Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

3.9
137 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
The Multi award winning Galvin brothers, who specialise in getting the best out of seasonal produce will be looking to replicate the successes of La Chapelle, Cafe a Vin and Bistrot de Luxe.
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe pays homage to the grand brasseries of Paris and Lyon.
From the food, expect French bistrot classics combined with the best local and seasonal produce Scotland has to offer. You can also choose to dine at our exclusive crustacea bar or book our Salon Privée. The kitchen will be over seen by award winning executive chef Craig Sandle.
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe is situated in the newly refurbished The Caledonian, A Waldorf-Astoria Hotel based in the heart of Edinburgh.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 12pm-2:30pm; 6pm-10pm

Saturday: 12:30-3pm; 6pm-10pm

Sunday: 12:30pm-3pm; 6pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
0131 222 8945
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Fraser Allan
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Parking Details
Secure hotel valet parking service with overflow to NCP on Castle Terrace.
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Public Transit
Execellent bus service stopping at Lothian Road. Taxi rank outside the front of the hotel.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Thu 7:30PM - 9:00PM

What 137 People Are Saying
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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere, food and service. Debra was excellent

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TM
Perthshire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Not much more to say. Everything worked and was delicious.

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SO
London
91 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was exquisite, unique flavors 👍
Regretfully the lady at the front kept us waiting almost 1 hour, claiming “your table is being set”. She kept us at the hotel lobby until we requested a table and were finally seated. From then on the meal was delicious!

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LD
Edinburgh
30 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been to Galvin Brasserie De Luxe on a number of occasions and have always liked the ambience friendly service and good food. On this occasion the restaurant seemed a bit understaffed. We had an itison deal of Chateaubriand and a bottle of wine but waited 20 minutes after being seated before our order was taken and then another 10 minutes before we got our wine, we were at our table for an hour before we got our food. Staff were apologetic, I think we were just unlucky with our timing.

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D
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant bistro style restaurant, attached to large hotel. Well cooked and presented French style food.

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G
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service, had to remind them we were there. Food was good but not as good as prior visits. Fish was a touch over cooked and the “shellfish emulsion” looked (and tasted) like a glob of flesh coloured paint. Lovely oysters though.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seafood was fresh and delicious! Oysters and Grilled langoustines were out of this world! Traditional haggis was absolutely amazing. Strawberry shortcake was phenomenal

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JG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great experience at Galvin Brasserie De Luxe. The food was extremely good. I had the snails to start followed by a ribeye steak which was cooked perfectly. I also had the panna cotta which was the daily special - that was good too. The service was efficient and friendly. Overall I really enjoyed it and would be happy to go back.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable and welcoming. We had a lovely meal, with some difficult choices over a tempting menu. Angus, our server was an absolute star, explaining the details of our choices and adding recommendations. A lovely evening with exquisite food. I look forward to coming back VERY soon.

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g
London
24 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

went for sunday lunch.the food was excellant,and the price for two people was outstanding.will definitely return.

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UD
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were looking forward to the Chateaubriand special which we had to order when we made our reservation. My daughter and I shared it, and they recommended cooking it to "medium rare" which is just how we like it. They also suggested we order a starter since the cooking time would be 45 minutes. Our shared starters were Heirloom Tomatoes with Sardines (a few very tiny slices of tomato), and Crab with Mayonnaise which was excellent. Unfortunately, the Chateaubriand arrived extremely rare with a cool, dark red center. I would have liked to send it back, but it was very difficult to get the attention of the waitstaff. It was tender, but lacked overall flavor. The table next to us ordered the same, and theirs arrived cooked to the perfect temperature. My husband ordered the Langoustines, and they were delicious; tender, sweet, and nicely grilled. Service overall was lacking, and the floor manager seemed to be training the staff as they struggled to serve the patrons. Overall, a very disappointing meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our 8 year old daughter and met up with the in-laws. Excellent atmosphere, great food, lovely staff.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Drinks are extremely overpriced. 15 pounds for scotch whisky (bought for 5 pounds everywhere else in Edinburgh) is outrageous. Very disappointed. Even sparkling water is expensive. Place is so-so. Avoid.

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J
Surrey
23 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Just too rushed. Good food, but service was off. We asked for a 20min brrak between starter and main, but it was rushed out in about 7 mins... Maybe catering for US tourists, but not for us?? Such a shame as the food was good, but not a patch on the service standard of galvins in london.

