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.
Great food in a cosy cottage.
Excellent food and attentive service. Nice atmosphere and a very enjoyable experience.
Staff could have been a bit happier.
Wonderful place! Service great and delicious food/wine. Definitely recommend
Very charming dinner with well constructed menus. True delight for both veg and conventional diners!
In a trip full of wonderful food and drink, the Gardener’s Cottage was absolutely exceptional. Can not wait to go back. Thank you for such a lovely experience!
Every course was delicious, we enjoyed it all. The surroundings are very quaint, bright and welcoming.
One of the BEST dining experiences! Already looking forward to returning on our next trip to Edinburgh.
Lovely meal in a lovely little restaurant. We will be back.
We had a delicious lunch, which was very reasonably priced for the high quality of the food. The restaurant is fairly quiet at lunchtime, which is good as you have plenty of space and don't feel packed in. One tip, always check your emails for offers, as I forgot to use a voucher I had for free champagne and only found it after the booking!
At Gardeners Cottage, exceptionally charming and professional service accompanies impeccably sourced and exquisitely cooked food. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere, lovely surroundings - and very good value - create one of Edinburgh’s absolute top dining experiences.
Wonderful experience all around.
The freshest dishes we had in all our 10 days in Edinburgh. In such a cool historic location. A must try.
We did feel the wine with the 6 course meal was not value for money.
We were visiting Edinburgh for the first time from the Hudson River Valley in New York. Knowing we’d be jet legged and exhausted (which we were!) we reserved for lunch in advance. We were completely charmed by this small intimate restaurant and were very pleased with the food. Sitting at the communal table was a really fun experience and helped us to avoid the lonely stranger feelings that we otherwise might have felt. And The Beach Boys on the turntable! Who would expect that! ?!?!
It might have been due to the seasonal offerings but this menu did not wow me as has done previously (so I'll take this as a taste/preference thing rather than a persistent drop in quality). However I really like the 'communal' eating experience and did have a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
After a faltering start when our vouchers were refused even though I had checked beforehand by email as we were travelling from Glasgow , this whole experience was delightful and delicious.
A really great place for brunch
The small room is slightly less atmospheric than the large room but still fun. Food and service are excellent as usual. Mark ups on wine are - as with almost all restaurants- outrageous!
Lovely evening with super food and service. Was a bit apprehensive about the shared table but it actually added to the enjoyment.
A very pleasant evening at a restaurant recommended by our German dentist! Plus points: great food, the record player, friendly staff. Minus points: although it was great sitting next to the kitchen, maybe a curtain could separate off the washing-up area. The lamb dish was a bit too big given then number of courses. Summary: we‘ll add it to our regular restaurant list!!
Food was well presented and the flavours bold although most dishes were right at the upper end of our tolerability in terms of saltiness. Server - who appearred to be involved in the management of the business - was in a visibly bad mood. Although never rude he certainly wasn't friendly. It is a beautiful space and the concept of using produce from their own garden is a great one although I got the impression there wasn't a whole lot on the menu from the garden when we visited: significant portions of the garden are currently either overgrown or not actively in use for food production. Overall an enjoyable experience but the ongoing transformation of culinary scene and the numerous really special places now serving food in the upper Leith area dictates that we won't be back anytime soon.
We always really enjoy the vibe and the menu
Really fantastic food
The food was inventive, fresh, and so tasty! The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. Love the vintage tunes on an old fashioned turntable.