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History exudes from every corner of Edinburgh's Old Town. A labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.
Today it hosts a number of restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as throngs of tourists, peaking during August festival season.
From five star hotels to traditional Scottish fare to stunning views of the castle, dining out in Edinburgh's Old Town is sure to be a memorable experience.
Old Town Italian restaurant
With a prize location on the Grassmarket and in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, o'Oliviero Italian restaurant is right at the centre of all the Old Town bustle. This makes it ideal for people-watching, especially if you can bag one of the outside tables. Inside, the walls are hung with pictures of Rome, Venice and Florence. The welcome is always warm and o'Oliviero is popular with Edinburgh residents and visitors alike.
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One of two Shri Bheema restaurants in Edinburgh, the Old Town branch is on Nicolson Street opposite the Festival Theatre. Part of an award-winning group of restaurants that stretches from Aberdeen to the south of England, Shri Bheema is a family-run restaurant specialising in north and south Indian cuisines. This branch is on the first floor with views of the Festival theatre.
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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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La Garrigue is a popular French restaurant on Jeffrey Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. A cosy and comfortable space with fine views to Calton Hill, it features Tim Steadman’s trademark chunky furniture. Long a favourite with lovers of French food in Edinburgh, La Garrigue shot to national prominence when it featured on Ramsay’s Best Restaurants. As well as happy customers, La Garrigue attracts other plaudits including two AA rosettes and awards for its wine list.
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Scottish, Modern, Traditional
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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International, Bistros & Brasseries
Part of the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Agua Restaurant is on the Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s city centre. Sitting in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, the restaurant is a bright, contemporary space with striking yellow banquette seating and wall mounted candle lights.
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Part of the family-run Vittoria Group of restaurants, Divino Enoteca is an Italian wine cellar and restaurant on Edinburgh’s Merchant Street. Blending Old Town atmosphere with Italian chic, it is a warm and welcoming venue for dinner with friends, a family celebration, a business meeting or a great glass of wine from their extensive wine list.
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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.
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Ciao Roma are dedicated to using only the finest, freshest, seasonal ingredients to prepare our authentic Italian cuisine. Prepared for you in their open kitchens, they believe in only the highest levels of food and service.
£0.00Offer: 20% a la carte discount
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Tower Restaurant is a sleek and elegant venue in the Old Town and is located on the rooftop of one of Edinburgh’s most visited buildings – the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. The restaurant is glamorous, chic and oozes quiet luxury, ensuring guests receive a memorable fine dining experience. Tower Restaurant specialises in Scottish cuisine with a somewhat global flair and uses only the best produce in the dishes they create.
£26Offer: £26.00 for afternoon tea
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Seasons Restaurant & Bar is on Broughton Street in central Edinburgh. The compact bar leads in from the street to the wood-lined dining rooms. The menus take their inspiration from the New Nordic school of cooking and the decor at Seasons is reminiscent of a Scandinavian mountain chalet or a sauna. Inventive drinks matched to the menu are an important part of Season's appeal. After dinner, diners are welcome to continue their evening in the Liquor Library bar under the restaurant.
£14.95Offer: £14.95 for 2 courses on set lunch menu + glass of wine
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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.
£21Offer: 20% a la carte discount- average price for 2 courses is £21
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