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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.

Golf Tavern South Side, Edinburgh

British, Traditional

Established in 1456, The Golf Tavern is on Wright's Houses in Bruntsfield, next to the Links and the venerable short-hole golf course from which its name ultimately derives. Sporting memorabilia and eclectic bric-a-brac cover the walls while the big screens deliver all the sports action.

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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.

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Montpeliers South West Edinburgh, Edinburgh

British, Bistros & Brasseries, Gastro Pub

Located on Bruntsfield Place in the heart of the popular Bruntsfield district, Montpeliers has been a local favourite since 1992. Decorated with an eclectic collection of art, it is a laidback, neighbourhood venue. The sort of place where mums meet for a coffee post-school run and friends get together for lunch, dinner or after work drinks. Regular promotions such as the Wednesday gourmet burger night mean that Montpeliers offers a hassle-free alternative to cooking at home. A large variety of bottled and draught craft beers; a good wine list and a wide-ranging spirits selection keep thirst at bay.

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Navadhanya Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Indian, Modern

Navadhanya is on Haymarket Terrace in Edinburgh's West End. The kitchen team at Navadhanya have a background in luxury Indian hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK. Aptly, the bright, modern decor reflects the bright, modern cuisine.

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Restaurant at The Bonham New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

87 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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The Stockbridge Restaurant Stockbridge, Edinburgh

British, European, Scottish, Modern

10 reviews

The Stockbridge Restaurant is a family-run venue on St. Stephens Street. Exceptional food and attentive service are the aim here only without the flummery sometimes associated with fine dining. Clever lighting, including candles and well positioned mirrors, give everything, and everybody, a romantic glow. Paintings in the style of the Scottish Colourists add further panache.

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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

186 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

5 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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Chez Mal - Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh

Modern, Bistros & Brasseries

78 reviews

Housed in the eye-catching Malmaison hotel on Tower Place, the Chez Mal restaurant enjoys spectacular views over the Port of Leith. Given a smart refurbishment in 2016, the dining room has a sleek, contemporary look and light, spacious feel. The new look bar is a hip hangout with craft beers and innovative cocktails while the waterfront terrace is always popular when the sun makes an appearance.

£29.95Offer: £29.95 for Mother's day Sunday lunch

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Shri Bheemas - Constitution St Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, International

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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.

£0.00Offer: 15% a la carte discount

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Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar Tollcross, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

28 reviews

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar is part of the Genting Club casino at Fountainpark in Edinburgh. Diners do not need to hit the gaming tables to enjoy an evening here. The food, including specially selected and aged Scotch steaks, is more than enough of an attraction. Night owls may relish the fact that the kitchen serves until the small hours seven nights a week.

£21.50Offer: A la carte available

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Asti New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

137 reviews

Asti is a simple, stylish and classic Italian restaurant.

£0.00Offer: A la carte available

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