While not-so-sunny Scotland may feel like a million miles away from the west coast of the USA, Calistoga radiates a Californian charm, bringing a wee bit of sunshine to the streets of Edinburgh. At this laidback restaurant tucked away down Rose Street Lane North, dishes inspired by the Golden State are served up alongside an array of speciality Californian wines. A popular spot in the New Town, we recommend booking your table at Calistoga in advance!
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For a taste of California in Edinburgh, head to this award-winning restaurant in the New Town, just a short walk away from Waverley train station. In true Californian style, at Calistoga the decor is laidback, creating a relaxed atmosphere to dine in and allowing the food to speak for itself. Bringing a piece of west coast USA to Edinburgh, you will find Scottish inspired takes on Californian cuisine with a range of brunch, lunch and dinner options.
Begin your day down at Calistoga on Rose Street Lane North in the New Town with some sweet-cured maple crispy bacon with pancakes and cilantro, or seared swordfish with soft-poached egg, black olive croquettes and lime salsa-verde sauce. Signature dishes on Calistoga’s main course menu include flat iron steak served medium-rare with a side of fries and sweet chilli sauce. To go along with the Californian cuisine, the impressive wine list contains over one hundred bottles of the finest wines sourced from the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Great choice, reasonably priced. Friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit. The staff are passionate and the service to be quick and efficient. Will visit again soon.
As always a lovely meal with great service. Love the Californina wines too! We were on a Itison Voucher, asking it exceptionally good value, but come regularly on the a la carte too.
Amazing wine, lovely food, excellent service, casual atmosphere, no guns or mental presidents. This was a lovely night out. If only all of the USA were like this!
Great food with something for everyone and an amazing wine selection. Easy to access location though not always easy for first-timers to find. I never come away disappointed!!
It is always a total delight to spend an evening at Calistoga. Gordon is a charming and attentive but unintrustive host. The menu interesting and presentation of the food excellent. I never have any hestitation in recommending Calistoga; it is always a great evening. It is the only place I have ever had my push-bike secured safely for me. Thank you Gordon and colleagues.
This restaurant has a good atmosphere, when busy as it was on Saturday evening they should invest in maybe one more waiter. The food was delicious, my main was the wild boar and chicken wellington, starter was Thai prawns, pudding was peanut and pistachio brownie, yes all mouthwatering stuff. There were two things that I thought needed attention, the portion sizes were a touch miserly, not very Californian at all. Had I known that I'd have ordered some sides, that however, would have added more to the total bill which was already a touch on the high side. All in all, I would recommend and will definitely go back. Well done Calistoga.
Calistoga provide an interesting and varied menu with exemplary service. Of particular interest for the wine lover those who don't partake are more than satisfied. We always enjoy our dining experience at Calistoga and look forward to returning. It is especially good value for pre theatre.
Always a pleasure to visit Calistoga, food delicious and the wine was good too. I took a friend who hadn't been before and she too enjoyed her meal. The restaurant is tucked away is an unassuming side street , even the taxi driver didn't know where it was. Had to give him the postcode! Well done to Gordon and his team.
Food beautifully cooked, well served in a relaxing atmosphere. Wine selection great. Liked the wine recommendations on the menu to compliment each of the food choices. The wine recommended to go with the sweet was just a dream. From the polite and friendly welcome to the helpful ordering our taxis home this was a lovely experience. Thank you. Calistoga
We had a great night and meal at Calistoga. We were a party of 9 celebrating a friends 60th birthday. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meal. My lamb was slightly more bloody than I would have liked but that's down to individual preference. The restaurant staff were friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I would recommend this restaurant. A good night out was had by all!
We went to Calistoga on an itison voucher. The food was quite good, the steaks in particular were very nice, but the ambience really let us down. We could have got over the slightly dodgy location at the back of Rose Street, but the interior was really cramped and the layout utterly uninspiring. Ok if you're going on a cheap voucher, definitely head somewhere else if you have to pay full price - there is no lack of good restaurants in Edinburgh!
I live in sunderland but have several shopping trips in edinburgh throughout the year ( having a food buisness myself im picky !!! ) but I always go to the calistoga before heading home . All my family go now whenever they have a trip there. The ingredients are very good quality , cooked excellent and well presented. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly , the staff are attentive but not intrusive . I have also had a wine tasting experience before and that was the best one I have ever had finishing with a fab meal , cant wait to go back to this hidden little gem !!!!
Delicious food and a friendly welcome. Sorry to see the place so unusually empty. If you haven't been, try the really good value 'early dining' option. You're sure to want to return. Don't be put off by Calistoga's situation in a rather shabby lane.
My first visit to Calistoga. The food was OK. I had the pigeon breast to start and a rump of lamb for main. Both OK but uninspiring. I cannot see for the life of me what on the menu was californian, it was a standard and rather uninspiring selection. The wine list was superb with a large selection of California wines. The place was like a library, no atmosphere whatsoever. There was also no theming and the restaurant was dark and unwelcoming. OK but distinctly average.
Always a treat to eat at Calistoga. Gordon and his staff did not let us down with a lovely meal and no hassle that we were 30 mins late post rugby international and stayed on long past our welcome! A hidden gem
Calistoga was excellent service, value for money and delicious food as always. We love eating in Calistoga and will return again in the very near future.
Seeing the general rate on Google, I have booked this restaurant for a celebration dinner. The restaurant was empty when we arrived. Not a very fancy place, nice furnitures and clean. We ordered 2 starters and 1 main and a waiter in a white t-shirt could not hide his disappointment for our "poor" order. The flatbread with dips is a tiny tiny flatbread, very good, but you can barely start tasting it and it's finished. Three scallops a bit dry, with a nice fishy sause, and a £18 grilled salmon, where the black rice was salty but tasty and the salmon fillet was like if I had bought it and grilled it at home. We didn't order any of the £8 desserts because we didn't want to end up more disappointed. Average restaurant quality, but priced like a Michelin restaurant. Really disappointed. The food is good, but NOT at the level you pay for.
My friend from work told me about this place. She's a big steak fan, and this is apparently one of the best steaks she had. A day later i can happily confirm that. In fact it was so good that my very own wife, who's not a big steak fan, had a flat iron steak, and she loved it! Also the wine selection is huge so we'll definitely come back for taster sessions!
Excellent place in a spot where you would not expect to find one. Pleasant, friendly atmosphere, quite crowded at the time of our visit. We had a three-course dinner. The starters were OK but generally forgettable, but the meat I had for the main course was awesome and the desserts were splendid. Good selection of affordable wines. Recommended for anyone interested in a bit of a taste of the States but who doesn´t want to get too close to Donald...
As always good food, wine and service. If you are looking for good wine in Edinburgh, Calistoga is the place to come to. Loved the prawns, peanut butter mousse and the steak.