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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.



L'Escargot Blanc New Town, Edinburgh

French

65 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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Asti New Town, Edinburgh

Italian

143 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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Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant New Town, Edinburgh

Scottish

119 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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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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The Pentland Restaurant near Edinburgh, Edinburgh

British, Traditional

6 reviews

Pentland Restaurant is part of the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club. The original hotel building dates back several centuries and that heritage is reflected in the sumptuous decor of the dining room. Depending on how well, or otherwise, their round went, golfers may enjoy the views of the hotel’s championship golf courses.

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Elliot's Restaurant - Apex New Town, Edinburgh

Scottish, Bistros & Brasseries

140 reviews

Elliot's Bar & Restaurant is part of Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh city centre. Its bright, modern design blends seamlessly with period features such as the corniced ceilings and Georgian windows and fireplace. Extremely well located on Waterloo Place, Elliot's Bar and Restaurant lends itself to business lunches, pre-theatre dinners; a mid-afternoon shopping stop, after work drinks or a romantic dinner.

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Maison Bleue Old Town, Edinburgh

British, French, Mediterranean, Modern

5 reviews

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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Twenty Princes Street New Town, EDINBURGH

British, Seafood, Steaks & Grill

57 reviews

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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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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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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Blonde South Side, Edinburgh

European, Scottish

288 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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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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The Rendezvous Restaurant West End, Edinburgh

Chinese, International

11 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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Cafe Andaluz George Street Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Spanish, Tapas

555 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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Rabble New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern

23 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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No 35 at The Bonham New Town, Edinburgh

French, Bistros & Brasseries

94 reviews

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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Edinburgh River Life West End, Edinburgh

Caribbean, French

49 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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Smoke Stack City Centre, Edinburgh

British, Steaks & Grill

19 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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Piccolino Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh

Italian, Mediterranean

11 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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Tigerlily New Town, Edinburgh

British, Modern, Pan-Asian

10 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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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 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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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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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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Cadiz New Town, Edinburgh

Seafood, Spanish

82 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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First Coast Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh

Bistros & Brasseries

195 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

31 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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ISHKA City Centre, Edinburgh

Modern

39 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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Taisteal Stockbridge, Edinburgh

British, Scottish, Modern

1 reviews

Meaning travel or journey in Gaelic, Taisteal is a contemporary Scottish restaurant on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh's Stockbridge neighbourhood. As well as extensive stints in numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, the Chef Proprietor has travelled widely. He brings all of these experiences to bear on the menu at Taisteal. The restaurant launched at the start of 2017 with the aim of delivering elements of fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Edinburgh restaurant reviews

  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Great lunch in Indigo Yard.

    Had lunch with two friends to celebrate one of my friend's birthday. We had a fab time and super lunch. Staff serving us were so friendly and thoughtful. Thank you all. Will definitely come again.
    dined in Indigo Yard – 13/04/2019
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  • Food: 4

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 4

    Value: 4

    We liked the restaurant very much.

    Whilst this was overall a very good experience I think in future I would opt for the main menu as the set menu was for me anyway somewhat repetitive i.e. the starter and main courses had similar contents and despite being advised to change my first choices for this reason I ended up with two chicken dishes which was disappointing. The ambience and waiters were great. Some confusion arose from the included drink. The blurb included beer but on ordering a 'coors light' we were told this was not included in the 5pm deal. Although it was eventually allowed perhaps some clarification is required on accepted drinks. However we liked the restaurant very much.
    dined in Tigerlily – 12/04/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Excellent food and atmosphere

    Excellent quality food at a fantastic restaurant. Very good quality of options available and the portions were not only generous but extremely tasty. I have been before and would definitely go back and recommend
    dined in Cafe Andaluz George Street Edinburgh – 11/04/2019
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  • Food: 3

    Ambience: 2

    Service: 1

    Value: 3

    Poor afternoon tea

    The quality of service was extremely poor, the waitress did not know about our offer, was not aware of how to serve us. The 3 gin drinks came almost at the same time and were not explained properly or served with enough time to drink and enjoy them. The scones were rock hard, not enjoyable at all for an afternoon tea at that price. Not value for money at all, very disappointing.
    dined in Cucina - Radisson Collection – 11/04/2019
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  • Food: 5

    Ambience: 5

    Service: 5

    Value: 5

    Great food choices, served very quickly. Lovely booth, great atmosphere

    One of our party is deaf so asked for a quiet table. The manager did that and we could hardly hear the music. Bliss. Great service for price. Will be back
    dined in Cafe Andaluz Old Town George IV Bridge – 10/04/2019
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