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.
After an early walk up Arthur Seat to watch the sun rise, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast/brunch at The Gardener‘s Cottage. Both the service & the food were impeccable and the location is lovely.
Service not great. Communal tables too small...it’s uncomfortable knocking into someone’s elbow whilst trying to move, maybe 8 to a table instead of 10 would help? Food ok
I'll keep your place in mind when coming back to Edinburgh. Can't wait to try your new place on the hill! The food was great, drinks as well! Loved the concept of the two long tables, unfortunately I booked at a really odd time (12:00 on a Sunday) for lunch because I was the only one in the restaurant. keep up the great work!
Fantastic seasonal food. We ordered all three mains between us. Lovely staff. Brilliant atmosphere. Perfect for couples or small groups. Must-do if in Edinburgh.
The wine arrangement was dissppointing and offered no valur for money. The menu was nice, but not spectacular. Staff were professional but without a personal touch or connecties with the guests.
Wonderful evening at the Cottage. Sam and Jack were superb hosts and explained the course and wine pairing. Would definitely recommend dining here!
I'd have given the F&D 5* but for the fact that I didn't find the sweetheart cabbage in my lunch yesterday?
Best vegetarian meal I've had in a restuarant for a long time!
The food and service were excellent. However we felt that the whole experience was marred somewhat due to the toilet facilities being quite basic and not overly clean
A really lovely evening. The first time we had taken our 6 month old to a restaurant along with our 5&7 year olds who also enjoyed the food and experience. Service was friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. Food was excellent and my cocktail was delicious. I am trying to think of something helpful to say in order for you to improve but I really can't think of anything so thankyou and keep doing what you are doing!
lovely food, just the right amount for lunchtime location a little difficult to find
At the time, I thought the food was good but both I and my sister, having had the Festive menu (mutton) came down with a very bad case of food poisoning within hours of eating. I rang the restaurant the next day to advise them and their manager was to call me back but I did not get a call. Shame - as it is a lovely restaurant in a lovely location. I only hope that no-one else suffers from food poisoning here. Maybe the festive menu needs a rethink
We regularly visit the gardeners cottage as it's a local restaurant for us. Following previous feedback, we were pleased to see that the bread and cheese course had been served for two people where previously one course had been shared between two guests. Our experience on Sunday was generally good although we've noticed a trend over the last few visits that the quality of the ingredients has been decreasing - I don't know if this is intentional (we saw a lot of other guests with vouchers) to minimize costs but it detracted from the overall menu although the cooking and presentation was outstanding. Service was generally good although some early mix ups (we weren't given water and had to ask for it twice, our coats weren't offered to be taken, our wine didn't turn up, food was presented / described inconsistently with one waitress (dark haired) being outstanding and the other it felt like she was going through the motions). Guests next to us also seemed to be suffering from poor service which gave the impression of either being understaffed, overbooked or inexperienced service. We really love Gardeners Cottage but can't help but feel the quality has not kept up with the standard in Edinburgh in 2018.
We had a really wonderful meal at the Gardeners Cottage and would absolutely love to come back. We did find the 7 course menu to be quite a substantial amount of food, owing to portion sizes, much more than we have experiencing on other tasting menus elsewhere. We actually skipped the cheese course! Later in the evening I did find the venue to be a little cold when the kitchen wound down though perhaps this was owing to our proximity to the door and the age of the building.
Great food as always, the amount of wine with the food pairing could have been a lot more however, very little considering the price.
Lovely meal. Long tables nice idea. Food great. Might be an idea to have a wee stock of gluten/wheat free oatcakes just incase asked for but other than that. Very good. definitely hope to come back sometime. Thank you all very much. This was great Christmas present!
Second visit to Gardener`s Cottage & sadly had a poor experience. Food was ok but could have been hotter, we had the 7 course tasting menu but it was nearly 6 as they forgot our 7th course of apple tart ta tan, when we finally got it, it had come straight out of the fridge! not nice at all! Staff were not very professional they were putting on their coats to go home while the diners were still eating, not very nice to see. Standards have definitely dropped from the first time we ate here, unfortunately we won`t be back for a while!!
Thank you for a wonderful night. Your food is amazing and I recommend to anyone everyone. :)
Great setting, brilliant staff, delicious food and all in a warm, welcoming and sociable setting. Definitely will be back, but loathed to recommend as I don’t want competition for our next booking!
Not a fan of family dining style. Your set up is especially cramped. Waiter had cleared starters when mains were brought over. I had to stack the plates for him. Struggled to get attention of anyone to pay our bill.
It was a shame to feel we had to leave our table because the next guests had arrived, admittedly made worse because we arrived late (not helped because sat nav took us to Royal Terrace!). Otherwise friendly service and good food.
Everything was absolutely delicious! We were blown away by the quality of each ingredient. Highly recommend.
Food was cooked to perfection and well presented. Only 18.30 or 20.30 booking available on the day. Chose the earlier time, which meant that although there are communal tables we had space. Good to be able to see chefs at work. Staff were attentive, without being too formal.
The staff were fantastic really tentative and always making sure we were happy. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it! If anything I would say the portion sizes were slightly too big and it left little room for desert! All in all a fantastic experience.
We had a wonderful evening and look forward to coming back for brunch