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.

Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.

Make a free reservation at Tapa »

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.

Make a free reservation at Oscar's Bar and Grill »

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.

Make a free reservation at Shri Bheemas - Nicolson St »

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.

Make a free reservation at Shri Bheemas - Constitution St »

Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

94 reviews

Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.

Make a free reservation at Tapa »

L'Escargot Bleu New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

54 reviews

L’Escargot Bleu is a popular French restaurant on the ever buzzy Broughton Street in Edinburgh. It is the sister restaurant of L’Escargot Blanc on Queensferry Street. Both restaurants would find themselves near the top of any poll dedicated to finding Edinburgh’s most authentic French restaurants. At L’Escargot Bleu, vintage drinks adverts, efficient service and a soundtrack of Edith Piaf set the scene for satisfying, French culinary classics.

Make a free reservation at L'Escargot Bleu »

First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

185 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.

Make a free reservation at First Coast »

ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

23 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.

Make a free reservation at ISHKA »

Rabble New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

Not yet rated - be the first to review!

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.

£25Offer: £25 for 2 courses on dinner menu + drink

View all offers & make a free reservation at Rabble »

Blonde South Side, Edinburgh

European, Scottish

258 reviews

Blonde is a relaxed and informal restaurant situated on St. Leonard's Street in the south side of Edinburgh's city centre. Using fresh quality produce, the restaurant serves Scottish and European cuisine which caters to a variety of tastes.

£13.95Offer: £13.95 for 2 courses on dinner menu

View all offers & make a free reservation at Blonde »

Namaste Kathmandu Old Town, Edinburgh

Indian

14 reviews

Namaste Kathmandu is a long established Nepalese and Indian restaurant on Edinburgh's Forrest Road. Simply decorated with scenes of Nepalese life and beautiful tapestries from the Himalayan region, it is handy for a quick lunch, pre-theatre bite or a family celebration.

£18.95Offer: £18.95 for 3 courses on set menu

View all offers & make a free reservation at Namaste Kathmandu »

Taisteal Stockbridge, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Modern

Not yet rated - be the first to review!

Meaning travel or journey in Gaelic, Taisteal is a contemporary Scottish restaurant on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh's Stockbridge neighbourhood. As well as extensive stints in numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, the Chef Proprietor has travelled widely. He brings all of these experiences to bear on the menu at Taisteal. The restaurant launched at the start of 2017 with the aim of delivering elements of fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

£50Offer: £50 2 person offer- 3 courses + bottle of wine

View all offers & make a free reservation at Taisteal »

Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 3

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 3

    Lovely place, standard food

    The 2 mains for £14 offer was really more of a lunch deal as several of the options were sandwiches which came only with crisps. Wasn't quite enough to fill us up even with a side of parmesan fries (which were the most delicious part of the meal!) The staff were very attentive and the place had a nice buzz. A band was about to come on as we left which I'm sure would have added further to the atmosphere. Lovely place but I wouldn't rush back for the food.
    dined in Brewhemia – 20/10/2017
    More info on Brewhemia »
  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 3

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Great value for money lunch deal

    At £6.95 for two courses this is a great place for lunch. The portions are large and the food is tasty (although the risotto could have done with something extra), and the drinks aren't expensive either. Ideal for a show at the Festival Theatre.
    dined in Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh – 20/10/2017
    More info on Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh »
  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Easy and lovely place for enjoyable dinner

    We arrived earlier than our booking time but were welcomed. We all enjoyed our mains( veg curry, linguine and hake) Nicely served and wine,included in one of the offers,was tasty. Menu was varied.Would recommend for a good value dinner in a cheery atmosphere.
    dined in Whighams Wine Cellars – 20/10/2017
    More info on Whighams Wine Cellars »
  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Superb 5pm.com

    Do not take your girlfriend's mother to the Caley Sample Room! You do not need her along every time you go for a meal. Even if her daughter is invited. Keep the Caley secret. The food and drink are from a Mitchelen star Resturrant.
    dined in The Caley Sample Room – 19/10/2017
    More info on The Caley Sample Room »
  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 3

    Lunch

    Reasonable food, nice restaraunt. I had a chicken burger from the set menu and although it was good it didnt come with anything, either chips or salad.
    dined in The Cellar Door – 19/10/2017
    More info on The Cellar Door »

Local restaurant videos

Cucina Edinburgh Cook Conchiglie with Wild Boar Ragu

Watch Executive Chef of Cucina Restaurant, Mattia Camorani, at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh cook the delicious conchiglie with wild boar ragu.

Make a free reservation at Cucina - G&V Royal Mile Hotel »

Edinburgh's The Witchery cooks Roast Breast of Duck with Madeira & foie gras jus

Watch Executive Chef Douglas Roberts from The Witchery By The Castle restaurant in Edinburgh cook Roast Breast of Gartmorn Farm Duck, Confit of carrot, potato fondant, Madeira & foie gras jus.

Make a free reservation at The Witchery By The Castle »

Recipe for hand-dived scallops by Tower Restaurant Edinburgh

Tower Restaurant on top of Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland is a stunning location for a meal. Its head chef Jose Dalto showed us how he makes one of their most popular dishes: hand-dived scallops with skordalia potato, crispy ham and bouillabaisse sauce.

Make a free reservation at Tower Restaurant »

How to prepare & cook Scottish scallops with The Stockbridge Restaurant

Jason Gallagher, chef proprietor of The Stockbridge Restaurant in Edinburgh, shows us how to prepare fresh Scottish scallops straight from the chef. He then demonstrates the best way to cook them for optimum flavour.

Make a free reservation at The Stockbridge Restaurant »