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“Outstanding”

The Pompadour by Galvin
Ranked #147 of 2,628 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $49 - $95
Cuisines: French, Scottish, British
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: West End
Description: The first Scottish venture for Brothers Chris and Jeff, The Pompadour by Galvin offers a luxurious French culinary experience, made using meticulously sourced local ingredients, and seasonally inspired flavours. One of the city's most precious treasures, The Pompadour was opened in 1925, inspired by the official chief mistress of Louis XV whose portrait adorns the walls with the Salon where you able to have pre & post dinner drinks before moving into the main dining room with its hand painted panels and original features
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Truly luxurious experience, beautiful surroundings, knowledgeable but discreet staff, outstanding food. My first choice for any extra special occasion from now on,

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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

I would rate this every bit if not better than the other Michelin star establishments in Edinburgh. The food was absolutely out of this world on the taster menu. Service was warm friendly and efficient. The meal wasn't rushed or leaving you wishing less waiting times between courses - tempo was perfect which I think is a difficult thing to achieve. The dining room is stunning making you feel like you are Vespa and Daniel Craig from a Bond Movie. Only gripes are firstly no cheese board just a baked cheese and secondly a complete bug bear of mine was people wearing jeans - surely a restaurant of this stature should impose a dress code. Happy to overlook these gripes though as really really fabulous food and wonderful service. Look forward to returning.

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is foodie heaven! Best of ingredients and expertly crafted delicious food, with attentive but unobtrusive service and knowledgeable sommelier - you really couldn't ask for more. Why this place does not have a Michelin star I have no idea - but I'm sure they must be in the running for the next allocation. We have dined here now on 3 evenings; this is a 'special occasion' restaurant but if I could I'd be there once a week! If you're lucky enough to be seated near the window you will have a lovely view over the Edinburgh vista. It is expensive but the amount of effort that goes into preparing the food is well worth it. Its a rarified atmosphere so don't go there expecting to enter a loud, buzzy room - it's very genteel but not stuffy or pompous and perfect for a romantic evening!

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2  Thank Donna O
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

A truly a magnificent place. Everything was perfect. Had the7 course menu with wine pairing. A must. What really made the evening perfect was the window table with a fantastic view to the castle. I recommend you to ask specific for such a table when making the reservation.

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3  Thank Jan Erik J
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Pompadour serves delicious meals in grand style. The room is ornate, with some tables having a view to Edinburgh Castle, where we were seated. There is also an ante room for drinks prior to your meal if you like. The menu offers a variety of spectacular dishes that arrive as much works of art as of food. In particular, we enjoyed a couple of first courses, one scallops, the other rabbit. Both outstanding. Then came the duck entree, also excellent. Desserts were a mango souffleé and a simple chocolate ice-cream. This being our twentieth anniversary, they added a wonderful touch of a little bonus chocolate at the very end, including a plate inscribed with well wishes for us. Service is conducted by professionals at the top of their game, truly flawless efforts on everyone's part. Did I mention the wine list? Extensive and varied selections that will have you wishing you could try many bottles through the meal. All in all, this place deserves all the five stars it gets. I hope to return soon!

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3  Thank SanNic44
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