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.

Miss Woo's Leith, Edinburgh

Far Eastern, Japanese, Southeast Asian, Tapas

Miss Woo's is a quirky bar on Bernard Street in Leith. Should you need a banana satay daiquiri or a Miso Lucky cocktail then Miss Woo's will do the do. If craft beer is more your thing, they can also take care of that as well as offering an appealing selection of Asian street food. Geisha murals, dim lighting and cool sounds give Miss Woo's an inviting underground feel.

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Maison Bleue Old Town, Edinburgh

British, French, Mediterranean, Modern

Maison Bleue is a vibrant bistro on Victoria Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town serving French, North African, Asian and traditional Scottish cuisine. The historic blue building has been a local dining fixture since 1998. Inside, you will find an eclectic interior of 15th century archways, victorian stairways and hidden corners, which mirrors the variety of the menu.

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Home by Maison Bleue City Centre, Edinburgh

British, French, Modern

Home is a sister restaurant to Edinburgh’s iconic Maison Bleue. Although it shares the same commitment to serving quality French, North African and Scottish cuisine, the restaurant has a unique social mission. Working alongside Social Bite, it gives customers the chance to pay meals forward for the homeless and donates 100% of its profits to charity.

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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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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

33 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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Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge Old Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

5 reviews

Café Andaluz Old Town opened on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge in the autumn of 2017. As the name would suggest, Café Andaluz looks like an appealing cross between a Moorish garden courtyard and a venerable Seville bodega. The beautiful blue and white ceramic bull that greets diners on entrance is always a talking point. Please note that Café Andaluz has two branches in Edinburgh. Please check you are reserving the correct location before completing your booking.

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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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Cock & Bull Kitchen City Centre, Edinburgh

American

7 reviews

Cock & Bull Kitchen is a basement bar and dining space that started life as a pop-up in Bourbon bar and club on Edinburgh's Frederick Street. Now a permanent fixture, this casual venue offers a cleverly curated modern take on the American diner. Themed decor, booth seating and jukebox vibes add to the atmosphere. While part of the nightclub, Cock & Bull Kitchen is separated from the dance floors and feels like a stand-alone venture.

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The Mumbai Mansion Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Indian, International, Seafood, Vegetarian/Vegan

8 reviews

Mumbai Mansion offers a contemporary take on Indian cuisine in its spacious, bright, exposed brick interior decor restaurant overlooking the bustle of Haymarket.

£20.20Offer: A la carte available

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Cadiz New Town, Edinburgh

Seafood, Spanish

63 reviews

Opened in the summer of 2016, Cadiz is a cosmopolitan seafood restaurant on George Street in Edinburgh city centre. The menu takes much inspiration from the Mediterranean and the decor wouldn't look out of place in a smart harbour restaurant in the South of France.

£16.95Offer: £16.95 for 2 courses on 5pm menu

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Indigo Yard New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

10 reviews

Part of the award-winning Montpeliers group, Indigo Yard is a welcoming bar and restaurant on Charlotte Lane, just off Queensferry Road in Edinburgh's West End. As well as a covered outside terrace, it has a light and airy bar, cosy mezzanine and a dining area with comfortable booth seating. Up-cycled and reclaimed materials give it all an enjoyably rustic edge but, underneath the stripped walls and wooden boards, this is a sleek, professional operation.

£15Offer: £15 for 2 courses on lunch menu + welcome drink

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Ghillie Dhu City Centre, Edinburgh

Scottish

56 reviews

Ghillie Dhu is on Rutland Place in the West End of Edinburgh, and just a stone's throw from Princes Street. Ghillie Dhu is set over three floors and boasts an auditorium for events like their ceilidh nights, a spacious bar with occasional live music and sports on big television screens as well as a welcoming restaurant serving Scottish fare in hearty portions. An inviting venue that is child-friendly until 8pm, Ghillie Dhu is also accessible to wheelchair users.

£29Offer: £29 2 person offer - sirloin steak + glass of wine each

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    A wonderful evening!

    My friend and I had a fabulous time. The food is excellent as is the service.
    dined in Hotel du Vin Edinburgh – 25/04/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 3

    Value: 4

    Decent food and good value but not the most comfortable

    The pre-theatre deal was very good value and the staff were friendly and efficient. The only major problem that our party of 3 had been seated at a table and given menus and were ready to order when we were asked to move to another table, not a big deal really, but the other table seemed to just have been stuck on to an existing table in a small space, this was obviously done to make room available for the large queue that was waiting for tables at the door. We all felt that there is a balance between getting as many customers in to the restaurant as possible, and looking after the customer's comfort. On this occasion that balance was not achieved.
    dined in Bar Italia – 24/04/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Excellent meal deal, very good value for money

    This is a great place for a meal, I recommend the 2 courses for £9.95 deal. The portions are generous and very good value. The service is good and the surroundings pleasant; no loud music either, thanks Quattrozero!
    dined in Quattrozero – 24/04/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Great meal

    This was our 2nd visit to the Mumbai mansion, the meal was delicious and great value, the service was exceptional. Would definitely go back
    dined in The Mumbai Mansion – 23/04/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

    Very helpful staff

    The staff were very helpful & polite.
    dined in One Square – 23/04/2018
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