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Edinburgh Old Town Restaurants

History exudes from every corner of Edinburgh's Old Town. A labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.

Today it hosts a number of restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as throngs of tourists, peaking during August festival season.

From five star hotels to traditional Scottish fare to stunning views of the castle, dining out in Edinburgh's Old Town is sure to be a memorable experience.


We came across this restaurant by chance last year and had an amazing meal. So much so when we went on our annual trip to Edinburgh hubby insisted we went back. Yet again fabulous food and fantastic staff. Thankyou all.
Esther Rooney - 30/11/2016
Relaxing ambience and very attentive and helpful staff. Although the menu featured some unusual dishes, the food was great and no faults there. Great location and place. Would definitely go back.
Lynne McTaggart - 29/11/2016
Return visit to this Edinburgh eaterie and as ever was delishly filled up with great of the best burgers have eaten (not normally a burger person) The place was choc-a-bloc with poss end of voucher folk but staff efficient (though possibly could do with few more on) and friendly
Dot Cameron - 28/11/2016
This is an excellent restaurant centrally located in Edinburgh, if you are over for the Christmas Market. Considering the price and for what you are getting is Amazing and the cocktails are fabulous. Highly recommend it!
Julie McAuliffe - 27/11/2016
We had a fab time at this place whilst through visiting Edinburgh Castle! Absolutely terrific! Xx
janice hall - 27/11/2016
Our first visit here and we weren't disappointed we were given them option of sitting downstairs or upstairs usually other places just plonk you anywhere, we weee advised that anything on the menu was part of our 2 course for £10.95 along with the special offers they had on beer and cocktails
Danielle Archibald - 27/11/2016
Food here was yummy, gins are fab and staff are really helpful . As other reviewers have pointed out it's not the warmest of restaurants which is the 1st time I've encountered this in a long time ! Still worth a visit tho.
Karen Skinner - 27/11/2016
The deal was good value and we didn't find the drinks over priced. Food tasty and well presented. Nice friendly staff!!
Elizabeth Lyon - 27/11/2016
First time at Simpsons at didn't really know what to expect.When we first got out taxi we were a bit unsure of the place as there was no obvious entrance from main road but then realised it was part of Edinburgh City hotel and entrance was at the back.Nice decor,very clean,bright and open but for
Roddy Keith - 27/11/2016
On arrival we were warmly welcomed and the excellent and attentive service continued through out our time in the restaurant .The food was very tasty and of a high standard we both had the roast turkey and all the festive trimmings it was lovely .I will most certainly retrn in the near future
Steven Vinnicombe - 27/11/2016


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There's so much choice in this very attractive and historic area. I know I'll always be able to find a fabulous restaurant in the vicinity that will suit all in the group.

Sarah Gibson

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Top restaurant offers in Edinburgh Old Town

  • £9.95£9.95 for 2 courses on pre-theatre menuGinger Restaurant Book
  • £3.782 for 1 burgers - average price for a burger is £7.57Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh Book
  • £13.3920% a la carte discountGurkha Cafe & Restaurant Book
  • £30A la carte available - average price for 2 courses is £30North Bridge Brasserie Book
  • £19.5010% discount on lunch menuItchycoo Bar & Kitchen - Radisson Blu Book
  • £820% Sunday roast discount - price before discount is £10 Monboddo Book
  • £29.30Evening menu availableChop House Market Street Book
  • £20.6025% a la carte discountCucina - G&V Royal Mile Hotel Book
  • £15.95£15.95 for 2 courses + coffee on dinner menuZucca Restaurant @ The Lyceum Book
  • £14.50£14.50 for 2 courses on pre theatre menuCiao Roma Book
  • £13.6020% a la carte discount56 North Book
  • £1220% a la carte discountThe Whistle Stop Barber Shop Book