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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.

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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Oscar's Bar and Grill Livingston, Livingston

British, International, Traditional, Gastro Pub

Oscar’s Bar and Grill is on Livingston's Ladywell East Road. An independent restaurant and bar, it is both family-run and family-friendly with a kids' play area and fun quirks such as free face painting on Saturday and Sunday weekends. Comprising a comfortable lounge area and spacious dining room, it has a DJ on Saturday evenings that will play through the decades. The terrace area is always popular when the sun comes out while screenings of all the big sporting events provide equally compelling reasons for staying inside.

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Shri Bheemas - Nicolson St South Side, Edinburgh

Indian, International

One of two Shri Bheema restaurants in Edinburgh, the Old Town branch is on Nicolson Street opposite the Festival Theatre. Part of an award-winning group of restaurants that stretches from Aberdeen to the south of England, Shri Bheema is a family-run restaurant specialising in north and south Indian cuisines. This branch is on the first floor with views of the Festival theatre.

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Shri Bheemas - Constitution St Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, International

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.

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Cafe Andaluz Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

547 reviews

Edinburgh's fashionable George Street is a natural home for the authentic Spanish tapas of Cafe Andaluz.

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Grosvenor Casino and Grill - Edinburgh Maybury Corstorphine, Edinburgh

British, Modern

16 reviews

The Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh, long known as The Maybury, is a lively and vibrant leisure destination on South Maybury. In addition to a comprehensive gaming experience and late night bar, it offers the Charleston Restaurant which overlooks the main gaming hall. From succulent British steaks to exciting dishes from around the world, the menu has something for all and the Art Deco architecture is just as appealing.

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Restaurant at The Bonham New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

80 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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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

185 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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Tower Restaurant Old Town, Edinburgh


62 reviews

Tower Restaurant is a sleek and elegant venue in the Old Town and is located on the rooftop of one of Edinburgh’s most visited buildings – the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. The restaurant is glamorous, chic and oozes quiet luxury, ensuring guests receive a memorable fine dining experience. Tower Restaurant specialises in Scottish cuisine with a somewhat global flair and uses only the best produce in the dishes they create.

£8.35Offer: Brunch menu available - average price for a dish is £8.35

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One Square City Centre, Edinburgh


24 reviews

A welcoming brasserie located on Festival Square in the heart of Edinburgh, One Square offers a modern Scottish take on drinking and dining. One Square is somewhere to spend leisurely afternoons, to meet with friends for dinner or sit out on the terrace overlooking Edinburgh Castle and sip a perfectly-poured G&T.

£16Offer: £16 for 2 courses on market menu

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Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen - Radisson Blu Old Town, Edinburgh

Bar Food

10 reviews

Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen is on Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile and specialises in traditional Scottish dishes as well as other bar food favourites. Close to attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and the Museum of Childhood, Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen is the ideal venue for sightseers looking for a light lunch or friends and family enjoying a drink or evening meal.

£20.79Offer: 10% discount on evening menu

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A Room In the West End West End, Edinburgh

Scottish, Modern

27 reviews

Along with its sister restaurant in Leith, A Room in the West End offers Scottish bistro dishes at affordable prices. Informal and friendly, the West End restaurant is underneath the vibrant Teuchters' Bar.

£0.00Offer: Dinner menu available + tea or coffee

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    Rabble worth a visit!

    The newly refurbished Rabble is well worth a visit. The wings to start were full of flavour and the ox cheek was exceptionally tender. We also had the mackerel and lentil dahl, which was very tasty. The new decor is stunning and would definitely go back for drinks or another meal.
    dined in Rabble – 18/09/2017
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 3

    Value: 4

    Nice food And good value for money but quite slow service for drinks and asked for water but never received it
    dined in Asti – 17/09/2017
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Suited us as able to chat and no rush to eat quickly and leave given it was. A Friday teatime.

    Good value for money. Haggis balls starter tasty and pasta in mushrooms sauce with chicken and sauce nice. Not fussed for bannofee desert full off cream. Two courses would of been enough. The white wine was very palatable. Nice wee girlie tea and catch up venue. Fancy the spa next time!
    dined in Elliot's Restaurant - Apex – 17/09/2017
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

    Really good!

    This is a low key Italian restaurant that has a small but consistently agreeable, fairly classic menu. Service is excellent, quick, efficient, discreet, no fuss - a world away from the noisy, attention-grabbing onslaught from other,'macho', Italian food outlets. Staff are obviously well trained.They are well aware that customers are often heading to a play, film or concert nearby, so there is no uncomfortable waiting, worrying or rushing - all slick and smooth. All the food is fabulously well cooked and well presented. This restaurant perfectly hits the spot in between pedestrian cheap and cheerful pizza places and upmarket 'proper' Italian restaurants.It is good value.
    dined in Zucca Restaurant @ The Lyceum – 17/09/2017
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Amazing evening!

    Absolutely brilliant evening, food was incredible. Had the mussels for the starter and they were the best we had ever had & such a large portion! Wine was lovely as well. Would definitely recommend, we will be going back very soon
    dined in L'Escargot Blanc – 17/09/2017
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