One Square

One Square
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR
  • Telephone 0131 221 6422
  • Seasonal times Festival Mon–Sun 7am–10.00pm.
  • 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
  • Average price £15.50 (set lunch); £28 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15.50
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One Square

Attractive urban views of Edinburgh Castle and the Usher Hall accompany some top-notch dining and warm service.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Looking out onto Sheraton Square, the Castle and Usher Hall from the comfort of the One Square dining room is rather a treat. Every table has a good view and yet, while overlooking the public square, guests doesn’t feel overly observed in this relaxed setting. Staff extend themselves warmly to reduce that hotel dining room feeling although a business/international traveller sense remains – not necessarily a bad thing. The menu is extensive and rather fun. Tarbert crab salad is light and creamy with beetroot yoghurt. Twice baked Mull cheddar and walnut soufflé is satisfying savoury. Meat eaters will relish the mains. Roast Gressingham duck breast comes in unexpectedly thick chunks of pink, tender meat, alongside expertly braised leg faggot and rich celeriac fondant, while hay-smoked Scottish venison haunch with Talisker purée and roast artichokes is tenderly resonant with a gamey Highland flavour, the artichokes providing an earthy undertone to the noble beast. Braised globe artichoke and spinach Wellington with Golden Cross goat’s cheese offers a pleasingly rich vegetarian option. If you’ve still room for dessert the selection is enticing.

  • High point: Main courses truly excel
  • Low point: Sides are a bit dear at hotel prices
  • Notable dish: Roast Gressingham Duck Breast

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: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chilled background music
  • Live entertainment: Jazz duo every Sunday (buffet) lunch £29.00
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 220
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

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