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.
the food was very good and as expected however the service was lacking. the waiters seemed uninterested when describing each dish. the wine was described with a little more enthusiasm. The biggest let down in the service was the rush by which each dish came to us. we had no sooner finished a dish before the next dish was thrust upon us. it was clear after a few courses that the speed was too rushed. Even after asking for the courses to be slower the dishes still came too fast. the staff seemed in a rush to get us out. shame.
Lovely place, good food and warm service. Amazing output from such a small kitchen!
Excellent lunch. Quality of produce and flavours and presentation just the best. A few food firsts for me. Communal dining not my favourite.
This is the best brunch we have ever had . Excellent food, attentive service, fantastic atmosphere, lovely concept. They keep it seasonal and simple, no gimmicks or showing off. It was simply excellent.
Great food for great value
Fabulous food and drink.
Excellent experience, informal and cosy, great food. Take the large menu for the full experience.
Lovely food. Excellent service. People at our table were good company.
Really enjoyed our evening. Loved the ‘vinyl’ in the background. A novelty for the younger customers and a trip down memory lane for those of us not so young! Really impressed with service. Everyone just works flat out to keep everything going/food on the table and drinks served. The fact that the restaurant was full on a Monday night says a lot.
The food was really nice but expensive for what it was. The service was very average, felt like we were being rushed as plates were cleared away before one of our group had finished their plate. Felt quite cramped all being on one table.
Excellent evening at Gardeners Cottage. Certainly would come back
Great freshly prepared food. Very imaginative menus. Highly recommend.
We had breakfast a cool November morning listening to old reggae vinyls and watching the chef doing his thing. Fantastic food, cool, easy and polite service, great atmosphere, a serene scenery around the restaurant. Next time lunch and dinner for sure. Totally recommended.
We had the six course tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was incredible food and drink and the best way to celebrate.
For the starter course, the partridge was dry and over cooked and very hard to chew. For the main course the fish was overcooked as well and very bland. The dessert was nothing special given the price of the 3 course tasting meal. This was supposed to be a special dinner after my graduation and we were all very disappointed, especially since we didn’t have our own table, being squashed onto the other customers. One of the waiters seemed as if he didn’t want to be there, making it uncomfortable to be served by him. For the price this was a big let down.
We had a lovely relaxed evening chatting with other diners on our table. The restaurant staff were very friendly and the food absolutely beautiful. Great to be able to see it being cooked too. Just a shame we live so far from Edinburgh , will need another holiday to visit again.
The meal we had last Friday was one of the nicest, well rounded tasting menu's we've had for a long time. Each course gave us something different to enjoy and made it very difficult to pick a favourite dish of the night. The stand out for me was the Halibut with a great matching wine choice. Service was excellent and we were well looked after. I was unsure about the communal tables ahead of visiting. There was nothing to worry about, we had more than enough room. No different to restaurants that pack in small tables next to each other. We would definitely come back next time we're in Edinburgh. Big thanks to all involved at Gardeners Cottage.
Fantastic meal and great service. Recommend the tasting menu. Great all round experience.
We were a table of 10 celebrating my husband’s birthday with 2 vegetarians and 1 gluten free member in our party so quite a demanding order. We had a really memorable evening. The service was spot on, discreet but attentive. The vegetarian and gluten free meals were as attractive and delicious as those of the rest of the party which is often not the case in many restaurants. Excellent presentation, lovely wine choices and a super atmosphere. Would definitely return.
Fascinating and delicious food and wine, wonderful service and a fun atmosphere - thank you!
Breakfast was really great! Will be back next time I visit Edinburgh!
Great and tasty
Had a beautiful lunch here for our anniversary after being recommended by a friend. Fabulous food - outstanding quality for the price & wines were well matched. Loved seeing the chefs working in the kitchen. Great service! Felt the soft drinks were pricey (we had bottled water and coffee) so that was our only thought on something that could have been improved. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was a fantastic end to our stay in Edinburgh. We’ll definitely come back another time - thank you.