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Calistoga Restaurant

#218 of 1,788 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
New Town
Californian
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70 Rose Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 3DX, Scotland (Between Castle and Frederick)
+44 131 225 1233
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: A unique dining experience in Scotland's only Californian restaurant...
A unique dining experience in Scotland's only Californian restaurant. Speciality Restaurant of the Year at Scottish Restaurant Awards, holder of an AA Rosette for food, plus numerous nominations for wine awards. Wine Tasting dinners a speciality and available to book whenever you want. A hidden treasure in the heart of central Edinburgh.
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  • 184
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wine tasting and excellent food.

Did the wine tasting before having a meal in the restaurant. The wine tasting was very enjoyable, and the meal was excellent. The staff were very friendly, and all in all a good night out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2013
JohnREdinburgh
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Edinburgh
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Edinburgh
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Did the wine tasting before having a meal in the restaurant. The wine tasting was very enjoyable, and the meal was excellent. The staff were very friendly, and all in all a good night out.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Calistoga is an old favourite of ours which we keep returning to. Why? Imaginative and fresh food with an excellent value fixed price menu which is even better value before 6.30 pm. Also a very good list of Califonian wines which only have a £5 mark up on the shop price, meaning the excellent bottle of Zinfandel at £21 was... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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148 reviews 148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Good food and atmosphere but service appalling to the point of being confrontational. This happened twice and reflects poorly on the management. Hard to find and somewhat cramped.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Went with friends for a wine tasting session and meal recently. The wine tasting was so much more fun than I'd anticipated, very laid back...and we did get to try a very nice (and expensive) red we wouldn't have tried otherwise. After we enjoyed a good meal, with all of us going full 3 courses, coming to £50 per person... More 

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Calistoga in grotty dirty creepy Rose Lane off Rose Street used to be a pleasant experience and almost unique in that the wines were exceptional and complimented the delicately served food. However when recently dining here in January I was unable to finish my meal due to the way it was badly cooked and also because it was not at... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

...and the food is always good too. Hidden away in a Rose St lane, this place has a massive selection of California wines. You can buy from the wine shop or even better, they only add £5 to the price to have it in the restaurant with your meal. The food is always quality, and personally I like the fact... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Start off with a wine tasting with resident wine buyer...a man who clearly enkoys his work. And who wouldnt! We sampled 4 glasses, two white, two red. Really relaxed and fun. Yours truley dispite being an expert cheap plonk swiller managed to guess correctly the most expensive and second expensive in correct order. (I was more chuffed than I should... More 

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Beaconsfield, UK
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Booked a table for 6 people early on New Year's Eve and it was a great start to the evening. We were a little worried when we found the street it is on - not the best location - but once inside it's a great little restaurant, friendly and efficient staff and superb food and wine. We were really surprised... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Not easy to stumble upon, third visit to this lovely little unpretentious venue. Very individual like it or not menu, some lovely wines, attentive service. Easy to notch up a large bill due to the choice. Excellent, don't tell a soul!

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Fife, United Kingdom
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Off the beaten track. Good wine list and menu. 3 courses (Sun - Thurs) off set menu £24. Also have steaks and free range chicken available on a separate menu with sides extra. Only slight criticism: the table beside the wine rack means one of the party has to sit withwith back to the wall and tight against the wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Rose Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 3DX, Scotland
    (Between Castle and Frederick)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 1233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

A unique dining experience in Scotland's only Californian restaurant. Speciality Restaurant of the Year at Scottish Restaurant Awards, holder of an AA Rosette for food, plus numerous nominations for wine awards. Wine Tasting dinners a speciality and available to book whenever you want. A hidden treasure in the heart of central Edinburgh.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.