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Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace

4.6
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148 reviews
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£25 and under
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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 daily from 12pm-8pm Sunday to Thursday and 12pm-9pm Friday and Saturday.

Please note that we can only accept a maximum party size of 6, from a maximum of 2 separate households.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 148 People Are Saying
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SharonS
Orlando
2 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
1 review
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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CharlieS
Glasgow
13 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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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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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)

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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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SineadG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was lovely but very unimpressed with the service. After been shown to a small hub table my partner and I had been advised when a proper table opens up we could move there instead for more room. My partner is a big guy and struggled to get comfortable in one of these and we had to move food onto the seats as the table was so small. Customers that arrived on the off chance of getting a table got taken to one which had opened up and we had been forgotten about, although we had booked weeks in advance. Twice I had to go up to get a member of staff to take our orders as we never had anyone come over to us. This was somewhere we were really looking forward to visiting whilst visiting Edinburgh after hearing good things but we left quite disappointed.

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thanks for taking time out to review us Sinead. Sorry to hear that our service missed the mark when you visited. As i'm sure you've read and heard from other people our staff are extremely welcoming and really make sure each visit is special. The seats in the gondola's are assigned when booking depending on what is free at that time, you should have been moved out at the first available table that wasn't booked which i apologise for. We hope you can give us another try. Many Thanks Jamie

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SusanT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The rooftop terrace is great for those who wish to have somewhere safe to eat in the fresh air. The only downside was that the menu was a little limited.

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Responded on 27 September 2020

Thanks for the great review Susan. We are always adding items to the menu's weekly that im sure you will love! Thanks Team CTH.

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Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Amazing setting and castle views. Food really good too. Only let down was poor and slow service.

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YvonneS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place to visit , from the
Time you enter and go through the trace and track to leaving , Service was excellent .
Food was excellent and the the waiting staff , nothing was too much bother. Only wish I could give it more than 5 stars, so much so I’m booked again for the end of the month.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in 6 months and it was a very pleasant experience with excellent food!

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view
Helpful staff
Food lovely
Clean and well organised

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we had was delicious and the staff were friendly and pleasant.

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Nualaeleri
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was cold, served in boxes which when paying the same full price isn’t ideal. Booked a table but seated in a very awkward gondola. No view of the castle as shown in pictures. No outdoor heating put on until very cold. Left for long periods of time before asking if we wanted drinks or to order. Overall poor service food & atmosphere. Will not be eating here again.

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StuAndyMac
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really good Covid-19 safety set up. We didnt actually order food. The place is set up great in general with food and drinks available on the roof terrace. At least 3 types of gluten free beers offered. Great location and setting. Great staff. Been 3 times and will continue to return. Thank you Cold Town House.

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great views and atmosphere. Very well looked after, the staff even let us move tables when it started to rain which didn't spoil the experience at all. Will definitely return and would recommend to anyone wanting to sample Edinburgh hospitality.

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SamE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sat for an hour and a half and only managed to get 3 drinks. Rooftop is lovely but very much understaffed. My mate sat without a drink for 25 minutes at a time.

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LouiseC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good surrounds. All staff were very helpful. However, attention to customers in terms of drinks orders and cleaning the table was a little bit slow.

Food was excellent and value for more money. Even without the 50% off it would have been good value for money.
I would definitely be back.

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Jenblackwood
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit despite wanting to try it out since it opened. It was very windy but we stuck with it as it was a cracking experience with a great view. Want to sit in the cable cars next time.

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carlw
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice food. Shame it had to come in takeaway boxes. Quite a windy day so was pretty cold up there.

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NEILD
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was lovely however my order was partly wrong. I ordered the garlic truffle chips but out came regular chips. Other than that the food was lovely only 1h 45min which could have done with a little longer but decent day.

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junee
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

All fine, the staff were helpful, but quite disappointed with themenu - very ordinary unless you wanted pizza

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SusanMc
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time getting a booking on the Terrace and now we know why.

Staff were so friendly, bar snacks were quick, fresh and tasty. Good selection of beers (and other drinks if you fancied).

After our 2 hour slot we were offered a space in the main bar for another drink which was great. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Cold town House - Rooftop Terrace is rated 4.6 stars by 148 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.