The Observatory

The Observatory
2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
  • Telephone 0131 525 8200
  • Food served Tue–Sat 5–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–6.30pm
  • Average price £25 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95
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The Glasshouse

Glasshouse Hotel’s tranquil bistro with great views of Calton Hill and friendly front of house staff.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

The trek from the Glasshouse Hotel’s foyer to its second floor Observatory restaurant is long. Out of the lift and turn right along the bedroom corridor, past the fireside bar, down the stairs, along another hallway and you’ve arrived. What the journey reveals is a polite, well-dressed room of warm timber tones and olive green upholstery, with great views over Calton Hill. The evening-only à la carte menu showcases an ambitious kitchen offering contemporary bistro fare, with the occasional flourish evident in the presentation. Try rabbit saddle with lemon thyme hotpot or pan-seared halibut with mussel and leek cream, while caramelised shallots and clapshot mash accompany Brewdog beer-marinated beef cheek. An early dining pre-theatre offer features a crayfish and cockle salad with Bloody Mary dressing, alongside pork loin with cider chicory and thyme jus. With emerging plans to set up a pre-dinner drinks ‘base camp’ on the delightfully tranquil rooftop gardens, keep an eye out for the soon to be revealed picnics on the lawn – they’re bound to be popular.

  • High point: Those views of Calton Hill
  • Low point: Curious night-time hall of mirrors effect from glazing
  • Notable dish: Brewdog beer-marinated beef cheek
  • No. overnight rooms: 77
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz, easy listening
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £23.50 per bottle