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The Pompadour by Galvin

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

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  • 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.

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

Anthony 21 November 2018
from Liverpool

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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 by Galvin

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

Contact +44 1312228975

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4.5 (((() (based on 134 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (106)
  • luxury (83)
  • romantic (65)
  • views (52)
  • lunch (32)
  • private dining (28)
  • value (19)
  • afternoon tea (16)
  • business (12)
  • trendy (6)
  • large parties (4)
  • entertainment (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • (**** 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!

  • ((((( 18 October 2018 by Riorge from Birmingham

    Lovely restaurant in a great location with a view of the castle from our table. Staff were very attentive. Started off the meal with delicious flavoursome canapés and amuse-bouche - which were perfect even for someone who doesn’t normally like broccoli. Every course was beautifully presented and full of complementary flavours. The included Bloody Mary was not as flavoursome as the food - even though we requested ‘spicy’.

  • ((((( 10 October 2018 by Michaela from Wigton

    Everything was fabulous catered for my daughters lactose intolerance and wrote a birthday message in chocolate on a plate with her dessert

  • ((((( 2 October 2018 by Sara from Edinburgh

    Absolutely amazing experience every time we come here. The food and service are next to none

  • ((((( 2 October 2018 by Ken from Dunfermline

    Met by a very well prepared lady who had worked out who we were. We ordered the Discovery Menu with matching wines. Tap water was served quickly. Disappointed only white bread was offered and only twice. As the bread was just about the only carbs with the meal more bread would have been good. Service was excellent. Only issue was we were often served by a non UK waitress who spoke very quickly and it was very difficult to make out what she was saying. The sommelier was excellent and brought good conversation when he had the opportunity to chat. The matching wines from all around the world were excellent with the food.

  • ((((* 25 September 2018 by Esther from Edinburgh

    We had a lovely evening. The start was not great when we decided to have a drink in the bar and found ourselves in the company of some very loud guests and a rather iffy choice of music (my advice would be to leave Pearl Jam and Neil Young to the bars on Rose Street and go for some nice jazz),. Service here was very slow and rather slap dash. Pompadour was much much better. Nice ambience (though it could really do with a serious overhaul; that wall paper belongs in an upmarket retirement home) and service was excellent. the food was superb. i especially loved my tartare of haddock. My partner loved his main of duck. Our wine was great as well. I suspect we'll be back but perhaps for lunch as prices are very high indeed. While everything was very nice, i am not sureit was worth the full £200. (you asked for me to be honest...)

  • ((((* 18 September 2018 by Kieren from Edinburgh

    We love the Pompadour by Galvin. This restaurant is beautiful. The tables are widely spaced out, giving you a sense of privacy but not deserted. We have always had great meals here and the service is consistently excellent. The only minor criticism I would have is that the table next to us was getting loud and rowdy (especially after 4th glass of wine!). Whilst the waitress and waiter set out to be friendly and chatty with them, they themselves were getting drawn into the noise - further fueling the rowdy atmosphere and only got the two diners even louder.

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