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Many of the best restaurants in Edinburgh are available to book on 5pm.co.uk but to help you out, we’ve listed the top 30 Edinburgh restaurants below.
Customers who’ve dined in 5pm’s Edinburgh restaurants can leave a review once they’ve dined and the list below has been sorted by review popularilty. They’re all genuine reviews from 5pm diners.
So whether you’re looking for a hearty Italian meal, lunch with friends or want a bit more spice with an Indian meal, you can get offers for lots of different cuisines at the best restaurants in Edinburgh on 5pm.
Turquoise Thistle is a vibrant, modern restaurant set within the boutique Hotel Indigo in Edinburgh city centre. Blending Georgian architecture with eye-catching modern design, it is the perfect spot to relax over fine food, drink and a catch-up.
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Asti is a casual Italian restaurant and cafe on Edinburgh’s ever lively Broughton Street. Open from morning to night, it serves coffee and cakes, lunch, after work drinks and evening meals. A bustling cafe space out front leads through to a slightly quieter dining room which looks out over leafy gardens.
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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.
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An Edinburgh fixture since opening in 1956, Rendezvous, on Queensferry Street, is one of the capital’s oldest Chinese restaurants. There is usually a bustling ambiance in an upstairs dining room featuring elegant white and red décor and a central bar offering wine and cocktails.
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Indian, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
Mintleaf is a vibrant restaurant on Bernard Street in Leith and offers authentic Thai and Indian cuisine. Around the corner from The Shore, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible, child-friendly, and also boasts two private dining rooms on the mezzanine floor. Striking as the decor is, it’s the Indian and Thai dishes which keep the customers coming back.
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International, Scottish, Steaks & Grill
Blackwood’s Bar & Grill is a stylish restaurant within the luxurious Nira Caledonia hotel on Gloucester Place in Edinburgh's New Town. The restaurant specialises in the best meat, game and seafood that Scotland’s splendid natural larder can provide. Smart yet welcoming are the key features at Blackwood's, and soft candlelight also means that the restaurant can be rather romantic.
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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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British, Steaks & Grill
A popular fixture on Edinburgh's Broughton Street since the 1990s, Smoke Stack is a laidback steak house and bar. Stone walls, tiles, chunky wooden furniture and bare light bulbs give it a stripped back feel but the atmosphere is as warm and welcoming as you could wish for.
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Blonde is a relaxed and informal restaurant situated on St. Leonard's Street in the south side of Edinburgh's city centre. Using fresh quality produce, the restaurant serves Scottish and European cuisine which caters to a variety of tastes.
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Café Andaluz is a Spanish tapas restaurant on George Street in Edinburgh city centre. With an interior that looks like it has been airlifted in from Andalucia – terracotta pots, Moorish hanging lamps and intricately carved wooden furniture – you get the impression that you could be dining in a bodega rather than the heart of Edinburgh’s. Please note that Café Andaluz has two branches in Edinburgh. Please check you are reserving the correct location before completing your booking.
Make a free reservation at Cafe Andaluz George Street 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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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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Piccolino is a well-praised Italian bistro in Edinburgh’s Tollcross, just a stroll away from the King's Theatre. Filled with rustic, country Italian touches, it is a cosy and relaxing space for a meal. It has also been picking up awards left, right and centre. After being named 'Scotland's Best Newcomer' in 2018, it has since gone on to win 'Best Italian Restaurant in Edinburgh 2019', and 'Scotland's Best Pasta 2019'. In other words, it is definitely worth popping down for a meal to sample the first class fare.
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Edinburgh River Life is on Dalry Road in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh. The restaurant opened in 2012 and provides quality French and Caribbean cuisine, with many regular customers considering it a 'hidden gem' in Scotland's capital. With comfortable seating, warm welcomes and friendly service, Edinburgh River Life offers a glimpse of French-Caribbean culture and cuisine in a relaxed setting.
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British, Seafood, Steaks & Grill
Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse has a prime city centre position on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Triple height windows give the first floor restaurant fantastic views over the city centre to the Castle. With oak floors, ornate ceilings and leather banquette seating, the interior is just as eye-catching. In the kitchen, the chefs use lots of Lothian-sourced ingredients to create dishes with flair.
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Inspired by famous Scottish architect, Sir Basil Spence, this unique neighbourhood bar and kitchen embraces the spirit of 1960s food and design. Diners can tuck into a cosmopolitan menu offering modern takes on classic retro dishes, from eggs benedict in the morning to gammon steak in the evening. The snazzy hand-painted mural offers a perfect backdrop to it all.
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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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French, Bistros & Brasseries
No 35 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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On Cockburn Street in Edinburgh city centre, Gurkha Café is a well established restaurant which serves dishes from Nepal, the Himalayas and North India. Scenes of Nepalese life line the walls while the exposed rafters help give the impression that you just might be dining in a mountain hut.
Make a free reservation at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant »
French, Bistros & Brasseries
L’Escargot Bleu is a popular French restaurant on the ever buzzy Broughton Street in Edinburgh. It is the sister restaurant of L’Escargot Blanc on Queensferry Street. Both restaurants would find themselves near the top of any poll dedicated to finding Edinburgh’s most authentic French restaurants. At L’Escargot Bleu, vintage drinks adverts, efficient service and a soundtrack of Edith Piaf set the scene for satisfying, French culinary classics.
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Opened in the summer of 2016, Cadiz is a cosmopolitan seafood restaurant on George Street in Edinburgh city centre. The menu takes much inspiration from the Mediterranean and the decor wouldn't look out of place in a smart harbour restaurant in the South of France.
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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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Bistros & Brasseries, Gastro Pub
Popular with students and other local residents, the Green Mantle on West Crosscauseway is a quirky, modern bar housed in a traditional Edinburgh pub setting. Live music, sports and a very popular quiz night keep the Mantle buzzing. Located in the heart of the Southside, it is a much loved and evolving veteran of the local pub scene.
Make a free reservation at The Green Mantle »
British, European, Modern
Located upstairs in the Harvey Nichols department store, Forth Floor Brasserie specialises in serving up modern Scottish and European cuisine, alongside breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. All dishes are beautifully presented, meaning that both the view and your plate will be competing for your admiration.
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British, Modern, Pan-Asian
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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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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British, Gastro Pub
Biblos is on Chambers Street in the atmospheric Old Town. Handy for Edinburgh Uni, and with licensing hours which are very popular with students, Biblos is open from breakfast until the small hours. The wall-to- ceiling, wraparound windows are great for people watching, particularly during the Festival. Part of Biblos, the adjacent B Bar runs live music every night. The cocktail list begs to be explored thoroughly.
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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.
Make a free reservation at Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge »
Scottish, Bistros & Brasseries
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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Combining restored Georgian features with contemporary touches, The Wine House 1821 is a very sleek drinking and dining spot. Huge picture windows look out onto the buzzy St. James Quarter, so you can enjoy drinks and nibbles while watching the world go by. As well as a vast array of wines, plus spirits, Italian beers and cocktails, visitors can enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine, fizzy afternoon teas and Sunday roasts.
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