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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.

Slurp at the Kirk Old Town, Edinburgh

Far Eastern

Slurp at the Kirk is a Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Proprietor and chef Tang Qun learned his craft in Japan where he was trained by a ramen master. The restaurant has a casual, funky decor with Ukiyo-e wall murals, bright orange furnishings and wooden tables. The menu at Slurp at the Kirk features a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes like sushi, bento and tempura.

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Hakataya New Town, Edinburgh

Far Eastern

Hakataya is a hip sushi and noodle joint in Edinburgh’s New Town. Geometric shelving, bronze light fittings and wooden tables and flooring create a stylish space to dine in. The restaurant’s menu is made up of traditional Japanese dishes and drinks.

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Forth Floor Brasserie - Harvey Nichols New Town, Edinburgh

British, European, Modern

Located upstairs in the Harvey Nichols department store, Forth Floor Brasserie specialises in serving up modern Scottish and European cuisine, alongside breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. All dishes are beautifully presented, meaning that both the view and your plate will be competing for your admiration.

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Jamuna Indian Restaurant Livingston, Livingston

Indian

Jamuna is a family-owned Indian based in Uphall village near Livingston. With a commitment to putting customers first, as well as a relaxed atmosphere, comfy red banquette seating and a varied menu, you can look forward to an enjoyable feast.

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Jamuna Indian Restaurant Livingston, Livingston

Indian

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Jamuna is a family-owned Indian based in Uphall village near Livingston. With a commitment to putting customers first, as well as a relaxed atmosphere, comfy red banquette seating and a varied menu, you can look forward to an enjoyable feast.

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Slurp at the Kirk Old Town, Edinburgh

Far Eastern

0 reviews

Slurp at the Kirk is a Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Proprietor and chef Tang Qun learned his craft in Japan where he was trained by a ramen master. The restaurant has a casual, funky decor with Ukiyo-e wall murals, bright orange furnishings and wooden tables. The menu at Slurp at the Kirk features a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes like sushi, bento and tempura.

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Hakataya New Town, Edinburgh

Far Eastern

0 reviews

Hakataya is a hip sushi and noodle joint in Edinburgh’s New Town. Geometric shelving, bronze light fittings and wooden tables and flooring create a stylish space to dine in. The restaurant’s menu is made up of traditional Japanese dishes and drinks.

Make a free reservation at Hakataya »

Forth Floor Brasserie - Harvey Nichols New Town, Edinburgh

British, European, Modern

0 reviews

Located upstairs in the Harvey Nichols department store, Forth Floor Brasserie specialises in serving up modern Scottish and European cuisine, alongside breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. All dishes are beautifully presented, meaning that both the view and your plate will be competing for your admiration.

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Ghillie Dhu City Centre, Edinburgh

Scottish

70 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.

£15.95 Offer: £15.95 for 3 courses on seasonal market menu

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Rojava Restaurant New Town, Edinburgh

Turkish

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Named after the home town of the owner, Rojava is a Kurdish restaurant on Morrison Street, directly opposite Edinburgh International Conference Centre. A spacious restaurant, the walls are hung with Kurdish arts and crafts while colourful glass lamps give everything a warm glow. When not admiring the art, guests can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen or keep an eye on the street life through the large windows.

£13.83 Offer: 20% dinner menu discount

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Taisteal Stockbridge, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Modern

3 reviews

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.

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

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Zucca Restaurant @ The Lyceum Old Town, Edinburgh

Italian

175 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.

£20.20 Offer: A la carte available

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    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    The food was delicious and the service first class.

    The soup starter was full of flavour. My husband's steak was tender and succulent and my chicken/large couscous broth was absolutely delicious.
    dined in ISHKA – 21/05/2019
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    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Never disappoints

    Thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Cafe Andaluz and all the tapas were delicious. We always have a lovely time and look forward to visiting again soon.
    dined in Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge – 21/05/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

    Absolutely delicious

    Had a lovely meal out with friends. We shared two of the platters - Scottish and Mediterranean and they were just delicious. The sweet potato fries with coconut and maple syrup are so gorgeous.
    dined in 56 North – 20/05/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Wonderful!

    We've been eating at Blonde for many years now and are always wowed by their food and service. The flavours are just so delicious and portions are generous. The menu has been different every time, which makes it an interesting place to eat. Our favourites this time were the fish chowder - bursting with fishy flavour, and the key lime pie - zingy and light.
    dined in Blonde – 20/05/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Nice pleasant place to eat, no hassle

    We have been several times, will go back ASAP. Great food, great atmosphere and the service is impeccable.
    dined in Mia Restaurant – 19/05/2019
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