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Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

356 Castle Hill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 2NE
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Tuesday to Friday
Lunch : 12noon – 3pm
Dinner : 5.30pm – 10pm

Saturday
Lunch : 12noon – 4pm
Dinner : 5.30pm – 10pm

Open Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays

Private Dining and Exclusive Events available 363 days of the year

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

Cannonball House is one of the city’s oldest and most important buildings with stunning views to Edinburgh Castle. Our cosy bar lists over 120 Scotch whiskies and is open for lunch, cocktails and pre dinner drinks. From the bar we will escort you up the atmospheric old school staircase to our award winning Scottish Restaurant, serving delicious, seasonal quality dishes in a truly unique location.
Fresh East Coast lobster, oysters, Bellhaven Smoked salmon, seasonal Scottish game and the best Scotch Beef from Inverurie are always on the menu. And, of course our haggis cannonballs are not to be missed!
Serving old fashioned fish and chips all day.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

I visited the Cannonball for an early dinner, as part of a party of 6, following a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the festival. We arrived at 5.30pm, as planned, but the restaurant was not ready for us because the hostess was only just arriving for her shift. After a short delay we were seated, and given menus by the sole waiter on duty. The restaurant was not busy but we waited a wee while to order and then be served drinks, then order food. There then followed an unacceptably long gap before starters were served at around 6.30. The starters were of variable quality. My pigeon was tepid, another over cooked and dry. The soup was tasty but tepid. The mussels were well cooked and enjoyable but served with no side plate for empty shells. Some had hoped to order the signature Cannonball starter, but they had already sold out. Mains were served at after 7, and again variable. The gnocchi was chewy and not pleasant. Two “medium” steak sandwiches were anything but: one close to well done (which suited the individual); one raw in places and cold. The latter was returned (but only after the waiter, unprofessionally attempted to suggest it was properly cooked and my fellow diner did not know what a medium steak should look like!). There was a long gap before the steak was returned, and the rest of the table had almost finished. My fish and chips was average. The venison was however well received and enjoyable. Given the poor service and variable quality, at 8pm we decided against desserts, asked for the bill and left. We won’t be back. 2.5 hours for two courses is very slow. The whole experience was very disappointing, particularly given our experiences in other Contini restaurants.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

We were here for lunch. Best salmon we ever had. The cannonballs were excellent as well. Service was a little slow but they offered us a free drink. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

The lobster was over cooked, more a 'mash' lobster. Staff not really seeing work : our aperitif glasses were on the table all dinner, even when we placed them on top of the table. Long waiting time before staff comes to the table ; we ordered another bottle of water, never came. Spray for cleaning tables was on the counter, not really a nice view for such a restaurant. Restaurant came recommended, but we will not return when in Edinburgh. Saw another couple back at the airport who dined there, had the same experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Fantastic service, great view and lovely food. We were well looked after, unhurried and the staff honoured our pre-theatre menu booking despite some mix up on their end which was fantastic.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Personal muy atento. Se nota que los dueños se ocupan del negocio. Congrats!!!!

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

Excellent menu and the food was delicious. The restaurant is in a lovely building with a great bar to enjoy a drink before dinner. Service was excellent - they were busy as there was a concert on, but our waitress was very helpful and efficient. The only downside was the toilets - in between courses, I went to use the toilet but the queue was so long, it was actually out the door! I assume either the bar was exceptionally busy or people from the concert that was on at the castle that night were using them! It would help to have facilities for diners only to avoid being delayed queuing for the toilet, especially when they have food waiting.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

I visited Cannonball very often in the past, for it's athmosphere. Right now I can't really say anything positive about the whole place. Thankfully, the decoration is the same, at least we can have a look of the walls and discuss some pictures. The Lady who took us upstairs, didn't really say anything about the Contini family at all, what is quite disappointing, as my friends love history. We took a seat, and asked the waiter's help to choose the wine. It's was quite ok. We decided to order only one plate of Cannonball starter,as we were not sure that what is this. When we had the order , I repeated to the waiter with an explaination why we don't want to have four plates of starter. When he served it, we found out that he didn't understand what we told to him, so with an embarassed smile, and saying nothing, we had our starters. During our dinner, more embarrasing moments happened: it was clear that the whole kitchen staff was talking about our table, it was very easy to figure it out. What a scary and creepy thing. The meals were alright, but for a Contini restaurant it was under the quality. We finished and paid the whole bill, what was a bit more (nearly 50 pound more) what we ordered for real. This experience is going to keep me away from this restaurant for a few years. I trusted in the quality, but unfortunately we didn't get what we were paying for. I'm very unsatisfied.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 July 2018

Doesnt worth the price

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

We had the perfect evening at Cannonball! It was my partner’s birthday and the staff made sure to add some special touches, including dessert and a 18-year old Scotch, on the house. The food was magnificent, the service was attentive but also relaxed and they even brought an extra scoop of ice cream for our friend’s toddler who was with us! Highly highly recommend Cannonball!

