I keep returning to this gem time after time. Food is so flavoursome and portions are just the right amount to hit the spot. It's not the most atmospheric place but what it lacks in amosphere it more then makes up for in taste. Early dining menu is superb value.
After having difficulty finding the restaurant, we were very pleasantly surprised at the fabulous food and great service with a smile. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The food was well cooked with a good choice of dishes. We will be back.
Hidden Californian restaurant in Edinburgh’s New Town
Tucked away on Rose Street North Lane just off Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town area, Calistoga has the distinction of being Scotland’s only Californian restaurant. As the Napa Valley name hints, Californian wine is a big part of Calistoga restaurant’s appeal and vineyard posters line the walls.
The wine list has over a hundred bins, most of them Californian – add in regular wine tastings, meet-the-producer events and tutored wine tasting dinners and it’s easy to see how Calistoga brings plenty of the Californian sunshine to Edinburgh city centre.
Influences from the American west coast
Healthy, fresh and zingy are the key ideas driving the food in Edinburgh’s Calistoga. The restaurant’s menus bring west coast America to central Edinburgh in dishes such as the warm Californian focaccia sandwich or the mixed bean cassoulet with grilled polenta moutabal. One of the house specialities is the flat iron steak – an incredibly tender cut which is served medium rare with fries and a sweet chilli sauce.
As customers might expect from a Californian restaurant, Calistoga is a relaxed kind of place. There is an ambience helped by the Cali radio stations, which provide the background music. Edinburgh city centre is not the place to get a Hollywood tan, but at Calistoga diners are able to order contemporary Californian food alongside the best wines that the Napa and Sonoma valleys can offer.
Close to Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town
Located off Princes Street on Rose Street North Lane, Calistoga is a short walk away from Waverley rail station and Edinburgh Castle, and is ideal for diners who are enjoying the beautiful streets and sights of Edinburgh. Beyond these landmarks is the Old Town, where bars, shops and places to stay are scattered around, meaning visitors to the capital are not short of options during their time in Edinburgh.