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Number One

The Balmoral Hotel | 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland (Castle/Royal Mile/High St)
(0) 131 557 6727
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Ranked #7 of 1,788 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $92 - $122
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Castle/Royal Mile/High St
Description: Set beneath a magnificent clock tower, The Balmoral Hotel is an elegantly cosmopolitan five-star hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's bustling Princes Street. Number One restaurant offers a refined dining experience, with a Michelin-starred menu that emphasises local produce in a creative display of Scottish cooking. Plush curved booths and well-spaced tables offer discretion and intimacy in understated and upmarket surroundings.
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Hong Kong
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Superb atmosphere and service. The tasting menu is amazing. Good location, just adjacent to the railway station and on the Princes Street. Reservation can be done by e-mail. Prompt reply. Quality of food as good as Castle Terrace Restaurant but are much more spacious and slightly better and caring service.Highly recommended. Will be back again!!

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a Number One virgin my expectations were high, I was not disappointed!! Gary Quinn, the manager, hosted our evening with grace and warmth, ushering the diners to their tables, 'conducting' the service as only a maestro could and tending to our every need. The service staff were clearly happy at work, knowledgeable and attentive yet discreet. The space between... More

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London
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having booked this restaurant, at the Balmoral Hotel on Princess street, 4 weeks in advance for my niece's birthday, My wife and I travelled up the day before from London and phoned up on the train on the day before, to find out that our table of 5 had been put back 1 hour to 21.30 without any notice, which... More

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balmoraledinburgh, Manager at Number One, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am very sorry to read of the difficulties you encountered when you had planned to dine with us recently. It is certainly not our policy to ever change a confirmed table reservation and I am most concerned to learn of your experience from your review. Unfortunately we were unable to identify your booking from your username but... More

Teesside
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was the wife and I's second visit to Number One. The first visit was great, this visit was exceptional!! The food and ambience was fantastic, the beef from the al a carte was divine. Ordered a 2nd half bottle of Chateau Mussar (the wife was on Champagne), was asked if it was good and replied it tasted slightly unpleasant... More

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East Sussex
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My husband and I had the most wonderful meal at this fabulous restaurant. From the moment we walked through the doors to the time that we left we could not have asked for more. I am wheat intolerant and it was not a problem at all. The food was to die for, every mouthful was amazing and the people who... More

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Munich, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A really lovely dinner for two from start to finish. We had the set tasting menu with wine pairings, all of which beautifully complemented each course they were served with. Waitstaff also shared a short bit of information on the background of each pairing beyond the usual types of flavors, acidity, etc... one could expect. When I ordered I asked... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I booked a table for my girlfriend and myself as I'd heard so much about the place. We weren't disappointed. The food and service is excellent. The ambience is quiet and relaxed. Definitely worth a visit.

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Edinburgh
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After a disaster at one of the city's fine dining restaurants, we returned to the Balmoral for the only lunch service Number one does, Mother's Day, to be reassured that it is possible to accommodate changes in the kitchen, front of house staff and sommellier but maintain an outstanding delicate balance between friendliness and efficiency, The matched wines beautifully complemented... More

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balmoraledinburgh, Manager at Number One, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions following your most recent visit to Number One. It was a pleasure to welcome you back once again and I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your lunch experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Yours sincerely Gary Quinn... More

New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

First time in Edinburgh and decided to go for it, a Michellin star resturant in the center of the Town. From the moment the waitress greeted us in the lobby I knew that this will be an expierience not to forget. We didnt take the tasting menu, took the standard start, main and dessert but there is more to it... More

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Number One is in our Top Three - we were impressed by everything. The decor is so fun! Very chic plus "old school" but also very comfortable. The food was beyond - perfection. We couldn't believe how complex and absolutely delicious every single thing was. (We did the tasting menu + wine pairing.) Lastly, and maybe most importantly these days...the... More

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