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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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Opulent cooking in a grand station hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Red-jacketed porters no longer meet The Balmoral’s guests off the trains in Waverley Station, but modern guests can’t really find fault with the luxury on offer at this magnificent Edinburgh landmark. Lavish public areas have as much marble and fancy plasterwork as anyone could reasonably ask of a masterpiece of imperial Edwardian pomp, and the Number One dining room looks classy with its oak flooring offset by dove-grey banquettes, and striking artworks on loan from the Royal College of Art adding interest to its red lacquered walls. Executive chef Jeff Bland and head chef Brian Grigor send out reliably sophisticated food full of creative modern panache, delivered via a carte or seven- and ten-course tasting workouts. Seasonal Scottish ingredients are given star billing, as in the hand-dived Dingwall scallops that open the show, dusted with gentle curry spicing, and matched with puréed and roasted cauliflower and kaffir lime oil. Next up, grouse is handled with aplomb, the breast roasted and topped with crunchy pistachio, the leg meat placed atop a square of roasted celeriac, all supported by a classy combination of earthy girolles, crisp game chips, truffled potato purée and bramble jus. A Black Forest-themed dessert is a paragon of dashing artistry and well-managed textures and flavours involving an expertly crafted chocolate financier made with Amadei’s blue-chip products, as well as cherry mousse and a splendid almond ice cream. Otherwise, the cheese trolley hums with perfectly ripened items. It’s all backed by a heavyweight wine list and a knowledgeable, pitch-perfect service team.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in January
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Jeff Bland, Brian Grigor

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 350
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: NCP and on street

Getting here

Follow city-centre signs. Hotel at east end of Princes Street, adjacent to Waverley Station.

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