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.
We had a lovely night dining at the Gardeners Cottage. The use of seasonal produce was perfect as was the service and the time given to you between courses. The setting is both unique and cosy and, most importantly, the food was absolutely fantastic! We will definitely be recommending the Gardeners Cottage to friends and family and hope to be back soon!
Unique food experience. Felt a little rushed
Wonderfully quaint little gem with wonderful food and hardworking staff of 3 (2 cooks and a waiter).
Will definitely come again.
Second time here and we are comming back.
Dining experience limited by communal seating which meant we had no choice but to listen to totally self involved conversation of our table neighbours who had no self awareness Otherwise a positive visit.
We loved the Gardeners Cottage - rows of herbs in the garden, wooden floors inside and an old record player turning, delicious food and a warm smile. An heavenly secret in Edinburgh.
Lovely place. Great food. Great wine.
Lovely food in a lovely setting... we liked the informal communal layout. But... We tried the old fashioned way of booking first... telephone... completely hopeless, an automated system they sends the caller round in pointless circles. Then we tried email... that bounced back because the published email address is incorrect. Finally we found a link on the website, which initially told us nothing was available. We persevered and after several dead ends, we achieved a confirmed booking. I think we deserved a good lunch... and we got it!
Brilliant breakfast and a great service
such a special unique meal, we loved it
I would recommend this place to anyone who is adventurous and open to try new flavours. The dinner menu is set of three courses which are relevant to the season. It was beautifully presented and the flavours complimented each other perfectly. I had never had partridge before but I am so happy I did. It was a pleasure. Thank you.
Lovely meal in a cosy atmosphere! Highly recommend.
We had a delicious breakfast and loved the setting. Please keep doing what you’re doing! We hope to be back for dinner soon.
Very nice place! Went there for breakfast and it was very tasty:)
Excellent food; local provenance clearly identified; seasonal cooking, and finely made chutneys, pickles and more. Great wine pairings for the tasting menu we had, and nicely executed service. A nice setting below Calton Hill. A fine introduction to our weekend in Edinburgh.
Booking and arrival - Great! Wait for first course - 40 minutes - not so great First course - Halibut over cooked, think my piece of fish was a bit on the small side but was cooked for the same length of time as my companions which was bigger, rest of dish - delicious! Second course - again, venison chewy, overcooked, oh no! (seems I lucked out getting the end piece again) Rest of dish absolutely marvellous. Dessert - couldn't fault it.... Service, professional/friendly, good combo.
A long overdue first visit but we'll definitely be back. Convivial atmosphere and great food!
This was a truly outstanding meal. Fabulous food and wine in a cozy, laid back atmosphere with great service. We will definitely be back.
Really good original menu, excellent service, and helpful staff. We have visited a number of times, as have friends from Germany, and we all love both the ambience and food
Gorgeous place and fabulous menu, food and service. Will definitely be returning!