Rhubarb Restaurant

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83 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Minimalists and speed-eaters, avert your eyes. Rhubarb has arrived in all its opulent, theatrical, lingering glory. Set in twenty acres of gorgeous parkland yet a short drive from the Royal Mile, Rhubarb and its hotel home, Prestonfield, are the creation of James Thomson. Black-kilted porters escort you to Rhubarb's two oval Regency dining rooms decorated in baroque splendour, with giant chandeliers, silk wall coverings, and ancestral portraits. The menu, created by chef John McMahon, uses classic techniques and modern inspiration to transform ingredients into sublime grub. Popular dishes include the Gewurztraminer poached foie gras, the breast of Loue chicken on tarragon risotto, and the assiette of rhubarb desserts. There are more than five hundred wines to choose from, and more than one hundred malts.

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Felix
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giving myself and 2 granddaughters a special treat, we were cordially welcomed, shown to a lovely window table and excellently served throughout the meal. Every course was a delight, the steaks particularly juicy, and the treat was well worth the money.

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MichaelW
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience great service we will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waitress who served us was fantastic in the Stuart room! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault this please. Absolutely perfect for a special occasion 👏🏻

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vipnienam
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous great way to end lockdown ! Great service and ambience

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0131cp
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect great quality, service was fantastic but not intrusive
Food was delicious and perfect portion size not too small but not stuffed

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vipJakeLondon
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue in beautiful location. Excellent service and food.

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ZinzanC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous restaurant with impeccable service and lovely surroundings. Highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a night of luxury.

From entranceway to dinner to a drink in the ornate public rooms, I loved every minute.

Go!

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DonM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Starters: my Smoked Salmon was "OK" but my wife's Chicken Veloute did not taste very nice.
Main courses: her Beef en Croute was good but the rice in my Risotto had a rather "nutty" consistency (i.e. it was a little undercooked).
Puddings: both had Creme Brulee and they were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Amazing Restaurant
If one day you want To feel you’re a Queen ou a King, go there!

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WilliamL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, service and food - well done, will be back

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AnneP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and delicious food. I would definitely recommend this to others

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LauraM
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It's the setting that sets this restaurant apart. \very busy Easter Sunday, but lovely ambience and gorgeous to have tea after the light lunch in the garden. More choice for non meat eaters would not go amiss.

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Gourmet
Edinburgh
36 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set lunch menu comprehensive and appropriately priced. All three enjoyed food immensely. Warm welcome contributed to a most enjoyable experience. One of my favourite venues.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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Liketolunch
Edinburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We have been to this restaurant previously, and enjoyed it. It was the 30th December and I had specifically phoned in advance to check if the Sunday lunch menu would be available, and was told we would have the choice of it and the festive menu. On arrival they did not have our reservation, although I had a confirmation email. We had invited friends, who had arrived ahead of us, and did not know what to do. The problem was rapidly sorted but without an apology. The Sunday lunch menu was unavailable, and for me the A la carte and festive menu was a little too rich for a post Christmas meal. However we had invited friends so did not complain. The celeriac starter was tasteless, the other food was competent but wouldn't win any Michelin stars. The waiters seemed overstretched and some of them had clearly not showered before work. Perhaps a personal comment but being served by an unwashed body is off-putting. I would have rated the ambiance higher if only looking at the setting. All in all disappointing.

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vipDerekP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Sitting in the fireplace not comfortable. Cramped

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vipDennisD
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rhubarb is a total delight. Stunning decor and service, with food and drink to match. Nothing is too much trouble, from the doormen to the waiting personnel professionalism is without reproach. I had my 13 month old granddaughter with me and she was treated like a star. I love the hotel, Prestonfield House, as much as I do the restaurant. Strongly recommended for visitors and locals alike.

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vipCraig
London
22 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went for my wife’s birthday as a family. The experience is excellent, from having an aperitif in the small lounge beforehand to the splendid dining room. I felt that the food was overpriced for what we ate, £21 for a tarte tatin, even if it’s for 2 to share, is quite toppy. However, we had a good time, and would consider returning.

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hughr
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prestonfield never disappoints
We brought friends from the USA to show them something special and they were blown away
They commented that they hadn’t seen anything like it in the US! That’s the whole
point really
Nowhere delivers the complete experience you get at Prestonfield
They made friends with the 2 Highland cattle and peacocks before enjoying the unique ambience for pre dinner drinks.
The food was of the very highest standard and the service legendary
Can’t wait to return........

