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.

Offer of the day

Steak on Stones

New Town, Edinburgh
Offer: 2 person offer - £57- Meat The Summer. Includes 1/2 kg of Scottish Borders Rump, any 2 sharers. any 2 sides, garlic Flatbread, 1 litre Bottle of Paolozzi Beer, chocolate Fondue to share
Availability: Sunday to Thursday
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Oscar's Bar and Grill Livingston, Livingston

British, International, Traditional, Gastro Pub

Oscar’s Bar and Grill is on Livingston's Ladywell East Road. An independent restaurant and bar, it is both family-run and family-friendly with a kids' play area and fun quirks such as free face painting on Saturday and Sunday weekends. Comprising a comfortable lounge area and spacious dining room, it has a DJ on Saturday evenings that will play through the decades. The terrace area is always popular when the sun comes out while screenings of all the big sporting events provide equally compelling reasons for staying inside.

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Shri Bheemas - Nicolson St South Side, Edinburgh

Indian, International

One of two Shri Bheema restaurants in Edinburgh, the Old Town branch is on Nicolson Street opposite the Festival Theatre. Part of an award-winning group of restaurants that stretches from Aberdeen to the south of England, Shri Bheema is a family-run restaurant specialising in north and south Indian cuisines. This branch is on the first floor with views of the Festival theatre.

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Shri Bheemas - Constitution St Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, International

One of two Shri Bheema restaurants in Edinburgh, the Leith branch is on Constitution Street. Part of an award-winning group of restaurants that stretches from Aberdeen to the south of England, this Shri Bheema is a family-run restaurant specialising in regional specialities from the north and south of India.

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The Wee Restaurant New Town, Edinburgh

French, Scottish, Modern, Traditional

Ten years after the original Wee Restaurant opened in North Queensferry in 2006, Craig and Vikki Wood opened this second branch on Frederick Street in Edinburgh city centre. Simply but elegantly decorated, the dining room has large windows looking out to the street. However, it is much more likely that your attention will be focused on the beautifully presented, modern Scottish cooking; all delivered in a friendly, informal ambience.

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Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant Old Town, Edinburgh

Indian, Nepalese

5 reviews

On Cockburn Street in Edinburgh city centre, Gurkha Café is a well established restaurant which serves dishes from Nepal, the Himalayas and North India. Scenes of Nepalese life line the walls while the exposed rafters help give the impression that you just might be dining in a mountain hut.

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Restaurant at The Bonham New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

80 reviews

Restaurant at The Bonham is located in the boutique hotel of its namesake in the West End of Edinburgh in the New Town and offers French inspired cooking. The Bonham’s townhouse interior features striking and dramatic art by Tilo Stengel and offers a sophisticated yet contemporary dining experience but with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.

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Grosvenor Casino and Grill - Edinburgh Maybury Corstorphine, Edinburgh

British, Modern

15 reviews

The Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh, long known as The Maybury, is a lively and vibrant leisure destination on South Maybury. In addition to a comprehensive gaming experience and late night bar, it offers the Charleston Restaurant which overlooks the main gaming hall. From succulent British steaks to exciting dishes from around the world, the menu has something for all and the Art Deco architecture is just as appealing.

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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

14 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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11 Brasserie @ No 11 New Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Modern

45 reviews

11 Brasserie @ No 11 is a stylish, Scottish restaurant in the classical setting of a Grade "A" listed Georgian townhouse, on Brunswick Street in the heart of Edinburgh. Ideally located for the Edinburgh Playhouse, the relaxed, welcoming ambience of the restaurant make it the perfect venue for friends to catch up over a light lunch or fine dining evening meal.

£0.00Offer: £21.95 for 2 courses on Seasonal Scottish menu

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Quattrozero City Centre, Edinburgh

Italian

108 reviews

Quattrozero is a stylish, modern Italian restaurant set on Queensferry Street in Edinburgh's city centre. The restaurant is a short distance from West Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle and serves traditional Italian fare, from wood burning oven-baked pizzas (1/2 or full metres) to pastas packed full of flavour.

£12.95Offer: £12.95 for 2 courses + glass of house wine on set menu

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The Green Mantle South Side, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries, Gastro Pub

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Popular with students and other local residents, the Green Mantle on West Crosscauseway is a quirky, modern bar housed in a traditional Edinburgh pub setting. Live music, sports and a very popular quiz night keep the Mantle buzzing. Located in the heart of the Southside, it is a much loved and evolving veteran of the local pub scene.

£0.00Offer: A la carte available

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The Abercromby Dining Room New Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish

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The Abercromby Dining Room at the Royal Scots Club is located on Abercromby Place in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. Part of a terrace of Georgian townhouses, the Royal Scots Club is a members' club. However, diners are welcome to enjoy meals in the first floor Abercromby Room restaurant overlooking Queen Street Gardens. With its elegant Georgian proportions, gleaming chandeliers and swagged curtains, The Abercromby Dining Room offers a unique Edinburgh experience. Smart casual dress, including smart jeans, is expected.

£0.00Offer: Dinner menu available

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    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

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    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

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