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.
Gardeners Cottage was a gastronomic delight! It was our final dinner in Edinburgh.and we definitely saved the best for last. We will recommend the Gardeners Cottage and we will be back.
Food very fresh and beautifully presented.
Great clean food and atmosphere!
First time eating at Gardiner’s cottage and we’re hungry for more! Great experience with charming service and delicious food. We booked the first slot for lunch to fit with other plans and so were the only people in the building for a while but regardless the ambience and decor is inviting and informal and when lunch rush did kick in the service didn’t suffer at all.
Great value, excellent lunch !
The food was really tasty, although we left feeling a bit hungry. Service was very good for the most, but it slowed down quite a lot when the restaurant got busier. We felt that the meal was very nice, but also very expensive (especially considering we didn't feel 'full' at £100 per person with the wine). Overall, an enjoyable experience but the price means we won't return.
First time for lunch (after a few visits for dinner) and we weren't disappointed! Excellent food as always; the lunch set menu is great value. We'll be back!
Realy enjoyed the lunch menu. Nice company at the table and fab location.
We had the set lunch menu, which was exquisite. We started with a chicken pate, served with the largest chunk of mouth watering sour dough and marrow butter. We then had crab tagliatelle, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We finished with a chocolate plate of heaven. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was homely and refreshing, after so many ‘generic’ vibes at other Edinburgh restaurants. Thank you for an amazing experience. We promptly booked for breakfast two days later.
It's a lovely concept but needs help with it's delivery. Sack the management, purhaps. 1. Prices for hot drinks aren't clearly displayed. Filter coffee top ups from a thermos ended up costing £12 (!) for two people for breakfast. Customers assume that there is a flat charge for coffee and top ups but there isn't. This must be clearly stated on menus or communicated by waiters. 2. Almost all the ingredients were replaced on our breakfast plates (kale instead of spinach, brioche bun instead of sourdough). Not sure of a purpose, as we spotted a huge bag of spinach and galore of sourdough in the kitchen. 3. Oversalted food. Eggs, kale and black pudding were too salty to eat, and we didn't. 4. Staff need to pay more attention, it is possible to remember who eats what with only 6 guests in the whole restaurant. Expected yummy local produce and attentive, friendly service but, unfortunately got none of that.
Very much enjoyed it, but one disappointing thing. We looked at the lunch menu on your website and this looked very inviting. Based on what we saw here, we decided to make a reservation. Through the lunch menu website page we then made a reservation through the system for 11:15 to 12:30. When we arrived on the day itself we were told we had to order from the breakfast menu. Which is not what we came for. It would therefore be good if you would clearly write on your lunch menu website page for which times this menu applies.
Thank you for thé good Time. Very Good food and marvellous service.
Food was amazing, set lunch menu great value for money without compromising on food, wine and atmosphere lovely and service was excellent. Will be back!
Enjoyed a lovely meal with friends this past weekend. Each of the courses offered great flavor, and it was evident that the meal was put together in a thoughtful manner. In general the service was timely, however our group was a bit put off by the hostess given her general way of interaction with us during the course of our visit. The remainder of the service staff was seen to be friendly, and helpful.
A cute little cottage in the middle of the city. I like the fact that there are just two communal tables and a view into the tiny kitchen. The food was wonderfull, the service too. When I visited (6.30pm) it was quite calm, better to book the 8 o'clock shift.
The food was excellent
Disappointing on the whole, especially the poor quality vegetarian options.
Pleasant enough but I’m not a fan of communal seating. Excellent service and attention. Will definitely come and try dinner!
My first visit to your restaurant. Loved every aspect of the experience. Thank you!
A perfectly adequate meal, very over priced, with substandard service. It was very quiet when we dined, yet we were sat directly next to another couple, on the same table, rather than giving both parties space to enjoy their meal. The food was fine, certainly not to the standard we expected for the price tag. Two staff members leant chatting, playing with their phones whilst we tried to get someone's attention to pay the bill. Will not be back, and would not recommend.
Great idea executed really well. A perfect set of lunch dishes. Great flavours with a lightness of touch : beautifully presented. Attentive (attractive) staff. Good wine list. V positive.
Very fun dining experience. A few too many sweet paired wines for my liking. The waitress explained the food and wine pairing and was super friendly. The waiter was friendly enough but didn't explain what we were being given. Overall great fun and great food.