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.
  • 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 evening meal)
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  • 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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Blimey. It’s all happening at Michelin-starred restaurant, 21212, Paul Kitching's eccentric gastronomic temple, 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 eatery. 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 zestiest lemon meringue sits alongside a mini marzipan ball and an apple nut crumble (thingy) – that's the menu's wacky description, not our lack of vocabulary. 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

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

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…