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Clouds & Soil - Permanently Closed, Edinburgh,

Clouds & Soil - Permanently Closed

4.0
4
51 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
Permanently Closed - Occupying the unique, five-storey townhouse at 4 Picardy Place, Clouds & Soil is the second outpost from the people behind Bond No 9 (located on Commercial Street, Leith). C&S’ five floors offers a ground level bar, specialising in wine, cocktails and special serves with its own bar food menu and a first floor restaurant with its own private Hendricks dining room for six.
With a modern cuisine offering and all menus available on every floor, this restaurant offers fine food for all palates.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 4pm - 9:30pm Saturday, Sunday: 12pm - 9:30pm

  • Phone number

    0131 629 2728

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Telford

  • Private party facilities

    The Hendricks private dining room is a delightfully different experience to dining, the grand table seats 6-8 and the room offers views over the busy roundabout at the Omni Centre and the cascading Calton Hill.

  • Private party contact

    Claire Chamberlain: 0131 629 2728

  • Area

    New Town

  • Parking Details

    Pay and Display parking is available outside, Monday-Saturday 6.30pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. LC

    LynnC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2016

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Two of us booked for a pre-theatre meal. We both chose the red pepper risotto. Unfortunately it was so bland. We had to keep putting black pepper on to make it more flavoursome. It didn't work. There were obviously red peppers in there somewhere but to be honest it tasted like rice pudding. Three of us had planned to eat there the next night too but we went elsewhere and had a much nicer meal. Nice looking restaurant no doubt but you need to work on your risotto...
  2. C

    Cbs2

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From walking in to a warm welcome to leaving with a cheery goodbye from the staff we could not fault any aspect of the Restaurant, food, ambiance or staff. Look forward to going back as it was tremendous value for money with or without the Itison voucher that we had and the food was simply delicious with plenty choice. The cocktails were also properly made and was nice to try something from the norm.
  3. W

    Wetheral108

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went there on Valentines Evening - it was a last minute booking. Really nice staff, food was very good especially the tuna! Will definitely be back next time we are in Edinburgh.
  4. PR

    PaleoRog

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is a nice restaurant, well located and has a very nice atmosphere. The experience was spoilt by the cold room (sash windows in Edinburgh brrr) and the small meal quantities. It was no cheap either!
  5. MS

    MarkS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very impressed with everything about Clouds and Soil. We went to the bar on arrival and were met by a very friendly girl called Kara. We ordered a couple of cocktails and she was very knowledgeable about them. When I had a special request, nothing was too much trouble. The bar experience was first class. Onto the restaurant upstairs and the food was absolutely beautiful! The menu wasnt extensive, which I think is a good thing as there can be too much choice sometimes. All of our courses were really well cooked and very tasty. Overall, we were very happy with our visit and will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.
  6. JM

    JoyceM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Slow service,lacking in atmosphere,tables too close to each other food average. Unable to eat dessert as apple not cooked. I would not have been happy to pay full price, meal had been prepaid with an itison deal.
  7. PD

    PromotingDogfriendly

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, staff were friendly and polite, would definitely eat here again. Wide selection of drinks, the prosecco was lovely. I booked after finding on the Dugs Welcome website and reviewing the high marks on trip advisor, the staff quickly offered water for the dog which is always a plus.
  8. MK

    MoiraK

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food,service,atmosphere all great. My friend and I had a lovely evening
  9. w

    wanderluster

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The food was fine but unremarkable and too expensive for the quality. Perfectly pleasant service but again unremarkable. Not to be avoided, but not to be recommended either.
  10. M

    Maccy72

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant great service but the food was a bit hit and miss and the partridge was starter sized..........would have liked to have been advised to add a side as the John Dory was fine without therefore the staff should at least mention it. John Dory very well cooked but tasted so salty and the starter of salmon must have been wrapped in butter as that is all I could taste. Venison starter was lovely but small. Dessert and cheese both lovely.
  11. E

    Edinburghlovers

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was good and friendly, wines were affordable. Overall great experience and great value with Amazon local.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2015

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Starter was flavoursome but texture all wrong. If described as a Mille Fuille then that's what it should be. Delicious sea bass and devine trio of chocolate desserts. Wine list limited. Service was top notch in restaurant and bar.
  13. R

