The Pompadour

4.4
63 reviews
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One of Scotland’s most magnificent dining rooms, The Pompadour is known for stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, and exquisite hand-painted wall panels. The Pompadour continues its tradition of excellence under the guidance of award-winning Head Chef Dan Ashmore. The 8-course or 4-course tasting menus feature locally sourced ingredients, complemented by a selected a collection of fine wines as well as unique signature cocktails. The stunning Renaissance-style dining room is recognised as one of Edinburgh’s finest, with corniced ceilings, ethereal murals and rich velvet swept throughout. The shopper’s delights of Princes Street are just 2 minutes’ walk from The Pompadour restaurant.

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L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Can not fault the food quality coupled with a nice wine list makes this an great proposition. However the feel is a bit stuffy and on our night (Wednesday) pretty lifeless. Now it was an early booking 6:30 and admittedly humpday but it just felt like there was no soul to the place.

Having said that food excellent - so would go back but maybe next time a bit later in the evening and the week.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very rude manager.

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E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I have to express disappointment. Service throughout the hotel was poor, service in the restaurant wasn’t great at all. 20 mins in we had water and an amuse-bouche but hadn’t seen a wine or food menu. Just felt ‘slow’ and stressed.

Ambiance I’d class as ‘quiet’, no real atmosphere to speak of and at the end of the day £330 for two felt massively overpriced for the food/drinks/service combination. I don’t think I’ll rush back. Dissapointing as I had heard good things. Maybe we caught it on a bad day - they did have a wedding reception on elsewhere in the hotel. But it shouldn’t matter.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic winter tasting menu for their new seasonal menu with excellent pairing wines and explanations from the sommelier and an introduction for each dish by the chef. Stunning food, great ambience, relaxed friendly atmosphere.

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Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The was really good, Loch & Coast tasting menu with matched wines. Unfortunately we got put in the ante room, such in a corner. After our last visit in the main this was a comedown.
When the restaurant got busier we were abandoned as far as service was concerned, slow service 3.5 hours for meal, somelier explanations for wine stopped, plates and glassed were delivered, that was it. Coffee was cold.
Other tables were similar.
On complain we were given a reduction of the bill, but on leaving parties from the main room were also complaining.
Maybe a bad night, but won't pay that money for that experience again, pity, last time was excellent.

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London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I feel sorry for the chefs, the menu was well thought and the food was very good across a wide range of dishes. The Decor and location was excellent. Perhaps my star ratings are a bit harsh, but, compared to other fine dining establishments in Edinburgh and elsewhere, the service level, enthusiasm and ‘making it special ‘ was missing from the staff that evening. With the exception of the ‘greeter’, service was flat, a bit disjointed and certainly below expectations. Seemed to lack a maitre d’ and experienced enthusiastic staff. Wasn’t terrible, and easily fixed with investment in staff & training.

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

15 year anniversary in Edinburgh!

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

Lovely and delicious

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AS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Lovely food, well prepared and served with pride. Highly recommend.

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A
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Nice service. Very good food!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from all staff, beginning to end was exceptional. Food was superb although a la carte menu was perhaps slightly restricted another choice for each course perhaps?
The wine was excellent too and overall this was probably the best dining experience I’ve had, and I’ve had quite a few!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Ambiance is great. The food is spectacular! We ordered their 5 course meal with wine pairings for each course. Go here. You won't be disappointed.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food and excellent service in a beautiful dining room

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London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super, super, super service & food.
Child-friendly (well behaved obviously) which was a wonderful touch.
Try the Lobster ‘lasagne’ - amazing.
Can’t wait for an excuse to go back.

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic birthday for my boyfriend, meal was out this world and service was fantastic! The staff really know their stuff.
We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine and everything flowed perfectly, even got a nice little birthday gift which was very unexpected. We highly recommend this restaurant, it’s deffinatly 1 to visit as we will be again.

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Jersey
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Chocolate is really nice but food.

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good, we were very early in evening therefore not much atmosphere as we were only ones in restaurant, the food is good and well worth a visit, compared to top restaurants in Washington DC where I live I would say it could make the top 50 list in the Washingtonian.....the menu is good, only missing some unique, modern and interesting items, I'm glad we went and had a very enjoyable evening thanks to the great staff.....

