Rhubarb Restaurant

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74 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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DM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LM
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

G
Edinburgh
35 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

L
Edinburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

DP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Sitting in the fireplace not comfortable. Cramped

DD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
London
21 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

h
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RI
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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 .

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

E
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

M
Aberdeen
32 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

RD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

h
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

HT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and ambience with excellent food and service

M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

T
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

c
Edinburgh
89 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful surroundings & the staff were very attentive to our needs

The food was wonderful.

4
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Recomend the set meal @ £35 - worth it to see the venue !

M
London
35 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fun evening in a splendidly over-the-top dining room. The rather dated fancified meal was all rather too salted. High flowers obscured the view across the over-large dining table for six which meant conversation as a group was difficult. Despite splendour a mild air of faulty towers. The staff started ironing the adjacent tables' cloths as it got late never welcoming. However food arrived speedily - and it was a jolly evening.

M
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Whenever we visit Edinburgh we try to go to Rhubarb because we enjoy it so much,

Unfortunately we were let down initially as we went into the lounge for an aperitif and were then apparently forgotten about! It took ages to get menus and then my husband had to chase the one member of staff he could find, for our orders to be taken. Apologies were made but we were not even offered a complimentary drink. Not good.!
We noticed that customers that went straight into the dining room were dealt with more or less immediately. I seem to recall on our last visit a similar thing occurred but not as bad as this.

r
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2015
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were seated in the lounge for 20 minutes before we were offered a drink. Menues were left with us, drinks order taken and waiter had to ask who had ordeed what. Our food orders were taken efficiently, another waiter returned to take us to the dining table. He had no tray to carry our drinks through, we had to ask, then he only brought the ladies' ones. We were offered menusagain and told the waiter we had already ordered. We were not helped to be seated, had to pull out our own chairs.
Food was excellent, the presentation was wel arranged and the taste fabulous.

All in all the experience was let down by the standards of service. We havea five star gold B&B and send a lot of our guests to Rhubarb, so wanted you to know our experience.

Reta, Violetbankhouse.co.uk

a
London
45 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Rhubarb Restaurant at Prestonfield is a hidden gem in the Edinburgh restaurant scene. Set in beautiful greenery in the lee of Arthur's seat, Rhubarb is well worth a visit for anyone who enjoys delicious food served in an atmospheric setting.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Rhubarb and it didn't disappoint. It is such a beautiful place with exquisite decor. The service is excellent and the food second to none.

P
Leicestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Prestonfield House (now a hotel, in which Rhubarb restaurant is based) is an amazing old building, oozing in character, and a great setting for a special meal. We had a short guided tour of the house, by one of the staff, after our meal. The "A la Carte" menu is quite expensive, the wines especially so. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Overall a wonderful experience.

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff were fantastic 10/10

T
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most lovely afternoon for my mum's 70th. We supped tea and nibbled tasty bites on the lawn as the peacocks roamed around our table!