The Tower

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281 reviews
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Perched on the roof of the Museum of Scotland, the Tower Restaurant boasts striking views of Edinburgh’s famous castle and city skyline. The sleek, contemporary interior features Scottish leather, oak tables, violet suede and a mosaic bar – ideal if you’re looking to impress friends or family. Run by Scottish restaurateur James Thomson, the Tower has become a must-see venue for celebrities and visitors from across the UK, as well as a firm favourite with the locals. The menu features the best available seasonal produce, with local seafood, game and Angus beef prepared in the Tower’s signature unfussy style. Favourites include navarin of lamb with confit of celeriac and baby onions; calves liver with Ayrshire bacon; and brioche doughnuts with espresso ganache.
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KM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

There was some good and unfortunately, not so good with our meal. Everything would of been better if we had good service, but it was awful. I just don’t think our waitress cared or she was completely disinterested in making a pleasant experience for us. We started with the oysters and they were very good. For the main dishes, the sea bass and cod with chorizo were also very good. Everything was just mediocre, and for the price it should of been outstanding. We had gone for the view of the castle, but we were seated in an area that you couldn’t see the castle, so we were bummed about that too. We won’t go back.

MM
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time in Edinburgh and the first time that we had dined at The Tower. The service was excellent and very attentive. The food was great. There is nice view of Edinburgh Castle too.

SE
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing views, great service and delicious food - definitely recommend!

JP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was another great meal. Somehow we managed to be there when the fireworks at the castle were going off

P
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special birthday for our youngest son (21) and the Tower certainly lived up to expectations!

KJ
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with helpful, informative staff. The food was delicious and well presented.

S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great views. Excellent service. Food was very good. Vegetarian options could maybe be a bit more exciting.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un très bon repas pour un service parfait.

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KM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner with my sister! Staff is excellent and food is really tasty, very Gluten free friendly (for me). Best view in Edinburgh!

v
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service but food poor - expensive and too little of it. £100 for sausage and mash and 2 small strips of salmon and a soup along with 2 gins and water was not worth the money. Left hungry. Background music too loud. Shame as excellent location and the waiting staff were superb.

BW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service and outstanding wine list. Elegant but not too fussy. We ate here Wednesday evening and the entire family decided we should go back for lunch after touring University of Edinburgh the next day. The food was amazing. Big hits were salmon three ways, Boeuf Bourgogne (one of the best beef meals I’ve had) and Chateaubriand. Desserts were fantastic too. The wine list is not very long, but very well selected and includes a number of decently aged wines from excellent producers (Mortet, Grivot, Marquis de la Guiche, Lafon and some excellent clarets too). Great spot.

G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience of eating at The Tower. Food, service and setting are exceptional. Really made our trip to edinburgh special.

JJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From arrival until leaving we were well looked after. The staff were very friendly, the food was amazing & I would certainly recommend to anyone thinking of going. Great view of the Castle too........... :-)

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, not too small or large portions, well presented. Service was excellent with very little intrusions, the restaurant itself is very modernesque but not overall so. Overall an excellent dining experience which begs one to go back to.

T
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the food, service and atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply IMMACULATE. The ‘Yule family’

VS
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and so-so food.

SB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner here. Beautiful setting and terrific food.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my meal here but the food quality was varied. My starter (game terrine) and desert (Apple and cinnamon crumble) were excellent but my main (turkey) was only average with the turkey overcooked. However, my wife's main (risotto) was excellent. There is a good menu to choose from. We were on the table d'hote which was £38 for 3 courses. (good value if all three courses were good) The service really is first class and the ambience is of a good quality restaurant which is well filled. There were all ages there and tables varied from couples to a group of 12. We'd certainly go back.

CK
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal with my daughter. The setting and decor are lovely. Staff very friendly and helpful. Menu good and food very tasty. The atmosphere was great. Would recommend.

G
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service in very smart surroundings

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and good quality food. Little expensive but no problem as everything ok.
Certainly recommend.

JD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our meal with our friends. Food is pricey, but good. Biggest problem was that the Open Table reservation was not there when we arrived. Thankfully they had a table available for us.

B
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The Tower has a wonderful view of the Castle but the rest of the experience was not special.

OT
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special treat. The ambiance was very nice, food exceptional, and service attentive and friendly. Three of us had steaks and one had the bouillabaisse—all amazing. The peanut butter sundae and rice pudding were to die for. You wonts be disappointed!

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose a top restaurant from the websites and were not disappointed. A memorable night.
Wonderful view, perfect service, excellent food. Will return if we come to Edinburgh.

C
Houston
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feb 2018 new location and everything was great. Service was spot on. The crowd was small. The food was well seasoned and a good presentation.

F
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to have dinner and see fireworks service was ok waiter not up to the same standards as in previous visits ... left a little disappointed ... food was ok but not the usual outstanding dinner ...

MA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must when in Edinburgh. The service was stellar.

LE
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always choose The Tower to celebrate special occasions and it doesn’t disappoint. Our table for two with a view of Edinburgh Castle was complemented by the personal service with fabulous food. You won’t be disappointed if you choose to eat there. Top tip - go at sunset to watch the skyline change.

DH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine dining without the fuss. Quite simply, a long chatty lunch for five persons was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Food, wine, service, ambience, comfort all excellent Four of the party had the three course table d'hôte menu and although the choice for each course was only three dishes, the range of food types was good and the quality and presentation couldn't be faulted. The view through the panoramic windows over the rooftops towards Edinburgh Castle is great - but only if you sit more than halfway along the room, which is long and fairly narrow. But the shape of the room doesn't affect the good overall experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

La vista es lo que vale la pena y a pesar de haber mejor mesa no nos la dieron

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MB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my Edinburgh favourites with a good and reasons-priced wine list. Heartily recommended

TH
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic gem! Spectacular food - simple pasta with mushrooms and truffle but the taste was amazing. We sat outside on the terrace with a glass of champagne, pasta and those amazing castle views. The service was personal, quirky and fitted into our whole experience - we loved our waiter.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food didn’t meet our expectations. The food was mediocre and pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous ... loved it all and such fab weather to sit on the terrace with coffee afterwards ... just brilliant !

MD
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit from Canada to Edinburgh and The Tower. We remembered and were delighted to experience again the incredible view of the castle, delicious food and excellent service.

EG
Seattle
101 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night in Edinburgh. Wow! What a find. Everything good I read in the reviews before hitting reserved turned out to be true. 5 Stars! Food, Service, Quality, Care.... all top drawer. Go!

r
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tower is the perfect spot for enjoying incredible views of Edinburgh Castle. The menu features some very imaginative cocktails, and delicious options for a leisurely lunch. I would highly recommend that you add The Tower to your “must” list whilst visiting Edinburgh!

D
East Lothian
12 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant sits at the top of the National Museum of Scotland & entry is via a lift from the lobby. This is all well & good although doesn't represent a very welcoming atmosphere when the museum security guard does not allow you to proceed to the lift until he confirms your booking via his printed sheet. Due to some booking conflict between OT & the restaurant, my wife & I were made to feel as if we had made up the reservation until I was able to show the security guard an e-mail confirmation. Only then did we manage to escape " a night at the museum" and up to the restaurant.
Once there, we were met by an apologetic gentleman who said there were issues with Open Table bookings, but went on to arrange a nice table by the window. The food was very good and the service attentive with the menu covering vegan options which was also very welcome.
Although not exactly cheap, the food was excellent but for a restaurant in this price bracket, I would expect a more welcoming reception. From my experience last night, we very nearly turned on our heals before the evening began so maybe there is an area for improvement here.

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