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Na het dinner hebben ik en mijn vrouw een slechte nacht gehad Ziek in de buik, diarree
Het eten was niet vers!

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DW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the tasting menu with the wine pairing. By the time you have looked at picking a single bottle and making the comparison, the wine pairing looked like very good value - and it was, with excellent choices that complimented each course admirably. From a very welcoming "welcome" throughout the meal and farewells, the service was spot on. The tasting menu was well-balanced and gave a good overview of local ingredients. We started with cocktails which, although not bad, were not earth-shattering. On balance, given that we also had the wine pairing, we could perhaps have done without the additional alcohol - the cocktails neither added nor detracted from the meal. I can't claim to have "done" all the best restaurants in Edinburgh, but we have done quite a few and the Pompadour rates in my top three easily - it isn't cheap, but it is very, very good, beautifully clean and relaxing. What more could we have asked for?

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good presentation and fine dining, all the dishes ordered were well cooked, service was excellent

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fine cuisine and friendly staff : a must do in Edinburgh !

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B
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Secluded on the first floor of the hotel The Pompadour by Galvin is a diners treat. Superb food in a beautiful dinning room, I would highly recommend.

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Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second time at Galvin.... Amazing experience, cant wait to go back.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and ambience. Only disappointment was lack of nice pressed apple juice.

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JF
Edinburgh
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Took Mother for birthday treat and the whole party were well looked after great end to a fine day out.

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M
Edinburgh
35 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning room, great views especially if you are lucky enough to be close to a window overlooking the castle , loads of space between tables , lots of very attentive and well trained staff, great dishes which taste fantastic and look beautiful, interesting wine list all add up to making eating here a very special experience.

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Slightly underwhelmed by the dining experience which had been on the "to do" list for a while.

The staff were very professional and attentive. The food was a mixed bag with our starters (five gras parfait and risotto of rabbit, asparagus and morels) seriously impressive and the mains (lamb and veal) not so.

Strangely, the tablecloth and napkins were damp and obviously not long out the washing machine. And that about sums it up, all a bit mixed up.

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h
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's day booking. Expensive but worth it. Brilliant food. Excellent service. Rose and favour to take away at the end were a nice touch.

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F
London
37 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a very cold night in Edinburgh, which might be why this review is a bit lukewarm. When we arrived, we were shown to the "bar" for a pre-dinner drink. It had a bit of a temporary feel, like a pop-up bar. It wasn't cosy and felt bright and impersonal. I was looking for the roaring log fire but I would have to look for a long time to find it. When we were shown to our table, things didn't really improve. We were in the middle of the room, no view of the castle and I felt exposed. It was also cold. I asked for the heating to be turned up and, to be fair, it was and it did get warmer but the atmosphere was more hotel restaurant rather than gourmet restaurant. Most of the food was delicious, particularly memorable was the girolles and truffle risotto. The cheese selection was fabulous. The service was good enough, although we had a mix up with our wine when somebody else's wine was poured into our glasses. It was rectified, but a bit of a basic mistake for this class of restaurant. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening with friends and the food was good, but the ambiance and service meant that the overall experience was a bit underwhelming.

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b
London
46 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great location superb food with a delightful range of flavours to indulge your inner foodie. Attentive but not intrusive waiters. We went for the seasonal menu and a lovely saint emillion grand cru bottle and all for under £200 what's not to like. Highly recommended.

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BV
Dorset
8 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good experience in the Caledonian Hotel. The french styled restaurant is a delight but the lighting does not quite do it justice. The service was impeccable and the food was very good. wine by the glass was excellent. Tables for two are lined together 'brasserie style' which did not quite go with the fine dining feel and the style of the room. Quite expensive, but worth another visit

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us dined.
If anything this surpassed the high standards we have come to expect from the Galvins. The exquisite dining room, first class cooking and presentation and faultless service all made for a superb evening and one of the best meals we have had all year. Furthermore the 'seasonal menu' is very good value for such high quality cooking, the wine list includes well-chosen house wines under their own label (this always inspires confidence), and the cocktail barman also knows precisely what he's doing! The Pompadour is currently top of our list.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good experience

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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2015
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

