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Calistoga Restaurant, Edinburgh,

Calistoga Restaurant

4.2
4.2
464 Reviews
£25 and under
Californian
Calistoga Restaurantis a real oasis in the centre of Edinburgh. Quietly situated just off Rose Street right in the centre of the city, this is a friendly place offering California inspired flavours. The menu changes every month and the best Scottish produce is complimented by great imagination from the head chef. There are plenty options including vegetarian dishes. The wine list is totally Californian and offers over 120 wines which reflect the diversity of wine styles from the Golden State. All wines are offered at only a fixed £5 mark­up, an amazing value for a city centre restaurant. The restaurant is great for parties too. 3 private dining rooms are available. Wine Tasting dinners are also very popular where for a small charge a wine tutor will take you through a selection of wines prior to dinner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday-Saturday: 12:00-14:30 and 17:00-22:00 Sunday: Closed

  • Phone number

    0131 225 1233

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Marco Cavallero

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Parking Details

    We can offer a private space with advance request.

  • Public Transit

    8 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Entertainment

    Calistoga Central offers Wine Tasting Dinners. Choose a Tasting to try between 4 and 6 different wines. You will have your own dedicated wine tutor who will provide an informal commentary on the various wines. We are very happy to take bookings for groups of 2 people right up to 50. The wine tasting is followed by 3 or 4 course dinner

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 464 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. J

    Jonesy

    Aberdeen

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A fantastic family meal. Great steaks and fantastic service. A hidden gem in the heart of Edinburgh. Well worth a visit!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Homemade but disaster
  3. B

    Bigdaddio

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Having used this restaurant on a number of occasions all being pretty good this was a huge disappointment , Starter portions were frugal to put it mildly . Mains were uninspiring and the vegan meal came as deep fried ! Totally unexpected . Not surprised only three other tables occupied . Avoid
  4. SM

    SharonM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect hidden gem food was fantastic and pino noir was amazing will definately be back
  5. MH

    MarkH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A taste of the California wine country in the heart of New Town Edinburgh. We enjoyed the vistas of vineyards and the opportunity to see how people think our wine country life is. The food and friendliness were on point for a wine country dinner. The location, a gritty urban lane off Rose Street, just adds to the pleasure.
  6. F

    Fabulous

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would highly recommend this restaurant. We booked this restaurant for a 50th birthday dinner. Originally we had booked the Witchery on the royal mile as we had 6 guests joining us but unfortunately at the last minute we had one other person wanting to be added on so they couldn't accommodate us. Calistoga absolutely saved the day by being able to take our booking for 7 people at very short notice. Before our dinner at Calistoga we decided to take advantage of the wine tasting beforehand. We were given a whole hour of sampling some amazing wines by a guy who was very experienced and made the whole experience very interesting indeed. This was an added plus to the evening and made it an extra special for us. Overall we would highly recommend this lovely place and were really happy in the end that the Witchery could not accommodate us. Truly a unique find food amazing and would highly recommend to everyone!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fixed price lunch menu provided options for meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians. Wine list included good selection of wines by the glass. Value for money. Portions good size - after 3 courses we were quite full. I particularly enjoyed the christmas pudding cheese cake. Service was excellent. Every time my water glass was empty someone would appear to refill it. Nice relaxing ambience in the restaurant. Will definitely return.
  8. I

    In2cuisine

    Edinburgh

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Worse than Average the there were four of us in the restaurant, two sets of two it took one hour to receive a flat iron steak. Which was the highlight of the meal. The steak was cooked to the desired medium rare, the pepper corn sauce was poor the chips were of minuscule preportion. The meal was booked for 12:30 in the afternoon it took 1 hour and 45 mins to get out
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely little hidden gem just off Rose street. Lovely meal, nice ambience and friendly helpful staff. Would definitely return.
  10. EM

    ElaineM

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A secret retreat no longer! We had a lovely meal from an imaginative menu.
  11. NG

    NickyG

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Grouse wasn't available and we were offered partridge instead. It was delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food great wine
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2017

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Not a great evening here unfortunately. Friendly, pleasant waiter but the service from the kitchen was incredibly slow (an hour and a half between starter and main courses). Suspect there may have been a problem in the kitchen the night we were there but this wasn't explained to us. We weren't the only unhappy diners. The food was OK but nothing special and really nothing we couldn't have cooked at home very simply. For £18 I would have hoped for more than a bland dish of noodles (although the sea bass was well cooked). Our desserts were a very ordinary piece of chocolate cake and an inedible cream and soggy pancake "cheesecake" with a watery "white chocolate" sauce. I guess every chef can have an off day and we've not been before so maybe this was a one off bad experience. Fortunately the wine was good!
  14. V

    Vicks23

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and lovely wine. Will definitely be back
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent wine list, well priced for the quality you get. Short but good menu. Relaxed atmosphere. We love this place which is why we picked it for our anniversary meal. We had the sharing platter which was vast but so tasty, we finished the lot. Next time may skip the starter if have the sharing option so we could have dessert.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and wine without being pretentious. Great wine list and not knowing much about white wine I asked for a recommendation. The suggestion was delicious and not at the upper end of the price range. Friendly service without being overbearing. Private location in the city centre. Reasonably priced for high quality service, wine and food.
  17. JT

