Terrace Café

Terrace Café
Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 552 0606
  • Seasonal times Closed Christmas and New Year
  • Food served Mar–Sep: 10am–5.15pm. Nov–Jan: 10am–3.15pm. Feb/Oct: 10am–4.15pm.
  • Average price £9 (lunch)
  • Website www.gatewayrestaurant.net/terrace.htm
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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The informal, canteen-style cafe of the Botanics is a haven for parents with small children, who are made genuinely welcome with a play area, kids’ lunch boxes of (relatively) healthy snacks and plenty of flexible table options that are convenient for families, groups of mums and even the occasional child-free gathering. The large outdoor terrace area is a popular seating option year-round, with cracking views over the gardens and south towards the castle, especially on a sunny day. The food is simple and hearty, along the soup, sandwich and baked potato lines, with some salads and hot specials filling the gaps. Muffins and traybakes (including gluten-free options) provide a sweet note to accompany coffee and tea, and there are some wines and beers on offer too.

  • High point: Coffee and cake with a cracking view on a sunny day
  • Low point: Can be incredibly hectic at lunchtimes
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 80 inside, 80 outside
  • Largest group: No booking
  • Open since: 1991
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3

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