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EB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu for this restaurant looked amazing, scallops, langoustine, steak, all things we love. The scallops were £20, and on asking how many scallops were served, we were advised 2. So we passed on those and opted for chicken consomme and crab starters. The crab was excellent, the consomme was pleasant. No salt and pepper on table, which I know some people don't mind but we prefer the choice. For main, I chose monkfish tail and my partner a fillet steak. The monkfish looked amazing but arrived cold, and I mean chilled to the touch, as if not quite defrosted. So I asked for it to be heated up. The staff member brought it back while my partner ate his very good steak. They did apologise, but no other concession was offered in terms of a free drink or similar, which may have assured our repeat business. The cocktails were good (£16), the dessert good, the cost bordering on prohibitive. For these reasons, we are unlikely to return.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very warm welcome from all front of house staff.

Food delicious and beautifully cooked.

Every time we come here for dinner the experience is always wonderful.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Très bon restaurant, les plats sont d’une grande qualité et très raffinés.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food rather over cooked. Especially the steak.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food but service was on the slow side for the main course, which took a long time to arrive. However the quality of the food was excellent. Staff were attentive and helpful.

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GB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The special not so special. Fish cakes far too salty. We have this feedback but the restaurant staff not very interested.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitresses were very attentive and knowledgable about the specials and food selection when asked. The Venison was delicious! The beef sirloin a little chewy.

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N
London
30 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I used to go here a lot, but for various reasons am no longer a frequent visitor.
All ok, but they were silly about the reservation made through OT and confirmed the previous day for 2.15. On the day they insisted it had to be for 2 p.m. or earlier because, I assume they weren't very busy. In terms of the time involved, unnecessary and irritating

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AS
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wine list gets expensive quickly, but Primitivo reasonable value.

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Love the Galvin in London—this doesn’t compare. An average experience—average food; well meaning if not terribly great service.

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m
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening - genuine ‘brasserie’ ambiance, great service, wonderful French bread, good range of food including fresh seafood, family atmosphere. Would certainly go again.

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b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice setting, creative, friendly staff.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all remembered what we had the last time we ate there and some of us had the same thing again. Most popular was the steak tartare starter and the most popular dessert was the hot soufflé - yum! The fish, particularly the cod, was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent and attentive and the final bill was not a shocker.
The Galvin brothers have a good track record. We have enjoyed their food in London too.
Excellent food, excellent value.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I took my mum for dinner after a long day seeing shows and walking. She tried lobster for the first time and loved it. All the food was fresh and delicious. It's one of my favourite spots in Edinburgh.

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for a pre theatre meal
.It was most enjoyable and we will return.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful celebration evening with my family , great personal and discrete service from the second we entered the restaurant, until the moment we sadly had to leave ... We will be back either for another superb evening meal , or to attend the extremely interesting, enjoyable and informative wine tastings.

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V
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Sunday roast was very nice - the brisket was cooked very well - tender and moist. My husband had the set menu of pigeon, pork and chocolate dessert. He said it was nice, but portions could have been bigger as he was still a little bit hungry afterwards. Overall though it was quite good. We had to call the waiter over most of the time to get service (the restaurant wasn't that busy), but once they came to the table, they were very polite and friendly.

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JM
Edinburgh
32 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. Pork cheek and belly were perfect. Crab starter ok.
Been béfore and will go back.

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L
Manchester
70 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Galvin Brasserie where the service was excellent throughout, our steaks were beautifully cooked and the ambience was very good.
Thoroughly recommended.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a most enjoyable evening. The service was efficient and very friendly. The food excellent.

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Short trip to Edinburgh. Eat at Galvin restaurants in London often. This one did not disappoint for food. Haggis was a special treat. Bit quiet and service fell off at the end but not to the point where I would not recommend or go back.

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OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this restaurant to be absolutely excellent. The food was amazing and albeit portions were a tad on the small side, the flavour punch drowned all my concerns regarding sizing :)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I have been to Galvins on several occasions and felt it was a great up market restaurant with good quality food in a nice informal setting, great for business meetings, family dinners, date night etc. we had a table for 3 , booked for 7pm on Wednesday, it was a business dinner with a client however we found the restaurant had taken a massive booking for a tourist party which meant service was extremely slow and also there was a table that came in with small children who were poorly behaved and were given electronic babysitters on full volume blasting across the restaurant. After this experience, I will never use again for Clients and in fact I would hesitate for anything other than family meals. So disappointed.

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ED
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Unable to attract a waiters attention when
we required something at our table.

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MS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A French bistro feel, it's not as small and packed in with tables so there is room apart from each table to enjoy a private conversation. Service is outstanding, waiters are knowledgeable and happy to offer suggestions. The resto is located in the Waldorf hotel, so you can expect a higher percentage rage of tourists/hotel guests. The haggis was excellent, if you have never tried it then definitely try their option as their sauce has a twist and is excellent. Portion size is good, not massive given the richness of the food. We had Sunday roast, was an excellent selection and would suggest it given the value for the money.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and we're very willing to provide my steak Blu. Food presented in a very pleasing way. Both of us enjoyed our meal and could not find any faults.

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