Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace

4.6
165 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.

Following the Scottish Government advice, wearing of a face covering upon arrival and when moving around the venue is mandatory.

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 165 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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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.

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alant
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific view of castle. Food excellent and drinks great, but do remember it's Edinburgh prices. It's also exposed so wrap up warm. Headers throughout help with this. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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RachelC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food and drink. Overall thoroughly enjoyed my visit

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DavidS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting under the shadow of Edinburgh castle enjoyng pizza and drink....amazing.

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DionneA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience of the rooftop area. Food and service was great!!!!

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AshahC
France
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Tried to over charge us, claiming we bought shots- “mixed up” with another tables order. Barely any cocktails on the limited menu- so overpriced too. Bumped up the prices of their food too. Woman who served was nice though.

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Marie
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing place. The drinks are very overpriced but that is quite common in Edinburgh

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EilidhD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorated really nice. Cold day but they had covered it to stop rain and have heaters. Pizza was amazing and they have a gluten free option.

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice day out with a visit to the roof top terrace shame its not a real Christmas however they terrace is decorated to give the festive spirit, planning a return trip in the summer hopefully after the Covid issues , defiantly worth a visit when in town

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MoniqueP
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a booking for lunch on the 20th of December. Failed to be notified that the restaurant was actually shut. Wasted £13 on parking. Absolutely appalling to not tell people and cancel the reservation. Furious is an understatement. The worst was getting a notification from open table to ask if I was still going the day before!!! I mean honestly ....

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SharonS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the rooftop terrace. Staff were amazing. Cocktails were good. Would be great for an afternoon or night out with friends

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Responded on 11 October 2020

Really happy to hear you enjoyed your time Sharon! Thank you very much for leaving the perfect review! Team CTH

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GintareB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, highly recommend. Our waiter was great

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Responded on 11 October 2020

Thanks for leaving the review Gintare

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Garyjen
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience. Service was attentive, efficient and very friendly. The only down side was the pizza that we had was a big soggy in the middle. Apart from this, drinks and food were delicious. We will be back and will be bringing our friends and family. I even got a birthday prosecco!! Thank you

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lindas
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The covid procedures were thorough. Service was 1st class. Food was really good & puddings were yummy. Surroundings & food & drink presentation were Instagram worthy lol Family had a great time. The staff are amazing also

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Booked a table on the roof terrace to have a few drinks with view of the castle but turned up and was told the terrace was closed due to rain during the day even though it was not raining during our booking. Was instead offered a table inside as it was not busy which we took but didn’t stay for long as the main reason for booking here was for the outdoor terrace

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GillianB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What an unexpected little gem the rooftop terrace is. Extremely safe & well laid out under current restrictions. The views, menu choice and the quirky little cable cars give it a unique feel. The Tuktuk style "bar" and "takeaway" box style food just add to the overall vibe. Would definitely return however booking a must!

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JenniferL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food came out super quick! Cocktails were fab! Great value!
We booked the rooftop so was gutted when it was closed due to the weather but that’s Scotland for you.

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Responded on 5 October 2020

How unlucky you were Jennifer as Sunday was a beauty! Fingers crossed for your next visit the sun has its hat on! Really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. See you again Team CT

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GavM
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid safe, tasty beer and really helpful staff!!!

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Responded on 5 October 2020

Thanks for the epic review GavM! See you again Team CT

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CarolineG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was perfect

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SophieC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit to the rooftop terrace, such a cool place! Food was soooo good and craft beer towers were such a good idea. Staff lovely, definitely be returning soon!

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CharlieS
Glasgow
14 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop terrace is a must visit for any beer lover. Stunning views, and a good selection of beer, although not as many craft beers as downstairs, the setting more than makes up for it.

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Lunch
London
18 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

For a sunny day in Edinburgh, the rooftop terrace is hard to top

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Ellisha9
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great food and yummy drinks. Amazing view

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great day
first time visit
excellent service
Staff very friendly
Every member of staff wished us happy 30th anniversary
Also recieved 2 glasses of bubbly on house
Very kind
Had a great seat too
Felt like covid did not exist
Will definitely be going back when next in Edinburgh

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NadiaC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and drinks. Lovely atmosphere, exactly how I was hoping spending my birthday. We were at the terrace in one of the "gondolas"(although a bit uncomfortable and cold), we had a great time with fantastic views to the castle. Staff were super friendly, helpful and organised. We'll definitely be back to enjoy the other levels at Cold Town House.

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Huge thanks for the perfect review Nadia! Inside is just as spectacular with a micro brewery on the 1st floor and a firepit on the ground floor. You are welcome to try these for food and drinks anytime! See you soon Jamie Deputy Manager

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Brooke
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Highly recommend visiting here. Luckily we got the gondola which was really fun. Overall a great experience

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thanks you Brooke for writing us such a fantastic review! Hope to see you back, over the winter we will be selling hot drinks on the terrace to keep you warm Many Thanks Jamie Deputy Manager

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Gavin415
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Its a nice place just nothing special may go back but right now not on top of my list

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Ail12
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit and staff were superb in accommodating us as we arrived early. Will definitely be back

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Responded on 25 September 2020

Hi Ail12. So glad to hear you enjoyed you time with us. See you soon for more beer & pizza :) Thanks from Team CT.

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EllieB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The location wa a great and we loved our seat, but the food wasn’t as good as I’d hoped! I am gluten free and the food wasn’t the best (I had a pizza)

Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace
Responded on 25 September 2020

Hi Ellie Thanks for taking time to review us. Sorry to hear the gluten free base did not hit the mark with you. We are currently adding new menu items each week and i'm sure you will find something that you will love very soon. Thanks Jamie

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice cocktails and drinks

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Responded on 25 September 2020

Thanks for the the great review! Team CT

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NicolaRaynal
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous views of the castle, great food and cocktails!

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thank you very much for the great review Nicola. Glad you enjoyed the view, there's nothing better than sitting back with a daiquiri (or 5!) and staring at the castle on a sunny day. Thanks again Jamie Deputy Manager

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AndrewP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful staff, great lcation, superb beer. Excellent COVID precautions

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thanks for the the amazing review Andrew, really happy to hear you felt save with our precautions in place. Thanks Jamie

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GaryL
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Booked in advance which helped us get a good spot for the couple of hours we had booked. Loved views of the castle. Service and food was great, can’t be faulted very each one was friendly and approachable. Shall visit again when we come back.

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thanks for the review Gary! Really happy to hear you liked the staff so much, what's not to love about working right under a castle right!? See you on your next visit Jamie Deputy Manager

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Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace is rated 4.6 stars by 165 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.