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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classic French-oriented cooking in the castle environs

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A venue in the environs of a castle has got to have a head start anywhere, perhaps particularly in Edinburgh, and the sibling restaurant to the much-lauded Kitchin at Leith steps up to the challenge. In a dark blue room with a spacious modern feel and an outline image of the castle picked out on the wall, Dominic Jack plies a contemporary Scottish nature-to-plate style, with enough brio to offer a Land and Sea surprise menu with optional wine pairings, opening with a glass of champagne. The carte itself furnishes a heartening spread of choice, with main courses along the lines of fillet, belly and cheek of Ayrshire pork with black pudding, fondant potato and creamed cabbage, or the house take on paella, served on spelt risotto. A signature dessert of apple mascarpone cheesecake with caramelised sesame seeds and apple sorbet competes for attention with dark chocolate and orange délice.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 9–13 April, 24 December to 13 January
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Dominic Jack

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Scottish, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 471
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • Tasting menu from: £85
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Castle Terrace

Getting here

Close to Edinburgh Castle, at the bottom of Lady Lawson Street on Castle Terrace.

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