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Innovative, interesting and influential for nearly 20 years, Andrew Radford's flagship changed the rules of Edinburgh fine dining when it opened back in 1993. A revamp in 2007 didn't really change the overall look, and the kitchen still reaches for good local ingredients to turn into dishes such as West Coast scallops with home-cured bacon and tomatoes, or North Sea halibut with Shetland mussels and herb cream; there's also an acclaimed wine choice.

The Atrium shares a building with both Blue Bar-Café and the Traverse.

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Atrium details

10 Cambridge Street

Area South

Transport Bus 1, 2, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 23, 24, 27, 34, 35, 45

Telephone 0131 228 8882

Atrium website

Open noon-2pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 6-10pm Sat.

Main courses £20.

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By Richard - Jun 21 2011

It is with regret that we have to inform you that both the Atrium and blue restaurants are now closed.

After trading for 18 years with successful concepts we would like to thank you for all your support. However, poor trading results due to not only the recession, the ash cloud at the beginning of last year and the snow at the end, but in particular, the lengthy closure of the Usher Hall and the reduction of numbers in Saltire Court, mean that we are faced with no choice but to close two much loved and well respected restaurants.

Over the 18 year period that the Atrium and more recently blue were open we saw and looked after thousands of guests through many successful weddings, private parties and smaller restaurant tables all of which enjoyed the unique atmosphere and hospitality we were able to offer. The many awards and accolades that both restaurants won over the years and in particular the repeat business bear witness to this.

The support shown by our suppliers, loyal customers and fantastic staff is fully appreciated. However nothing lasts forever and we now need to look to the future. As we write we are considering our next project. It will be in Edinburgh, the space and location will be different but the food, hospitality, care and attention to detail will all be familiar to you.

In the meantime, we can be contacted at

Andrew & Lisa Radford