutes’ walk from The Pompadour restaurant. Please note, the restaurant observes a smart casual dress code.

The Pompadour

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Contact +44 1312228975

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Customer reviews for The Pompadour

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89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (110)
  • luxury (87)
  • romantic (68)
  • views (54)
  • lunch (34)
  • private dining (29)
  • value (20)
  • afternoon tea (16)
  • business (12)
  • trendy (6)
  • large parties (4)
  • entertainment (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 21 February 2019 by Sue from Brighton

    Beautiful surroundings . Service good food was delicious !.

  • (((** 18 February 2019 by Neil from Keswick, Cumbria

    We had to ask twice to see the wine list. The menu was printed on a very small piece of paper. Quite what was on offer on the tasting menu was difficult to follow. Frankly, the food was nothing special. The wood Pigeon was easily the best course.

  • ((((( 17 February 2019 by Maria from Preesall


  • ((((( 13 February 2019 by Jana from Edinburgh

    Beautiful restaurant with 5 star food and service.

  • ((((( 27 December 2018 by Hoban from LOWESTOFT

    Amazing venue, outstanding food, excellent service,

  • ((((( 24 December 2018 by Desmond from WALLASEY

    Spent an amazing evening in this restaurant, can't really single anything out. The food was wonderful, we had the land and sea menu consisting of seven courses. All fresh Scottish produce, wow is probably the best way for me to describe it.
    From the moment we arrived we were treated so well, you couldn't help but feel special.
    Thank you to everyone who looked after us.

  • (**** 5 December 2018 by Tara from Edinburgh

    As other contributors have suggested: great food, high aspirations but I could have walked out without paying the service was so very poor and inconsistent.

    As “younger” diners i felt we were patronised. It was assumed we didn’t know when we were being offered an amuse bouch, assumed we hadn’t eaten fine dining before, weren’t offered a wine list to choose our champagne just given the house offer and we had to ask for bottles of water and often had to pour it ourselves when other diners were being looked after as you’d expect in a fine dining experience. One diner was not drinking alcohol and no alternative non alcoholic offer was made. The sommelier ignored our order for a matching glass of red for the meat course. All dreadful.

    We had to ask for the (three figure) bill THREE times and insisted we had a trainb to catch for the second and third time. Gladly this was a bluff, as we would have missed it otherwise. Awful!

    The bill was incorrect gladly in our favour and 10% service was automatically included.

    I have eaten as all the Galvin Restaurants for dinner and lunch and consider myself a loyal diner but I won’t be going back or recommending the Pompadour any time soon.

    Hugely disappointed - and think this venue is the rotten apple in the brand’s barrel, in my opinion.

  • ((((* 2 December 2018 by J. from Edinburgh

    Decor pleasing and calming
    Staff courteous, knowledgeable and helpful
    Food absolutely restaurant dinner ever in my 80 years
    Paired wines excellent, could not be faulted.
    Absence of piped music fantastic!

  • ((((( 21 November 2018 by Anthony from Liverpool

    We had a delightful Sunday afternoon and will certainty be back.

  • ((((( 25 October 2018 by Iris from Motherwell

    As always the service and food were excellent. I love the beautiful dining room - my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh!

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