The Pompadour

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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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
service
4.1
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good stuff hun

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JimA
London
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.

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AbigailB
Edinburgh
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
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!

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DavidC
London
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...

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vipNYClocal
New York Area
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.

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vipnorbashn
London
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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

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Leew
London
24 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very rude manager.

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Esherregular
London
7 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
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.

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cliffordthedragon
Edinburgh
13 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.

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Premonomy
London
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

15 year anniversary in Edinburgh!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious

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AndrewS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Anacas87
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Nice service. Very good food!

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ShaneM
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!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
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.

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vippats
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and excellent service in a beautiful dining room

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OpenTable Diner
London
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Chocolate is really nice but food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.....

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Bolus
London
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!

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DavidW
London
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?

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Beng
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipetienne
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Bradders
London
20 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JaneFin
Edinburgh
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.

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Marmalade115
Edinburgh
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.

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vipPagey
Raleigh
12 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.

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hudthebus
Edinburgh
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.

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vipFrancesca
London
46 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.

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vipbusinesslunch
London
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.

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BonViveur
Dorset
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

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vipFumbletrumpet
London
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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The Pompadour is rated 4.2 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.