BB
vipBonnieB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When traveling, my husband and I always try to find one truly romantic restaurant for our last night. Rhubarb did not disappoint. I had heirloom tomatoes (incredibly flavorful) with homemade burrata for my appetizer, followed by the best lamb I have even tasted. My husband had a slow cooked rib dish followed by grouse. He raved about both. The service was excellent, attentive but not hovering. Overall, we had the wonderful romantic dinner we sought — a great send off to our wonderful time in Scotland.

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RobertI
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked our taxi driver for his recommendation and he came through in Spades! Less than a 10 minute drive from town center, you feel like you have escaped to a country manor, which you have. Beautiful setting with food, drink and service to match.

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vipDavidM
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining here is just a pleasure .. great setting, service, character and food

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Macwilson
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Superb choice on 3 course lunch menus . We both chose the Christmas one which was just delicious . It was a birthday treat for me - the service was excellent and we felt very welcome. We would certainly recommend it .

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service plus the food was better we expected. We will definitely come back.

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Oxford
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The food the service and the ambience!

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vipExcellent
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A mixed experience. The food overall was quite good. The grounds, hotel and restaurant were quite lovely. The service was disappointing on many fronts. We showed up and despite showing the maitre d the email from the restaurant (2 emails) he couldn't find our resv in the books and seemed a little surly about the whole thing.
Our server who was really quite lovely and helpful, nonetheless was not familiar with the menu and had to frequently return to the kitchen for clarifications. Not something you would expect in a restaurant that is trying to brand itself as a very upscale restaurant. Poorly trained staff are the hallmark of a poorly run establishment and that is a fact in the restaurant business. Food was good, interesting ambience but the staff needs training. And this is not the staffs fault. They were uniformly friendly and trying to be helpful. This is squarely on the management who are failing miserably in their training efforts.

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vipMiaw
Aberdeen
33 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Rhubarb for special occasions...it is very atmospheric and feels 'special'. The menu is very good, as is the excellent service.

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RD123
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The venue is fantastic, a beautiful prorerty, immaculate decor and lots of history. We dinned at The Witchery the previous evening (operated by the same people) and Rhubarb was recommended when booking this.
The service at Rhubarb started rather slow, we had to wait for menus and water for sometime despite being asked by 2 memebers of staff if we would like to order water.
Once they sorted out who was doing what the service improved greatly and the rest of the meal was served in a timely manner.
The atmosphere is very subdued and quiet but very pleasant.
Overall it was a very nice evening and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. Great service, excellent food, and a broad and accessible wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Good was very good and everything was just so relaxed.

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vipHungrydiner
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service-- went twice in one week and equally outstanding both times. Menu is creative and flavors are wonderful. Waiters were knowledgeable about the menu. The goat cheese burrata was terrific as were the grilled peaches. The gnudi was both interesting and wonderfully tasteful. Rhubarb is great with vegetables and fish.

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MaryP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch to celebrate my daughters birthday at Rhubarb. The sunday lunch menu is extremely good value and the food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The wine menu is quite pricey but extensive . We appreciated the range of wines by the glass which allowed us all to pick what we wanted. I would certainly go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't rate Rhubarb high enough. The setting is beautiful, the staff attentive but not overly so.

We had three course including the Chateaubriand which was outstanding.

Would definitely return here.

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HilaryT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and ambience with excellent food and service

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vipMelissa
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely LOVED this restaurant!!! The decor is just stunning, the food is amazing and the staff is beyond friendly and courteous. If we had more time in Edinburgh, we would have gone back during the day to see the grounds better. This is also a great place for a special occasion and/or date night. Totally romantic. LOVE!

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Travellor32
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation here for celebration of our 25th anniversary while we were visiting Scotland. My wife learned about it from a TV special. Quite simply the best restuarant experience I have ever had.

Be prepared to spend the evening as this is fine dining at its best from the wine list right down to the desert course.

It is expensive but worth it. The service was great and the atmosphere was compelling. I would highly recommend it.

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cv54
Edinburgh
90 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gorgeous atmosphere and welcome. The food was really superb and we all enjoyed every mouthful. The octopus starter and venison were particular highlights. Many thanks for a super evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful surroundings & the staff were very attentive to our needs

The food was wonderful.

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