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The Pompadour

4.3
4.3
71 Reviews
£41 and over
British

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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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sun 13:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    0131 222 8857

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Dan Ashmore

  • Area

    Old Town

  • Cross Street

    Lothian Road

  • Parking Details

    Secure hotel valet parking service with overflow to NCP on Castle Terrace.

  • Public Transit

    Edinburgh station

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Menu

Drinks

  • Yorkshire Rhubarb Cocktails

    • Wakefield 75£14.50

      • Yorkshire Penicillin£11.50

        Snacks

        • Smoked Haddock and Quail Egg Tart

          • Liver Parfait, Potato Crisp

            • Perigord Truffle and Chicken Terrine

              • Sourdough Bread and Katy Rodgers Cultured Butter

                Our Sourdough Is baked fresh every day using a starter made in July of 2017

                • Berwick Crab with Pickled Radish and Cripsy Tapioca

                  Suggested Wine Pairing: Riesling Smaragd, F.X. Pichler, Wachau, Austria

                  1st Course

                  • Carrols Heritage Potato "Salad"

                    Suggested Wine Pairing: Marsanne/Viognier, Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand

                    2nd Course

                    • Braised Pork Cheek with Scottish Langoustine and Puy Lentils

                      Suggested Wine Pairing: Rolly Gassman Riesling, Alsace, France

                      3rd Course

                      • Venison Tartar, Kombu and Confit Egg

                        Suggested Wine Pairing: Seriously Cool Cinsualt, Waterkloof Estate, South Africa

                        4th Course

                        • Dulse Braised Dory, Salsify, Nori and Jerusalem Artichoke

                          Suggested Wine Pairing: Maranges, Jean-Claude Boisset, Burgundy, France

                          5th Course

                          • Loin of Ayrshire Hogget, Wild Garlic and French White Asparagus

                            Suggested Wine Pairing: Petalos, Descendientes de J Palacios, Bierzo, Spain

                            6th Course

                            • Selection of Artisanal Cheeses from I.j Mellis£10.00

                              7th Course

                              • Heather Honey and Roast Pear Religieuse

                                Suggested Wine Pairing: Le Beryl Blanc, Fairview, South Africa

                                8th Course

                                • Blood Orange Parfait, Michel Cluizel Chocolate

                                  Suggested Wine Pairing: Monastrell Dulce, Yecla, Spain

                                  • Coffee, Tea and Petits-Fours

                                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                    What 71 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    4.3
                                    4.3 based on all time ratings
                                    • 4.4Food
                                    • 4.3Service
                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                    • 3.9Value

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                                    1. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Edinburgh

                                      5 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on 16 November 2019

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Good stuff hun

                                    2. JA

                                      JimA

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 14 September 2019

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was expensive but worth it. The food was excellent, the ambience and decor of the restaurant outstanding and the waiting staff really attentive without being overly fussy. We had the secret tasting menu with accompanying wine. Each dish was better than the last and was accompanied by some really unusual wines. Three and a half hours of food and wine heaven. My only slight disappointment was that I made a schoolboy error when paying the bill. I only realised afterwards that the bill included a service charge and, so at the time, left a fairly obvious generous tip. I might have expected the waitress to confirm that I wanted to leave a tip. Nevertheless, a schoolboy error and it won’t stop us from going back. In fact planning on taking our Gourmet Club buddies there.

                                    3. AB

                                      AbigailB

                                      Edinburgh

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on 31 August 2019

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The food was incredible, the wine was the best I've had in a while and the restaurant itself was extremely beautiful. They are extremely helpful with dietary requirements (1 gluten free and 1 dairy) and you could pretty much eat everything on the menu.

                                    4. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 August 2019

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Lovely restaurant with a great view of the castle and excellent service from the staff. Really nice atmosphere in the dining room as well. Had the vegetarian discovery menu. Delicious as usual!

                                    5. DC

                                      DavidC

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 August 2019

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      We booked through OpenTable, received the confirmation email. When we arrived, they said that they hadn’t received the booking and had no free tables. Recommend that you book directly by phone or in person...

                                    6. NY

                                      NYClocal

                                      New York Area

                                      11 reviews

                                      vip
                                      2.0

                                      11 reviews

                                      Dined on 24 August 2019

                                      overall2food3service1ambience4

                                      Arrived on time. Sat at table 30 minutes before a server brought us some appetizers from the chef. NO menus, NO drink order taken. Another 20 minutes and we finally receive menus and a drink order is taken. Drinks come and are set in front of wrong people. Food comes after 35 minutes! Again, some plates put in front of wrong people. Service was horrendous. The restaurant was not full. Some dishes were good, others nothing to write home about. And for these prices, nothing about the experience would ever lead me to dine here again.

