The Tower Restaurant

Perched above the sandstone-clad landmark Museum of Scotland, spectacular views of Edinburgh's Castle and city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson's stunning rooftop restaurant. Sleek and stylish, the Tower is designed to impress and has become a must-see for A-list celebrities and visitors to Scotland, as well as its loyal local clientele. The Tower's extensive menu always features the best available seasonal ingredients, with Argyll oysters, local seafood, seasonal game, Angus beef and lamb impeccably sourced and simply prepared in the Tower's signature relaxed and unfussy style. The restaurant's reputation for creating outstanding gourmet food inspired a rash of complimentary reviews and recommendations in the Good Food Guide, the AA, Taste of Scotland, Fodor's, Frommer's and Michelin Guides among many others.

Book a Table at The Tower Restaurant


Chambers Street
Restaurant Style(s)
"Brasserie, Bistro & Bar"
Restaurant Cuisine(s)
Open Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 - 22:00
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 22:30.
Average Price for Meal
Average Price for Main Course

Special Offers

Available 7 days a week from noon until 6.30pm (last sitting) Please select lunch or dinner session from drop down box. Book this offer

offer available 7 days from 2pm-6pm(last sitting) Please select Afternoon Tea session from drop down box. Book this offer

Includes VAT Offer available daily from noon until 10.30pm Book this offer



Celebrate 30 years of the James Thomson collection.
Enjoy 3 courses for £30.

Minestrone soup
Ham hock terrine, lentil salad, tamarind dressing
Grilled sardines, olive tapenade, toasted rye bread

Blue cheese and spinach tart with beetroot and cranberry chutney
Confit duck, braised red cabbage and polenta dumplings
Seared sea bass, Asian noodle broth

Poached rhubarb, stem ginger ice cream, almond crumble
Chocolate marquise, vanilla clotted cream
Stilton and port reduction, homemade oat cakes

Service is not included, but 10% discretionary service will be added to tables of 8 and more.

Please inform your server of any allergies. 

We never knowingly buy GM products.



Vegetarian haggis on crouton,		£6.95	Grilled sardines			£17.95
quail egg and tomato salsa			chickpea salad and flatbread

Smoked Inverawe trout, 		£10.25	Tower fish bouillabaisse			£20.95
with traditional garnish				with seabass, salmon and plaice
Rabbit cannelloni,			£8.25	Roasted Arctic char,			£23.95
vegetable caponata and fennel dressing		fish consommé and sea vegetables
Dressed crab, crab boudin		£10.95	Seafood plate, for 2  to share		£65.00	
cumin, lime and coriander vinaigrette  		with thick cut chips and salad	

Goat's cheese salad			£7.50	
broad bean, artichoke and radish			MEAT MAINS
Pea soup			£7.95	Rabbit, done 3 ways			£24.95
ham hock and potato dumpling				polenta dumplings and black pudding
Guy Grieve's hand-dived scallops,		Borders sirloin steak,			£29.95
crispy pork rillettes and artichoke puree Starter 	£15.50	braised beef shin and pesto tomatoes
			Main 	£30.00
				Tower venison Wellington, for 2 to share	£78.00
Natural Scottish rock oysters,                             	roasted potatoes, broad beans, peas & asparagus
shallot and pickled vegetable vinegar   			
6 £16.00       9 £24.00     12 £30.00		Roast St Bride's free range chicken	£21.95
We do not recommend the consumption of spirits with oysters	with chicken and mushroom bridie, 
					seasonal vegetables and jus
Tower fish bouillabaisse	             	£20.95	Spinach and ricotta tart	,		£16.95	
with seabass, salmon and plaice				tomato and red onion salad

Goats cheese & streaky bacon omelette	£15.95	Breaded halloumi fritters			£15.95	
rocket salad					chickpea salad, aubergine caviar									
Eggs Benedict		Starter	  £8.95	
with Bodega ham 	Main   (with chips)	£15.95	
Tower venison Wellington, for 2 to share	£78.00	
with roasted potatoes, beetroot and green beans		Thick-cut chips			£3.95	
				Buttered mash			£3.95
Borders sirloin steak,			£29.95	Mushrooms and bacon			£3.95
braised beef shin and pesto tomatoes			Mixed leaf salad			£4.50
				Carrot, date and toasted almonds	£3.95	
				Wilted greens			£3.95
				Mixed leaf as a starter			£6.95

The Tower is a proud member of the Scotch Beef Club and tries to use the very best produce available and is proud to support the work of some of Scotland's best food producers and suppliers including; Guy Grieve of the Ethical Shellfish Company hand-diving our scallops in Mull, renowned East Lothian Butcher John Gilmour, Braehead for wonderful Scottish Game, Iberico foods for wonderful Spanish produce and Carroll's Heritage Potatoes among others. 
Service is not included, but 10% discretionary service will be added to tables of 8 and more
Please inform your server of any allergies.
We never knowingly buy GM products.

Tower Afternoon Tea			£15.95

Enjoy the chic and relaxed glamour of the Tower and its new Afternoon Teas.

Open and closed sandwiches, home-baked treats, scones with clotted cream and deliciously indulgent cakes on tiered silver cake stands, served with the Tower's own collection of speciality teas.

A selection of open and closed seasonal sandwiches and savouries (Please ask a member of staff for further details)

 Fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam

Dundee cake

Homemade shortbread

A selection of seasonal cakes and desserts 
(Please ask a member of staff for further details)

Selection of fine teas 
(Peppermint, Traditional English tea, Earl Grey, Pure Assam, Lemon & Ginger, Pure Darjeeling, Green Tea, Camomile and a selection of herbal infusions) and coffees

Selection of loose leaf teas 
(Afternoon tea, Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Spiced tea and Gunpowder green tea)

Tower Champagne Afternoon Tea	  £24.95

All of the above plus a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne

* Afternoon Tea served daily between 3pm and 5pm