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.
Fantastic food in lovely wee setting. Pre theatre offers good value.
Friendly informal dining with great seasonal ingredients cooked to perfection wonderful lunch thank you
Lovely atmosphere, with some fantastic food. Expect significantly smaller brunch portions than were provided; but was pleasantly surprised. Will definitely return. Thanks!
Fantastic dinner, ambiance, service, cuisine, and pairings. Can hardly wait to return for another memorable meal. Thank you so much.
Fabulous lunch at gorgeous restaurant x
Friendly with great food. Something a little bit different.
Sadly whilst a lot of the dishes were well presented they were tasteless. Wine pairing was very small volume rendering the offering expensive. Location good and atmosphere quirky and unique although tables cramped. Overall the compromise of seating was not balanced by the quality of the food and value compares poorly wrt 21212 quality along the road.
Little bit suprised - the menu was different than I booked Nevertheless the meal especially the mutton was excellent Very nice, but the music was sometimes too loud.
My wife and I found the food creative and delicious. We enjoyed the relaxed ambiance and information on each dish and wine pairing.
The food was excellent and atmosphere equally so. Specific requests were met - but with some reluctance.
Terrific meal, beautifully prepared and served with kindness and good cheer.
We came to this restaurant because a friend of ours recommended it to us. There were 6 of us, and we were very excited for the 5 course tasting. The food was great, however our experience was dampened by a man who sat next to us at our communal table. We were laughing at a joke and he yelled us, "You are so effing loud, I can't hear my friend." He later commented that all we were talking about was superheroes, and that Americans are always loud. We didn't appreciate this commentary and told the waiter as well, and nothing was done. The rest of our dinner felt awkward and our group didn't enjoy the atmosphere. We weren't loud or disrespectful. However, we don't recommend this restaurant to a group of friends since it is communal tables and you might get stuck next to some people who think the are better than you based on where you are from or what you talk about during dinner.
There was only a servent that was really nice, the other two where not nice. They were in a kind of worry with no good simpathy. Unfortunately they made the experience not worth it. The food was really good.
Great place - highly recommend!
We had a fantastic lunch on a Sunday afternoon. I wasn't sure how I would find the communal tables, but as it wasn't too busy we were only 3 couples to the table and not crammed in at all. I had the 3 courses for £25 menu, which is available at lunchtime and pre-theatre. Everything was excellent and in surprisingly generous portions. I will definitely return!
We had our wedding breakfast at Gardener’s Cottage and everything was perfect! The food and drink were all delicious and beautifully paired, and the staff were incredibly knowledgable. We had various allergies and dietary requirements which the chefs catered to brilliantly. To top it all off, they gave us a voucher for their new restaurant as a wedding present! Thank you so much to everyone at the Gardener’s Cottage who made our wedding day so wonderful!
This was my second visit and what a change. Unfortunately, the service was lacklustre and despite the restaurant being almost empty (two other couples on our side of the cottage on a Sunday) the staff seemed uninterested. The menus were dropped in front of us and there was no enthusiasm for anything on the menu and the waiter didn't even make eye contact when taking our orders. Our bread came at the same time as our main courses despite lots of staff being around, so it wasn't a case of there not being anyone on hand to bring it to our table. Two of us had the Arbroath smokie pasta and the fish hadn't been de-boned as we both had mouthfuls of fish bones. Our filter coffee was weak and although my friend asked for a flat white and was told it was filter or nothing, there was no offer of hot milk. I had talked up the GC to my mother and a friend and I was really embarrassed that it was my recommendation.
Food & wine were amazing; I'm not a massive fan of cod, but the cod dish was my favourite of the evening, that's how good the kitchen is. Service was excellent, will be back again soon!
A Wonderful time! The staff are lovely and the food Yummy Best dessert I have had in ages. Highly recommend
We enjoyed the meal and the atmostphere was lovely. T However, at one point during the meal, my young daughter (8yrs old) moved her elbow as the person waiting came up behind her when serving the 2nd course, and she accidentally knocked over a bowl of soup. The person serving us changed his demeanour immediately and seemed to be rather annoyed, which was a unnecessary as it made her feel rather upset, despite it being an accident. It would have been nice, and made her feel welcome and forgiven, if he had simply said it was an accident and that she should not worry. As it was she didnt want to eat her soup and felt very self conscious for quite a while afterwards. Fortunately, we had a great time overall so hope you take this feedback in good faith and as constructive feedback. Thanks
A truly wonderful experience! The food was incredible and the service was impeccable. Would absolutely recommend for a special occasion.
Fantastic dinner thank you all so much
Lovely place, difficult getting in and a few indifferent people
Lovely atmosphere. Full breakfast was epic. Arbroath smokey was a bit of a disappointment- could have done with toast or another accompanyment of sorts. Loved the chefs banter and watching him cut the mutton. Thank you!
The pre-theatre meal was excellent, staff were friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. The only slightly negative comment would be that the paired wine measures were quite small but they were very well matched.