Castle Terrace

Castle Terrace
33–35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL
  • Telephone 0131 229 1222
  • Seasonal times Closes for week in April and 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.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £35 3 courses
  • 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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Hearing mutterings of ‘exquisite’ and ‘mind-blowing’ from fellow diners, expectations are set sky-high in this airy dining room. But these are instantly met by a trio of intricate canapés, including a dollop of goat’s cheese with apricot and pork collar masquerading as a mini fry-up and an emerald sphere bursting on your tongue with the intensified flavours of a Caesar salad. What follows is equally spectacular. Delicate parcels of gently braised duck sit in a crystal-clear aromatic consommé and demonstrate chef Dominick Jack’s eye for beautiful presentation, alongside a rocher of rhubarb sorbet atop fresh red gurnard tartare. Moans of excitement echo from neighbouring tables on the gastronomic tasting journey as a mini burger, chef’s playful take on haggis, neeps and tatties, makes its way to the table. With the option of wine pairings from sommelier Joël Bastian, the tasting menus, seasonal à la carte and excellent value set-lunch option are all winners. Visits are made all the more memorable with the allure of petit fours at the chef’s table; a very special climax to a business lunch or evening celebration in this luxurious yet pared-back contemporary restaurant.

The List's rating
8.2

Menu

Cooking

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Ambience

Appeal

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Ailidh Forlan visited Castle Terrace on 28 February 2019
  • High point: Class cooking from start to perfect crème brûlée finish
  • Low point: Having over ten servers can feel a little impersonal
  • Notable dish: Free range corn-fed chicken served with potato and leek
  • Average price: £35 (plus cheese £47); £65 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Background smooth jazz
  • Capacity: 75 (including 20 seats in bar area)
  • Largest group: 85
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 32
  • House wine: £36 per bottle

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