Tower Restaurant Edinburgh, Rooftop Dining, Location, Phone, Building Image, Architect, Design

The Tower Edinburgh Restaurant

Tower Restaurant, Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland

post updated 30 June 2023

The Tower Restaurant

Independently-owned and run by James Thomson, sited above Benson & Forsyth’s Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Old Town.

Contact The Tower Restaurant +44 (0)131 225 3003

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‘Uniquely for a museum this has become the hottest table in Edinburgh’
AA Gill, The Sunday Times’…food so sublime it eclipses the wine. Almost’
Iain Banks, The Observer

Tower Restaurant, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Rooftop Dining photo supplied by the operators

‘Spectacular views of Edinburgh castle and the city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson’s stunning rooftop restaurant and terrace, the Tower.
Open every day for lunch and dinner, superlative food, wine and service have ensured that the Tower Restaurant has become a regular dining destination for visitors to the city and locals alike. Catherine Zeta Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Connery, Joanna Lumley, the Countess of Wessex and Helena Bonham-Carter are among those for whom the Tower has become a must’.

The venue has views from the Terrace to Edinburgh Castle and from the restaurant to the Old Town roofscape. Pricey, but great terrace when it’s calm and the sun shines: an alternative to the later dining rooftop terraces at Oloroso restaurant or Harvey Nichols’ Forth Floor.

Opening Times (please check with the operators)
Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm

This space was Edinburgh’s first rooftop restaurant. The Tower Restaurant wine list holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Location: top of the Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Tower Restaurant opened in 1998. The venue takes its name from the stone rotunda or entrance tower. Apparently it is the only quality restaurant to operate within a UK museum or gallery.

Another classic Edinburgh restaurant owned by James Thomson:

The Witchery by the Castle
incl. The Secret Garden Restaurant
352 Castlehill, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 225 5613 fax 220 4392

The Witchery Restaurant Edinburgh Restaurant
picture from PR for James Thomson
Photo supplied by the Witchery Restaurant

The Witchery Restaurant Review

James Thomson also owns the Prestonfield House Hotel:

Rhubarb Restaurant, Prestonfield House Hotel
Rhubarb Prestonfield House Review

James Thomson restaurant
picture from PR for James Thomson

best dining review so far: online – ‘The house is fairly sedate from outside but as entry unfolds you are swept into a cosetted luxury of colour and pattern, richly furnished rooms and exquisite service…We enjoyed Rhubarb immensely, we were pampered and the Hotel proved that it could really look after its guests’. Tower Restaurant Reservations +44 (0)131 225 3003

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