MONDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
TUESDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
WEDNESDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
THURSDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
FRIDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
SATURDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
SUNDAY - 10AM TO 9.30PM
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Awesome View
About The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage
The Lookout by Gardener's cottage is an exciting partnership between Edinburgh restaurant The Gardener's Cottage and Collective, the organisation that has redeveloped the City Observatory site on Calton Hill into a new home for contemporary art.
Built on a cantilever so the restaurant is partially suspended over Calton Hill's northwest slope, The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage features floor to ceiling glass windows with panoramic views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
Our menus offer a modern take on dishes we have evolved over the last six years at The Gardener’s Cottage, complementing The Lookout’s modern architecture and spectacular views.
Our light breakfast menu includes delicious pastries from our bakery in Leith. Our lunch and dinner offerings are centred on a seasonal and inventive a la carte menu.
We’re situated within the Collective site at the top of Calton Hill. Steps lead up the hill from Waterloo Place (5 minutes) and Royal Terrace (8 minutes). Enter through the East Entrance of the City Observatory walls and follow the signs.
The nearest pay & display car parking is on Regent Road or at the Q-Park Omni.
Taxi drop-off and pick-up (no parking) is permitted via the access road on Regent Terrace close to the Royal High School.
Fab dinner, incredible views!!
Great tasty food and friendly service.
Once again superb experience. Lovely and considerate staff and the food...it speaks for itself..wonderful. Looking forward to return.
This was an absolutely fantastic restaurant and would highly recommend to all. Absolutely fabulous dining experience.
Wine is on the expensive side
An unforgettable experience. The food was divine, made better by the beautiful setting and stunning view. The staff we polite and considerate and of course the food was spectacular.
The egg was so good I wished we’d been offered two... Appreciated having extra coffee at no extra cost.
The cheese selection for the breakfast buffet could have been better. Had expected more looking at the past Instagram posts. Liked the toast and pastries coming to the table with the egg
Really very expensive for what we had, although the food was good. You really need some form if blinds. The sunlight in the windows on the west side is so strong it is blinding and deeply uncomfortable.
Thank you. It was a great experience.
Fantastic location, great food and wine and lovely service. We were celebrating a special occasion - the team did us proud giving us a memorable evening. Thank you!
A very enjoyable experience which we hope to repeat
Everything was wonderful including the weather! Sadly two of our table couldn't make it but the four of us who did, really enjoyed ourselves. I live at the bottom of the steps on Waterloo Place and will definitely be back perhaps for breakfast! Henrietta Thewes
Coffee machine is a welcome addition. It gives me great pleasure to introduce friends to your restaurant.
Excellent all round
Excellent meal and service. Very relaxed atmosphere.
The prettiest view over Edinburgh! Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You sit right next to the open kitchen, it's always interesting to watch the chefs do their thing. Will definitely come back for dinner, must be very pretty in the dark too!
Such an exciting addition to Edinburgh's gastro scene. The food was incredible and the venue itself is unbeatable. I'll definitely be returning.
Delightful place and delicious food. Little pricey but food beautifully prepared and the location is stunning! Definitely go back.
Really great meal
The location was breathtaking, the food spectacular and the staff could not have been friendlier or more lovely! Best brunch I have ever had, cannot wait to return. Thank you so much!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Lookout for breakfast. The food was excellent - fresh, tasty, and more than enough, we were full when we left. The restaurant was so clean, airy and had a very relaxing atmosphere, lovely crockery, the egg cups were so cute! Topping it all off was the fantastic views of the city and the Forth, it could not be beat. We have wanted to come since it opened and this was out first opportunity and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent, the staff friendly and helpful. We have already recommended it to friends and are looking forward to another visit soon. Out thanks to all the staff who made our visit so enjoyable.
Great food & views on our visit for a special birthday.
Superb food, fantastic service, would definitely visit again!