The Kitchen

4.4
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288 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish

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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.
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Victoria
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It would have been nice to have a vegetarian alternative to the traditional Christmas dinner, but my meal was nice, just not very Christmassy!

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JaneB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s nice. The dessert menu was not to our taste. Otherwise very good

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KatyD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely setting. Sauce on the eggs benedict was extremely thick and too rich for the amount on the plate.

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CarrieK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely afternoon tea which was for a voucher I had won. We had our two children with us and staff were very accommodating making up little things for them to have too!

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LizC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the second time that I have had lunch in the Kitchen as well as having breakfast a couple of times. I have always found the staff and service very good and the food excellent. It is a beautiful location with super views from the light and airy restaurant.
I think the lighter option meals for lunch are just ideal for many people. A lot os good options to suit most people?

Thank you again.
Liz Charles

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Merchiston
Angus
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with lovely view and nice food. Friendly staff who know the food.

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Kazza3
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Love it there! Perfect place for breakfast or lunch.

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catrionaa
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restoration Yard yet again proved that they are getting it right. The ambience, service, efficient and very friendly staff and not forgetting the superb food.

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Nells2020
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, I can recommend the sweet potato & chickpea curry. The others had the chicken burger they said it was yummy - would definitely order this again. Clean and lovely decor.

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MysteryV
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend The Kitchen as I've been there for lunch several times and it's been lovely.
I was therefore a little disappointed with the afternoon tea as there were hardly any sandwiches, the fillings were poor and the scones were far too big and too crumbly to cut.
I would not recommend afternoon tea at The Kitchen

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BryonyH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to eat - scorching day but still not too hot inside. Food really good, ambiance amazing and although it feels smart it is still child-friendly. Kids especially loved the tables with their trinkets inside! Staff were very efficient. Slightly on the pricey side for lunch but really enjoyable so worth it for a treat!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was fairly good and fresh. Baking was the best part. Coffee was a bit flavourless but I do like strong coffee to be fair. On the whole a positive experience.

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KarenS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a nice environment. Good service too. We have been several times... Today was for brunch. The eggs florentine was delicious.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon tea, food was delicious and filling.

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DianeA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I eat here regularly. My visit recently was not up to the usual standard. The restaurant wasn’t particularly busy, say 50% full, yet the service was slow. My friends enjoyed their lunch but my sandwich had very little filling in it and I left the dry bread. Disappointing. My friends had apple tart for dessert - they were given a spoon which didn’t cut through the pastry at all so they tore it with their fingers! All in all, not the usual excellent experience.

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Beatrice
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was a bit disappointed with my lunch choice. I ordered brie and roasted red pepper relish on toasted
sourdough. The sourdough wasn't that great and was missing that lovely tang. It bread portion was absolutely enormous with very little brie and relish inside ,mostly bread really. It was served with a rocket salad and a creamy bland dressing, a punchy vinaigrette would have been better.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place was lovely, beautiful surroundings. The meat dishes were good but the vegetarian main course was not as described on the menu and a bit bland. Service was very good.

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JanetC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I visited with a friend - my treat - on a Saturday morning to find the place pretty empty. I'd booked for 1100 hrs thinking it would be busy. I'd the smooshed avocado but sourdough bread had such a tough crust it was a challenge to cut through. Sharper knife needed? The full restoration breakfast was a disappointment apart from poached eggs. Cheap white toast, no butter. Cheap Lorne sausage and quite greasy overall. Fresh orange juice was pretty OK but too much ice. Overall a disappointment. With so many places doing breakfast/brunch these days I can see why this place was empty.

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LynnR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious eggs benedict, delicious coffee. Lovely staff and surroundings- looking forward to another visit

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AnnetteH
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us had a lovely lunch here. They accommodated my daughters baby and pram thoughtfully. The staff were friendly and efficient. It was great to see the chef pick fresh herbs from the herb garden for the meals. It is a bright and sunny venue. Highly recommend this venue

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KarenM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable lunch. Lovely place bright and airy love the decor.Would def. return.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kitchen at the Restoration Yard in Dalkeith Country Park is a great find for meeting with friends. There is a great atmosphere in the chic surroundings of the yard, a former stables mews. The staff were very attentive and the food was excellent, we both had the Eggs Royal. I would definitely recommend a visit, but book in advance as it is always pretty busy.

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MGIL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have already told our friends about this wonderful place. The food was superb and the waiting staff were on point. We will be back soon to try more delightful dishes.

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KennethO
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Maybe the service was a little hurried.

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JenniferW
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our lunch taking friends with us who had never been before and they too were impressed

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BertieB
Angus
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend to The Kitchen on her birthday and we were not disappointed- lovely setting, excellent service and very tasty food.

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MartynaG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully set up, lovely airy space, excellent food and service.

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wincheap
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good location, service and quality food!

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JjaneT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely relaxed lunch - loved the ambiance and the food was delicious.

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The location, staff and ambiance are all fantastic. The food is delicious but the menu for lunch is quite limited. Two of our group had fish and chips but the chips were actually potato wedges in huge chunks so should have been described as such on the menu

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DorothyJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely venue with lots of character. Food was excellent. Service was very slow.Waited nearly 25 minutes after ordering for food to arrive.Ordered a coffee which after 15 minutes hadn't arrived and had to ask the waitress again. Would still return again

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RachaelW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I ordered the £15 chicken burger and although it looked nice the chicken was rubbery & the first meal I haven’t been able to finish at a restaurant in a long time. When a burger is costing that much you expect to get a fresh piece of chicken. However, other people in the party said their meal was nice but it has put me off going again!

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast - staff and food were fabulous

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SueH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for afternoon tea. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Lovely food although the sandwiches were a bit uninspiring.

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Nutkin
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely meal. Good food. Friendly staff. Good overall.

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DouglasM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and pleasant service. Mistake to serve Eggs Benedict on Tattie scone - hard and chewy.

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FredaM
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great location, service good, beware large portion caesar salad it big!!

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food in a beautiful setting. The steaks were phenomenal and the service very attentive.

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GaleP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy ... food is excellent nice atmosphere perfect for date night

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JoyceK
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this café. Beautiful setting and lovely ambience. Food is terrific although a wee bit pricey - worth paying it to enjoy eating here though. I would thoroughly recommend.

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The Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 288 OpenTable diners.