We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Witchery by the Castle

$$$$
Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Seafood, Scottish, British
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
0131-2255613
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh...
Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique setting, stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service combine to create memorable dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. The staff use the best of Scotland's produce including Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood. Nestled in the most historic part of the building, The Witchery dining room is rich, warm and atmospheric, with tapestries, mirrors and carvings hanging on oak-panelled walls. Spectacularly painted and gilded ceilings, similar to those at the Palace of Holyrood House, celebrate the links with France in the Auld Alliance, whilst much of the panelling was rescued from St Giles Cathedral and a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded antique leather screens, polished church candlesticks and opulent red leather seating complete the surroundings of this splendid dining location.
read more
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,146 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 966
    Excellent
  • 482
    Very good
  • 382
    Average
  • 212
    Poor
  • 104
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superb dining experience!

You have to eat here while in Edinburgh! It's like you've gone back in time. Great food. Great and classic service. Ambiance is remarkable with old world charm! It's quite a historical location. Every detail was tended to for a suburb dining experience!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Txgirltravels4fun
,
Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
Add Photo Write a Review

2,146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

You have to eat here while in Edinburgh! It's like you've gone back in time. Great food. Great and classic service. Ambiance is remarkable with old world charm! It's quite a historical location. Every detail was tended to for a suburb dining experience!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Witchery is one of our all time favourite restaurants - we try to go each time we visit Edinburgh. Situated close to the impressive Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the Old Town, the interior of the restaurant is quite simply stunning - making the dining experience even more special. The chef and his team serve the best of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Do not visit Edinburgh without a visit here!!!!! I was taken as a complete surprise and it was the most perfect surprise. From the beautiful setting with romantic lighting to the most polite well mannered experienced staff . The knowledge of wines and champagnes was so impressive, and the food cooked and served to perfection. The one thing that stuck... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Coventry, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It looks lovely on the outside, so i was a little unsure if this would be a rip off. But it was not. Set lunch was lovely, service excellent. They did not rush you and the choice of drinks brilliant, the drinks menu was a book. Lovely Gothic surroundings. Not cheap, but not a rip off when you sit in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Delving down into Dante's inferno into a darkened wood panelled room you will find the Witchery. We had been looking forward to this for months as a special birthday treat for my sisters and I. We were kept waiting for ten minutes whilst another groups' table was prepared and the Waiters not even making eye contact with us or seemingly... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Wonderful atmosphere, incredible service and delicious dishes. The wine list is extensive and the £35 set menu very filling yet divine - especially the soup and the fish! The background music was great too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We recently visited this restaurant with friends whilst staying with them in Scotland. It had been a long standing wish of our friend to eat at the Witchery so we were very much looking forward to it. It must be said that the setting was indeed impressive and atmospheric however the service was stuffy and impersonal which very much tainted... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
West Lothian
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Now, by not being somewhere that you loved for 30 odd years, you must be looking forward to going back. Well we were, but sadly it may be for the last time. As others have said, the atmosphere and the ambiance were second to none and waiting team were first class, but really, that is where it ended. It is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
london
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I've loved The Witchery over many years, and we had a great visit today. Setting stunning, service brilliant. Food was a little less "wow" than I recall though - it's good, but not totally befitting to the décor anymore - some dishes a little bland, and a limited choice for veggies. Desserts were the crowing glory. Cheese had come straight... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Canaan, Connecticut
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We were visiting Edinburgh to visit our daughter studying there from the USA. A UK friend recommended this as a classic Edinburgh restaurant with the caution that it was not cheap. She was right. Very cool interior. Lots of candles, formal in presentation by waiters, good service. The food was very good. Excellent lobster bisque, great filet. My wife had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Witchery by the Castle also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Been to The Witchery by the Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Phone Number: 0131-2255613

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 77
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions

Description

Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique setting, stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service combine to create memorable dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. The staff use the best of Scotland's produce including Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood. Nestled in the most historic part of the building, The Witchery dining room is rich, warm and atmospheric, with tapestries, mirrors and carvings hanging on oak-panelled walls. Spectacularly painted and gilded ceilings, similar to those at the Palace of Holyrood House, celebrate the links with France in the Auld Alliance, whilst much of the panelling was rescued from St Giles Cathedral and a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded antique leather screens, polished church candlesticks and opulent red leather seating complete the surroundings of this splendid dining location.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Witchery by the Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?