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Travellers' Choice2023
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, Healthy, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene

Location and contact

Old Town
0.1 miles from Edinburgh Castle
About
Cannonball Restaurant & Bar is located in one of Edinburgh's oldest and most historic buildings at the very top of The Royal Mile, in the imposing shadow of Edinburgh Castle. With breathtaking views of the city, the Castle and beyond, the multi award-winning Cannonball Restaurant serves traditional Scottish food, all made with the finest ingredients from Scotland's bountiful larder. The seasonal menu and tasting menus change monthly to showcase the very best of what is on offer. Traditional Scottish food is at the heart of Cannonball Restaurant with a truly unique dining experience and fantastic hospitality guaranteed every time. Cannonball Bar is a stunning contemporary Scottish bar in Edinburgh's
PRICE RANGE
£30 - £65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Healthy, Scottish
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Top end dining prices, for an average meal. Decor cold, impersonal, lacked atmosphere, and was nearly empty for a Friday night. Tables were bare, no table cloth, cutlery was marked. Even though our waitress for the night was lovely and h friendly, the service lacked...the price you were paying. Our main courses arrived before the wine was brought to the table, not what you would expect at this end of dining price scale. Our bottle was an £80 Californian Red, should have had some airing before poured. As for the food, oysters were good apart from one that barely had any flesh, not what you would expect at £20. We both had Fish for our mains, the Cod, and the Plaice. Mmm! They were both very watery, Cod did not have that characteristic firm, flakey consistency, and the Plaice was just watery meat. Would have to debate if the fish was fresh bought, or had been defrosted. No desserts, just coffees, and out. Very disappointing. Sorry Victor, won’t be backMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Chris, Thanks a lot for your feedback, we're really sorry you didn't enjoy your dinner at our venue but any feedback is highly appreciated so that we can improve our service and the guests experience. We'll be delighted if you would give us another...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Restaurant space is beautiful, close to the castle and nicely decorated. Drinks were good. I had the deer saddle which was very nice, my partner did not care for her pork dish and our friend rated her cod as "ok". Server was very nice but...clearly new. Had to ask for our water twice before it arrived and our bread 3 times. Drinks took forever to arrive as well. Some of the items on limited menu were not available. This place certainly has potential but not quite there yet.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us! We are sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. We appreciate and value your feedback. We hope you will visit again soon to allow us to remedy your experience with us. All the best, Team Cannonball

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Cannonball, we chose the 6 course tasting menu with accompanying wines and everything was delicious, well presented and some interesting dishes. David our server was great, attentive without being too intense, with great knowledge of dishes and wines. The...restaurant is in a wonderful location, but a word of warning, the great views of Edinburgh Castle get spoiled from c mid May to Sept due to the seating that in set up for concerts and Edinburgh Tattoo.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your tasting menu with paired wine and for taking the time to highlight your server. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Team Cannonball

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate in this beautiful restaurant after we visited the castle. We were seated upstairs. The service was very good and the food was amazing. It is not the cheapest place to eat on the Royal mile, but you get what you pay for.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for dining with us! We are delighted to hear your experience with us was great. Many thanks for your lovely review, we hope you will visit again soon. All the best, Team Cannonball

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and service. James was brilliant- knowledgeable and helpful. All in a spectacular location close to the castle. Worth a visit for a special occasion

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for dining with us, and taking the time to highlight your server James. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Team Cannonball

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steller place to enjoy a view and truly haute cuisine! Light bright room right by the castle with creative fresh perfect food. James made it most memorable.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to highlight your server James! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the experience of Cannonball. All the best, Team Cannonball

Reviewed 5 April 2024

T The total experience was awesome. The staff (James) food and cocktails just made my birthday treat even more special.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Thank you for dining with us! Thank you for taking the time to highlight your experience with James. Happy Belated Birthday! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your birthday with us! We hope to welcome you back again soon. All the best, Cannonball...More

Reviewed 4 April 2024

James and Hazel provided exceptional service this evening. We were here celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and we were treated like royalty. James gave us the Tasting Experience and walked us through each item and drink. We were blown away by the taste and...quality of the food and the amazing service provided by both James and Hazel.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Thank you for dining with us! Thank you for taking the time to highlight your servers for the evening - Hazel and James. Happy belated anniversary! We are delighted to hear that your anniversary was well spent, we hope you will visit again soon. All...More

