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Edinburgh's New Town restaurants are perfect for shoppers and leisurely lunchers. With some gorgeous Georgian architecture, the New Town lays claim to some of Edinburgh's biggest shops and more popular cultural institutions, so it's little surprise it's also packed with everything from tranquil restaurants to bustling cafes.
Scottish cuisine can be found on many New Town menus, but you'll also be able to uncover everything from Cajun dining to Italian and French choices on its wide streets – many of which also offer a great view of Edinburgh's iconic skyline.
If you can't decide what kind of meal you're after, our customer restaurant reviews and offers could help you find the perfect New Town eatery.
British, European, Modern, Gastro Pub
The Voyage of Buck is a West End restaurant and cocktail spot based around a fictitious 19th century explorer named Buck. Expect a menu of globally influenced food and an extensive selection of creative cocktails, both inspired by Buck’s imaginary travels. The decor is also a nod to heroic Victorian adventurers and conjures up the feeling of being in some balmy Colonial bar. A cabinet of curiosities adds to the overall theme. Cosy booths and sofas make this a relaxing spot to unwind over lunch or dinner while soaking up the vintage voyager vibe.
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French, Scottish, Modern
h3. Modern European cooking in Edinburgh city centre
Part of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street serves some of the capital's finest food. Situated on the first floor of the Society's townhouse, the elegant dining room enjoys views over Queen Street Gardens and the New Town. Along with spacious Georgian proportions, The Dining Room features bold contemporary furniture and striking, whisky-themed
art. Private dining rooms, a Charles Heidsieck Champagne table and the superb range of single cask whisky in the ground floor Kaleidoscope Bar add to the appeal.
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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.
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A welcoming bar and restaurant on Edinburgh's famous Rose Street, 1780 is popular with locals and visitors alike. A ten minute saunter from the capital's theatre district, it is also extremely convenient for a refreshment stop during a raid on the city centre shops. The ever changing beer line-up - many of them from Scottish craft brewers - is chalked up on blackboards. The list makes particularly appealing reading for sun-kissed customers enjoying the outside seating area on Rose Street.
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French, Bistros & Brasseries
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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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 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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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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International, Mexican, South American
Las Iguanas is a lively and colourful Latin American restaurant and bar on Edinburgh's George Street. The street level dining room is great for watching the city centre street life while the basement room looks into the open plan kitchen. Rum, tequila and cachaca cocktails are a draw alongside an extensive range of wines, beers and softies.
Offer: £14.95 for 2 courses on the nightlife menu
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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.
Offer: A la carte availability
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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.
Offer: £24.95 for 3 courses on Christmas menu + glass of Prosecco
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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.
Offer: £12.90 for 2 courses on daily specials board
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