Twenty, Princes Street, Grill & Smokehouse

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Steakhouse
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Twenty Princes Street presents an elegant and stunning setting that is sure to bewitch even the most cosmopolitan of patrons with a seamless mix of traditional elegance and contemporary design. A distinguishing feature of the restaurant is the lush, capacious banquettes carefully positioned to make the most of the vistas. And with massive triple-height windows that offer picture perfect views of the skyline. Chef Elzane Louwrens demonstrates his culinary flair with an inventive and eclectic menu that keeps pace with the seasons and uses the finest locally sourced ingredients. There’s an exciting choice of fish and seafood dishes while the selection of steaks are a signature of the restaurant. This restaurant offering guests a trendy and sophisticated hangout whatever the occasion, where dining is refreshingly informal and an atmosphere that’s glamorous but not glitzy. And for pre- or post-prandial drinks and conversations, our bar Juniper is the perfect destination.
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LK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Cannot fault the food, everything that was ordered was perfect.
The service was a little slow. We had to ask for our order to be taken and when the drinks arrived only the lager's arrived and we had to then ask where the wine for the table was.

JR
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Twenty.

The staff work hard to provide exciting food and great service, even at very busy times.

We will definitely be back soon.

J
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was so friendly and on point at both the dinner and breakfast that I had a Twenty. The space is absolutely beautiful. Large historic room overlooking The Balmoral Hotel and up to the Castle.
My lamb served three ways was delicious. Highly recommend the restaurant whether staying at the hotel or not

M
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for somewhere to have Sunday lunch and it didn't disappoint! The staff were lovely and couldn't do enough for us, would highly recommend and will definitely be back soon.

LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meals which were well presented. Very good and helpful waiting staff. Nice table location in lovely surroundings with a fabulous view. Great evening.

GP
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and requested a table by the window. Without fail, we were seated at a window table overlooking Princes St. and a great view of Old Town and the Edinburgh Castle. Excellente serviciso was provided by Enrique and Marilyn for our meal as well as drinks. Very attentive and professional service. We ordered the Chateaubriand for two and it was prepared wonderfully. Tfhe presentation by Enrique tableside was very impressive and he did a great job. I would highly recommend Twenty for your special occasion in Edinburgh.

EM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Time after time the place doesn’t disappoint.

GM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This is a difficult one, we had a perfectly pleasant evening, food was good, service was good but not sure I would highly recommend. The atmosphere was a bit flat for a busy Saturday night, lights are bright and not particularly inviting. The menu was good but being honest there were no starters I would have picked and I’m not a fussy eater. Had steak for main course which was lovely but side of roasted vegetables a disappointment - peppers aubergine onion and lemon! No greens which would have been my preference. Staff were all lovely though and couldn’t be faulted, I just don't think I’ll be rushing back, underwhelmed would be my best description of the evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Served the wrong order and was told by the Manageress that the fillet steak served was a better quality than the rib eye steak originally ordered. She almost insisted that I take it, however she never charged for the steak, but the pint was it was not what I ordered and it was over cooked. The general service was poor we ordered coffee and Brandies by the time the coffee came the brandy was drank. Would not return to eat ever again

P
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good table, great views, good service, nice cocktails in bar.
Over-priced food. Poor portion size.
Vegetarian choice limited.

m
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was cold, unfriendly.

LK
Edinburgh
61 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely table at the window and had the excellent 3 course lunch which you can have up to 6pm. Staff were very attentive and the restaurant is very modern and spacious. Would definitely recommend

H
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It really was all about choice!
We had a lunch deal with 2 courses.
Desserts were all excellent!
I had burger which I enjoyed. A friend had macaroni cheese etc which she really enjoyed but the third member of the party chose the chicken crepe and I must say it didn’t look very appetising or very much. She could only find one bit of chicken in the crepes! We should have mentioned it at the time but unfortunately we didn’t! We shared a bit of our meals with her to fill her up!

n
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Plats excellents et très bien présentés
Serveurs compétents mais peu souriants

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JB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely lovely restaurant. We went for Sunday lunch and it was gorgeous. Views were excellent, looking over Princes street gardens. We were booked for 12.30 and it was quiet but gradually got busier.

CM
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great steaks during a particularly frenetic time for the city. not the cheapest but my friend commented it was the best steak she had had for a long while.

s
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my partners Birthday dinner, the food was amazing especially the steaks and would definitely recommend this restaurant to all friends and family

LC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant gem in the heart of the city, found it by accident on open table looking for a last minute meal and couldn't of asked for a better experience/meal. The baked Alaska is a must!