Reviewed 4 April 2024

I spent an excellent time with my family, James, our server, took some time to explain the different flavor of whisky and took a pleasure to also get our feedback about some whisky we tasted. The food was excellent with some great goat cheese at...the end. The server was really kind and seemed really interested in his job and whisky.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Thank you for dining with us! Thank you for taking the time to highlight your visit and the service provided by James. We are delighted to take pride in our whisky flight and happy to hear that you enjoyed it. We are happy to hear...More

Reviewed 23 March 2024

We came to the restaurant for a special birthday lunch. We loved everything! From the first class service to the outstanding food. An original, tasty food menu. We both had the fish option and it was cooked to perfection. Thank you James and Eric for...the attentive service. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We are so happy that you enjoyed the special birthday lunch with us. Great to hear that James and Eric were very attentive during your lunch. We look forward to seeing again...More

Reviewed 23 March 2024

The food : Amazing. I had the Outlaw cocktail, a very good and tasty discovery (good idea, well mixed), the Pigeon with pistachios may have a been a tiny dry but maybe I don't know how pigeons should be eaten ! The venison was very...good, the red wine excellent, and the Lanark blue also very good. My friend had the fish and the sticky toffee pudding which was one of the best I ever tasted (even if a tiny bit too sweet). The location : we had the chance to sit next to a window with a direct view on the castle. By night, this is very romantic. In general, the restaurant is very romantic, classy, chic, clean. It was a cold evening in January so the restaurant was very calm, but warm :) and has a lot of space. The service : absolutely perfect. Someone attends to you when you arrive, offers to take your coat (there's a place for it downstairs), then you go upstairs to eat and someone else takes care of you for the entire evening. They were all very nice, available and give you good advice on the food and drinks. A pleasant meal in a nice place with great service !More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We are delighted to hear about your tasty meal, and your experience overall. We hope to welcome you back again soon. All the best, Cannonball Team

Reviewed 6 March 2024

Food is ok, not amazing but fine and pretty much as described. Unfortunately the restaurant has all the charm and welcome of a deserted railway waiting room. It lacks charm and lacks any feeling of its sister restaurant in George St. Disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We thrive to make each visit to Cannonball an excellent one and are saddened to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit with us. During the earlier months of the year, we tend to be...More

Reviewed 4 March 2024

We had dinner on our anniversary in this wonderful restaurant on a Saturday night, it was a super experience from start to finish, I have chronic back pain and we requested comfortable seats and they did not disappoint, there is even a lift which you...would not expect in such a historic building. The food was delicious, I don't even like beetroot that much but the beet starter sounded so good I ordered that, we had 3 courses each and we can't fault anything, James looked after us, he was incredibly professional and knowledgeable and every interaction we the other staff was excellent too, they even said Happy Anniversary when we arrived which was a lovely touch. So rare these days to go somewhere for dinner and find everything perfect.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us for your anniversary. Glad to hear that our staff made you feel welcomed and looked after you during your dinner....More

Reviewed 3 March 2024

We ate here as part of a package for the Tattoo. Food was great, service was great, drinks were great, host for the evening (and also owner) was great…. You get the idea, everything was great. Well done everyone…your great

Date of visit: August 2023
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We are so happy to hear that you have a wonderful visit with us during the Tattoo. We hope to welcome you back during this year's Tattoo. All the best, Cannonball Team

Reviewed 28 February 2024

Myself and my friend enjoyed the tasting menu. The ambience was nice, the food very good and service was excellent. We were attended on by James who was very attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Adam Hughes, General Manager at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an amazing review! We are delighted to hear that James took very good care of you on your visit with us. We hope to welcome you back soon. All the best, Cannonball Team

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We welcome dogs into our main restaurant, on specific tables. Please let us know if you wish to bring along your four-legged friend.
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Dear Ozzie1612 Yes, children are welcome then. Best wishes Jennie
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Hello Megan Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Yes, we do. All bookable via the Tattoo website. Best wishes Jennie
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Cannonball Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5