Tower Restaurant

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Tower Restaurant
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
  • Telephone 0131 225 3003
  • Seasonal times Festival: open until midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 12pm–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19.95
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Tower Restaurant

Stylish venue at the top of the National Museum of Scotland with an impressive view, offering elegant dining throughout the day.

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At the top of the National Museum of Scotland, the big windows at the Tower Restaurant show off one of the most enviable views of the castle in Edinburgh. There’s a terrace for al fresco dining, too, if weather permits and inside the interior is plush, with suave waiting staff keeping things ticking over. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the museum café downstairs. Gourmet lunches and dinners are served as pre-set menus or à la carte, packed with fresh Scottish produce. Carlingford rock oysters are the stars of the starter section. Elsewhere, pan-seared hake flakes beautifully and is light in flavour, arriving on a bed of buttery crushed potatoes, studded with mussels. Finish with a plate of fine Scottish cheeses with a stilton that’s smooth and sharp. Or opt for a sharing platter of sweet treats where a peanut butter parfait offsets the deep chocolatey goodness of brownie ice-cream and a light, creamy rice pudding brûlée. This upmarket establishment also serves afternoon tea, where petit fours, finger sandwiches and a glass of bubbly – combined with that view – make for a memorable experience.

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Suzy Pope visited Tower Restaurant
  • High point: Exceptional view of the Castle and Old Town
  • Low point: Set-lunch dishes lack sparkle for the price
  • Notable dish: Assiette of puddings for two
  • Average price: £19.95 (set lunch); £38 (set dinner)

Perched above the sandstone-clad landmark Museum of Scotland, spectacular views of Edinburgh's Castle and city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson's stunning rooftop restaurant. Sleek and stylish, the Tower is designed to impress and has become a must-see for A-list celebrities and visitors to Scotland, as well as its loyal local clientele. The Tower's extensive menu always features the best available seasonal ingredients, with Argyll oysters, local seafood, seasonal game, Angus beef and lamb impeccably sourced and simply prepared in the Tower's signature relaxed and unfussy style. The restaurant's reputation for creating outstanding gourmet food inspired a rash of complimentary reviews and recommendations in the Good Food Guide, the AA, Taste of Scotland, Fodor's, Frommer's and Michelin Guides among many others.

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  • Private dining: 24 in the boardroom and 50 in the Bute room
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 30 to 90 by arrangement
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £26 per bottle