Book restaurants during the Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival Restaurants

As visitors from around the world flock to Scotland’s capital for the Edinburgh Festival, restaurants in the city are gearing up for their arrival. As any Edinburgh native knows, the city is completely transformed during the month of August, with heaving crowds on every street watching performers on what seems like every street corner.

It is the busiest time of the year for restaurants in the city but experience has taught them how to feed the crowds. It is also the restaurants’ opportunity to shine, to show off their best dishes to famous faces, tourists and locals alike. After all, one of the main attractions of visiting a new place is to discover its best dining spots.

Edinburgh is widely considered to be one of the top culinary cities in the world. Anyone indulging in Edinburgh Festival dining has a wealth of options to choose from, from luxury hotels to authentic ethnic eateries to casual student cafes.

Edinburgh Festival Dining

Scotland’s capital is a wonderful city all year round but something particularly special happens during the Edinburgh Festival. Restaurants become the centrepiece; the place to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and dissect the shows you saw during the day while making your plans for tomorrow. At 5pm we want you to make the most of it – while getting great value for money.

Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex City Centre, Edinburgh

International, Bistros & Brasseries

Located in the Apex International Hotel on Grassmarket in Edinburgh's Old Town, Metro Brasserie is a cool, contemporary restaurant and bar offering an eclectic range of dishes from around the world. Metro Brasserie is ideal for a more informal dining experience and is wheelchair accessible and also child-friendly with highchairs available. Whether guests visit for a quick lunch or an evening meal after a day exploring the historic area, Metro Brasserie can meet your needs.

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The Refinery City Centre, Edinburgh


Part of the Drake & Morgan bar group, The Refinery is a stylish dining hub overlooking St. Andrew Square in the heart of the city. The vibe is both laidback and glamorous, so think intimate low lighting, wooden walls and furry cushions. At The Refinery, contemporary comfort food is served accompanied by experimental botanical cocktails by specialist mixologist Fabrizio Cioffi, aka ‘The Gardener’. His creations use ingredients from the restaurant’s very own cocktail garden, which includes British plants and species from Fabrizio’s hometown of Napoli. If you are looking for a relaxed yet sophisticated spot for an elegant meal or a special date, then this is where to head.

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Maison Bleue Le Bistrot South Side, Edinburgh

British, French, Mediterranean, Modern

Maison Bleue Le Bistrot is the sister restaurant of the iconic Victoria Street Maison Bleue. Although the bistro aims to bring a touch of authentic Parisian cafe culture to Morningside, the menu is also delightfully eclectic with various Scottish and global influences.

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The Shore Grill & Fish House Queensferry & Surrounding, Inverkeithing

Scottish, Steaks & Grill

The Shore Grill & Fish House is a showstopper of a seafood and grill restaurant perched on the headland above North Queensferry. Inside, you will find an airy, elegant dining room with a carved ceiling, wood panelling, gleaming touches of brass, huge mirrors and open fires. The restaurant is flooded with natural light from the ceiling to floor windows that sweep across the entire frontage, offering stunning views of the new Queensferry Crossing and Firth of Forth.

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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh


34 reviews

Located on Morrison Street, opposite the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, ISHKA is a sleek restaurant and cocktail bar. Opened in the late spring of 2017, it is a light, airy space with an eye-catching silvery ceiling. Large windows give good views of the street life while the cocktail staff behind the marble bar add an extra element of theatre.

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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

187 reviews

Opening in the early part of the noughties, First Coast helped raise the culinary stakes in West Edinburgh. Now, this cosy, neighbourhood bistro is still among the district’s leaders when it comes to Scottish ingredients cooked with pride and imagination.

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Rabble New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

8 reviews

Rabble is a cosmopolitan restaurant and bar with rooms on Frederick Street, right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. A glass roof and lots of vibrant green plants give the dining area an enjoyable outdoors-but-indoors feel. In the bar, a glowing wall of bottles catches the eye as do the two gleaming copper tanks which dispense fresh, unpasteurised Staropramen. Classic and modern cocktails, highballs, great wines and bespoke gin and tonics complete the picture. Rabble is part of the award-winning Montpeliers group.