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

Went for early dinner before attending concert at the castle. Service and atmosphere were lovely. very good drinks range and value for money. Beautiful red wine to go with our dinner. Sadly the food was not very good - the haggis balls (a key dish for the restaurant) were dry and cold, Beetroot starter was the same. Informed them but nothing was changed. Disappointed as had brought visitors for dinner - expecting lovely Scottish food. Hopefully not a regular occurrence for tourists!

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

I attended on Saturday with my bridal party. The food and service were fantastic, however upon leaving a member of the bridal party told me they had phoned earlier in the week to ask if something special could be arranged as it was my hen party. They were told that petit fours would be waiting and congratulations written on the plate. This never happened and the party were upset as it was supposed to be a surprise and they were looking forward to seeing my reaction. In future, it might be best not to promise these things unless they can be delivered.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 July 2018

I had a great evening! Would recommend this to anyone, especially the great value pre theatre menu. Located right in the heart of Edinburgh on the royal mile - you can’t beat it! Food was well thought out, delicious and well presented! Delightful staff, couldn’t do enough for you! Perfect for a graduation dinner, date night, family meal ... or whatever else you fancy!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Great setting and a real effort by the staff to attend to our every need. Hadn’t realised the tasting menu or a la carte wasn’t available for lunch, but our meals were nice all the same. Thanks

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Visited On Sunday, 17 June 2018

It was a Father's Day Sunday evening pub meal served with very tasty white wine. The music was very likeable. My cousin particularly enjoyed the music as it reminded her of teenage years in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She is a vegetarian and was pleased with her meal. The staff were very friendly and the interior is clean and pleasant.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 June 2018

Gorgeous setting and a lovely dining experience. The sticky toffee pudding is sensational! Very friendly and professional service, and great with our little one as well.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Cannonball Restaurant and bar. Great cocktails, delicious food and very friendly and knowledgable staff.

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Visited On Friday, 15 June 2018

Great experience and ready to come back

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The food was INCREDIBLE. And the staff so lovely. The Mac&Cheese should be winning awards! Our server (Conor I think) had only been there a week and he was very friendly and helpful. We will be coming back.

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Visited On Friday, 08 June 2018

Good atmosphere, food and service at a fair price

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Visited On Thursday, 07 June 2018

I have been to a few top class restaurants in Edinburgh over the last few months and Cannonball was definitely the best for all round experience of eating good food in a friendly atmosphere. All credit to the waiting staff who were very attentive and had the correct friendly attitude to the customers.

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Visited On Friday, 08 June 2018

It was my first visit to the cannonball restaurant. The food was perfect, from scallops starter through lamb and finishing with the knickerbocker glory. The restaurant was busy but it did not affect the attentive service we received. I thought Contini in George street was unbeatable. I was wrong. I now have a joint favourite eating place.

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Visited On Friday, 01 June 2018

We did not receive the level of food or service expected of a high end restaurant in a prestigious part of Edinburgh. The service was particularly poor towards the end of the night after our initial waiter left. Our dinner plates were not cleared for a long time after we had finished; I had to go to the bar to ask for dessert menus and then had to go to the bar again to ask for dessert cutlery. Nobody bothered to come to our table during our meal to pour water or wine or offer us more drinks. I would have expected this level of service from this restaurant. The food was OK but certainly not moreish. We were disappointed with our evening. This does not measure up to Divino Enoteca where we visited last month.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 May 2018

A memorable & wonderful experience. It was a special Whisky Dinner for a dozen guests, Les Dame d’Escoffier, from America & they absolutely loved it.

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Visited On Friday, 25 May 2018

Lovely evening

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Un’esperienza unica, piatti ottimi, qualita’ eccellente. Servizio, disponibilita’, gentilezza TOP

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