It was my visually impaired friends that I made this booking for!
Their comments the next day were that they had a wonderful meal but the service was terrible. Not the staff but the timings. They had the Taster menu and all went well till the forth course then everything stopped. They waited 40 minutes for the next course and it was a cold course of cheese so they could see no need for the delay! They had booked the table for 7.30pm and did not leave the restaurant till 11.10pm!!!! causing its own problems for them.
When I took them to the hotel in the afternoon we went to the restaurant to check how it would be for them. We spoke to a member of staff who was extremely helpfull. One of my friends is totally blind but his wife has some peripheral vision and needs a bright space. So with the help of the waiter we picked and reserved a lovely bright table. In Scotland it is daylight till about 10.00pm at this time of year but because of the delay in the meal they were plunged into near darkness.
All in all they said the food was fabulous and recommended we try the restaurant. With their disability they will not complaint and draw attention to themselves but had it be me dining I certainly would have complained. This was a very special occasion for them and it was spoiled by the slow service. Therefore they would never return

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G
Edinburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An opulent room forebodes fussy service, but staff were actually very relaxed and nice, especially the excellent and very young sommelier.
We had the menu gourmand with matching wines, which was well balance and judged. Wines were very well chosen.
The menu peaked with the risotto of Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle, which was glorious, especially with unctuous Californian Chardonnay.
One of two later dishes didn't quit nail it though. Cod was over salty, and its promised milf curry dressing was so mild as to be almost undetectable. The pigeon tagine had a couple too many items on the plate and so Kat focus - maybe lose the lemon and the jus? And finally the tarts Tatin just needed to be a touch stickier.

That sounds a lot of gripes but actually this place is very good and well worth a visit. It doesn't quite scale the Wishartian heights yet, but maybe in time.

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PD
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having had the best meal ever in October last year, it was decided to go back for a treat and stay at the hotel as well. This turned out to be a brilliant choice as both the hotel and the restaraunt were amazing. The staff were friendly but professional, knowledgable about the food and offered the right amount of attention without being overbearing. There whole experience from walking in to leaving was without fault. The menu was also different enough to make the whole tasting different. Five star dining in a five star hotel.

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G
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Open Table booking system was a complete failure as on our arrival the restaurant staff claimed to have absolutely no record of our booking and advised that the restaurant was completely full. This was particularly annoying as we had phoned the restaurant the evening before to confirm our reservation. After some insistence on our part, we were given a table but could have done without this hassle.

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L
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor elegant and calm. From our arrival to our departure we were treated with excellent service. Four diners were ar our table and each of us stating the dishes were superb (yes we did share to ensure the culinary pleasure was divided equally) sea bream, chicken and venison were delicious. The dessert is a must, marmalade ice cream just a treat.......will not spoil the additional choices on the menu.
We will be back, delighted Customers

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked reservation several months in advance. Booking confirmed by email. Then received another booking confirmation a day in advance. Arrived at restaurant to find it closed for renovation. How does this happen?

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BM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am writing this review to express my disappointment and utter disgust at the mistake which occurred in relation to my booking on 02/01/2015. The booking was confirmed over 2 months ago and I also received an email to remind me of my reservation the day before same. I had booked dinner for my partner and I based on the reputation and reviews I had read and had booked far in advance to ensure I could book my desired date. We were in Edinburgh for a New Years break, having flown from Dublin and the whole trip was a surprise for my partner. This dinner was to be the highlight of our weekend and I had even planned on proposing to my partner over dinner. Imagine my horror when we arrived at reception at the designated time to be told by the concierge that the restaurant was closed and had in fact closed for business the previous night for a winter break. To be fair to the concierge, he contacted a manager and we were offered a table in the other restaurant which we declined as I had set my heart on the Pompadour and as you can imagine I was already nervous enough about the evening given that I was planning to propose. To add to my anger and disgust, at no point did a senior member of staff come and speak to us to explain the mistake or apologize. Totally inappropriately it was left to the concierge to apologize and explain. As you can imagine I have been left with a very poor image of both the Pompadour and Open Table following this fiasco. The incident ruined what was otherwise a lovely weekend. Given that I had made the reservation over two months in advance I don't think it was too much to ask for either Open Table or The Pompadour to contact me before the date to advise me of the situation. Surely it was known well in advance that the restaurant was going to be closed??

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