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The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH7 5AA
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Opening Information

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

Facilities
  • 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.

Access:
By Foot
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.

By Car
The nearest pay & display car parking is on Regent Road or at the Q-Park Omni.

By Taxi
Taxi drop-off and pick-up (no parking) is permitted via the access road on Regent Terrace close to the Royal High School.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Fab dinner, incredible views!!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great tasty food and friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Once again superb experience. Lovely and considerate staff and the food...it speaks for itself..wonderful. Looking forward to return.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

This was an absolutely fantastic restaurant and would highly recommend to all. Absolutely fabulous dining experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Wine is on the expensive side

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

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.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

The egg was so good I wished we’d been offered two... Appreciated having extra coffee at no extra cost.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

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

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

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.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Thank you. It was a great experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Lovely views

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

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!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

A very enjoyable experience which we hope to repeat

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

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

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Coffee machine is a welcome addition. It gives me great pleasure to introduce friends to your restaurant.

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Visited On Monday, 08 April 2019

Excellent all round

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Excellent meal and service. Very relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

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!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Such an exciting addition to Edinburgh's gastro scene. The food was incredible and the venue itself is unbeatable. I'll definitely be returning.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Delightful place and delicious food. Little pricey but food beautifully prepared and the location is stunning! Definitely go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Really great meal

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

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!

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

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.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Great food & views on our visit for a special birthday.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Superb food, fantastic service, would definitely visit again!

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