    Rowdy

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The mussels for starter and the chicken for main were delicious but the spring roll starter was tiny and the monkfish cheek main was horrible. This is why I would not recommend as it was a bit of a hit and miss. (All meals mentioned are off the August A-la-carte menu)
  14. F

    Fifer

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Clouds & Soil, and we weren't disappointed. Excellent food, interesting place/decor, and a cocktail menu which extended beyond the usual suspects. We were attended by at least four different staff members and all were chatty and professional, with one in particular taking the time to discuss the gluten-free options/alternatives (essentially almost any item could be prepared GF, since the meals are cooked to order). Unfortunately we had to rush away so couldn't stay for a dessert, but we plan to return before too long in order to remedy that. Highly recommended.
  15. n

    nblove

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2015

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, with brilliant service. Menu ticks all boxes with different choices. Each course my boyfriend and myself had, we did really enjoy. But we were still hungry after 3!! So would recommend. But not at their full prices.
  16. a

    ascotladsf

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Handy location and decent decor. But slow/poor service, not very attentive, took a long time to get menus, food, delivered food was cold, overcooked or burned. Not impressed
  17. D

    Dunseman

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We remember this venue in a previous incarnation. It has now been refurbished in a very pleasant style . The bar is inviting, and the upstairs dining room has an ambience that suits this busy theatre -land location. The food was excellent..plenty of choice for vegetarians...well presented and ample portions
  18. R

    Ruth

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There was a wide choice of food with about six options for each course, including a couple of vegetarian and fish dishes. Waiter was very friendly and although he didn't know a few answers to our questions about the menu, he went away and found out quickly. The dining room was nicely appointed and had a relaxed atmosphere.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Lacks atmosphere, very quiet. Cheese fondue was a big disappointment.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Booked this pre-theatre. Service was very slow & poor, had to ask for drinks menu. Main courses were both very disappointing and both left quite a lot. Due to the slow service and theatre start had to ask for bill when main courses served. Would not recommend this place at all!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Did not know this place existed bit I will be back, cocktails were top notch and food was of good standard.
  22. SM

    SallyM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was really good as was the service. Only downside there was not another person in the restaurant.
  23. M

    Maggadoo

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We felt the service from the two girls was fabulous. They were pleasant, attentive and very efficient. This was out first time at the restaurant and we will certainly return
  24. e

    edb1675

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This is a lovely venue with an obliging and courteous waitstaff. My cocktail was great (not surprising since it was a la Bond No.9!) but I'm afraid the food was a little bit disappointing. I found that the vegetable accompaniment had great sauce, but in both seafood and meat, there was really not enough seasoning or flavour. I guess some chefs feel that meat or fish should "speak for itself" but personally I like my food just a little more exciting! The prices were okay, but I will be honest and say that we didn't leave 100% satisfied.
  25. GB

    GeordieBison

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I know it wasn't busy but my request for a quiet area as we had a special celebration was provided and we had the Hendricks room which was very private. Excellent service with a smile and the toilets were clean and nicely decorated with nice smellies etc. Food was grat value and well cooked and presented. Thank you
  26. p

    pinkjane2412

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, very informative, attentive and helpful waitresses. Can't wait to make a return visit.
  27. P

    Palazzogirl

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Being directly across from the Playhouse Edinburgh makes this a prime location for pre-theatre dining. The food and decor were great and the service pretty good too. Only downside was access with a serious amount of stairs to reach the restaurant and the loo. There may be a lift but I did not see it.
  28. LR

    LynneR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2015

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The quality if the food was excellentm the restaurant well decorated and staff attentive. If I had one thing I would change, dim the lights as it was very bright and if you want to attract those looking for a romantic meal, then dimming lights would help
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good and not expensive. Not a huge selection on the menu but that really didn't matter. Service was first class and there was no rush for us to release the table which is quite unusual on a pre theatre booking.
  30. P

    Pretheatre

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was really good, huge piece of fish. The restaurant was quiet and we didn't feel rushed I would say that there could have been more of a range of cocktails on offer.
  31. F

