Number One

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Number One
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
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Due to the latest government guidance, Number One will close from Friday 9th October until further government updates.
Last updated: 31 August 2020

Number One

High-quality location in the historic Balmoral Hotel, serving Michelin-starred food.

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Number One at the Balmoral Hotel proudly boasts all the trappings of confidently delivered, Michelin-starred fine dining. A luxurious, lower-ground level room glows with candlelight and warm red tones, blending elegant fabrics and furniture with an intriguing mix of contemporary artwork. An engaging front of house cuts through any anticipated formality and steers a journey through the evening – either à la carte or the seven-course tasting menu with wines to match. New head chef Mark Donald draws on influences from his culinary travels as he stamps his own personality on a skilful kitchen that showcases the best of the country’s larder. Roast langoustine dressed with ribbons of squash and shell butter arrives alongside hand-dived Dingwall scallop with Iberico pork and black garlic ketchup. Wild turbot with pickled clams is followed by rich and perfectly pink Highland wagyu beef with beetroot and bone marrow, then on to a wonderful chocolate millefeuille finale. An extensive wine list and a strong supporting cast of canapés and cheeses bookend the precise and carefully balanced dishes in one of the city’s most polished venues.

The List's rating






Ian Hogg visited Number One on 27 February 2019
  • High point: Canapés, cheese and petit fours trolleys are so good …
  • Low point: … they almost outshine the main event
  • Notable dish: Seasonal Scottish food including Highland wagyu beef and wild turbot
  • Average price: Not open for lunch (set lunch); £90 fixed price (3 courses)

Step into Number One’s dining room and sink into one of the dove grey wool banquettes. Contemporary art abounds on the lacquered red walls, from pieces lent by London’s Royal College of Art, to Adam Ellis’ stunning Scottish oak triptych.

Our dishes are fashioned using seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from an exceptional list of trusted suppliers. Head Chef Mark Donald and his team have developed a menu fusing modern Scottish cuisine with international flair.

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  • Private dining: 50 for exclusive/private use
  • No. overnight rooms: 187
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Modern easy listening
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
  • House wine: £40 per bottle

Reviews & features

Mark Donald: 'I want the focus to be on flavour overall; that's how I made the menu'

6 Jun 2019

We catch up with the new chef behind the Michelin-starred Number One at The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh

Hidden within the prestigious walls of The Balmoral, Michelin-starred Number One stands on its own as a destination restaurant, welcoming foodies from far and wide. Number One is an Edinburgh institution and has a long-established history of delivering…

Top five Michelin-starred restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Kitchin, Martin Wishart, The Plumed Horse, Number One and 21212

1: The Kitchin The menu here reflects chef/owner Tom Kitchin's passion for locally-sourced Scottish produce with French interpretations. One of Edinburgh's A-list restaurants, it won its accolade just six months after opening in the summer of 2006 2…