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.

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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The Refinery City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

Part of the Drake & Morgan bar group, The Refinery is a stylish dining hub overlooking St. Andrew Square in the heart of the city. The vibe is both laidback and glamorous, so think intimate low lighting, wooden walls and furry cushions. At The Refinery, contemporary comfort food is served accompanied by experimental botanical cocktails by specialist mixologist Fabrizio Cioffi, aka ‘The Gardener’. His creations use ingredients from the restaurant’s very own cocktail garden, which includes British plants and species from Fabrizio’s hometown of Napoli. If you are looking for a relaxed yet sophisticated spot for an elegant meal or a special date, then this is where to head.

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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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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

34 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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Rabble New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

9 reviews

Rabble is a cosmopolitan restaurant and bar with rooms on Frederick Street, right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. A glass roof and lots of vibrant green plants give the dining area an enjoyable outdoors-but-indoors feel. In the bar, a glowing wall of bottles catches the eye as do the two gleaming copper tanks which dispense fresh, unpasteurised Staropramen. Classic and modern cocktails, highballs, great wines and bespoke gin and tonics complete the picture. Rabble is part of the award-winning Montpeliers group.

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Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge Old Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

6 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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Tigerlily New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Pan-Asian

6 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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Bar Soba Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Sushi, Pan-Asian

111 reviews

Bar Soba Edinburgh is a stylish, modern noodle bar offering a variety of pan-Asian street food set on Hanover Street in Edinburgh’s city centre. Offering wok dishes, sushi, curries, as well as burgers and wraps, the restaurant aims to have something to suit everyone.

£25Offer: £25 for 2 courses on boozy brunch menu including 4 cocktails/prosecco/beer

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The Lantern Room @ Courtyard By Marriott Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

6 reviews

The Lantern Room @ Courtyard By Marriott Edinburgh is an informal restaurant and bar on Baxter's Place by Edinburgh Playhouse. Opened at the end of 2016, it has a smart, contemporary decor and serves everything from lunch and afternoon tea to after work drinks and dinner. The waiting staff are as welcoming as they are professional and the bar staff are always happy to mix up a cocktail. The spacious heated terrace is great for people watching, perhaps over a sun downer or two.

£19.50Offer: £19.50 for The Birdcage afternoon tea

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Cucina - Radisson Collection City Centre, Edinburgh

Italian

108 reviews

Located in Radisson Royal Mile Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, Cucina is a vibrant, bustling restaurant, open all day from breakfast until late. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients and hearty flavours, Cucina’s authentic modern cooking is inspired by classic Italian cuisine.

£19.95Offer: £19.95 for 2 courses on set menu

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Spatch Old Town, Edinburgh

European, Modern

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Spatch is a grilled chicken restaurant on Hunter Square, just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. It is designed to be a welcoming, informal space. Stripped walls, wooden cladding and mis-matched furniture set the laidback tone. The rolls of kitchen paper on the tables underline the point that this is a place for down-and-dirty, hands-on eating rather than fine dining with pinkies held aloft.

£13.53Offer: 20% a la carte discount

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Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Beautiful food and drinks

    Great value for 2 course lunch, good service.
    dined in Twenty Princes Street – 14/08/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    Nice calm surroundings

    Food was tasty and beautifully presented.
    dined in Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant – 14/08/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Lovely Sunday lunch

    We went to restaurant on a wet Sunday, we were met at the door by friendly serving staff. The menu offered had a good range of food for all, my starter was a beautiful sweet potato and coconut soup followed by a really meaty burger, great portions and was never felt rushed. Would recommend, nice wine too.
    dined in Rabble – 13/08/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Lovely way to brighten up a rainy Sunday afternoon!

    Lovely late lunch in a quiet atmosphere, food and drink were both delicious, staff were very attentive. Really lovely we'll definitely be back.
    dined in Elliot's Restaurant - Apex – 13/08/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Food was fabulous

    Great food, lovely atmosphere and excellent customer services. Cannot fault this restaurant, from when we arrived to when we left staff were attentive and efficient. Food was excellent, good size portions, fish was well cooked and delicious well done all, cannot wait to visit again.
    dined in Elliot's Restaurant - Apex – 12/08/2018
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