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–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6.30–10pm; closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £29.50 (set lunch); £65; £75 (tasting menu)
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Castle Terrace

This sophisticated light and airy city restaurant is a must for stylish epicures

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Recently renovated, Castle Terrace is one of the city’s most sophisticated restaurants. Its bright and airy interior features a beautiful blue and white etching of Edinburgh Castle, in lieu of a view. The introduction of a chef’s table in the huge new kitchen downstairs takes the experience to the next level for true epicureans. You can ask to enjoy a course there, as well as getting tips from the chefs on how to create their stylish dishes, such as the slightly spicy roe deer pâté starter which comes encased in a chimney of pastry and set off by a lovely pear sauce. The extensive à la carte mains include a choice of land and sea but it’s hard to see past paella Castle Terrace style, packed full of fishy delicacies from a tasty octopus morsel to squid, salmon and monkfish, all set off on a light, subtle spelt risotto. Equally impressive is a caramel soufflé dessert, playfully topped with popcorn and ice cream. If you want to sample chef Dominic Jack’s offering without breaking the bank, the £29.50 lunch menu is both excellent and excellent value.

  • High point: Beautiful food presented with class and creativity
  • Low point: Diners are bit packed in - request a window or end table
  • Notable dish: Paella Castle Terrace Style
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Light jazz
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 33
  • House wine: £22.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

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17 Sep 2010

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