Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse

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Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse
20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN
  • Telephone 0131 652 7370
  • Opening times Daily: noon–11.30pm (last orders 10pm).
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–12.30am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 6.30–10.30am, noon–9.45pm; Sat/Sun 7–11am, noon–9.45pm.
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Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse

A grand hotel dining room with great views and good steaks.

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The elegant, double-height dining room at Twenty Princes Street is decorated with decadent gold upholstery and black leather banquettes, positioned to make the most of the panoramic views through huge windows to Edinburgh's Old Town. Being a hotel dining room, albeit a very grand one, there are separate breakfast, lunch, set lunch, Sunday roast and dinner menus available featuring a wide variety of Scottish produce like oysters, mussels and scallops, sea bass and plaice, chicken, lamb and pork, as well as burgers and mac and cheese. But the grass-fed, 35-day-aged beef steaks are the star of the show here, from rump to porterhouse, arriving smoky, crunchy and juicy from the Josper grill. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children’s options and an extensive drinks list, with a range of wines by the bottle and glass, bottled beers, and cocktails from the mixologists at the adjoining Juniper bar. The service is workmanlike rather than warm, but you may not even notice as your attention is more likely to be drawn to the views outside.

The List's rating






Stan Blackley visited Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse on 20 February 2019
  • High point: The superb, panoramic views over to Edinburgh Old Town
  • Low point: Desserts don’t quite live up to the promise of the menu
  • Notable dish: Porterhouse steak
  • Average price: Two for £22 deal = two main courses plus two drinks for £22 (set lunch); £29 (dinner)

Twenty Princes Street offers a trendy and sophisticated hangout whatever the occasion, where dining is refreshingly informal and the atmosphere is glamorous but not glitzy.

The interiors are an exciting melange of smouldering black leather and burnished gold upholstery, with sleek lacquered accents set against a striking backdrop of white and gold. Triple-height windows provide one of the best vantage points in the city with picture perfect views of the city skyline and lush, capacious banquettes make the most of the vistas.

Chef Tony Sarton demonstrates culinary flair with an inventive and eclectic menu, using only the finest local ingredients. There’s an exciting choice of fish and seafood dishes while the selection of steaks are a signature of the restaurant with a Josper Grill ensuring dishes are delivered perfectly.

The rump of lamb served with twice-baked pea and Parmesan soufflé is not to be missed, while the seabass cooked in cedar paper with caramelised onion is another winner; and vegetarians are also well-catered for with smoked ricotta and chargrilled courgette served with truffled gnocchi and roasted summer squash risotto with red onion and cumin fritters. Starters from £4 and mains from just £14.

For pre- or post-prandial drinks, relax in our bar Juniper.

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  • Private dining: 220 banquet style
  • No. overnight rooms: 64
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 105
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

Reviews & features

Food review: Twenty Princes Street

15 Oct 2013

The upmarket city centre restaurant is more than just the Royal British Hotel's dining room

The dam of tram works in the West End has opened up and soon the trams themselves will be shoogling (or swishing – who knows?) along Edinburgh’s majestic, open-sided main artery. Princes Street is on the comeback trail, something the Cairn Hotel Group…