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Summary

Although the odd reporter again had an “underwhelming” trip to Tom Kitchin’s castle-side dining room, it put in a strong performance this year, with high praise for its “top-notch food, expertly executed” and “excellent service” (“we were totally spoiled!”). A £1m revamp has given the interior a lift too.

£88
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Creative (but not laboratory-style)” cooking “artistically presented” inspires rave reviews from foodie fans of Tom Kitchin’s “unstuffy and friendly” dining room, by the castle. Its ratings slipped noticeably this year however, with quite a few reports suggesting it’s “OK, but vastly over-rated”.

£81
Good
Good
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A favourite with Scots and with tourists”, and no wonder! – Tom Kitchin’s “fantastic” dining room, by the Castle, hardly ever hits even the slightest duff note; the worst any reporter could come up with is that the interior is a touch “unimaginative”.

£77
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A better setting than Kitchin, and more accessible”; by the castle, Tom K’s “wonderful” restaurant it hailed for its often “amazing” cuisine; even in the face of this “excellence all round”, however, there’s the odd hint in reports that prices are getting “silly”.

£75
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu,
Yes
10 pm
33-35 Castle Ter, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL
Opening hours

Last orders: 10 pm

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