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Top 30 best restaurants in Edinburgh

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.



Galvin Brasserie de Luxe West End, Edinburgh

French

41 reviews

The Galvin Brasserie de Luxe is a chic Parisian-style brasserie, part of The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Princes Street, in the heart of Edinburgh. The Galvin Brasserie de Luxe blends classic French brasserie dishes and local seasonal specialities, especially seafood. It is led by Chris and Jeff Galvin, holders of multiple culinary awards including Michelin stars.Acclaimed Scottish chef Jamie Knox oversees the kitchens.

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A Room in Leith Seafood & Game Bistro Bar Leith, Edinburgh

Scottish, Modern

28 reviews

Along with its sister restaurant in the West End, A room in Leith seafood and game bistro bar offers Scottish bistro dishes at affordable prices. Informal and friendly, the Leith restaurant sits by the waterside on Dock Place.

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Mintleaf Leith, Edinburgh

Indian, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan

16 reviews

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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Asti New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

142 reviews

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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Blackwood’s Bar & Grill at Nira Caledonia New Town, Edinburgh

International, Scottish, Steaks & Grill

15 reviews

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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Auld Reekie Tiki Bar City Centre, Edinburgh

Thai

3 reviews

A Polynesian paradise in Edinburgh city centre, The Auld Reekie Tiki Bar is on Frederick Street. It is a warren-like basement bar which is easily identifiable by the Easter Island style heads which guard its entrance. In addition to a wide range of Tiki cocktails - all served in custom-made ceramic mugs - fun is very much on the menu here. Along with DJs and dancing, the attractions include live sport, foosball, vintage arcade games and the Reekie Tiki Skate Girls. If you want to eat late, The Auld Reekie Tiki Bar serves food until midnight, Monday to Wednesday, and until 2am, the rest of the week.

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The Cellar Door Old Town, Edinburgh

Scottish, Modern, Traditional

27 reviews

Tucked away under George IV Bridge, The Cellar Door is a welcoming Scottish restaurant. Once a printing press, the split-level dining room is decorated in a jaunty style with feature lighting and a sleek set of designer stairs leading to the mezzanine. Look out for the 21st century take on the mounted stag head.

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Grosvenor Casino and Grill - Edinburgh Maybury Corstorphine, Edinburgh

British, Modern

17 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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L'Escargot Blanc New Town, Edinburgh

French

63 reviews

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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Edinburgh River Life West End, Edinburgh

Caribbean, French

48 reviews

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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Tapa Leith, Edinburgh

Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

96 reviews

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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The Rendezvous Restaurant West End, Edinburgh

Chinese, International

10 reviews

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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Rabble New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

12 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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Ginger Restaurant Old Town, Edinburgh

Indian, International, Nepalese

11 reviews

Ginger Restaurant is a Indian and Nepalese restaurant which is slightly tucked away on South College Street. Compact and simply decorated with a striking mural over the bar, it is a cosy spot for a pre-theatre dinner, romantic night out or big celebration with friends and family.

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Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant New Town, Edinburgh

Scottish

113 reviews

The Angels Share Hotel, Bar and Restaurant is a stylish, Scottish restaurant set on Hope Street in the heart of Edinburgh's West End.

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Rhubarb South Side, Edinburgh

British, Scottish

60 reviews

Rhubarb is a lavish fine dining restaurant within the luxurious Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh's south side. Set within twenty acres of parkland and gardens, the restaurant uses the best Scottish produce and sources from artisan suppliers to offer a range of skilfully prepared gourmet dishes with innovative flavour combinations. Visitors to Rhubarb at Prestonfield House Hotel will find it a truly memorable dining experience.

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Restaurant at The Bonham New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

94 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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Blonde South Side, Edinburgh

European, Scottish

279 reviews

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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Cafe Andaluz George Street Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

554 reviews

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.

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The Green Mantle South Side, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries, Gastro Pub

3 reviews

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.

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Cadiz New Town, Edinburgh

Seafood, Spanish

76 reviews

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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L'Escargot Bleu New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

55 reviews

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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The Stockbridge Restaurant Stockbridge, Edinburgh

British, European, Scottish, Modern

10 reviews

The Stockbridge Restaurant is a family-run venue on St. Stephens Street. Exceptional food and attentive service are the aim here only without the flummery sometimes associated with fine dining. Clever lighting, including candles and well positioned mirrors, give everything, and everybody, a romantic glow. Paintings in the style of the Scottish Colourists add further panache.

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The Pompadour by Galvin West End, Edinburgh

French

13 reviews

The Pompadour by Galvin is a landmark Franco-Scottish restaurant at The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. It combines the best of classical French-inspired cuisine with locally sourced Scottish ingredients to provide a unique fine dining experience.

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Smoke Stack City Centre, Edinburgh

British, Steaks & Grill

17 reviews

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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Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant Old Town, Edinburgh

Indian, Nepalese

8 reviews

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.

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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

36 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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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

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

Spanish, Tapas

13 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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Edinburgh restaurant reviews

  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 4

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Excellent value for money

    Tasty options on the £9.95 deal.
    dined in Quattrozero – 17/10/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 2

    Did not receive the Offer

    Despite making the booking through 5pm did not receive a discount. Food was fine, service was good, atmosphere was great however overpriced particularly as did not receive the discount on the offer I booked on, did not make an issue at the time as trying to have a night out with a good old friend but disappointed.
    dined in Badger & Co – 15/10/2018
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 3

    Service: 5

    Value: 4

    Lunch

    Food is good pub grub & service really nice. Would change the style of the sign outside as we nearly missed it!!
    dined in Sygn Bar & Kitchen – 15/10/2018
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 5

    Celebrating my sister's birthday this was an excellent venue!

    Looking for something special this hit all the markers! Great food, great ambience, overall a wonderful experience for all my sisters.
    dined in Elliot's Restaurant - Apex – 14/10/2018
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  • Food: 2

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 3

    Value: 2

    A mixed first experience

    We went for lunch on a Friday and on walking in, were immediately impressed by the decor and ambience. This seemed new and I liked the style - very airy and clean. I liked the quirky courtyard area. I also loved the glassware - I had a glass of prosecco as part of my lunch deal which was served in a lovely glass. My partner had the burger which was tasty and enjoyable. However, my chicken and chorizo pasta was not nice at all. I didn't complain, but was honest with the waiter when he asked - the chorizo didn't taste like any chorizo I have ever had ( I was a bit worried it was off) and the sauce was bland. He did offer to replace it but this doesn't help when the other person would have finished their main before I would have started. It would have been better to perhaps be offered a coffee to make up for this. The chocolate and peanut butter tart for dessert was delicious though, and very rich, so at least I didn't go away hungry! Doesn't make me super eager to go back but would probably give it another go to be fair.
    dined in Rabble – 14/10/2018
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