Number One

Number One
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 557 6727
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 6–10pm during the summer and December
  • Food served Mon–Thu 6.30–9.45pm; Fri–Sun 6–9.45pm.
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Number One

Opulent, fine dining with strong Scottish focus in the landmark Balmoral Hotel.

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Inside the grandeur of Edinburgh’s Balmoral hotel, down a staircase swathed in thick-piled carpet, lies Number One – a subterranean restaurant of elegant proportions. Curved banquettes, subtle lighting and a selection of eclectic artworks combine to create an atmosphere of understated opulence. With head chef Brian Grigor at the helm, Number One enters its 20th year serving fine dining to hotel guests, celebrating couples and important clients looking to be spoiled. Hand-dived Dingwall scallops arrive on hearty kedgeree, the flakes of smoky haddock and a rich quail's egg making a luscious starter. Border’s roe deer is plush and wrapped around jewels of venison chorizo, the subtle hints of smoked paprika eliciting memories of Spanish holidays while keeping your feet planted firmly on Scottish soil. Gartmorn Farm duck is meltingly tender – served with an intense confit duck leg and café au lait jus, the result is gamey perfection. Staff are knowledgeable and will help diners navigate the immense wine list, choose the right butter for freshly baked sourdough and select the perfect sweet from the renowned petits four trolley.

The List's rating






J. Alford visited Number One on 24 January 2018
  • High point: Outstanding produce given the royal treatment
  • Low point: Royal treatment comes at a price
  • Notable dish: Highland red deer, pumpkin, venison chorizo
  • Average price: £80 (set dinner)

Set beneath a magnificent clock tower, The Balmoral Hotel is an elegantly cosmopolitan five-star hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's bustling Princes Street. Number One restaurant offers a refined dining experience, with a Michelin-starred menu that emphasises local produce in a creative display of Scottish cooking. Plush curved booths and well-spaced tables offer discretion and intimacy in understated and upmarket surroundings.

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  • Private dining: 90 for exclusive/private use
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Understated background music
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
  • House wine: £30 per bottle

Reviews & features

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