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.
  • Average price £75 (4 courses)
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Number One

The finest of dining in what must surely be Edinburgh’s most luxurious location.

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The man from Michelin doesn’t award stars lightly, so Number One’s guests are assured of a memorable experience – lasting up to four hours if you choose the tasting menu. Most tables are set along the sides of the richly decorated dining room, with banquette seating looking onto the airy space. The à la carte menu includes starters like hand-dived scallops embellished by peat-smoked haddock and leek oil, showcasing the skill of a chef who takes simple, high-quality ingredients to create a dish brimming with taste. Detail is also evident in mains such as wild turbot with salsify, bacon and oxtail ravioli where the meat and fish components are a blissful marriage of flavours. Dessert is another triumph, featuring options like Valrhona chocolate tart 2001 with praline and white chocolate – visually stunning and especially significant for head chef Brian Grigor. A good wine selection is available by the glass and bottles are priced from £30 (although the list does go up to four figures). Then, with coffee comes one final flourish – a petits fours trolley guaranteed to tempt even the most sated diner.

  • High point: Service and cooking of a spectacularly high standard
  • Low point: Restaurant only open in the evening
  • Notable dish: Valrhona Chocolate Tart 2001

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: 35 (90 for exclusive/private use)
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz and modern classical
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
  • House wine: £30 per bottle

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