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service,food and ambience as with previous visits.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful meal here on a recommendation from a friend. Couldn’t fault anything. Would definitely go here again.

SS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrendous service from start to finish.
You have to go round looking for waiters to help. And even then you don't get acknowledged. Rude staff. No. Attentive. Waited over an hour for food.
Avoid.

L
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and everything was fantastic. We had a great table in the window overlooking Princes Street and will definitely book again next time we are visiting Edinburgh.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful surroundings, will definitely return, had a wonderful experience

CB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked a meal before attending the tattoo. Excellent food with friendly service. Will definitely be returning when we eat out in Edinburgh.

KC
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have visited the Edinburgh fringe festival last three years and have eaten here each time. Nothing has changed. Still outstanding for me.

NS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service . God wring drinks and then took about 20 minutes to change the drink. Roast beef Sunday dinner came and none of us could eat the meat as it was 2 slices of fat , no meat on it at all. But no staff were around or came near our table so we couldn't tell them or get the option to change it . We then found someone who offered a discount on the food however we were still left hungry as we would have preferred to send it back. Sat with an empty bottle of wine for ages . We then had to find someone to ask for dessert menu and another bottle of wine. Terrible service . The only thing that made up for the whole experience was the baked Alaska dessert !

K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor with all the pictures of Edinburgh/scotland history. The waiters/waitress were helpful and courteous. There was a good food selection for kids, veg and non veg.

DS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have nothing but praise for the food and the waiting staff everything was perfect - HOWEVER the staff at the Jupiter bar attached really need to up their game a bit - arriving half an hour early for our meal so that we could have a quick drink before we dined we walked in and were promptly told by a waiting staff member that there were no seats and we couldn't stand at the bar. If the restuarant staff hadn't been able to give us our table early I reckon I may have given up and found somewhere else to eat - maybe the restuarant needs it's own couple of tables for this sort of thing happening?

GM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porterhouse cooked perfectly. Attentive staff, lovely ambiance. We'll be back.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing and the restaurant is such a nice setting but based on the service I don’t think I will be back. Our server was very rude, we felt as if we were a hinderance. We had to ask for a drinks order and food order to be taken. His attitude in general was disgusting and made us feel very uncomfortable.

TV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow despite informing the staff we had a show to see.
Food was mediocre. Steaks felt “pre-cooked” then re-heated (barely). Could not cut through steaks until the waiter brought a sharper knife.
Looked like the restaurant was under-staffed which made it difficult to get the waiter’s attention
Restaurant was half-full during a busy period which suggests we were not alone in our assessment.

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fillet steak and it was amazing, staff were lovely aswell

j
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location. Lovely views over Princes street and on the 1st floor which gives a chance to do some people watching. We went during festival and it was a haven from busy street below. Lovely room and friendly staff. Good the lunch menu runs to 6pm which gives some value options. Cocktails quite pricy.

MH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the sunday lunch with lamb, food was amazing. Staff very friendly and attentive. Decor inside restaurant was beautiful. great location, very central. Would definately reccomend

JS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Considering steak house is in the name I expected much better food. I ordered the filet and it had no flavor at all. Son had robs that were like beef jerky that were so dry. Husband enjoyed his monk fish. Ordered the rhubarb cake for dessert, it was dry and definitely store bought. The food overall was terrible and way over priced. Views were really nice though.

L
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

It was OK, service a bit slow and had to get the lunch time menu myself as only give the dinner menu and had booked lunch for 5pm.
A lot of very noisy people at the next table, which made us hurry away before dessert. Not the restaurant's fault however.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view was amazing from our table and lovely atmosphere.

AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A very convenient location in which to enjoy a quality meal with a great ambience.

S
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The service was exceptionally slow. We had to flag down a server to get service over and over again. No one at any point approached us to ask . Admittedly we didn’t want to order until an hour after we arrived and that caused them an issue.

We spent over 3hours including our initial chat and drinks.

The food was DELICIOUS. Very well presented and plated. Imaginative combinations. My husband and son were still a little hungry when we finished!

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Table next to us got seated after us and got served before us. Both main courses had laid for 20 minutes before being brought to the table to the steaks were cold to the touch. Would not recommend

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