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–11pm.
  • Average price £20 (set lunch); £40 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.tower-restaurant.com
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Tower Restaurant

Great Scottish produce and fantastic views of the capital from this rooftop restaurant at the National Museum of Scotland.

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There’s a knowingly civilised air about the Tower Restaurant, reminding diners that below this long, stylish room of tiled columns, cleverly spot-lit tables and artistically designed seating, a similar atmosphere holds sway in the multifarious galleries of the National Museum of Scotland. The à la carte and set menus showcase the Scottish larder, with lamb, game, Aberdeen Angus beef and an abundance of seafood options. Daily brunch and afternoon tea menus are popular ways to enjoy spectacular views of the castle, especially from the rooftop seating area during the warmer months: it’s almost certainly one of the planet’s most spectacular places to enjoy a morning bowl of porridge.

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: Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 30 to 90 by arrangement
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £23 per bottle