Guide MICHELIN 2020

The Pompadour

(30 Reviews)
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Modern British
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Top offer

Champagne & canapes in the kitchen with the head chef, Mystery 7-course tasting menu & wine flight £139 per person

Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Price excludes service & includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other menus or offerings. bookings must be made in advance


Main course: £30
Food spend: £58

Opening hours

Wednesday to Saturday: 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 13:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 21:30.

Restaurant description

One of the most spectacular views in Edinburgh can be seen from one of its most hidden restaurants - The Pompadour.

Since opening its doors in 1925, The Pompadour has gained a reputation as one of the capitals most magnificent dining rooms. Taking its name from the celebrated Madame de Pompadour, the 'favourite mistress' of King Louis XV of France, Edinburgh’s Secret Restaurant features exquisite hand-painted wall panels and vintage chandeliers.

The award-winning Head Chef Dan Ashmore brings his creativity and passion to each dish and works with the best available local produce. Delight in the à la carte or a 7-course secret tasting menu featuring the highest quality British ingredients, made with chef's creative flair.

Enjoy a secret menu, a secret view and a secret history in Edinburgh’s most magnificent restaurant, The Pompadour, just 2 minutes’ walk from the shopper’s delights of Princes Street.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Pompadour
(based on 30 reviews)

of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (17)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (3)
  • business (14)
  • dinner (134)
  • entertainment (5)
  • large parties (4)
  • lunch (43)
  • luxury (107)
  • private dining (33)
  • romantic (85)
  • trendy (6)
  • value (29)
  • views (64)
  • By Lorraine C from Chelmsford
    1 December 2019

    A very enjoyable evening. Dinner was excellent, very good smallish wine list. Atmosphere relaxing and service friendly/efficient. A dedicated sommelier is required. Certainly would recommend The Pompadour as one of the upper restaurants in Edinburgh.

  • By Kerri D from Falkirk
    3 November 2019

    From start to finish, this was a special experience. The setting was perfect, staff were professional and the food was delicious.

  • By William D from Falkirk
    1 November 2019

    In recommending this restaurant I imply merely that it is a charming venue for a very special occasion where cost and value for money is of no immediate consequence. So difficult to make people understand that you can eat the most delicious of meals and drink delectable wines in Edinburgh for a fraction of the price set in Edinburgh's 'fashionable' eating houses such as The Pompadour and others that shall remain nameless. The food was tasty and well presented, of course, but we have eaten and drunk as good if not better in other city venues which make no claim to Michelin status. Two absolute minimum size wines ( you are not offered anything greater by the glass than 125 ml) would have bought a bottle of quite decent wine in other restaurants. And a sensibly priced 250ml glass of red wine would have immeasurably enhanced the overall dining experience for me. But one doesn't eat at The Pompadour with any budget in mind. Staff were courteous and added to the quality of the overall dining experience.

  • By Lee-Anne S from Edinburgh
    25 October 2019

    Wonderful meal and fantastic service yet again!

  • By Lee-Anne S from Edinburgh
    5 October 2019

    Have dined here twice now and have eaten very well on both occasions. For the standard of of cooking (fine dining/Michelin level) and quality of ingredients I think that the set priced, 3 course a la carte menu represents excellent value. The menu focuses on quality, seasonal Scottish/British ingredients. I have enjoyed gorgeous scallops, halibut, roe deer, sirloin and so on. Portion sizing is perfect - not too much, not too little. There are delicious little canapes to start and tasty sweet morsels at the end of the meal too. The only adjustment I would like to see is a bit more choice at the affordable end of the wine list but we did enjoy a reasonably priced bottle of Gruner Veltiner. Wine prices tend to reflect the 5* hotel setting but they have a lovely sommelier who is happy to help. Service is excellent and I was warmly welcomed back on 2nd visit making me feel valued and appreciated. We expect to return regularly now.

  • By David S from Aberdeen
    3 October 2019

    Disappointing start to the evening with no-one at the restaurant podium to greet us , also the cocktail lounge area that we had had previously used on our last visit to the restaurant had been used to host a table for a private dinner , so the opportunity for pre-dinner drinks was not provided and not communicated to us prior to arriving. After selecting a bottle of wine from the wine list I was informed it was not available , I was offered a reasonable alternative which was fine , but again prior information when given the wine list would have enabled me to choose without wasting my time looking for a wine that was not available.

  • By Thomas E from St. Louis
    3 October 2019

    The room was beautiful, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The server waiting on this table next to us explained the dishes. Ours did not. Service was good but became slow and inattentive toward the end.

  • By Leigh H from london
    29 September 2019

    very good

  • By Neil S from London
    21 September 2019

    Devine food and location. Service was well recovered but clearly very short of staff. Scallops starter was bliss

  • By Keith T from Edinburgh
    21 September 2019

    Exquisite food, flavours and taste x

Restaurant Location Map
The Pompadour
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Available offers

  • Champagne & canapes in the kitchen with the head chef, Mystery 7-course tasting menu & wine flight £139 per person
  • Hogmanay at The Pompadour - £275 per person
  • Christmas Day at the Pompadour - £199 per person

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