Book restaurants during the Edinburgh Festival

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.

Cafe Tartine Leith, Edinburgh


French café and wine bar in Leith An airy French café, bistro and wine bar on Commercial Street, Café Tartine is open for breakfast crepes right through to late nightcaps. The menus offer plenty of choice. There are lots of French classics such as onion soup, boeuf Bourguignon and confit duck leg. A popular option, especially when paired with an after work glass of wine, are the sharing platters of charcuterie, cheese, pâté and char grilled vegetables

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Chop House Leith Leith, Edinburgh

British, Steaks & Grill

Opened in the summer of 2015, Chop House Leith is on Constitution Street. The latest venture from the team who run Monteiths Restaurant, Sygn Bar and WestRoom, Chop House Leith is a classic British steakhouse and innovative cocktail bar. Having started life as a cork warehouse in the 19th century, the elegant venue is now a light-filled space divided into separate bar, dining room and private dining areas.

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Hawksmoor - Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh

British, Seafood, Modern, Traditional, Steaks & Grill

Hawksmoor is a renowned family of steak restaurants committed to serving the finest cuts of meat as well as a quality seafood selection. This Edinburgh venue is situated in the show-stopping location of the A-Listed former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters. There, you can dine on dry-aged beef from grass-fed, native breeds and sustainably sourced seafood. Dishes are complemented by a selection of fine wines and striking cocktails, as well as craft beers and spirits.

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Papillon Leith, Edinburgh

Gastro pub and cocktail bar in Leith Papillon is a chilled out drinking and dining spot just a stroll away from the Water of Leith. Inside you will find cosy leather sofas and banquette seating, ideal for sampling a menu of classic British and American food. The well-trained bartenders can whip you up a creative mixer from a range of over 150 liquors, plus there are eight beer taps on constant rotation. An outdoor courtyard and terrace makes this a great hangout in milder weather.

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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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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

192 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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Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge Old Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

23 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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Piccolino Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Italian, Mediterranean

4 reviews

Piccolino is a welcoming Italian bistro on High Riggs in Edinburgh's Tollcross. Hung with hams, sausages and cheeses, it is a compact and laidback space. Piccolino is the sort of venue that works equally well for a low key date; a convivial dinner with a group of friends or a catch-up with a pal you have not seen for a while.

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The Garden New Town, Edinburgh

Modern, Traditional

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The Garden is a restaurant within The Principal Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town. With dozens of plants dotted around the room, on the tables and hanging from the ceiling, it is a green oasis in the centre of the city. Wicker chairs and a glass roof add to the chic greenhouse vibe.

£16.20 Offer: 25% a la carte discount

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Miss Woo's Leith, Edinburgh

Far Eastern, Japanese, Southeast Asian, Tapas

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Miss Woo's is a quirky bar on Bernard Street in Leith. Should you need a banana satay daiquiri or a Miso Lucky cocktail then Miss Woo's will do the do. If craft beer is more your thing, they can also take care of that as well as offering an appealing selection of Asian street food. Geisha murals, dim lighting and cool sounds give Miss Woo's an inviting underground feel.

£18 Offer: £18 for 3 dishes from eats menu + welcome cocktail

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Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh

Tapas, Brazilian

44 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.

£9.90 Offer: £9.90 for 2 courses on set menu + glass of prosecco

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Los Argentinos South Side, Edinburgh

Steaks & Grill

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Promising to conjure up the spirit of the ’gaucho’ (South American cowboy), Los Argentinos is a rustic steakhouse serving up prime Argentine beef. Wooden tables, banquette seating and Argentinian wall prints all create a relaxed vibe that is ideal for enjoying a no-nonsense feast. Wines are carefully sourced from all over the globe to showcase the flavours of the steaks, plus cocktails are also available.

£22.77 Offer: 15% main menu discount

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Christmas break

    We were staying at the hotel so bought seasonal market offer with drinks for dinner on our second night it was very good value for money. Great staff, very attentive. Cheese board was smashing. Would stay and eat here again.
    dined in 11 Brasserie @ No 11 – 28/12/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Pleasent experience

    We enjoyed the visit but the restaurant was very cold. My partner had to keep her coat on. I noticed a few other customers also with coats on.
    dined in Las Iguanas Edinburgh – 26/12/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 3

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Thanks Andy!

    Lovely food, and exceptionally accommodating regarding specific requests. Very quiet unfortunately so lacked atmosphere, but made up for by our lovely waiter Andy, who was fab from beginning to end and made our Christmas/anniversary night out extra special! We cannot thank you enough!
    dined in Merchants – 24/12/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5


    Excellent value and service.
    dined in Rabble – 24/12/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Fabulous Restaurant

    We had a brilliant meal here yesterday - food fantastic and staff were lovely. Will definitely be back!
    dined in Piccolino Edinburgh – 23/12/2018
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