    Francesca

    London

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2014

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Clouds and Soil should be a great restaurant. The menu is very good (with excellent vegetarian choices) and the cooking is to a high standard. The building itself is inviting with what could be a cosy, romantic room for the restaurant. The service was friendly and efficient. However, what lets the restaurant down is a complete lack of atmosphere. We shared our meal with a table of two, who left before we finished, and a table of three tourists who spent all their time on their phones. Other than that, the place was dead. Perhaps it was because of the lack of diners which meant the chef could rattle through the orders. The starters appeared almost immediately and the mains as soon as the starters were whisked away. We're slow eaters but we were done and dusted within 50 minutes. We beat a hasty retreat to the ambiance of our local pub.
  32. P

    Phil

    London

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The is of a very high standard, way above average, but the prices are very reasonable.
  33. H

    Highlandlass19

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First visit and would go back. Staff were attentive but not invasive. Courses were well spaced out, did not feel rushed through our meal. Portions were small but suited my appetite, husband would have liked more. Did not have a starter as none took my fancy which is unusual. Slow cooked beef cheeks were amazing, just fell apart, perfectly cooked. Only criticism was that the room was cold as they kept the doors open to the restaurant.
  34. m

    mccyclopsjohn1

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and Service here was nothing short of perfection and made my Edinburgh trip very enjoyable. The staff here were very attentive and professional which seems to be a dieing art in recent years. The food was extremely tasty and very well presented. I will certainly be returning to Clouds and soil which is now one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh.
  35. VL

    VeganLunch

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Clouds and Soil, a game of two halves. The building from the street is in line with all the others around the area of the Edinburgh Playhouse,but step inside and climb the stairs and you enter a grand dining room where not only will you not overhear the next tables conversation but you could be forgiven for thinking you had booked private dining such is the width and height of the room. The service is friendly, unobtrusive and chilled as it should be - so far so good. The food and wine then, well it's fine, it's ok, it's easily forgettable and this surely must be the real shame when you have such perfectly pitched service and surroundings. I could go through the pros and cons of each dish on the small menu but that would be missing the point, because the point in all dining out should start with great food, well thought out, well cooked, making you glad you came out and if the service and ambience also just happen to be great then mission accomplished. So well done C&S for such a great venue and for recruiting such a great front of house, but it's time to spend the same time perfecting the menu,then the 5 stars will start rolling in.
  36. SC

    SCGrant

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Charming place. Lovely cocktail and pre theatre meal. Would definately be back and would recommend.
  37. KF

    KatieFoodie

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had my Birthday night out here and got the private gin room, which was lovely. Food fab and excellent service. They have a late bar too which was a bonus. Will be back for any occasion or a meal for two.
  38. b

    ballybee

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely meal here. The wine was a bit pricey but the food was good value for money, enticing recipes and beautifully cooked.
  39. c

    carpediem123

    Edinburgh

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was pretty tasty although the menu was relatively limited and they seemed bothered by any food allergies. The restaurant was quiet which was perfect as we could chat easily and hear each other. The service wasn't great and we had to get their attention on a number of occasions. For having just 1.5 courses (main and coffee) it took a long time (approx. 90 minutes from sitting to leaving) which was unexpected as there were only 3 other tables. The bill was too expensive in our option for the quality and because we had a main and a coffee and drank water. This a good spot for a pre- or post-theatre meal but not for much else unfortunately.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Found this on itison. Difficult to find in a tucked-back building with an elegant but terse sign. Dinner at 6:30 in an empty restaurant, but both our starters and our mains were very slow to arrive. Good food, well-presented, and nice wine offerings. Restaurant on second floor above bar and outdoor smoking areas. Smoke comes in through open doors and windows, making for not such a great dining experience.

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Clouds & Soil - Permanently Closed is rated 4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Area

    New Town

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 4pm - 9:30pm Saturday, Sunday: 12pm - 9:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Pay and Display parking is available outside, Monday-Saturday 6.30pm

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Telford

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    0131 629 2728

  • Private party facilities

    The Hendricks private dining room is a delightfully different experience to dining, the grand table seats 6-8 and the room offers views over the busy roundabout at the Omni Centre and the cascading Calton Hill.

  • Private party contact

    Claire Chamberlain: 0131 629 2728

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