Restoration Cafe

4.4
186 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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  • Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Child Friendly
Fresh, local, seasonal breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea menus at award-winning Restoration Café. Located in gorgeous, restored 18th century stables around a courtyard just a short drive from Edinburgh city centre in historic Dalkeith Country Park. Light-filled and spacious, Restoration Café's ceiling to floor windows afford a panorama along the River Esk to the estate's famous Orangerie. Open until late afternoon 7 days a week, we do our best to cater for all dietary needs over breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and our series of exclusive evening events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scottish, European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday: 09:30 - 17:00
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Phone number
0131 322 2572
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 186 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch in lovely surroundings. The staff were excellent and at no times did I feel I was being rushed. Will definitely be returning soon!

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w
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good venue, pleasant and professional staff - music a tad loud..!

We ate here in the summer and enjoyed it a lot. So for a family occasion towards Xmas we chose the Restoration Yard again. A good selection of food that was very well presented- it made for a suitable family occasion. A minor glitch was sorted promptly and without fuss. Highly recommended.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We mentioned this was a special occasion. Don’t know why we did as nothing was mentioned or no special celebration. This wasn’t expected but would have been nice.

Food was incredible but the service was poor. We were tricked into paying a bit more for our coffee.

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C
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful venue to take two friends visiting from London x they were impressed! It is a local gem and so easy for me to drive to. Only observation - restaurant was very busy (good sign and great ambience) but the music was loudish and irritating in a very busy restaurant. Just thrilled to have such a lovely quality venue ‘down the road from me’ where friends and family can be taken to.

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c
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again restoration yard is the perfect venue. Met girlfriend for a catch up and a quick lunch ended up 3 1/2 hours later! It’s so easy here to switch off and relax. There restaurant was full of grown ups which made a wonderful change to the whole atmosphere., no screaming high pitched children. The staff here are superb , the food and choices are excellent and the ambience /setting wonderful. They have their new menu and ofcourse had to go for the eggs Benedict with spinach and a tattie scone! Food for the soul. The beautiful Christmas decor does make you want to embrace the manic period that is about to be thrust upon us! X

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D
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

George pud place to be and wonderful Christmas atmosphere.
Service slower than usual due to restaurant being very nearly full and we had to ask a waiter for coffee. Should have been asked if we as wanted that .

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IB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely setting staff really attentive
Sometimes a bit pushed
Our 4 th visit will come back but please everyone in the job be careful we feel standards are on the slide !
Regards

Ian B

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JS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A delightful meal, attentive staff.
Not rushed & the vista is just beautiful.

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R
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Being regular visitors to the Café and having always enjoyed good food, excellent service and value for money we were very disappointed with our recent visit. We had come to accept that attentive service was one of the hallmarks of the Café but sadly we were very disappointed with our recent visit and we were very embarrassed for our guests, who had been keen to follow our recommendation. Specifically, we were unhappy with the length of time we had to wait to be served, having to ask for water when this was always the first thing to be offered when taking our seats, and the time we had to wait for our food to arrive. In addition, the two children's meals we ordered were not well presented and poor value for money when compared to many other eating establishments that cater for children. We were also disappointed that despite having a children's menu there was no separate desert menu for them, which meant we had to order something from the adult menu albeit the staff kindly split this into two portions and only charged us one full adult price. Having now moved to Edinburgh fulltime, it is very unlikely that we will return to the Café, which is a shame given its location; perhaps our standards have risen too much given the wider choice now on our doorstep!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch with some friends to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The staff was very friendly and understanding. And they brought the cake after lunch singing happy birthday which made my daughter very happy. Food was great, and we had a lovely time at fort douglas after lunch. Would definitely return

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IA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have had lunch at Restoration Yard many times and have to say on this occasion it was not up to its usual standard. They don’t seem to be able to cope when it’s extremely busy as it was on this occasion.

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from start to finish. Booking was easy and our request for a table with space for a pram had been recognised and commented on when we were being shown to our seats.
The food was extremely tasty and well presented. Service was attentive and efficient. We will definitely be back!

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P
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Greeted to be told Fillet Steak was FINISHED. It was 7.15 on a themed Steak Night !! Not good.

The food was not hot. (except chips)
Plates were not hot.
Very disappointing as we had guests.

