One Square

One Square
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR
  • Telephone 0131 221 6422
  • Seasonal times Open until midnight during the festival
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 9am–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 7am–10pm; Fri/Sat 7am–10.30pm. (Snack menu Mon–Sun 7am–11pm).
  • Pre-theatre times Noon–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16.50
  • Email
  • Website www.onesquareedinburgh.co.uk
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One Square

Classy brasserie with views of Edinburgh Castle, great service and a wide range of dining options.

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Slick and smart-casual, One Square is the see-and-be-seen brasserie of the five-star Sheraton Grand on Festival Square. Courteous and liveried staff lay napkins on knees and precisely pour the wine for diners enjoying tourist-tastic views of the Castle through floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s afternoon tea and a popular Sunday lunch buffet with jazz; there’s Dining at the Pass where you can watch the chefs at work; and the immensely popular Ginnasium gin tasting. The à la carte and market menus are modern Scottish, with ingredients sourced from Dumfries to Shetland. Lavishly described dishes don’t always live up to billing, or price: for example, a starter of single Orkney scallop and squid ink coral. Alternatively, start with cheese soufflé with compressed pear and candied walnuts. Mains could be cod with crab hollandaise and salt cod brandade, or just a burger with bearnaise sauce (though chips are extra). Finish with pretty-in-pink grapefruit posset, then sit back with that view and another bottle from the well-orchestrated wine list. It's also worth taking note of their new tasting menu, which aims to showcase Scottish produce. It's also available with Scottish paired drinks; an interesting twist where beer and whisky take centre stage as opposed to the more traditional wine.

The List's rating
7

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James Teideman visited One Square on 16 March 2018
  • High point: Fine wine list
  • Low point: Some dishes a little too salty
  • Notable dish: Pink grapefruit posset with baked rhubarb and lime meringue
  • Average price: £16.50 (set lunch); £27 (dinner)

A vibrant bar and restaurant located in the heart of Edinburgh, One Square offers a modern, uniquely British take on the classic grand café. Open from early in the morning until last thing at night, this is a place to enjoy what you want, when you want it.

From the inviting glass foyer to the ever-popular tables overlooking Edinburgh Castle, One Square is a venue that effortlessly evolves as the day progresses, somewhere to while away leisurely afternoons, to meet with friends or sit out on the outdoor Terrace and enjoy the view.

Always stylish, yet perfectly relaxed, the restaurant at One Square is home to a deliciously inventive range of British dishes including laid-back brunch, indulgent afternoon tea and relaxed late-night dining.

Although the atmosphere is vibrant and informal, service is never anything but professional, and with a private room for up to forty guests, One Square is just as suited to a special celebration as it is to a working lunch, a quick bite to eat between shops or an indulgent afternoon tea.

When it comes to the bar at One Square, we appreciate that the difference is in the details. From the Scottish Ionian marble on the bar counter, to the 40 different varieties of gin proudly positioned behind it, considerable time has been spent perfecting the finer points. The same can be said of our cocktails, with a real emphasis on premium ingredients, well-crafted and served with style. While gin is something of a house speciality, our wine list has also been expertly considered, not to mention our refreshingly varied selection of draft and bottled beer.

Whether for a quick meeting, after-work aperitifs or Sunday roast with all the trimmings, One Square is all about enjoying quality time in stylish surroundings.

Feel free to join us.

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  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 269
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Instrumental
  • Live entertainment: Jazz duo every Sunday (buffet) lunch £29
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 220
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £22 per bottle

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