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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 1,855 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $92 - $122
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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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Edinburgh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Third time dining in Number One and still an sceptically high standard of food and service. Had the tasting menu and was delighted with it. Portion sizes were just right and the execution of the dishes was superb. I will definitely return.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We went last night and both the food and the service were outstanding. I started with the Foi Gras, continued with the lobster and ended with the cheese. My friends had the snails and raved about them. You can do some serious bank damage, because they have every luxury you can imagine. One of the best meals I've ever had.... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was an outstanding gastronomic experience. The menu was imaginative with superb presentation and every course was wonderfully cooked. Service was immaculate and I cannot wait to return to this restaurant as soon as possible.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I tend to speak in superlatives when I'm talking about this place. This is the most luxurious and pleasurable food I've ever eaten. The white onion veloute with snails was a wonderfully flavourful but light start to the meal, and my lobster main course was excellent. I've never been a huge fan of watermelon, but with the lobster it worked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to number one for my 40th birthday as a surprise. The service was impeccable and the food divine! It was my first taste of caviar, fois gras besides others exciting tastes! I really couldn't fault the whole place! Wow! I will remember a very special night. I mentioned to waiter it was a special night and within minutes... More

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BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for choosing to celebrate your recent birthday with us here in Number One. I am delighted to read that you left with such fond memories of your experience and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Yours sincerely Gary Quinn Restaurant Manager +44 (0)131 556 2414 More

Grantham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My second ever visit and no disappointment. We all had the taster menu and enjoyed every course. Excellent quality food, fantastic tastes - high quality. Very good choice of wines , reasonably priced for such a good restaurant. The staff were unpretentious, friendly and very professional. Terrific!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Enjoyed an amazing dinner at number one yesterday evening. Cannot recommend highly enough - food, wine and service all impeccable. It is pretty pricey but definitely an experience that is worth every single penny!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This was my third visit and again didn't disappoint. Lovely special little courses and surprises throughout. We ordered from the main menu. I will need to try the taster next time. Everything was exquisite. The lobster was....,there are no words! I have had lobster in so many places but this was something else. Just simply (but perfectly) done and lots... More

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BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review of number one restaurant. I am delighted to read that this is your third visit to the restaurant and thank you also for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. I am particularly pleased to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your anniversary visit, from the quality and presentation of... More

Windsor, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful food, excellent wines and exceptional service. 4 of us had the chefs tasting menu with accompanying wines and what a choice. Definetely the best food destination on Edinburgh. Went to this restaurant last year with the same friends - it has not got any better, nor have the standards dropped - it is just perfect. Please, please open a... More

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BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful review following your visit to number one. I was particularly pleased to hear that you considered your evening ‘perfect’ and experienced the same quality of food and service as your previous visit. We work very hard to ensure that all our guests receive a consistent dining experience. It would be my pleasure to... More

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a nice restaurant. Not for those pinching pennies, but the food, the service, the atmosphere was amazing.

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