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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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
The service wasn’t good. The food was just ok.
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.
Very rude manager.
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.
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.
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.
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 year anniversary in Edinburgh!
Lovely and delicious
Very good. Lovely food, well prepared and served with pride. Highly recommend.
Beautiful place. Nice service. Very good food!
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!
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.
wonderful food and excellent service in a beautiful dining room
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.
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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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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Het eten was niet vers!
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?
Good presentation and fine dining, all the dishes ordered were well cooked, service was excellent
Very fine cuisine and friendly staff : a must do in Edinburgh !
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.
second time at Galvin.... Amazing experience, cant wait to go back.
Lovely restaurant and ambience. Only disappointment was lack of nice pressed apple juice.
Excellent service. Took Mother for birthday treat and the whole party were well looked after great end to a fine day out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Pompadour is rated 4.2 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.