We are open every day for lunch and dinner and weekend breakfasts.
Monday 12pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 12pm – 9:30pm
Friday 12pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 10am – 9:30pm
Sunday 10am – 9:30pm
- 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 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!
We'll come back when we next visit Edinburgh.
We loved it! Incredibly fresh food, and a great friendly vibe.
Amazing food & great paired drinks.
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..
Would be good to a vegetarian option for the main in the set lunch menu
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..
Will definitely return
Great food and good service. Six course tasting menu was delicious. Great wine selection too.
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.
Lovely special occasion meal just after New Year. Service was spot on and the food a delight!
We loved it all 31.12.2019
It was absolutely wonderful but it may be some time before we can afford to return. Ideal Christmas Present to ourselves :)
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.
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...
Delicious food! We really enjoyed the lunch menu, service was fantastic and always enjoy the atmosphere - especially the records. Thank you!
Voucher was a gift. Enjoyed meal - some very interesting combinations
Poor service by the staff, who seem inattentive given the limited number of patrons in the restaurant due to its size.
As good as ever. Best breakfast in Edinburgh!
Second time to dine here. One of my favorite places to eat out in the world. Always will book when in Edinburgh.
Enjoyed our meal so much we booked to come back the next day they were open! Need we say more?
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!