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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.

Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex City Centre, Edinburgh

International, Bistros & Brasseries

Located in the Apex International Hotel on Grassmarket in Edinburgh's Old Town, Metro Brasserie is a cool, contemporary restaurant and bar offering an eclectic range of dishes from around the world. Metro Brasserie is ideal for a more informal dining experience and is wheelchair accessible and also child-friendly with highchairs available. Whether guests visit for a quick lunch or an evening meal after a day exploring the historic area, Metro Brasserie can meet your needs.

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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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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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The Herringbone Goldenacre North Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Modern

The Herringbone is an independent restaurant bar serving freshly cooked, seasonal cuisine. You can dine in an airy space decorated in ivories and blondes, while gazing out of the long windows onto the bustling street outside. Dishes are accompanied by cocktails, local craft beers and a lovingly selected wine list.

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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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Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge Old Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

8 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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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

35 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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Tigerlily New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Pan-Asian

7 reviews

When Tigerlily launched in 2006, it arguably kick started the renaissance of George Street as the capital's most fashionable area for eating and drinking. A 2015 refurbishment ensured that the boutique hotel, bar and restaurant stays at the head of the pack. With mirrored walls, chandeliers, clever lighting and several different spaces, the decor of the dining areas helps make for a memorable meal. An extensive drinks list with innovative cocktails plus much sought after pavement terrace tables all add to Tigerlily's undoubted appeal.

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Mintleaf Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan

16 reviews

Mintleaf is a vibrant restaurant on Bernard Street in Leith and offers authentic Thai and Indian cuisine. Around the corner from The Shore, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible, child-friendly, and also boasts two private dining rooms on the mezzanine floor. Striking as the decor is, it’s the Indian and Thai dishes which keep the customers coming back.

£15.94 Offer: A la carte available

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Ghillie Dhu City Centre, Edinburgh

Scottish

60 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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Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh

Tapas, Brazilian

43 reviews

Boteco Do Brasil is a new, vibrant restaurant and bar in Edinburgh, bringing a taste of Brazil to the capital's diners. Located on Lothian Street in the Old Town, Boteco Do Brasil is home to a wide range of traditional dishes, unique cocktails and bright decor. With a large tapas and a la carte menu, visitors can sample the true taste of Brazil and enjoy Brazilian music in the evening, creating an exciting carnival buzz.

£29.95 Offer: £29.95 for 3 courses on New Year's Eve menu + glass of Prosecco

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Charwood South West Edinburgh, Edinburgh

British, Steaks & Grill, Pizza

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Based on Buckstone Terrace in Edinburgh's Fairmilehead, Charwood is a restaurant, char grill and lounge bar which acts as a community hub and events space for the local area. The interior is spacious, bright and colourful. An award-winning, family-friendly venue, it has a weekly pub quiz, kids' club and also shows sports in the lounge bar.

£11.57 Offer: 2 for 1 on all pizzas

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    Service: 5

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    The service was excellent very friendly staff & quick service. I had a 2 course meal and a wine which I would say it was well worth the money. The pate was very nice and well presented and so was the noodle dish.
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