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Tower Restaurant

Chambers Street | National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
+44 131 225 3003
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good27%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“steak” (86 reviews)
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Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Chambers Street | National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
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Reviewed today

Been here before for afternoon tea so have seen the view and the layout before. It is a great location and yes it is not cheap that is why you are there. Drinks were sorted easily and the champers arive quickly and the wine was...More

Thank ochil4
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate there on the last night of a Scotland trip.It was our big splurge, “grand finale”. They brought drinks and took our order, then forgot about us for 30 minutes. The appetizer and main dish then arrived together. They never came to check on...More

Thank Theresa D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch on our anniversary and it was ideal. Great location, atmosphere and friendly staff. The food was lovely, especially the goats cheese parfait and hake. Would go again.

1  Thank Jo M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had had the expectation that our Tower breakfast was going to be phenomenal, but it was good but not great. One of our party's eggs were cold, the orange juice was not fresh squeezed and £5 for a cup of coffee?

Thank Annie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice location, views of the castle from the restaurant, light lunch menu was the cheapest option (and the one we went for) it was lovely, very attentive staff, good food, very expensive menu

1  Thank User1504
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff were genuinely trying to make our experience as wonderful as possible. Perfect view of Edinburgh castle and fantastic Haggis! I wasn’t very impressed with the steak especially because it was quite a Long wait (nearly 40mins) but the manager was kind enough to...More

2  Thank Shawn T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought the view would be spectacular, OK staff but food was not good at all, nothing special and not worth our time!

Thank JohnChua1991
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to treat ourselves to a special saturday dinner and came here based on raving reviews by friends and online. Food was unimaginative, expensive ingredients like lobster prepared unlovingly and in a mediocre way. The vegan main was just a heap of unflavoured quinoa...More

Thank wintersahara
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch during our visit to the museum. Had read that Tower is one of the top restaurants in Edinburgh so figured it was worth a try. The food and service was excellent. And the kitchen was very accommodating to my...More

2  Thank cgiguere
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Excellent menu featuring Scottish products prepared with a modern twist. Excellent service and wine list. This restaurant is located on the fifth floor of the museum. They also offer an interesting brunch and tea menu.

2  Thank Wisconsincheese
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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23 March 2018|
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Response from Graeme K | Reviewed this property |
I would say smart casual
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$59
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chambers Street | National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 3003
  • E-mail
Perched above the sandstone-clad landmark Museum of Scotland, spectacular views of Edinburgh's Castle and city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson's stunning rooftop restaurant. Sleek and stylish, the Tower is designed to impress and has become a must-see for A-list celebrities and visitors to Scotland, as well as its loyal local clientele. The Tower's extensive menu always features the best available seasonal ingredients, with Argyll oysters, local seafood, seasonal game, Angus beef and lamb impeccably sourced and simply prepared in the Tower's signature relaxed and unfussy style. The restaurant's reputation for creating outstanding gourmet food inspired a rash of complimentary reviews and recommendations in the Good Food Guide, the AA, Taste of Scotland, Fodor's, Frommer's and Michelin Guides among many others.
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