Tower Restaurant

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 £27
  • Pre-theatre price £22
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Tower Restaurant

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

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On top of the National Museum of Scotland, the Tower casts its gaze across the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, the Meadows and Arthur’s Seat with justified satisfaction. The interior of the restaurant is sleek and quietly impressive, with décor that lets the skyline take precedence. Dining begins with mid-morning brunch, with pleasingly tasty choices labelled as traditional or healthy options. Menus for lunch, early evening and dinner have set options, while à la carte features all day and a pre-theatre menu gives a nod to the nearby Festival Theatre. Scottish produce is proudly emphasised, a trio of Scottish salmon (home-cured, mousse and smoked) vying with Dingwall haggis and grouse breast for starter attention. Mains highlight ethically sourced scallops, Borders lamb in a savoury tagine and the Tower’s shellfish bouillabaisse, plucking prawns, scallops, mussels and crayfish from the Scottish seas. Unusually, a vegan menu receives equal billing to the main menu, with tempting dishes such as roasted celeriac with foraged mushrooms.

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Courtney Hyde Peyton visited Tower Restaurant
  • High point: Sophisticated dining from brunch to post-theatre
  • Low point: Settings like these don’t come cheap
  • Notable dish: Tower shellfish bouillabaisse
  • Average price: £38 (set lunch); £40 (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: 15
  • House wine: £24 per bottle