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Number One at The Balmoral

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Princes Street and Gardens
Scottish, British
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1 Princes Street | The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
441315576727
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This restaurant is at The Balmoral Hotel
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6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: Memorable flavours and world-class cuisine. A truly outstanding culinary...
Memorable flavours and world-class cuisine. A truly outstanding culinary experience, worthy of its Michelin star for the 13th consecutive year. As one of the finest Edinburgh restaurants, 'Number One' presents an innovative blend of Scottish and French flavours. Saute Foie Gras with duck confit. Borders lamb, broad beans and grelot. Rhubarb and white chocolate panna cotta. Take a seat on the golden banquettes and sample some of Scotland's most creative dishes from our tasting menus. Equally striking are the original artworks from The Royal College of Art that hang on the red lacquered walls.
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The pinnacle of dining

Visited with my wife whilst staying in Edinburgh at the Balmoral. Went for the full taster menu with matching wines. Superb down to the very last detail. I would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a truly great culinary experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
johnvan646
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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited with my wife whilst staying in Edinburgh at the Balmoral. Went for the full taster menu with matching wines. Superb down to the very last detail. I would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a truly great culinary experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a most wonderful meal. This is truly a Michelin star restaurant. The tasting menu (especially the Scottish one) provides a great culinary tour featuring local ingredients in local recipes. Even the haggis was exquisite. The staff was extremely attentive, though hard to understand at times. A must for an extremely romantic dinner or simply fine dining. Could have... More 

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2 Thank Rob P
BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your generous review following your visit to Number One. It is always extremely gratifying to receive such positive feedback from our guests and I shall take great pride in sharing your feedback with the restaurant team. We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your kind impressions on Trip Advisor and... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited to celebrate a birthday and had a wonderful time. We had pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the small bar at the entrance to the mail restaurant. We were able to get some recommendations on speciality gins and had a relaxing time before heading off for the main event. We both particularly enjoy tasting menus and... More 

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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely evening at the restaurant. The service was excellent. The staff couldn't be more helpful and accommodating. The choice of wine is extensive. It isn't cheap but there is a good choice of wines that won't bankrupt you. The Malbec I chose was a fraction under £50. We decided to have three courses. For a restaurant of this... More 

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BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review following your recent visit to Number One. We are delighted to read that you had a lovely evening. Your compliments regarding the excellent and helpful service you received from my colleagues are especially pleasing. I will certainly share your constructive feedback with our head chef for his consideration. We so pleased... More 

Newport, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing restaurant! Whilst visiting Edinburgh booked this as an early Christmas / late birthday pressie for my fiancé. Did the chefs tasting menu with wine pairing. I've been to a few Michelin star restaurants and so far this is my favourite. The whole experience was fantastic from the moment we entered the hotel lobby upstairs. We felt incredibly welcomed... More 

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1 Thank Matthew C
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant, we went for a special evening meal The hotel reception looked amazing ... A Rocco forte hotel. Michelin star rated , I must add service and standards were impeccable ! Waiting staff very thorough and attentive ... Extremely customer focused and cater for your every whim. Service experienced like no other! Food was gorgeous ... Too many dishes... More 

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3 Thank Shai76
BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your fantastic review following your recent visit to Number One. We are delighted to read that you were impressed by the quality of the food and the presentation as well as the ambiance of the restaurant. I would especially like to thank you for your generous feedback regarding the impeccable and attentive service you received... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment we walked in we were blown away. The food, the wine and whiskey pairing, the service, the attention to detail, everything was perfect. And the staff really are top of their game. We were in early evening on Sunday and we arrived to an almost empty dining room so the table felt obliged to talk in hushed... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Number One is everything you'd expect ..... and then more. We chose the tasting menu with wine pairing, ten courses of pure heaven followed. The dishes arrived with an air of theatre which all adds to the experience, in particular the Whisky Smoked Salmon which should not be described in reviews as it would lessen the reader's experience. The services... More 

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BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your generous impressions following your visit to Number One. It is always extremely gratifying to receive such positive feedback from our guests and I shall take great pleasure in sharing your feedback with my colleagues who looked after you including our Sommelier, Glen. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back... More 

Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a meal at the Number One as a treat for my 50th birthday. We were having a city break in Edinburgh and I had always wanted to eat in a Michelin starred restaurant. We chose this restaurant over Tom Kitchener's restaurant on the basis of Trip Advisor reviews - we were not disappointed! So many positive things we... More 

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2 Thank WendyA66
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A special family celebration at this very special restaurant with excellent service, wonderful food and wine, plenty of table space and a quiet atmosphere. The staff very helpfully printed out - on the headed notepaper-- what we had chosen for each course so that each of us could have a record of our meal. We would not hesitate to return.

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2 Thank Sarah F
BalmoralEdinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your wonderful review following your recent celebration at Number One. We are delighted to read that your family had a very special dining experience. Your lovely feedback regarding the excellent and attentive service you received from my colleagues is particularly pleasing. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back and please... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Princes Street | The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens
  • Phone Number: 441315576727

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 92 - 122
  • Cuisine: Scottish, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Memorable flavours and world-class cuisine. A truly outstanding culinary experience, worthy of its Michelin star for the 13th consecutive year. As one of the finest Edinburgh restaurants, 'Number One' presents an innovative blend of Scottish and French flavours. Saute Foie Gras with duck confit. Borders lamb, broad beans and grelot. Rhubarb and white chocolate panna cotta. Take a seat on the golden banquettes and sample some of Scotland's most creative dishes from our tasting menus. Equally striking are the original artworks from The Royal College of Art that hang on the red lacquered walls.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Staying in Princes Street and Gardens

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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