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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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Hotel dining in genteel Galvin style

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At a glance

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

The Galvin brothers' Edinburgh bolthole might have been conceived as the very antithesis of industrial brutalism dining, situated as it is within the comforting confines of a Victorian railway hotel on Princes Street. Wall panelling with hand-painted foliage, crisply dressed tables, ice-buckets, and views of the Castle Mound through semi-circular windows establish a tone of inspiring gentility, and in head chef Daniel Ashmore, the venue has somebody to bring a due sense of culinary occasion to proceedings too. Seasonal and à la carte menus run the rule over pedigree raw materials in a repertoire that displays the Galvin combination of French classicism and modern British styling. Start with pastis-cured sea bream and pickled vegetables, its potent, finely etched flavours underlined by beurre noisette and carrot purée, or maybe a pearl barley on kedgeree with smoked eel, apple and an egg yolk, before moving on to haunch and faggot of Highland venison with pumpkin agnolotti, chestnuts and pomegranate, or perhaps a marine array of lemon sole, North Berwick crab and cockles in sea herbs with pommes boulangère. Completing the allure are seductive finishers such as banana soufflé with chocolate sorbet, or tarte Tatin for two with silky vanilla ice cream, with artisan cheeses as savoury backup.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Friday and Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Fraser Allan, Daniel Ashmore

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 135
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

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On west end of Princess Street. On Rutland Street and Lothian Road

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