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“Superb service and wonderful food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Number One at The Balmoral

Number One at The Balmoral
Ranked #3 of 2,437 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $92 - $122
Cuisines: European, British, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens
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.
Edinburgh
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Superb service and wonderful food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Having eaten in a few Michelin star restaurants what number one has over most of the rest is superb service!

On arrival we had a G&T aperitif. Both of them appeared flat, no problem no questioning - simply changed.

My husband is pretty fussy and doesn't eat fish or selfish and I fancied the tasting menu. We asked if he could supplement the seafood courses - no problem at all.

Courses to highly recommend
- asparagus and black pudding egg, the mix of flavours clean and rich at the same time
- rabbit roll, smokey and rich
- the strawberry, champagne and elderflower amuse bushe - out of this word!

Service was attentive and friendly without being overbearing, now that's a hard balance to get right! My husband had a piece of fluff on his main course. The waiter heard us discussing and offered to change both our main courses so we could have fresh meals together and when we said it was fine they offered us a cheese course on the house.

An excellent experience and we will be back! If I had one slight critisicm it would be the coffee. My Americano was like a weak filter coffee with no creme. You get a better coffee from a nespresso machine. But overall the food and the service at Number One is hard to beat. Give it a try!

  • Visited June 2013
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balmoraledinburgh, Manager at Number One at The Balmoral, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you so much for your fantastic review following your recent experience in Number One. I am delighted to read that you were so impressed with both the levels of service and the quality of food served throughout the evening. It is regrettable that the coffee did not meet with your expectations and I will make a point of checking the equipment thoroughly to ensure that our machine is working properly.
I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely

Gary Quinn
Restaurant Manager
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

The best restaurant in the UK, delicious and exclusive dishes. All the members of the staff were really kind and the service was superb! beyond our expectations. My husband and I went to the Balmoral Bar for a coctail before dinning in Number One Restaurant and everithing was lovely aswell.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Marvellous gastronomy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

A comfortable restaurant with excellent furnishings. Staff very attentive. Food delicious but not over complicated. Pricey,but worth it

Visited May 2013
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“Best Hotel Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is undoubtedly the best meal I have had in a Hotel Restaurant. The Balmoral certainly lives up to its name. Excellent

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bob G
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Manchester
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“Really lovely restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had the taster menus which were mainly superb. My only gripe was that the vegetarian taster menu became a bit samey, with similar ingredients used in most dishes - it could have been a bit more diverse (particularly given the price). Also we got charged for water - this is a bit of an insult and really the option of tap water should have been available. Other than that, I would say the atmosphere was good (not too stuffy) and the wine was really beautiful. I would recommend to anyone wanting a special meal in Edinburgh.

Visited May 2013
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