Best restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex

    31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS

    City Centre, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: International, Bistros & Brasseries

    About Metro Brasserie Grassmarket - Apex

    Located in the Apex International Hotel on Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Metro Brasserie is a cool, contemporary restaurant and bar offering an eclectic range of dishes from around the world. Metro Brasserie is ideal for a more informal dining experience and is wheelchair accessible and also child-friendly with highchairs available. Whether guests visit for a quick lunch or an evening meal after a day exploring the historic area, Metro Brasserie can meet your needs.

  • Vesta

    7-8 Queensferry Street, EH2 4PA

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Eclectic, Vegetarian/Vegan

    About Vesta

    Vesta is a social enterprise restaurant that promises a warm welcome, fantastic bar and healthy feel-good food. Set in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, the menu is bursting with vegan and vegetarian plates, comfort classics and indulgent burgers. Vesta is in partnership with SocialBite, meaning that when you visit you get the option of paying forward a meal or coffee to a homeless person. This means that you can enjoy the twin warm glow of both a slap-up meal and knowing that you’ve helped someone. The restaurant’s decor is cheerful, stylish and rustic, perfect for enjoying a relaxed meal.

  • Candy Bar & Diner

    113-115 George Street, EH2 4JN

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Modern, Pizza

    About Candy Bar & Diner

    Promising diner-style dishes for the Instagram age, Candy Bar serves up fresh, fast and feel-good food from lunch till late. Part of the award-winning Montpeliers group, the drinks menu includes forward-thinking cocktails, carefully selected wines and a host of hoppy treasures from craft breweries across the UK. The interior is a plush, grownup diner space decked out in shades of copper, silver and violet with comfy booths and nifty pink chairs. Regular pizza & prosecco specials, quiz nights and DJs on a Friday and Saturday all add fizz to the atmosphere.

  • Piccolino Edinburgh

    103 High Riggs, EH3 9RP

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

    About Piccolino Edinburgh

    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.

  • Scott's on Princes Street

    Princes Street, EH2 2DG

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, International, Scottish

    About Scott's on Princes Street

    Spectacular panoramas of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town are a major draw at Scott’s on Princes Street. The dining room and lounge have smart, contemporary decor but most diners will find their eyes glued to the views. With menus that range from breakfast to afternoon tea to dinner, Scott’s on Princes Street is ideal for every occasion, from quick shopping lunches to leisurely family celebrations.

  • Tigerlily

    125 George Street, EH2 4JN

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Modern, Pan-Asian

    About Tigerlily

    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.

  • Rabble

    55a Frederick Street, EH2 1LH

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Modern

    About Rabble

    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.

  • Indigo Yard

    7 Charlotte Lane, EH2 4QZ

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Modern, Gastro Pub

    About Indigo Yard

    Part of the award-winning Montpeliers group, Indigo Yard is a welcoming bar and restaurant on Charlotte Lane, just off Queensferry Road in Edinburgh’s West End. As well as a covered outside terrace, it has a light and airy bar, cosy mezzanine and a dining area with comfortable booth seating. Up-cycled and reclaimed materials give it all an enjoyably rustic edge but, underneath the stripped walls and wooden boards, this is a sleek, professional operation.

  • Rojava Restaurant

    97-101 Morrison Street, EH3 8BX

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Turkish

    About Rojava Restaurant

    Named after the home town of the owner, Rojava is a Kurdish restaurant on Morrison Street, directly opposite Edinburgh International Conference Centre. A spacious restaurant, the walls are hung with Kurdish arts and crafts while colourful glass lamps give everything a warm glow. When not admiring the art, guests can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen or keep an eye on the street life through the large windows.

  • The Lantern Room @ Courtyard By Marriott Edinburgh

    1-3 Baxter's Place, EH1 3AF

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Modern

    About The Lantern Room @ Courtyard By Marriott Edinburgh

    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.

  • Cadiz

    1st Floor, 77b George Street , EH2 3EE

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish

    About Cadiz

    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.

  • Las Iguanas Edinburgh

    141-143 George Street, EH2 4JY

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: International, Mexican, South American

    About Las Iguanas Edinburgh

    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.

  • Cranston's

    43 Princes Street, EH2 2BY

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British

    About Cranston's

    Situated in the Old Waverley Hotel, Cranston’s restaurant offers truly memorable meals. Set in a graceful dining room with high ceilings, elegant
    crown moulding and the best views of Princes Street in Edinburgh, Cranston’s offers fresh, local Scottish fayre for breakfast, lunch and
    dinner. Please join Cranston’s at their table, where the Victorian ambience is as comforting and cosy as the cuisine.

  • Twenty Princes Street

    20 Princes Street, EH2 2AN

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Seafood, Steaks & Grill

    About Twenty Princes Street

    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.

  • The Abercromby Dining Room

    30 Abercromby Place, EH3 6QE

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Scottish

    About The Abercromby Dining Room

    The Abercromby Dining Room at the Royal Scots Club is located on Abercromby Place in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. Part of a terrace of Georgian townhouses, the Royal Scots Club is a members’ club. However, diners are welcome to enjoy meals in the first floor Abercromby Room restaurant overlooking Queen Street Gardens.

    With its elegant Georgian proportions, gleaming chandeliers and swagged curtains, The Abercromby Dining Room offers a unique Edinburgh experience. Smart casual dress, including smart jeans, is expected.

  • Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

    Hope Street, EH2 4EL

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Scottish

    About Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

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

  • 11 Brasserie @ No 11

    11 Brunswick Street, EH7 5JB

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: British, Scottish, Modern

    About 11 Brasserie @ No 11

    11 Brasserie @ No 11 is a stylish, Scottish restaurant in the classical setting of a Grade “A” listed Georgian townhouse, on Brunswick Street in the heart of Edinburgh. Ideally located for the Edinburgh Playhouse, the relaxed, welcoming ambience of the restaurant make it the perfect venue for friends to catch up over a light lunch or fine dining evening meal.

  • Bar Soba Edinburgh

    104 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian

    About Bar Soba Edinburgh

    Bar Soba Edinburgh is a stylish, modern noodle bar offering a variety of pan-Asian street food set on Hanover Street in Edinburgh’s city centre. Offering wok dishes, sushi, curries, as well as burgers and wraps, the restaurant aims to have something to suit everyone.

  • Blackwood’s Bar & Grill at Nira Caledonia

    6 Gloucester Place, EH3 6EF

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: International, Scottish, Steaks & Grill

    About Blackwood’s Bar & Grill at Nira Caledonia

    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.

  • Turquoise Thistle - Hotel Indigo

    Hotel Indigo, EH1 3JD

    New Town, Edinburgh

    Cuisine: Scottish

    About Turquoise Thistle - Hotel Indigo

    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.