We may try again on themed evening and hope for improvement.

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d
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great atmosphere, great service. Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice place to go with walks in beautiful surroundings after. Quite expensive for what you got and not a particularly extensive menu. Service poor - waiter seemed to forget we existed and had to get a waitress who had just started to come and take our plates away so we could order coffee. IT was only then we found out there was a dessert menu. If it wasn't for being in such a nice location I probably wouldn't go back.

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FL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in lovely setting but despite email confirmations backwards and forwards you didn’t have my reservation!!! 😁😁

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GM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Restaration Yard is a recently refurbished restaurant with very interesting eclectic shop and cafe. The food is delicious and the staff friendly and atentive. Always ŕecommend thus place to my friends... Gerry M

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AM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal even though we did arrive at a change over time - 11.30am (not brunch and yet not lunch). We had to wait for 15mins or so due to this, however the waiting time did not bother us.

Would thoroughly recommend the lite bite - beef with carmalised onions and mature cheddar on toasted bread - really very nice.

This is my 2nd time visiting this restaurant and will definitely return for a 3rd when I am back in Edinburgh in December.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous location , great walking and shopping , good simple food.
The building exteriors and interiors are fabulous .

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly and helpful staff and great environment. Definitely return. The food is so tasty.

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N
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had lunch here with 3 girlfriends. Very tasty food. Lovely surroundings with big glass windows so bright inside and green country side outside. Nice touches like mint and peeled cucumber in the water for the table and good napkins. Wasn't rushed so plenty time to chat and relax. Busy so would recommend booking.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have now been a couple of times & have found the food & atmosphere perfect. Great for catching up with friends. Areas inside and out for eating & the coffee bar is great for s quick coffee & cake if out & about or dog walking

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d
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food. Great environment. Attentive staff. Highly recommended.

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VG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place and good food- very scenic and excellent dog walking! Also fantastic tree house and shop

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AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good, the menu is imaginative and never disappoints. The staff are lovely, friendly and helpful.

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EG
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely afternoon overall for a family get together. Service slower than the the last time we visited but we were not in a rush.
Love the decor of the airy bright room and the novelty table tops.
Cater for vegetarians and vegan also so great place for afternoon tea.
Lovely grounds for walk also

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LR
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We celebrated the first anniversary of our law firm. Such a perfectly lovely place.

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m
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch and lovely staff. Appeared to be quiet but buzzing by lunchtime. A LOT of kids but it is the school holidays

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LR
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We booked afternoon tea but were very disappointed the cream was off, we asked for more and this was also off. The staff apologised but no deduction on bill.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet for relaxed casual meal. Easy & plentiful parking, woods/parks for walking, lovely children’s play area, nice shopping; but above all good food at reasonable prices with excellent service (attentive but not intrusive) in a lovely location close to Edinburgh but easily accessible from major road network.

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Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here on numerous occasions and never been disappointed. Great food and service within a lovely atmosphere.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited over an hour for food to be served from arrival time. Place didn't even seem that busy!

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ES
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I brought a 94 year old friend for lunch and we both enjoyed it very much. The staff were friendly and helped my friend to walk from the car, parked up by Restoration Yard, into the restaurant.

One point: the disabled toilet could be more obviously signed. We walked from the restaurant to the lift and then took it upstairs, not realising that there was a disabled toilet just round the corner. Upstairs we met someone with a pram who had had the same experience.
A question: how far can one drive a car into the Yard if the person has mobility problems?

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love going to Dalkeith Country Park and the food at Restoration Cafe is always lovely.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely experience! My friend's birthday and a family occasion.

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JM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous brunch - every bit of the full Scottish Breakfast was delicious! Very pleasant unobtrusive servers too.

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Angus
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Taking my friend for her birthday celebration we had a relaxing and lovely meal followed by a wander in the shop. A great way to spend the afternoon.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had been previously for afternoon tea and enjoyed it so booked a table for lunch with a friend. Beautiful setting, great staff and a lovely lunch. Like the touches like water with herbs. Would definitely recommend.

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a
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could be even better if there were more vegan/gluten-free options.

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ER
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Restoration Yard is a great venue. It is a class act at many levels. The food is good , the service friendly, the parking is easy and then there is the retail therapy- what’s not to like?

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