Castle Terrace

Castle Terrace
33–35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL
  • Telephone 0131 229 1222
  • Seasonal times Closes for a week every three months and for 2 weeks at Christmas.
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2.30pm, 6.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.castleterracerestaurant.com
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Castle Terrace

Chic in its understatement, Castle Terrace celebrates the creative potential of Scottish produce with class and passion.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Dominic Jack’s passion for expressing delight and joy through food is apparent in every plate presented at Castle Terrace. The smallest detail is elegantly considered without being overworked. First a trio of amuse bouche may include a crispy fried squid-ink ravioli filled with salted cod purée or a bright mouthful of Caesar-ed cream within a lettuce-jellied orb. Then a sunset array of wafer thin sliced heirloom carrots transforms the pale tranquillity of the wasabi-mayonnaised parcel of Highland Wagyu beef, while generating a sweet counterpoint. Potently rich braised lamb nestles rosy slices of roasted lamb, supporting a tempura disc of aubergine so crunchy the coating splinters at first bite. It truly is wonderful. Tasting, à la carte and set menus are equally tempting and the chance to couple this with the wine pairing, charmingly narrated by sommelier Jean-Claude Vrinat, is an indulgence and exploration not to be missed. The atmosphere is poised and confident, a knowing sophistication without feeling staid or stiff. Staff, while unobtrusive, are clearly proud to guide you through this sensory adventure.

The List's rating
9

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Courtney Hyde Peyton visited Castle Terrace on 21 March 2018
  • High point: One of the most creative menus in town
  • Low point: Going back to normal life
  • Notable dish: Pressed shin of Highland Wagyu beef with carrots and wasabi mayonnaise
  • Average price: £33 (set lunch); £70, £80 (set dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Something akin to Kenny G
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 85
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 33
  • House wine: £32 per bottle

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