- Telephone 0131 225 1233
- Opening times Will open bar at different times for groups or wine tastings by prior request
- Seasonal times Closed Sun (Jan/Feb).
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sun 12.30–2.30pm, 5–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–6pm (finish by 7.30pm)
- Average price £12 (set lunch); £27 (set evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12 (same as lunch. £16 for three-courses)
- Website www.calistoga.co.uk
Tucked away down a cobbled lane, discover Californian fine dining with an excellent wine store too.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This one’s a gem – and an almost hidden one at that. On the lane behind Rose Street, between Frederick and Castle Street, most people don’t know Calistoga is there – it feels like a real treasure when you track it down. Calistoga is a Californian restaurant (named after Robert Louis Stevenson’s honeymoon spot north-west of Napa) with Sideways wine store attached (named after the wine roadtrip movie). Lovers of fine wines should do themselves a favour and book an informal Wine Tasting Dinner (starting at £34, for four excellent wines to taste before a very good-value three course dinner) or one of their Winemaker’s Dinners (meet and greet the growers, and geek out on wines). The selection of organic, small batch, unusual and delicious wines is impressive, as are the prices. Liquids aside, the cooking is memorable too. Scottish produce is carefully selected and given a Californian spin; tender braised beef is served in dainty spring rolls with an Asian chilli dipping sauce, a gourmet macaroni cheese is pepped up with jalapeños, clams are drizzled in a fantastically salty caper sauce and the coconut and basil mousse is presented with a miniature serving of pineapple salsa.
- High point: Wine heaven, and the dining’s mighty fine too
- Low point: Cobbled streets and upstairs toilets won’t suit wheelchairs
- Notable dish: Monkfish wrapped in parma ham with cockles in a caper butter sauce
- Private dining: (4) 12/2x16/32
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 52
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 21
- House wine: £14 per bottle