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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 #5 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $92 - $122
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was my third time here and so I thought I should write a review. The service is consistently of the best standard, very professional and warm. The staff appear very knowledgable about the menu and wines. The restaurant is beautiful but the food is simply the best. Incredibly tasty, well thought out menu, cooked and presented beautifully. Highly recommend... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

We went last night for a celebratory meal having been given a voucher as a present. Such fantastic staff and great looking food which tastes just as good as it looks! We had a wonderful time, they were happy to organise the final course with a 'happy birthday' chocolate message as a nice surprise too :) I would like to... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to this restaurant. The whole experience is amazing, food is out of this world, service exceptional. I have been here on a few occasions over the last few years and it still blows me away. Being a foodie, I am always trying new places...and working my way thru' Michelin starred ones.....still not found any to... More

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New York, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had an outstanding meal. The menu had familiar items, e.g., I had foie gras and lobster, but they were done in superb fashion and even with a bit of special flare. They also were very accommodating to the vegan member of our party, serving up delicious options rather than having her settle for a few steamed veggies. The service... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Really enjoyed our dinner at Number One. Everyone was very friendly and the restaurant had a relaxed vibe. It was definitely fine dining but didn't feel the need to show off or intimidate you about the fact. Had beautiful foie gras to start and then the grouse was recommended for main. Only one week into the grouse season it was... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 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

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