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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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Creative cooking with panache near the Castle

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Castle Terrace underwent a £1m facelift at the start of 2016, which included a full refurbishment of the kitchen and restaurant and the creation of a new private dining room, chef's table and wine cellar. Opened in 2010 by Dominic Jack and Tom Kitchin, this thoroughly contemporary place mirrors the same 'from nature to plate' cooking ethos as Kitchin's eponymous restaurant nearby. Using classic French techniques, the modern cooking produces unpretentious dishes that excite with their technical flair and dazzling presentation. Scottish raw materials may be the cornerstone of the kitchen but the chefs are not afraid of giving produce from Rungis market in Paris star billing. From the à la carte menu, begin with seared hand-dived Orkney scallop served with a light curry sauce, or a velouté of celeriac with Dunsyre Blue cheese ravioli. Follow with roasted darne of monkfish with a ragout of haricot coco beans, mussel and anchovy, or saddle of venison with celery, celeriac, apple and caramelised walnuts. Desserts are no less irresistible: mango and lime marshmallow, say, with pistachio cream and mango sorbet. A range of menus includes a set lunch option and a 'land and sea' tasting version. The international wine list includes an excellent choice by the glass.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 11–17 April, 18–24 July, 17–23 October, 23 December to 15 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef: Dominic Jack

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Scottish, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 445
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: 33
  • 3-course dinner from: 70
  • Tasting menu from: 80
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


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

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

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

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Three-course lunch from£33**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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