The Gateway Restaurant

The Gateway Restaurant
John Hope Gateway Centre, Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 552 2674
  • Seasonal times Nov–Jan 10am–3.15pm; Oct & Feb 10am–4.15pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–5.15pm.
  • Average price £13.95 (set lunch)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Gateway Restaurant makes the most of its location at the Royal Botanic Gardens in terms of its outlook as well as its use of home-grown produce, as dishes are enlivened by freshly picked salads, herbs and vegetables from the grounds and polytunnels. This is the Botanics' upmarket food option, alongside the more informal Terrace Cafe, though it has relaxed somewhat on its fine-dining agenda since opening in 2009 and is now a more laidback and accessible lunch stop. Open from breakfast through lunch and afternoon tea, the menu is full of classics like bangers and mash, deli sandwiches and sticky toffee and banana pudding. The outdoor decking is a lovely option on sunny days, with views over the garden. The restaurant’s modern interior in the John Hope Gateway Centre also creates a bright, open and energising spot to eat, with glass fronts and interesting architectural features. [Not recently visited.]

With commanding views over the beautiful gardens beyond, The Gateway Restaurant is located within the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's iconic and unique new John Hope Gateway building.

The Gateway Restaurant is the perfect location for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as the ideal space for corporate, business and private evening events of all sizes. The restaurant aims to offer a first class service and dining experience, harnessing the ethos and values of the garden to ensure locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality are used.

Start your day with a selection of hearty and lighter choices to suit all tastes for breakfast, followed by delicious sharing platters and seasonally changing courses for lunch during the week, alongside a traditional roast with all the trimmings at weekends. You can also treat yourself to an indulgent afternoon tea, featuring a range of irresistible cakes and chilled champagne.

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  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Occasional harpist or pianist on event weekends
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 140
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle