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“Good Local, International Food, Service”

Hadrian's Brasserie at The Balmoral
Ranked #246 of 2,460 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $55
Cuisines: European, British, Soups, Scottish
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens
Description: Traditional cuisine with a Scottish twist. Our lively Brasserie is popular with guests and discerning locals alike. Ideal for a light lunch or a relaxed dinner, Hadrian's offers traditional cuisine in an informal setting. On the menu, a mix of Scottish favourites and classic dishes created using the finest regional produce. Scottish shellfish bisque. Blairgowrie beefburger. Chocolate and raspberry crème brulee. Smaller appetites are also catered for with our children's menu. The brasserie's walls are brought to life with life-sized photographs of pirouetting dancers.
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“Good Local, International Food, Service”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

in great setting at an acceptably high price fo r budget travelers. We enjoyed surprisingly good meals including venison, grilled salmon and stewed guinea fowl. The latter replaced partridge, as announced in the menu, with a welcome bout of honesty (I would have wondered, but never been sure otherwise, and probably stopped short of questioning).

Each of the dishes, and the wine, surprised us as better than most we had ever tried of its kind. Worth the steepish-but-reasonable-all-things-considered price of 30 GBP per person for three courses - if without wine.

  • Visited March 2013
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“Something or everyone but drinks service was slow”
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Nice selection of food with something for everyone in my opinion. The food was lovely with good portions as well as quality. None of us had space for desert. The drinks service was poor. Drinks arrived at different times and had to remind the waiter we had ordered a bottle of red wine. Even had to poor our own wine into our glasses at one stage. That's normally fine but for this type of restaurant it spoilt it a little.

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balmoraledinburgh, Manager at Hadrian's Brasserie at The Balmoral, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to Hadrian’s. I am delighted to learn that you were impressed with the variety and quality of our menu but am very sorry that this was marred somewhat by the lack of attention with the drinks service. This is certainly not in line with the high levels of service that we aim to deliver and I will be sharing your comments with my team to avoid any such inconsistencies in the future.
I do hope that you will choose to return to Hadrian’s and would ask that you feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance in making your reservations.

Yours sincerely

Gregor Forbes
Hadrian’s Manager
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“Great location, good food and service”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Basic menu with strong selection of local dishes. Service was very professional and efficient.
Location is superb.

  • Visited March 2013
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“Very tasty”
Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Very tasty meal

The chefs menu is well worth the price £23 for a 3 course dinner. The chefs menu changes daily so that you willl always have summit dofferent to try.

Very good well worth ago

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Thank Sky279
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“Lovely first experience at The Balmoral”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and daughter had eaten here on a previous 'rugby trip' - so it was my turn to sample and I was not disappointed. We turned up on a cold windy evening without a reservation and we were greater cordially ( by all members of staff) . We ordered our aperitifs! Then relaxed whilst we perused the menu. I had the smoked salmon ( whisky flavoured, beautifully, how clever) and steak frites to die for! Our daughter decided to try haggis - first time - and is now a convert. She does however realise that this was cooked by an expert and we may not be able to repeat the exercise with home cooking. My husband had venison and was alone in choosing dessert - creme brûlée. Every single item in our meals was faultless. First class everything- welcome, service, food, ambience. Hopefully we shall return .
By the way there was a group of ladies having a private dinner nearby - sounded as if they were enjoying the evening as much as we were.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Socialiste
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