3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
  • Telephone 0845 22 21212 or 0131 523 1030
  • Seasonal times Extended during Edinburgh Festival
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–1.45pm, 6.45–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.21212restaurant.co.uk
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Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, where chef Paul Kitching's unique creativity shines through in every bonkers dish.

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Blimey. It’s all happening at Michelin-starred restaurant 21212. Paul Kitching's eccentric gastronomic temple is set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse with plush overnight rooms. Dishes here are snapped on phones as they are brought to the table – it's that kind of place. Beyond the many theatrics – mismatched crockery, the pouring of porridge milk (a pre-dessert palate cleanser) from a ceramic cow into miniature paper cups, the kookily named dishes – this is a fine dining restaurant. And for a place of this calibre, the service is refreshingly relaxed and friendly. The food is a riot of tastes and colour, often defying expectation. Menus change weekly, ensuring it’s always seasonal with ingredients mostly sourced locally. It’s a pick-and-mix affair from a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts, plus soup and cheese courses. Prawn and haddock curry has fish that flakes at the merest touch of a fork. There’s a plate with a cornucopia of cheese, funny crackers and dried pear, while the sweetest, sharpest lemon meringue sits alongside a mini marzipan ball and an apple nut crumble (thingy) – that's what it said on the menu, promise. All delights. If you’re into fun nouvelle cuisine, get yourself along here.

  • High point: Like nothing else in the capital
  • Low point: Freshly prepared dishes can mean a wee wait between courses
  • Notable dish: Prawn and haddock curry
  • Average price: £24 for 2, £32 for 3, £42 for 4, £55 for 5 (set lunch); £65 for 3, £72 for 4, £79 for 5 (set dinner)

21212 is an exclusive fine dining restaurant with rooms located in the heart of Edinburgh. Situated in a Grade A Listed Georgian Townhouse, the building has recently undergone a multi million pound transformation.The four beautifully appointed large bedrooms, with dedicated lounge areas, are split over the two upper levels of the house, offering commanding views over the gardens and the historic Calton Hill to the rear and stunning views of the city of Edinburgh to the front. On a clear day, bedrooms 1 and 21 also offer views to the Firth of Forth and beyond.Each bedroom's decor is different in theme and style and facilities include ensuite bathrooms with either a free-standing bath and walk-in shower or a specially designed wet room. Guests also have their own flat screen plasma television, and extensive storage spaces.

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  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 4
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 36
  • Largest group: 6
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £30 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year.

Christmas Food Q&A: Paul Kitching – 21212

17 Nov 2015

Michelin-starred chef tells us his suggestions for the festive season

Replace your traditional roast vegetables with something a little more exotic. Don’t get me wrong, British roast vegetables are hard to beat but if you want to step away from the norm, try a celeriac mash or serve Chinese radishes, mouli or pumpkin as…

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…


30 Apr 2009

Next month, chef Paul Kitching and his partner Katie O’Brien complete their move from Juniper, Manchester’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, to a full townhouse on Royal Terrace on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. A £4m project, this 38-cover restaurant – plus…