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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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Surf & Turf Holyrood Old Town, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Seafood, Modern

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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Philly's Edinburgh Corstorphine, Edinburgh

International, Gastro Pub

Describing itself as a ‘day hub and night pub’, Philly’s brings something fresh and new to South Gyle. You can enjoy a relaxing time from morning till late.

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Wine House 1821 New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

La Casa - Leith Leith, Edinburgh

European, Spanish

0 reviews

The sister restaurant of the Dalry Road eating spot, La Casa in Leith serves up a mix of Spanish and Greek tapas dishes. It is a family business that’s committed to sourcing authentic ingredients from top suppliers, so that diners can enjoy a real taste of the Mediterranean.

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Philly's Edinburgh Corstorphine, Edinburgh

International, Gastro Pub

0 reviews

Describing itself as a ‘day hub and night pub’, Philly’s brings something fresh and new to South Gyle. You can enjoy a relaxing time from morning till late.

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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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Peacock Alley - Waldorf Astoria City Centre, Edinburgh

British, Traditional

15 reviews

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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La Casa Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

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La Casa Edinburgh’s Dalry serves an intriguing mix of Spanish and Greek tapas dishes. It is run by a young family who source ingredients from only top suppliers to ensure authenticity. Regular performances from a Spanish band and flamenco dancer result in a lively festive atmosphere reminiscent of flamenco bars of Andalucia.

£17.95 Offer: £17.95 for meat mezze on tapas + mezze menu + glass of cava

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Radisson Collection Restaurant City Centre, Edinburgh

Scottish, Vegetarian/Vegan, Modern

109 reviews

Located in Radisson Royal Mile Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, Radisson Collection Restaurant is a vibrant, bustling restaurant, open all day from breakfast until late. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients and hearty flavours, Radisson Collection Restaurant is authentic modern cooking.

£18.19 Offer: 25% a la carte discount

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Froth & Flame New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

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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.

£13.74 Offer: 15% main menu discount

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The Bothy Restaurant & Drinkery Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

European, Scottish, Traditional

17 reviews

The Bothy Restaurant & Drinkery is part of the Murrayfield Hotel Family. Located in Edinburgh’s West End, just a short distance from the city centre and minutes from Haymarket train station, it’s the perfect destination for business, leisure or family occasions.

£16.95 Offer: £16.95 for 2 courses on Sunday roast menu

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