Gardeners Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens , London Road , Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH7 5DX
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Opening Information

We are open every day for lunch and dinner and weekend breakfasts.

Monday 12pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 12pm – 9:30pm

Friday 12pm – 9:30pm

Saturday 10am – 9:30pm

Sunday 10am – 9:30pm

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Business Lunch
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
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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.

Cuisine: Scottish, Brunch, Fine Dining, Tasting Menu
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Monday, 13 January 2020

We were in Edinburgh for about 4 days and our lunch at the Gardeners Cottage was by far the best we had! Our party (of 3) absolutely loved the idea that the menu was purely dependent on whatever fresh produce and groceries were in season and available. We came for a late lunch, so the small restaurant wasn't packed and we quite enjoyed our meal. Everything from the coffee to the dessert were amazing; we all agreed the roasted pheasant appetizer was the best dish of the meal. Overall, I would highly recommend a visit here and would most definitely return!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

We'll come back when we next visit Edinburgh.

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Visited On Monday, 13 January 2020

We loved it! Incredibly fresh food, and a great friendly vibe.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Amazing food & great paired drinks.

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

I find that this is starting to feel expensive when compared to the prices (and comparable quality) at places like 6 by Nico. Having said the we came as a group to enjoy the communal bench seating which is still a draw..

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Visited On Monday, 13 January 2020

Would be good to a vegetarian option for the main in the set lunch menu

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Loved it

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Wonderful experience. Only suggestion, if there are different selections on number of courses that guests choose, come up with a way that everyone starts eating together regardless of the choice of course that they've selected..

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Will definitely return

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Great food and good service. Six course tasting menu was delicious. Great wine selection too.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

A lovely setting and good food with an inventive flair undone by the college dorm entertainment system with poor musical accompaniment. Service was rather cold, impersonal, and seemed rushed which subtracted from the experience as well. The limited wine service did not serve the food well.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Lovely special occasion meal just after New Year. Service was spot on and the food a delight!

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

Fantastic food

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

We loved it all 31.12.2019

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Visited On Sunday, 29 December 2019

It was absolutely wonderful but it may be some time before we can afford to return. Ideal Christmas Present to ourselves :)

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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

Can't fault our experience on the day. But we were disappointed to discover that the restaurant is not accessible and no effort has been made to make it so. My father uses a wheelchair and so we would not be able to come as a family. We would strongly recommend you taking steps to make the restaurant accessible for wheelchairs.

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Waited 45 mins for starter. Bread came after 35 mins. We’d finished our wine by this point! No set lunch and Food expensive and poor value for money on the whole. We all left very disappointed, sadly. Wouldn’t normally leave a review but since you asked...

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Delicious food! We really enjoyed the lunch menu, service was fantastic and always enjoy the atmosphere - especially the records. Thank you!

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Great food

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Voucher was a gift. Enjoyed meal - some very interesting combinations

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Poor service by the staff, who seem inattentive given the limited number of patrons in the restaurant due to its size.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

As good as ever. Best breakfast in Edinburgh!

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Visited On Friday, 27 December 2019

Second time to dine here. One of my favorite places to eat out in the world. Always will book when in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

Enjoyed our meal so much we booked to come back the next day they were open! Need we say more?

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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

Food delicious. Female member of staff very friendly and efficient, but male member of staff somewhat brusque and lacking in charm. Atmosphere neutral, but enjoyable because of our own company. Food good value for money, ambience could be improved in terms of decor and music!

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