                                    7. n

                                      norbashn

                                      London

                                      14 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on 22 August 2019

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Service was very attentive, and the tasting menu is quite a good value at £70 for 7 courses. A wonderful atmosphere and pleasant overall experience.

                                    8. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Toronto

                                      1 review

                                      vip
                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 27 July 2019

                                      overall2food2service1ambience3

                                      The service wasn’t good. The food was just ok.

                                    9. L

                                      Leew

                                      London

                                      29 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      29 reviews

                                      Dined on 13 March 2019

                                      overall4food5service5ambience3

                                      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.

                                    10. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 9 December 2018

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      Very rude manager.

                                    11. E

                                      Esherregular

                                      London

                                      9 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on 8 December 2018

                                      overall3food3service1ambience2

                                      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.

                                    12. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      4 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 5 December 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    13. c

                                      cliffordthedragon

                                      Edinburgh

                                      16 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on 1 December 2018

                                      overall3food5service2ambience2

                                      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.

                                    14. P

                                      Premonomy

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 19 August 2018

                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                      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.

                                    15. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      3 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 21 July 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      15 year anniversary in Edinburgh!

                                    16. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 21 July 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely and delicious

                                    17. AS

                                      AndrewS

                                      Edinburgh

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 7 July 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    18. A

                                      Anacas87

                                      Edinburgh

                                      8 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on 1 April 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful place. Nice service. Very good food!

                                    19. SM

                                      ShaneM

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 February 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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!

                                    20. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      St. Louis

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 December 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    21. p

                                      pats

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 December 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      wonderful food and excellent service in a beautiful dining room

                                    22. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 29 December 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    23. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 8 December 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    24. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Jersey

                                      6 reviews

                                      2.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on 29 October 2017

                                      overall2food2service5ambience2

                                      Chocolate is really nice but food.

                                    25. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Washington DC

                                      16 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on 19 July 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.....

                                    26. B

                                      Bolus

                                      London

                                      4 reviews

                                      1.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 2 July 2017

                                      overall1food1service4ambience4

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

                                    27. DW

                                      DavidW

                                      London

                                      12 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      12 reviews

                                      Dined on 21 June 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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?

                                    28. B

                                      Beng

                                      London

                                      7 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on 18 June 2017

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                    29. e

                                      etienne

                                      London

                                      5 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on 14 April 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                    30. B

                                      Bradders

                                      London

                                      21 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      21 reviews

                                      Dined on 12 April 2017

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      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.

                                    31. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Liverpool

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 1 April 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    32. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Edinburgh

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 12 November 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    33. JF

                                      JaneFin

                                      Edinburgh

                                      10 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      10 reviews

                                      Dined on 29 September 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    34. M

                                      Marmalade115

                                      Edinburgh

                                      35 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      35 reviews

                                      Dined on 10 September 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    35. P

                                      Pagey

                                      Raleigh

                                      13 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      13 reviews

                                      Dined on 4 June 2016

                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                      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.

                                    36. h

                                      hudthebus

                                      Edinburgh

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 14 February 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    37. F

                                      Francesca

                                      London

                                      49 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      49 reviews

                                      Dined on 12 February 2016

                                      overall4food4service3ambience3

                                      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.

                                    38. b

                                      businesslunch

                                      London

                                      46 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      46 reviews

                                      Dined on 29 January 2016

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    39. BV

                                      BonViveur

                                      Dorset

                                      8 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 December 2015

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      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

                                    40. F

                                      Fumbletrumpet

                                      London

                                      6 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on 27 August 2015

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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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                                    • Cross Street

                                      Lothian Road

                                    • Area

                                      Old Town

                                    • Hours of Operation

                                      Lunch Sun 13:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 18:00–21:30

                                    • Cuisines

                                      British

                                    • Dining style

                                      Fine Dining

                                    • Dress Code

                                      Smart Casual

                                    • Parking Details

                                      Secure hotel valet parking service with overflow to NCP on Castle Terrace.

                                    • Public Transit

                                      Edinburgh station

                                    • Payment Options

                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Executive Chef

                                      Dan Ashmore

                                    • Phone number

                                      0131 222 8857

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