    JosephT

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third visit to this fabulous restaurant and excellent as always. This is our default restaurant when not under an obligation to go elsewhere.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another lovely meal at Calistoga. Whether you want to stick to vegies or enjoy some meat there are always plenty of interesting and tasty options. The food is well priced and the service friendly and informal. Love it!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    An excellent wine list, food not as good as in previous visits but still decent. Service a little sketchy on this visit but friendly so no real complaints.
  20. SI

    SIINFEKL

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very welcome quiet restaurant off the beaten track but still very central for festival. Food inventive and great wine list - very interesting. Very comfortable seats.
  21. a

    ans45

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Visited with friends for lunch. Not a huge selection on the lunch/early evening menu but everything we had was very good. Service was friendly. Atmosphere very laid back. Very good value for money and very good wine list. Tucked away in a lane so not the best location but once you have found it you'll be sure to return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The great thing about Calistoga is its consistency. Lovely food. Friendly relaxed and competent service. The wine is particularly good and streets ahead of most restaurants.
  23. P

    Plank

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    A terrible dining experience. Venison was not seasoned or cooked with any care. Rosemary potatoes were half cooked and garnished with one rosemary leaf, not even a sprig. The jus was watery and bland, bland, bland. When asked if I could have something "green" to accompany the ill looking plate of food, I was informed that this dish has never come with any other vegetables and all I was offered was a salad. The vegetarian option was also a poor attempt at food - a mushy plate of mush. No whiff of the Golden State at this venue. The bill ran to just under £50 for two people only having a main and a beer each. Never have I had such an underwhelming or depressing dining experience. Do not waste your time or money.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing meal as always and the people who work there are superb. Very friendly and knowledgable - introduced us to bacon wine!
  25. KR

    KennethR

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Can't give anything more than one star. Reservation for 19:45 to give us time to make a show we had booked. Starters eventually served at 9:50, no sign of mains by 9:10, at no point was there any information as to what the problem was. We got up and left explaining why to the sultry and unapologetic gentleman on the reception. We were given our starters free and paid for our drinks, but were not given an apology only an excuse that everyone who booked for 19:00 didn't turn up until 19:30 and therefore everything was running late. He also said had we told him we had a show he would have rushed food out, (the implication there being it was our fault!). I think it is reasonable when you book a table at 19:45 that you would have finished dining by 21:30 without having to provide the restaurant with information as to why you needed to leave! The other diners in the dining room had all been subjected to similar waits and the atmosphere as a result was very poor with audible complaints from all sides. Worse than the wait was the complete disregard shown to clients and the complete lack of apology. Worst customer service and attitude I have experienced!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nice lunch, quiet location, so a good choice during the Festival
  27. F

    Fabplace2eat

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal as usual in pleasant surroundings. Food very flavoursome. Staff very attentive
  28. ES

    EleanorS

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food anddrinks , very nice staff I was there for a birthday lunch and I was given a cute wee dessert with candle and sang to by the waitress
  29. EE

    ElizabethE

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't let the hidden location scare you off. This little Napa inspired restaurant is a keeper! We visited for the early dinner special 5:30-6:30 on weeknights and loved everything. My son and I had the swordfish and my husband had a chicken dish. I had beetroot soup to start and salad as a side. The wine list is impressive . I highly recommend- especially for the price!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Well presented tasty food. Superb wine list. Will go again.
  31. SA

    SimonAy

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time very pleasant atmosphere, service and quality reasonable wine. Limited menu for lunch, however Food well made though lacked any vegetable side or salad, only choice of potato types at additional cost.
  32. SL

    ShillingLife

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not terribly exciting. A perfectly pleasant starter of 6 asparagus spears served with a tangy sauce. A very uninspiring steak with a small portion of roasted potatoes. A piece of cheesecake which was so cold it needed a knife to cut it. Overpriced and unappealing red wine. Nothing appalling or awful about the restaurant or its food, but little -whether ambience or cuisine - to enjoy, savour or appreciate. I can think of so many other restaurants which I would prefer: Redwood Bistro; L Escargot Blanc; L'Petit Folie.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food good service. Kids loved it too
  34. C

    Clare

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good value Great selection of wines Had monk fish and cod both excellent
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have eaten in Calistoga a number of times over the years. The food never disappoints but the wine list is both excellent and stunning value. Both the grill and a large carte menus are strong, with the a la carte changing regularly.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. You think you have made a mistake when trying to find it. But it is a real hidden gem. Although I do feel the range of desserts need expanded somewhat.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly, informal and with interesting food. Great selection of reasonably-priced Californian wines.
  38. E

    Edinburgheaters2

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Returned and was as good as ever. Staff great and quiet without being empty so plenty of attention. Would recommend to anyone.
  39. TT

    TopTotty

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food, well priced and served by lovely, friendly staff. Very nice and thoughtful touch by the wait staff, who arranged a surprise delicious dessert for my wife and I, after learning we were on an anniversary date! Greatly appreciated, we will definitely be back.
  40. f

    franz

    Edinburgh

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed this meal and restaurant tucked away yet in city centre

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Calistoga Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 464 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday-Saturday: 12:00-14:30 and 17:00-22:00 Sunday: Closed

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    We can offer a private space with advance request.

  • Public Transit

    8 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Marco Cavallero

  • Entertainment

    Calistoga Central offers Wine Tasting Dinners. Choose a Tasting to try between 4 and 6 different wines. You will have your own dedicated wine tutor who will provide an informal commentary on the various wines. We are very happy to take bookings for groups of 2 people right up to 50. The wine tasting is followed by 3 or 4 course dinner

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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