Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2:30pm
(Brunch to run 7 days during August)
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm (Until 10.30pm during August)
- Private Dining
- Gluten Free Available
- Business Lunch
- Dietary Needs Catered For
About Gardeners Cottage
The Gardener’s Cottage is a restaurant in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill. Built in 1836 the cottage, which was originally home to the gardener, has been transformed into Edinburgh’s home for seasonal cooking and social dining. Seated at long communal tables our guests can enjoy weekend brunch, an a’la carte lunch menu, or an inventive, set seven course dinner menu, using only the best seasonal, local produce.
Chairs are uncomfortable! But loved the entire experience!
Four of us arrived expecting so much more but it was not to be. Shared tables can work well but given the prices they were squeezing too many people to a table. The tables would have been comfortable with eight, but ten has us squeezed in. Also we arrived to an empty table and got placed at the cool, breezy end. Requests to move to the other end initially met with ‘those spaces are allocated already’ when no choice as to specific place was offered. And then they moved us two spaces along rather than to the other end meaning the couple who arrived last got squeezed in between us and the wall. The food ranged from nice to interesting to not to our taste and presentation of the food could have been better than just heaped on our plates. Our verdict on departure was that the very high cost of the meals was not reflected in what we ate.
God mat, bra men lite snålt tilltagna viner i vinpaketet, mycket trevlig personal och bra stämning.
What a gem! We enjoyed a wonderfully casual evening and had the tasting menu with the recommended wines to accompany each course. The food could not be faulted and was skilfully cooked and beautifully presented. Each course was delicious and individual. We will be back, and hope that you continue to enjoy your deserved success.
Not putting the cost of the menu on the menu is unforgivable. I don't know what was happening with the lights but the flickering compounded by teeny tiny type made it pretty hard to read the menu.
Felt too close next to guests next to me. Bit more space if possible? Excellent flavours, perfect portions, great coffee. Full of character
Perfect spot for lunch
Wines good but pricey
A really unique and enjoyable experience. Particularly loved watching the chefs at work
Lovely meal, well presented and matching wines were excellent. The only downside in my opinion is that 10 seats to a table is too many and leaves very little elbow room, reducing to 8 would be much better. Jim
Food was uninspiring.
Reasonable food but didn’t meet expectations based on recommendation. Small volumes of wine (with paired selections)
We had a wonderful experience at The Gardener's Cottage. The food was delicious, the setting was warm, inviting and comfortable, and the staff was kind enough to provide a special meal for our 4-year-old daughter. This was one of our best meals during our visit to Scotland. Thank you!
Lovely food in a beautiful setting
Lovely place, positively bubbling along with energy in the kitchen coupled with great atmosphere and the option of eating outside too - great given the weather! I had a wonderful pigeon for my mains, and it was beautifully cooked and served with nicely cooked vegetables and excellent berries, very scrumptuous. Thoroughly recommend the Gardeners Cottage for lunch - now I will have to go there for dinner too!
A wonderful experience, I just wish it could be a regular occasion.
We were excited for our first visit to the restaurant after hearing many good things, our table was pre booked for a birthday lunch but we were sat in a dark corner of the empty restaurant so the atmosphere was not so appealing. The service was excellent and the food really delicious but we felt the prices didn't reflect the portion sizes for lunch. We ordered the half lobster which looked incredible but it was honestly the smallest lobster we have seen. When ordering a simple espresso to finish, we were told they only had filter coffee. It came in a cafetiere big enough for 4 with some petit fours that we didnt order which were a tasty (but expensive) surprise. We had a pleasant stay but maybe offer more lobster - less coffee.
We had a delicious 5-course set lunch with wine pairings and absolutely loved it.
In truth we were a bit disappointed in our meal. Despite visiting for Brunch, we were told there was no coffee of any kind and no orange juice. My wife's cooked breakfast was served on brioche rather than the stated sourdough (bizarre), and the table next to us were served (without being first asked) sausages instead of meatloaf as part of one of their breakfasts 'because its the same meat anyway'. In summary a very strange and disappointing experience, particularly given everything is priced at £13/14 a go.
I was recommended to come here for brunch by a friend who spoke very highly of it, so I had high expectations, which unfortunately were not met at all. We were given coffee and tea without milk and tea spoons and had to wait around 5mins for a waiter to walk past to even ask by which time our drinks were cold. The waiter then cleared away are half full cafeteria and when we asked for another, they told us that the coffee machine was broken. When our food came out we asked for salt and pepper which was brought out to us by one waiter, only for it to be removed straight away by another. Our orders were also incorrect and the Kippers were so full of bones that it was almost impossible to eat. I think if they had more staff on a lot of these issues could be resolved but I would not recommend this place after our experience.
I love the Gardener's cottage, its style, the atmosphere, the fresh ingredients, and the communal tables. Food is always good with fresh produce and tasty combinations. the only downside this time was the service. on a busy Saturday morning the service was not very friendly nor attentive and we felt a bit squeezed on the big table
Honestly overpriced, the food was edible, one of the dishes was even nice. Kitchen needs a deep review, so does the pricing.
Disappointing experience given all the great reviews for the Restaurant, food & wine was average- would not reccomend & think the Restaurant is over hyped/rated.