Dining & Bars
The Pompadour by Galvin

Enjoy a world-class culinary experience in one of Scotland's most magnificent dining rooms.

Situated on the entresol level of the hotel, The Pompadour by Galvin is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, from 6pm to 9:30pm and for lunch on Sundays.

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Originally named ‘The Pompadour Restaurant’, this elegant Edinburgh eatery first opened in 1925 in the heyday of steam railway travel, catering to the country’s rich and famous for whom Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian was the hotel of choice.

The restaurant takes its name from the celebrated Madame de Pompadour, the favourite mistress of King Louis XV of France, at whose behest Madame de Pompadour was installed in the magnificent Palace at Versailles.

The Pompadour’s extravagant, listed interior décor reflects the sumptuousness of the royal court of the day and the restaurant has long enjoyed the reputation of having the best table in Edinburgh with impressive views overlooking Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle through the panoramic arched windows.

The Pompadour by Galvin Today

Today, The Pompadour by Galvin continues its tradition of classical French excellence under the guidance of the estimable Galvin Brothers and Head Chef Daniel Ashmore.

In true Galvin style, at The Pompadour by Galvin you will be welcomed and attended to by a hospitable, professional and knowledgeable front-of-house team, who will make your dining experience a truly memorable one.

The Galvins

Few chefs have done more to revitalise and perpetuate the traditions of classical French cuisine than Chris and Jeff Galvin. In the course of their illustrious careers, from commis chefs to restaurateurs, they have honed their craft in some of the world’s most famous restaurants, working alongside true titans of the culinary world and amassing an enviable haul of industry awards, including two Michelin stars, ten AA Rosettes, and the AA Chefs' Chef of the Year award in 2011.

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Opening Hours


Sundays 1pm - 3pm


Wednesday to Sunday 6pm - 9:30pm

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The Food Awards Scotland 2017: Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year for The Pompadour by Galvin
AA Rosette Awards: Three Rosettes, 2013-2017
Square Meal UK Top 100: Number 41, 2016
Square Meal UK Top 100: Number 33, 2015
Michelin Plate award 2017