- Telephone 0131 624 8624
- Seasonal times Extended for Edinburgh Festival and Christmas
- Bar open Mon–Wed noon–11pm; Thu noon–midnight; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–9.45pm; Sat/Sun noon–10.45pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thurs noon–4pm; Fri–Sat noon–6.30pm.
- Average price £16 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.thedomeedinburgh.com
Old-school grandeur in an impressive setting offering a special and reliable dining experience.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The rich, Greco-Roman architecture of the former Commercial Bank of Scotland HQ on George Street forms a stunning backdrop when dining at the Dome. The figure of Caledonia sits central on the high pediment outside, which also honours Agriculture, Enterprise and Prudence, the former three perhaps now more at home in the lavish setting within than the latter. Enter the telling hall to be greeted by the magnificent central dome, from which the venue takes its current name, and pause to enjoy the moment. The Grill Room itself sits at the southern apse end, creating a sense of lavish privacy among the select number of tables, with linens gleaming, glasses sparkling, ingratiating waiters attending. What fun! The menu favours the richness of Scotland’s larders unashamedly. Pan-fried wood pigeon is lightly dressed with walnut, but mind the shot as the menu helpfully instructs. A mound of smoked Shetland salmon, piled high with slender shavings of fennel, is festooned with avocado cream. Mains spotlight roast lamb rump, casseroled Angus venison and lush Buccleuch steak. At this calibre, dining like a successful banker truly has its moments.
- High point: Glorious setting, delicious food, delightful staff
- Low point: If you're looking for low key, this isn’t it
- Notable dish: Pan-fried pigeon breast with walnut dressing
- Private dining: Up to 66 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy jazz
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 130
- Open since: 1996
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £22 per bottle