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Tigerlily New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Pan-Asian

4 reviews

When Tigerlily launched in 2006, it arguably kick started the renaissance of George Street as the capital's most fashionable area for eating and drinking. A 2015 refurbishment ensured that the boutique hotel, bar and restaurant stays at the head of the pack. With mirrored walls, chandeliers, clever lighting and several different spaces, the decor of the dining areas helps make for a memorable meal. An extensive drinks list with innovative cocktails plus much sought after pavement terrace tables all add to Tigerlily's undoubted appeal.

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Monboddo Old Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish

14 reviews

Part of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Edinburgh City Centre, Monboddo re-launched in early 2014 after a stylish refurbishment. A sleek, cosmopolitan bar on Bread Street, it features eye-catching turquoise sofas, designer lights and statement mirrors. The wall-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural light and also make Monboddo ideal for people-watching.

£15Offer: £15 classic Afternoon Tea offer - drinks options available

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Jamie Oliver's Italian - Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh

Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian/Vegan

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Jamie Olivier's Italian is based in the jaw-dropping 18th century setting of the Assembly Rooms on George Street - how’s that for a location? Inside, the decor is elegant yet welcoming, with grand ceilings, impressive cornicing and scarlet walls, teamed with red velvet chairs and chandeliers. With a menu created by a superstar chef, you can tuck into traditional Italian food with added signature flourishes. Jamie Oliver's Italian would be a great choice for a lunchtime treat while browsing the Princes Street shops, a bite to eat before heading to the theatre or a hearty meal with family and friends.

£14.95Offer: £14.95 for 2 courses on Sunday roast menu

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The Rendezvous Restaurant West End, Edinburgh

Chinese, International

10 reviews

An Edinburgh fixture since opening in 1956, Rendezvous, on Queensferry Street, is one of the capital’s oldest Chinese restaurants. There is usually a bustling ambiance in an upstairs dining room featuring elegant white and red décor and a central bar offering wine and cocktails.

£8.99Offer: £8.99 for 3 courses on lunch menu

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Zucca Restaurant @ The Lyceum Old Town, Edinburgh


173 reviews

Zucca, located on Grindlay Street in Edinburgh’s theatre district behind the Traverse theatre, in between the Royal Lyceum and the Usher hall, aims to offer a combination of friendly service, creative but simple menus alongside a good selection of wines. The food is elegant but simple, including some locally sourced produce. The Italian restaurant's Old Town location is within walking distance of Princes Street as well as the West End.

£0.00Offer: A la carte available

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Back again so soon!

    Yes back again to experience more of this wonderful restaurant. Where will I start? The fantastic Bread and butter pudding rounding of with espresso coffee. The other delights from the chef made this a night to get excited about.
    dined in Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex – 10/06/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Another lovely meal

    Fab restaurant...fresh food and excellent service as always. My favourite restaurant in Edinburgh.
    dined in Papavero – 09/06/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Never disappoints

    Lovely welcome by friendly, efficient staff, followed by tasty, yummy food and wine - what’s not to like?!
    dined in Asti – 09/06/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    Nice place

    Had nice meal with friends from the early dinner menu which was good value at 2 courses for under £15. For those with gluten allergy there is a chicken and fish option or you can have the gluten free base or pasta but get charged additional £2 for it. Food was delicious but the restaurant seemed to have no record of my booking but were still able to find us a table.
    dined in Amarone Edinburgh – 08/06/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Can’t wait to go back!!!

    Me and my wife had dinner here and it was amazing!!! The food was great the staff were great, very helpful and kind. I would highly recommend this venue!!! I will definitely be back.
    dined in Spencer's Bistro – 06/06/2018
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