Eating at the Museum

Enjoy a meal in the Balcony Café and Museum Brasserie. Or why not dine out in style at the award-winning Tower Restaurant?

Explore our range of eating options here. Brought your own food? Packed lunches can be eaten in the Group Room in the Entrance Hall, provided it has not been reserved for a group visit.

Museum Brasserie

The Museum Brasserie is open from 10:00–17:00 serving hot and cold meals, a delicious selection of home baking and ice cream from our ice cream bar. Lunch is served from 11:00–15:00.

The Brasserie can be found in the Entrance Hall, by the main entrance to the Museum. To reserve a table, call 0131 247 4040 or 0131 247 4084.

Free Wi-Fi access is available.

National Museums Scotland members receive a 20% discount in the Museum Brasserie.

Balcony Café

The Balcony Café on Level 3 is open daily from 10:00–17:00 for tea, coffee, home baking, cold snacks and hot homemade soup – and great views of the Grand Gallery! Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and children's boxes are also available.

Free Wi-Fi access is available.

National Museums Scotland members receive a 20% discount in the Balcony Café.

Tower Restaurant

Uniquely for a museum this has become the hottest table in Edinburgh.
- AA Gill, The Sunday Times

Spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline are as attractive as the menu of James Thomson's stunning rooftop restaurant and terrace, the Tower.

Open every day from 10:00 for brunch, with lunch served from 12:00, afternoon tea from 14:30 and dinner from 17:00–23:00, superlative food, wine and service have ensured that the Tower has become a regular dining destination for visitors to the city and locals alike. Catherine Zeta Jones, J K Rowling, Sean Connery, Joanna Lumley, the Countess of Wessex, Kate Winslet and Helena Bonham-Carter are among those for whom the Tower has become a must.

Committed to serving the very best seasonal Scottish produce impeccably sourced and simply prepared, the Tower has received plaudits from Michelin, The Good Food Guide and many other guides. The menu features Buccleuch beef, lobsters and scallops from the Western Isles, smoked fish from Inverawe and game all served in a relaxed and unfussy style.

Holding the rare Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the Tower has developed an international reputation for its wines and has become a frequent destination for visiting winemakers. The Tower's 150 wines cover all major varieties, regions, prices and styles with wines from fourteen countries. Over twenty of the Tower's exceptional wines are available by the glass. Guests are welcome to enjoy the views of Edinburgh Castle with a cocktail on the sunny terrace.

Reservations are recommended. Telephone 0131 225 3003 or book online at

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