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“You must have the tasting menu!”

Castle Terrace Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 2,460 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, British, Scottish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Description: Just opened last week and we had a fabulous meal there
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“You must have the tasting menu!”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

We went here whilst visiting Edinburgh for my partner's birthday, we had the evening tasting menu and accompanying wine, yes it's pretty pricey but worth every penny both in terms of the staff knowledge and service, food itself and beautiful wine! We were made to feel very welcome and well looked after and the staff even came up with a birthday card and cake for my partner which was a lovely touch, the food was insanely good and we were far too full and a bit squiffy to try any nearby bars...very unlike us so it goes to show how well fed and watered we were! The only teeny weeny negative I could find was that some of the other diners were a wee bit stuffy, but that's to be expected I guess at this type of venue, and the staff more than made up for it with their warm welcome!

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

From start to end. Fantastic lunch, well balanced, perfectly cooked and well served. Definitely a place to go, no doubt!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A good birthday meal”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

I guess I will open by saying this is the only Michelin star restaurant I have been to, so I don’t have much of a benchmark for comparison. That being said, I thought the food was exceptional – everything we ate from the tasting menu was very good. We were impressed at both how every dish came with the exact balance and quantity of the ingredients that was needed, and how when my girlfriend said she didn't like the sound of one of the plates something completely different was made for her.

The negatives were how obsequious the waiters were – being tended to at that excessive level just doesn't feel natural to me – and that both of us were… ill… shortly after we got back to our apartment. I think, well hope, this was purely because of how much food there was and how rich it was.

This was really great food but with an experience I found slightly awkward and an ending that was regrettable. I would go back for another special occasion, but I would opt for something ‘a la carte’ rather than the full tasting menu next time.

  • Visited April 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“We will be back!!!!”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We tried to get a table last year on our trip to Edinburgh - but were too late to get one.

This year we ordered a table in september for our trip in December and we will definitely order one for next year if we do our pre-Xmas trip to Edinburgh. We are 3 couples traveling together and food and wine are one of our favorite things to do.

The Castle Terrace is a somber, quiet restaurant just below Edinburgh Castle. It has a modern design and service is superb. We chose to visit for lunch - mostly because it is an expensive place. The set menu for lunch has 3 courses and changes often we have heard. You have 3 choices for each course. We all tried different combinations with fish, meat and poultry. I myself had a red gurnard tartar, a lamb combination and a heavenly cheesecake to finish it of. The other 5 had other combinations which I do not recall - but all were in heaven. We all chose the wine package and were delighted to see that we received wines that matched whatever we were eating.

The staff was excellent: each course was described and so was each wine. The wine waiter knew what each person was eating and told why the wine was perfect for that dish. The wines were perfect and from various parts of the world. So it was like a wine trip of the world. The food is what we in Norway call "short-travelled food" - which means produce from your own area

We hope to visit again next year - then we might try the tasting menu. If you visit Edinburgh make sure to try the Castle Terrace. It is worth every penny. But order in advance - this is a very popular restaurant.

  • Visited December 2013
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Fife
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Simply wonderful”
Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

Dined today at lunchtime and chose the menu of the day. Started with canapes which were tasty, particularly the caesar salad one which burst in the mouth..... could easily eat a plateful of these and be very content!! Then the delicious amuse bouche of "baked potato with cheese" but not as we know it!! The Starter we chose was langoustine ravioli with clear Asian broth, absolutely delicious..... Faultless. Then we had lamb on a barley and pumpkin risotto, our favourite meat, this dish was the best lamb dish we have ever had, very rich and intense in flavour and served hot on hot plates (rare these days). Hope we get a chance to have it again. Then for dessert, creme brûlée, very light and creamy with lovely vanilla flavour and very thin and crispy caramel topping... Again the best we have tasted. Service was excellent and friendly. All in all a fabulous lunch and for an amazing £28.50 pp ............!!!!!! This was our first visit having been fairly regular diners for the last couple of years at sister restaurant The Kitchin in Leith which is equally wonderful. We have booked again for early 2014 and can't wait. Thank you for a lovely dining experience.

Visited December 2013
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