30-34 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing
Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Harvey Nichols
I confess I am generally not a fan of the big business offerings, but this is the exception. The location is superb and from this elevated position through glass walls you get remarkable views across the city as you enjoy great food and the best terrace in town.
There are two options. The Brasserie or The Restaurant. The Brasserie is the more informal and reasonably priced of the two. The Restaurant is white linen and a special occasion sort of place, but as they area on the same floor, right next to each other and separated by an open cocktail bar area, I go for The Brasserie every time. The terrace is open on warm and sunny days for coffee, cocktails and food, but with weather this unpredictable it's far from a dead cert.
Yo Sushi and Chocolate Lounge also reside on this floor but it's the Harvey Nichols fourth floor brasserie you are aiming for; great food in a lovely light, bright room. I recommend taking the lift; if you take the escalator you will be leaping off at every floor to shop. Well, I do.
Cocktails at the bar are great, very Sex In The City, with the city of Edinburgh laid out all around.
In The Brasserie I am a sucker for a Caesar salad, whereas my better half swears by the charcuterie with bread and pesto. Smoked salmon & bread and salad a safe bet to as is the ubiquitous soup of the day. If we're in The Restaurant I always plump for the daily special. The chef is great and whatever is market-fresh and good enough for him, is certainly good enough for me. Alternatively he has a great touch with fish.
It's glamourous. There are three distinct areas but they are all open plan. The views are just as good whether you are drinking coffee, eating a muffin, having a quick lunch mid-shopping frenzy with the girls, splurging on a major three course dinner or sipping a Manhattan at the bar. It is sophisticated, chic and apart from the startling views and Scottish ingredients on the menu, you could be mistaken for thinking you are in New York, Rome, London or Paris.
They do service very well. Slick, polished, uniformed and discreet.
As the name would suggest it is on the top of Harvey Nichols in St Andrews Square overlooking George Street, Princes Street, the shops and buzzing city below. Even if you just want a drink, you really have to pop in for a look. It's a short walk from anywhere in the centre, on all main bus routes and also just moments from Waverely Train Station.
The cafe opens for breakfast and is well priced. A fresh breakfast muffin costs £2 and a cappuccino £2.85; The Restaurant offers two courses from the Scottish Market Menu for lunch at £22.50; and the Brasserie does a great Ceasar Salad with chicken and bacon for £7/£9.50 or Cumberland sausage and mash for £9. For surroundings like this, I believe it's excellent value. Average prices for the brasserie are £10 for a main course and £5 for a starter.
Ask for any table near the vast picture windows.
More information on Harvey Nichols:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant
- British, Mediterranean, Modern, Scottish
- 30-34 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
- 0131 524 8350
- Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- 7 Days a week Brasserie is open for Breakfast 10am - 12 Lunch 12 - 3pm Afternoon menu 3 - 5.30pm Dinner from 5.30 - 10pm Sunday & Monday restaurants close at 6pm so no dinner. The more formal Restaurant which is right beside the Brasserie has the same opening hours except afternoons 3-6pm when they are shut.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times