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.
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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






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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