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Castle Terrace

Silver Award
Edinburgh, EH1 2EL ·Website ·Call0131 229 1222

SquareMeal Review of Castle Terrace

Silver Award

There’s something rather special about chef patron Dominic Jack’s contemporary dining room in a Georgian townhouse beneath Edinburgh Castle Mound. Stylish and bright, the ambience of the restaurant is welcoming, yet relaxed; simple, but uncluttered. Neutral tones are blended with flashes of colour, including a striking hand-drawn mural of Edinburgh Castle, while soft furnishings throughout give the place that classic, homely Scottish feel.

Like its elder sibling The Kitchin, Castle Terrace is the real deal: the food is out of the top drawer, service seldom misses a beat, and there are treasures galore on the high-value wine list. The well-balanced and exciting menus reflect Jack’s many years of training in some of Europe’s top Michelin-star kitchens, so whether you opt for a swift two-course pre-theatre dinner or a leisurely six-course surprise tasting menu (or vegetarian equivalent), you’re in for a treat.

‘From nature to plate’ is the now-familiar mantra, and raw materials of distinguished provenance go into starters ranging from a tartare of North Sea gurnard with apple and crispy croûtons to ravioli of fresh herbs with a spring pea velouté.  Every detail is also spot-on when it comes to clear-flavoured mains such as seared monkfish with bacon, endive and Isle of Mull cheddar or roasted and braised Inverurie lamb partnered by a selection of mushrooms and basil gnocchi. To conclude, a veritable galaxy of smile-inducing desserts might feature anything from a warm apple cheesecake served with tarte tatin and sesame tuile to Scottish heather honey soufflé with sour-cream ice cream.

If you’re into the theatre of cooking and fancy watching the master at work, you’ll be pleased to discover that you can book a seat at the chef’s table in the state-of-the-art, open-plan kitchen where the magic happens. Wherever you dine though, the friendly staff will make you feel valued.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch


33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

0131 229 1222


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 18:30-22:00
Wed 18:30-22:00
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:30-22:00
Sat 18:30-22:00
Sun Closed


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1 Review 

Judy E

31 January 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Brilliant. What a great way to spend a cold January Saturday afternoon, and superb value. We arrived slightly early and were ushered to our seats, a party of five and all selected the £24 three course menu – four of us indulged in the matching wines. Once our questions were answered and order taken, melt in the mouth canapés arrived to wet our appetite. As an aperitif we elected on a dry sherry, recommended by the Sommelier. The Sommelier also suggested Snow Queen ‘spelt’ vodka for one guest who wasn’t drinking grapes. This complimented her meal well. To start the Ravioli of Bowmont Valley partridge with marjoram, red cabbage and partridge consommé. Melt in the mouth ravioli in a delicate, delicious consommé. The majority of us opted for the Roasted rump of Inverurie lamb, with winter vegetables, kidney brochette and chorizo jus. Succulent and perfectly cooked. Whilst waiting for the dessert menu, a couple next to us had ordered cheese, and spying the amazing cheese platter made up all of our minds. We were allowed 5 cheeses from the selection of British and French cheeses, explained perfectly by the cheese waitress, who also recommended we eat from left to right, as the cheeses were laid out in strength. All wines were explained before each course. I wish that I had written them down as they certainly complimented the dishes. Overall a truly great experience and fantastic value! Although my stomach wouldn’t have allowed for it, I could have happily stayed and done it all again.

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