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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It pains me to write a one-star review in the 'season of good will', but concerning The Dome, it is certainly not the season of good or even mediocre food. Yes, we were lured in by the restaurant's undoubtedly beautiful Christmas decorations, although the room...upstairs in which afternoon tea is served is itself notably less festive. However, the greatest disappointment is simply that the food is extremely poor quality. Our sandwiches had that crispy edge which bread gets when it has been left out for a while. This was not redeemed by the fillings, where gristly beef and bland cheese were overwhelmed - or perhaps deliberately disguised - by sickly pickles. The savoury section was not redeemed by the sweet. Our scones were saturated by baking powder or some other agent so much so that they made my tongue tingle uncomfortably. This wasn't helped by the fact that the clotted cream seemed slightly on the turn. The cakes themselves were again incredibly dry, as though they had been sitting around for hours, and tasted thoroughly uninspiring. We took what we didn't eat in a box but ended up just throwing it in the bin once we were home. Extremely disappointing - don't waste your money.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very disappointing, The sandwiches were ok, scones very poor, very little fruit in the scones in fact lucky to find a single sultana. Sweets forgettable, no inspiration there. Really expected more from the Dome. Staff were excellent, which is why there are 2 stars instead...of 1.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 18 December 2020

Stunning ambience with amazing decorations for Christmas. Quick service and lovely mocktails. Reasonably priced

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 16 December 2020

I know that there are COVID restrictions but the Dome was ably lacking. Yes...the decorations were lovely...but really that was the extent of it. My husband and I felt like we were sitting down in a cafe where the table was adorned with a table...cloth and nothing else. Why not set the table? Have the cutlery preset, pop a Christmas flower in a vase, have a side plate and glasses for water. A cracker wouldn’t have gone a miss to add some Christmas cheer...and that would have all been COVID friendly. The food was average to poor. Ham hock had grizzly bits through it, and the turkey was well over cooked. The crime brûlée had been preprepared with no toasted topping...just cold brûlée out of the fridge. Disappointing. On the plus side our waitress was very good. We’ll be giving it a miss next year and head to The Ivy where the food is definitely better. Love the decorations though.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 6 December 2020 via mobile

Pre tier restrictions popped in to Dome for cocktails. Stunning bar and architecture awesome. Great range of cocktails. Didn’t dine here but good looks good too. Very atmospheric.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 28 November 2020 via mobile

I booked a table for 2 for a birthday weeks in advance, we booked in for the grand georgian tea room as shown on the website, I was forced to pay £20 which is acceptable during the times of covid-19. The problem was, when we...turned up, we were met at the entrance to the georgian tea room we were then taken down a long corridor to the back of the building where we were seated in a less than grand back room with very little Christmas thought put into it, unlike the other room. We had one Waiter for the room, but most of the time he wasn't to be seen. At one point I almost got up to search for a member of staff to ask for some water. The only other people in this room were younger people, as though they decided that younger people would not make a fuss about being left in the back room as an afterthought. This was truly unacceptable especially when they have increased the price of afternoon tea and advertise it in the main room. If I had not been there for a birthday and not wanted to make a scene I would have happily made a scene about this and demanded a cut in price. One star for being made an afterthought. The waiter however was pleasant enough and happily changed one of the teas that was not very nice.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 17 November 2020 via mobile

Love the Dome especially at Christmas, so took my daughter and my 8 year old grandson for the first time. I expect it to be a wee bit more expensive than other restaurants ! The decorations inside and out are spectacular ! We had turkey...and my grandson had a burger from the children’s menu. Our server, a young blonde girl was just so helpful and friendly. My grandson wanted the chocolate fudge cake with cream at £5.50 but he does not like cream so I asked if he could possibly have ice cream instead. I was told I would have to pay for it, and I expected 50p or £1. I received the bill and they charged £3 for a small scoop of vanilla ice cream ! This is where The Dome lets itself down ! So a child’s sweet would work out £8.50 ??? Really ? I had a word with a manager and he took the £3 off the bill, just felt let down with this attitude.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 10 November 2020

This is a gorgeous building! Being on a budget, my friend and I only came for a couple of drinks for happy hour. The ambience, staff, and architecture is stunning here! We did peruse the menu, but stuck to drinks. We chose to drink gin...since we were in Edinburgh, but the list of cocktails was extensive. I would highly suggest even stopping by here to take in the features of this once Bank of Scotland!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 9 November 2020 via mobile

My partner and I called last minute and were offered a booking straight away. When we arrived we were greeted and made to feel extremely comfortable. The service was phenomenal from the moment we stepped foot on the property, not to mention the architecture and...decor itself (we came luckily during Christmas) Regarding the food I could not fault. We ordered avocado on toast and hands down the best I’ve ever had! It felt like an experience rather than a dinner, not that pricey regarding what we expected! definitely would pay even more than we did just to experience it again, I will be back when i next visit Edinburgh. Thank you again!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 4 November 2020 via mobile

From the minute you park outside,it’s just stunning. Lovely greeting from staff when you go in. Old fashioned exceptional service! The fish and chips was absolutely amazing. You normally can’t get booked at this time of year, so delighted we got a table!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Find somewhere better is my advice
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17 November 2019|
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Response from phoebecasey75 | Reviewed this property |
So sorry for not seeing your message sooner been on my travels! For future reference you can just go in there for a drink but the music is quite loud.
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Response from Huffers57 | Reviewed this property |
I would expect the dress code to be smart casual but the Dome would be able to tell you for certain
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