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About The Tower

Perched on the roof of the Museum of Scotland, the Tower Restaurant boasts striking views of Edinburgh’s famous castle and city skyline. The sleek, contemporary interior features Scottish leather, oak tables, violet suede and a mosaic bar – ideal if you’re looking to impress friends or family. Run by Scottish restaurateur James Thomson, the Tower has become a must-see venue for celebrities and visitors from across the UK, as well as a firm favourite with the locals. The menu features the best available seasonal produce, with local seafood, game and Angus beef prepared in the Tower’s signature unfussy style. Favourites include navarin of lamb with confit of celeriac and baby onions; calves liver with Ayrshire bacon; and brioche doughnuts with espresso ganache.

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The Tower, in Edinburgh, had a lovely atmosphere and was light and airy. The wine list was extensive, and there is a pretty good menu. However, I felt that the quality of the food was not as it should be and this let the restuarant down somewhat.

This was our first visit to The Tower and was excellent. A warm welcome by the staff with a table suitably positioned by the window (as requested) gave a great view of the sun setting over the city. We ordered the venson wellington to share which was fabulous but slightly (only just) overshadowed by the scallops my guest had as a starter. Desserts finished off a wonderful dining expereince which was complimented throughout by insightful help from the sommelier. Will be recommending!!

Booked for the Special 2 course lunch at The Tower Restaurant, Chamber Street, Edinburgh but the offer menu didn`t appeal so went for the 3 course at £30.00. We found this very disappointing and expensive for what was offered. Lovely view of Edinburgh Castle and nice ambiance but unfortunately the food let it down and wouldn`t rush back.

The pre-theatre menu at the Tower, Edinburgh is reasonable value. Venue and wine were great. However, they've being a bit greedy on profits as dishes were not at all similar to a la carte e.g. the choice was fish pie or meatloaf, compared to rabbit and venision, and portions were mean especially for the mains. Outside of the deals expect London pricing, could be worth it for the view but the food would need to be spectacular.

The Tower, Edinburgh has fantasic views over the city and excellent service. The food is good, however slightly on the small side

The Tower restaurant, Edinburgh

Lovely views, and a pleasant meal - although almost all of the dishes contained cheese, which was disappointing. As we had an early table booked we were the only people in the restaurant to begin with, which was a little awkward. I would therefore recommend going later in an evening. The puddings were delicious, although choice of wine was a little restricted.

Lovely view and setting but food didn't quite match up. We ate of the 3 for £30 money - some dishes were really good (mustard crusted pork) but others disappointed (seabass). Would probably go again and just be careful what I ordered.

Afternoon tea with champagne here is lovely! Gorgeous view of the castle and perfect afternoon with my mum. The toptable offer with glass of champagne was good value too.

The Tower Edinburgh. We went to The Tower, which is based on the 5th floor of the National museum of Scotland . The view from the window was stunning, overlooking a beautifully lit Edinburgh Castle. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the service was impeccable. The food was delicious and well presented. We had hand-dived scallops with fried pork rillettes for starters, a bouillabaisse for main and a rhubarb custard tart to die for. The atmosphere was relaxed as well . Smart - casual.

Went to the the Tower in Edingburgh, the food was nice and the atmosphere and service good. But nothing extra ordinary. Think its nicer in the summer then I think you can sit on a roof top terace.

Pleasant venue, went with some overseas visitors - mainly to benefit from the view. Food enjoyable enough, but would aim to go for set menu next time to get more value for money.

Afternoon tea at The Tower Restaurant in Edinburgh was most enjoyable. It was peaceful, with a lovely view of the Castle so we felt very relaxed. The food was of a very high standard - the scones and victoria sponge cake were especially good!

nice meal, though I think I'm beginning to get frustrated with really fancy restaurants' set menu deals. They're never up to the standard of the restaurant. I accept very little choice, and less fancy stuff, but I think many places aren't making enough effort now. The choice was made very easy from the Tower's menu, so we all had the same. Starter was lovely. Main was good, but not outstanding. Very small portion of fish on a lot of pasta and surprisingly lacking in flavour.

enjoyed lunch very much...great attention and very nice presentation...immediately acknowled the offer deal and options...spotless facilities and reasonable price for high market qualitty...we will be back for more ...The Tower , Edinburgh

Offer menu very poor -George decided to change to other set menu but meal doubled in cost.

Very good food, well portioned and lovely atmosohere

price doesn't match quality of food otherwise good spot

This was brill!! One of the best places to eat in Edinburgh. Menu was divine and the selection great. The view is something out of this world. All the quality of its sister (the witchery) with a little modern twist!

My daughter and I had the sharing venison wellington for lunch and it was fabulous - a unique dining experience - to celebrate mothers day and my birthday.

The Tower, Edin for Mother's Day - pleased with the two courses for £15.95 as this is a spectacular venue. On arrival though, the menu was less than inspiring, so ended up opting for the more expensve 3 for £30. Waldorf to start - not worth it - tiny salad & mean sauce. The rissoles & squid were equally poor. The main (pork) was excellent, though we really didn't need the upsold carrots. Desert much better, but avoid the cheese - tiny slice! Mediocre meal, great restaurant, not usual standard!

I had not been to the Tower for a few years but it still delivers on all fronts. The food was superb - particularly the banana baked alaska - and I would recommend it. The waiters were very personable and helpful, but could have known their menu a little better. However, that was a small point in otherwise impeccable service.