Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace

4.5
198 reviews
£25 and under
Pizzeria
You won’t find snow (often) but you will find the spirit of Après ski and the best view of Edinburgh Castle to be found off the esplanade. Grab a fluffy blanket, a Gondola seat, and order your drams from a vintage Nissan van to take in the stunning views. Our rooftop is the jewel in our crown and a must-visit spot on the Grassmarket.

Food is served from 12pm-9pm Wednesday- Sunday.

We are currently working within Scottish Government guidelines.

All Bookings must be confirmed with card details in order to secure the booking. Nothing is charged to the card by way of a deposit and the card details are stored using SSL encryption, the industry standard. By providing card details, you are deemed to acknowledge that a charge of £5 per person may be made to the card in the event that your party fails to arrive or if the booking is cancelled with less than 2 hours notice.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 198 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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karleneh
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

only went for drinks was a good atmosphere and good service

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BernadineW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with very attentive and friendly staff

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LauraD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Spent an enjoyable evening in one of the cable car booths catching up with friends. Great vibe and wonderful food. Very impressed with the gluten free pizza - top marks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Staff were not interested in many guests, bar those at the big tables. Service took forever and each time a drink was ordered someone else had to come back to chase it up as the first order never went through. Not a great experience. If you’re going to use beer coolers, clean them, they were incredibly unhygienic.

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Loui
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and drinks. Will definitely be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed. Staff really friendly and delicious food/drink. The view was amazing too.

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ConnieN
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place, nice staff! The rooftop is as lovely.

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SusanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely atmosphere. What a fantastic venue this is.

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JacH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for lunch with great views. Staff very attentive.

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FionaM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great chicken burgers. Lovely slushie cocktail. Fantastic service.

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ClaireP
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to the cold town house rooftop terrace it is an awesome atmosphere food was delicious and staff were very helpful and friendly

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JenniferW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waited 10 mins to be seated. They had to create a table for us as they seemed to have overbooked. This was a dingy dark space in the corner. I asked to move and we managed to get moved into the sun. Girl who seemed to be manager on duty wasn’t very helpful and seemed to be a bit unorganised.

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SamanthaC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good choice of drinks and food is always amazing

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Laurenk
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little outdoor terrace great music, atmosphere and cocktails!

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SharonP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favourite places - stunning location - food was also amazing - highly recommended

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AMYJ
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the perfect day for a rooftop lunch. Took my grannie out for her first outing and lunch. We were greeted with all the right covid rules etc which was important to her. The rooftop was stunning and minded me on being on holiday with the music etc. Service was great, drinks and food came fast. The only reason i gave 4 stars for something is cause my grannie specifically asked for her burger to be cooked right through (no red) and they didnt do this we were offered a replacement straight away. But in the end as the meals were so big anyway i just halved mine with her. They were still polite and took this off bill without even asking. I will be back as the drinks menu and cocktails i seen looks fabby!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Location perfect.
Service could have been slightly faster but polite staff

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AbiH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Good atmosphere and nice drinks but overpriced for what it is and food wasn’t great.

JH
JHall
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Roof terrace was closed due to the weather but this wasn’t communicated to us until we were shown to our table inside. The service was fine, nothing special but nothing to complain about. Found the cocktail menu to be quite limited and the atmosphere inside wasn’t really to our style. We didn’t stay long before going elsewhere.

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daryl
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Cold pizza , no Parmesan on Parmesan and truffle fries , food was served in takeaway boxes

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GordonC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having food outside on the roof terrace area. Food was great and good service too.

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vipGeorgeP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bar space with stunning views. Great helpful staff as well

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great staff
Great experience

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ChloeI
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The aesthetic was very beautiful with the decor. The volume was good, I could hear everyone around me, so there was no issues there. The staff were very nice and fun. I think it's a shame it's only open for 10pm because I would have stayed longer if that were a possibility. I did think it was a little expensive as well, but everywhere in Edinburgh is, so that's not really surprising. The food was good, perfectly edible but I thought my pizza was a bit too tomatoey, that's more down to personal taste rather than anything the chef did wrong. Overall, it was a very pleasant evening and I hope to return sometime soon.

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Lisa
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful settings for a beer garden. Had the best day 💖

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MaryD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have a great set up on their roof terrace. Heaters, a canopy should it rain and friendly service. I would highly recommend.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic terrace, definitely worth a visit!! Food and booze is yummy too.

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Laura
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was really good, good food but would recommend music if possible

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really good set up with tables well spaced and good facilities.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place. Amazing service ❤️❤️

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HannahK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good but short time slot, would have preferred 2 1/2 hours

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Nicole
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great afternoon, excellent service. I will definitely return to cold town house.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We had an issue where 2 members of our party fallen ill with corona like symptoms. We tried to call the restaurant 3 times to let them know and no one answered. We showed up early to let Cold Town know and they told us that was completely fine and also said since we we’re early we could be seated before our reservation and then switch to the table we had booked once our reservation time came. We were really happy with this and agreed. About an hour in another staff member, short with long dark hair, approached us and we confirmed the story to her. What I didn’t know what that she was cancelling out reservation on Open Table and stating that we didn’t show up? About an hour later she very rudely told us that we had forfeited our reservation and had 5 minutes to leave. Let me reiterate, this was said extremely rudely as she said because we were 2 less people than planned, we were worth less to them. I have worked service and waiting jobs and completely understand where they are coming from. However I would NEVER say that to a customer. We also were a bit offended because we only sat early because it was offered to us after we came early since no one was answering the phone for two days in a row to explain the situation yet this staff member now redacted the offered service and made it seem like we were violating the terms and agreement set forth on their website, although we tried everything we could to contact them. The people behind us had been there much longer than we had as they had already had quite a few drinks and pizza on the table when we arrived and we’re still seated when told to leave, so it was obviously not an issue with the time allotted per table. Again, we have no issues with moving, with them not wanting to seat us because part of our party fell ill, with any of this. We have an issue with basically being chastised by the staff after we had already been sitting there ordering drinks as if we had betrayed them because of this.

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BlakeH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is a brilliant place to meet friends. The staff are really good, food is tasty and the big beer contraptions are really fun! It was raining so I can only imagine how amazing it is on sunny day.

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Julie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic day! Food was delicious and very friendly service.
There were a few showers while we were on the roof terrace but the cover was opened very quickly to keep us dry. There is lift for anyone not able to make the stairs.

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CharlotteT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very thankful for the roof covering! Stayed very warm and dry on the roof terrace in the pouring rain.

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MartinaC
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks, and service, as usual. The heater at our table wasn’t working so we were quite cold, but other than that, a great experience.

JA
JenniferA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visited CTH a few times over the weekend and service was brilliant. Food and drink great however reduced food menu (understandable but not stated on menu that comes up when viewing from open table confirmation email). Quite pricey, but worth it for such great service and a lovely environment. Make sure you get a seat with a heater!

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Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service from staff made to feel very safe. Adhered to covid protocol well

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JulieH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, lovely food.
Was good to hear some music in the background. It’s the little things. Look forward to returning.

FAQs

Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace is rated 4.5 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.