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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.

Peacock Alley - Waldorf Astoria City Centre, Edinburgh

British, Traditional

Based in the landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel, Peacock Alley is a genteel, Manhattan-style lounge serving breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails. In fact, it is formerly the Caledonian station concourse and the historic railway clock is still a feature of the space. Decorated in soft creams and browns with stone columns and marble floors, this is a restful, elegant spot for a catch-up with friends.

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The Fly Half Leith, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

Offering live big screen sports and a hearty menu, The Fly Half Bar & Kitchen is a laidback spot for a bite to eat. Beyond the often buzzing bar area, the restaurant section’s exposed brickwork and flickering candlelight adds a certain rustic charm to proceedings.

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Froth & Flame New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

Promising devilishly good beer and pizza, Froth & Flame is a tasty new addition to Haymarket. With a genuine Italian wood-fired oven and a menu of pizzas and platters, diners can wash down their food with a range of craft and International brews.

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One Canonmills New Town, Edinburgh

British, European, Gastro Pub

One Canonmills is an independent local bar and eatery offering lovingly crafted comfort food with a gourmet twist. The decor of exposed brickwork and stripped wood offers a stylishly low-key setting for brunch, lunch or dinner, as well as cocktails, beers and gins. Your pooch is also welcome.

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The Fly Half Leith, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Gastro Pub

0 reviews

Offering live big screen sports and a hearty menu, The Fly Half Bar & Kitchen is a laidback spot for a bite to eat. Beyond the often buzzing bar area, the restaurant section’s exposed brickwork and flickering candlelight adds a certain rustic charm to proceedings.

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One Canonmills New Town, Edinburgh

British, European, Gastro Pub

0 reviews

One Canonmills is an independent local bar and eatery offering lovingly crafted comfort food with a gourmet twist. The decor of exposed brickwork and stripped wood offers a stylishly low-key setting for brunch, lunch or dinner, as well as cocktails, beers and gins. Your pooch is also welcome.

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Surf & Turf Holyrood Old Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Seafood, Modern

0 reviews

h3. Quality steak and seafood in Holyrood Based in the 4-star Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Surf & Turf serves up classic ingredients from farm and sea with a twist of fully packed flavouring. Using only the finest in locally sourced meat and fish, the focus is on elegant simplicity. This means that world-renowned Aberdeen Angus beef and hand-dived North Atlantic scallops will both be jostling for your attention on the menu (and, most likely, on your plate as well).

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Froth & Flame New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

0 reviews

Promising devilishly good beer and pizza, Froth & Flame is a tasty new addition to Haymarket. With a genuine Italian wood-fired oven and a menu of pizzas and platters, diners can wash down their food with a range of craft and International brews.

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Maison Bleue Old Town, Edinburgh

British, French, Mediterranean, Modern

5 reviews

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.

£11.50 Offer: £11.50 for 2 courses on formule lunch menu + tea or coffee

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L'Escargot Blanc New Town, Edinburgh

French

68 reviews

The sister restaurant to L’Escargot Bleu on Broughton Street, L’Escargot Blanc is an atmospheric French bistro on Queensferry Street in Edinburgh’s West End. Vintage French posters and monochrome photos give it a dash of Parisian chic while the food is simple but packed with flavour and very carefully sourced. Many would say that the two L’Escargot restaurants are among the most authentic French restaurants in Edinburgh.

£14.90 Offer: £14.90 for 2 courses on daily specials board

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Vinyasa Old Town, Edinburgh

Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan

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Vinyasa is a family-run restaurant on St. Mary's Street specialising in freshly prepared Indian cuisine and fish dishes. The vibrant contemporary interior was recently described by Cool Guide as ‘a glitzy, colourful Indian restaurant as if from a Bollywood version of Mumbai’, creating a relaxed vibe for an evening meal. The ever-changing, three-course daytime menu also makes it a great choice for a working lunch.

£17.86 Offer: 10% a la carte discount

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11 Brasserie @ No 11 New Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Modern

61 reviews

11 Brasserie @ No 11 is a stylish, Scottish restaurant in the classical setting of a Grade "A" listed Georgian townhouse, on Brunswick Street in the heart of Edinburgh. Ideally located for the Edinburgh Playhouse, the relaxed, welcoming ambience of the restaurant make it the perfect venue for friends to catch up over a light lunch or fine dining evening meal.

£63.50 Offer: £63.50 5 course tasting menu

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 3

    Value: 5

    Lovey meal!

    The food was fantastic, all of us thoroughly enjoyed every course. The location is great, near other bars if you fancy some drinks after the meal. We had a view of the castle while eating. Would highly recommend and we will definitely be back!
    dined in Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex – 08/09/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    A comfortable place

    Indigo Yard has a fine ambience. The food and service are both very good.
    dined in Indigo Yard – 07/09/2019
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Food and flies

    The food, drink and service was very good but we had to swot the flies in between it all. Not good.
    dined in Indigo Yard – 06/09/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

    Excellent lunch in amazing surroundings

    Fantastic service and the food was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there and can't wait to go back!
    dined in The Witchery By The Castle – 06/09/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Great Tapas

    Loved the atmosphere and style of this restaurant. Great choice of dishes and good wine list.
    dined in Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge – 04/09/2019
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