The Dining Room
- Telephone 0131 220 2044
- Opening times Mon–Wed 9.30am–11pm; Thu–Sat 9.30pm–midnight. Sun 11am–9pm (members only)
- Bar open Mon–Wed 9am–11pm; Thu–Sat 9am–midnight. Sun noon–10pm
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm, closed Mon/Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5.30–6.30pm
- Average price £22 (set lunch); £42 (set evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £21.95
- Website www.thediningroomedinburgh.co.uk
The restaurant of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Dining Room is handsomely elegant as well as dependably excellent.
With the glory of its malts and the serenity of its clubs, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is something of a religious experience to its members. Thankfully, just like church, non-members are also welcome at the Dining Room Restaurant and Kaleidoscope bar inside the society’s Queen Street townhouse. A refurb in July 2016 shifted the restaurant upstairs to the capacious grandeur of the first floor, replacing it with the stylish Kaleidoscope bar. The move upstairs hasn’t phased the kitchen; the Dining Room remains one of the more dependable fine-dining venues in town. Seasonally changing menus have finesse without fussiness, showcasing deep flavours in elegant dishes: a pillowy ravioli of celeriac and chanterelles is both rich and light, while succulent halibut is warmly underpinned with umami Jerusalem artichokes. Quality produce is handled with skill, so you can expect perfectly pink venison and vegetables which retain character and bite. The cooking is excellent, though the menu perhaps lacks a cutting edge, and the food can feel like its playing second fiddle to the drink – although this seems correct, as first and foremost this is a place to worship the whisky gods.
- High point: Great ingredients, excellent food, outstanding whisky
- Low point: The cooking is expertly done, but it’s not always that exciting
- Notable dish: Halibut with mussels, Jerusalem artichoke, spätzle and trompettes
Specialising in modern Scottish food and fine dining, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street is a superb Edinburgh restaurant, set in the well-heeled New Town. Home to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Dining Room sits in the ground floor of a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of Edinburgh city and the patriotic menu, expertly prepared by the Head Chef, James Freeman, offers a range of prime Scottish produce.
Boasting the world's widest selection of exclusive single cask whiskies available along with an extensive wine list, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street offers a sophisticated menu with seasonal dishes, along with personable, unfussy service.
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- Private dining: 8/18
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
- House wine: £19.50 per bottle
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