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70 Rose Street, EH2 3DX
New Town, Edinburgh
Tucked away on Rose Street North Lane just off Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town area, Calistoga has the distinction of being Scotland’s only Californian restaurant. As the Napa Valley name hints, Californian wine is a big part of Calistoga restaurant’s appeal and vineyard posters line the walls.
10 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS
Cuisine: Cuisine:Far Eastern, Japanese, Sushi
Grown out of a street food business, Harajuku Kitchen is an informal and sunny Japanese restaurant. The sushi and sashimi may be the stars but the other sections of the menu have much to recommend. The noodle soups and noodle stir fries are always popular while others prefer dishes like the teriyaki chicken; panko-breaded pork with Japanese curry or the mixed tempura. The popcorn flavoured green tea is fun.
6-8 Howden Street, EH8 9HL
City Centre, Edinburgh
Cuisine: Cuisine:Spanish, Tapas
LaSal is a cosy, restaurant and tapas bar run by a Spanish family on Howden Street. It is a relaxed, informal place. Decorated with colourful flamenco posters, it is equally suited for family celebrations, group dinners and quiet meals for two. The Alba Flamenco school is next door. Diners should not be too surprised if their weekend meal is sound tracked by a strummed guitar and the clack of heels on the dining room floor.
284 Bonnington Road, EH6 5BE
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, Modern, Gastro Pub
Launched in early 2013, The Bonnington in between Leith Walk and Ferry Road has quickly won a loyal customer base in the Bonnington area. A local pub, it offers regular live music, quiz nights and great bar comfort food – all served with a smile and some cheery banter. On the crossroads of Pilrig Street, Bonnington, Broughton and Newhaven Roads, The Bonnington is a cracking neighbourhood bar which also has a children’s licence until 22:00.
29 West Maitland Street, EH12 5DX
West End, Edinburgh
Cuisine: Cuisine:International, Italian, Vegetarian/Vegan
Established in 2005, Gali is a family-run Italian restaurant on West Maitland Street. Popular with West End shoppers and local workers during the day, at night it pulls in visitors to the city, family groups celebrating, friends out for a meal and couples keen on a romantic dinner. Decorated with quirky pictures of pasta fans, Gali is a friendly, casual spot for an Italian meal.
250 Morrison Street , EH3 8DT
Haymarket, Gorgie & Dalry, Edinburgh
Cuisine: Cuisine:Indian, International, Seafood
Mumbai Mansion offers a contemporary take on Indian cuisine in its spacious, bright, exposed brick interior decor restaurant overlooking the bustle of Haymarket.
Scottish National Gallery, EH2 2EL
Cuisine: Cuisine:International, Seafood, Vegetarian/Vegan
Victor and Carina Contini have a compact yet prestigious family of restaurants in Edinburgh. Tucked under the Scottish National Gallery and with spectacular views across Princes Street Gardens to Waverley, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant is a spacious, daytime venture which acts as a showcase for Scotland’s artisan producers. The Continis even grow some ingredients for their restaurants in their own kitchen garden.
52 Home Street, EH3 9NA
Cuisine: Cuisine:Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan, Nepalese
Located on Home Street in Tollcross, The Everest Nepalese and Indian Restaurant is a simply decorated, family-run restaurant. It welcomes couples and family groups and is well suited to group celebrations. Its proximity to the King’s Theatre and cinemas such as the Cameo, Odeon and Filmhouse make it ideal for a pre-show bite to eat.
3 Atholl Place, EH3 8HP
Having launched in Newington in the mid-Eighties, Chinatown moved to its new home on Atholl Place in 2008 and it has fared very well ever since. Classic Cantonese dishes are the draw in the smart, contemporary dining room. Many would rate Chinatown as one of Edinburgh’s best Chinese restaurants and it gets glowing mentions from several local restaurant guides.
356 Castle Hill, EH1 2NE
Old Town, Edinburgh
Cuisine: Cuisine:International, Scottish, Seafood
Part of the Contini family’s group of three Edinburgh restaurants, Cannonball Restaurant & Bar is a bright and airy dining room at the top of a three storey former school. The lower floors feature a gelateria, porridge bar and café. The top floor decor is smart but simple and the room has panoramic views of the city including the adjacent castle. The location may be tourist central and indeed Cannonball Restaurant & Bar has lots to offer gastronomically curious visitors. However, its culinary aims go far beyond many of its more tourist-centric peers.
167 Canongate, EH8 8BN
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, Traditional, Bar Food
Housed in a former toll collection point, prison and court that originally date back to 1591, the Tolbooth Tavern is a cosy and traditional Scottish pub. The small exterior gives way to a spacious bar and mezzanine dining area. The Royal Mile location attracts many visitors as well as a regular clientele of locals.
17-19 Forrest Road, EH1 2QH
Namaste Kathmandu is a long established Nepalese and Indian restaurant on Edinburgh’s Forrest Road. Simply decorated with scenes of Nepalese life and beautiful tapestries from the Himalayan region, it is handy for a quick lunch, pre-theatre bite or a family celebration.
18 Morrison Street, EH3 8BJ
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, Gastro Pub, Burgers
You don’t need to be a fan of the Coen brothers’ film to enjoy a visit to this Dude-approved Morrison Street bar. However, fans of The Big Lebowski will appreciate the wide range of White Russian cocktails while film lovers will know how handy Lebowskis is for several Edinburgh cinemas. Other classic cocktails, DJs, acoustic music and quizzes are among the other non-food related attractions.
103 George Street, EH2 3ES
Cuisine: Cuisine:European, International, Italian
Opened in 2004 as the first of Victor and Carina Contini’s group of three Edinburgh restaurants, Contini George Street blends contemporary Italian cooking with well sourced local ingredients and imported Italian specialities. Set in an imposing converted banking hall on George Street, Contini George Street is loftily grand yet also very welcoming. The soft, grey leather banquette seating encourages lingering over a Negroni while the open bar area competes for attention with the feature walls hung with Baroque Italian scenes.
9 South Charlotte Street, EH2 4AS
Cuisine: Cuisine:Eclectic, Tearooms & Desserts
Located on South Charlotte Street, just off Charlotte Square, Cup Tea Lounge is a smart city centre venue for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. With table service, chandeliers and plush seating, Cup Tea Lounge fits neatly into Edinburgh’s West End. While gourmet teas are the main focus, they also stock some seventy or so gins – a handy tonic after a long session browsing the local boutiques.
76 Telford Road, EH4 2NF
North Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, Gastro Pub
The Telford Arms is on Telford Road. A traditional Edinburgh bar, it serves the local community as well as staff from the nearby Western General Hospital and passing trade. A family-friendly pub, it shows all the big football matches. Regular bingo, quiz and disco nights mean there is never a dull evening and the outdoor seating is always popular when the sun is shining. Visit on a weekend to witness the local tradition of running the Telford train…
81 Holyrood, EH8 8AU
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, Scottish, Modern
Opened in the summer of 2015, Acanthus at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is a smart, contemporary brasserie-style restaurant which sits in the lee of Arthur’s Seat. Proud holders of an AA Rosette, the restaurant specialises in classic Scottish dishes. The friendly, professional staff have a glowing reputation for looking after their guests. There is a mix of booth and stand alone seating.
8 Lister Square, EH3 9GL
Cuisine: Cuisine:British, European, Gastro Pub
No 8 Lister Square aims to be a modern take on the traditional local or neighbourhood pub. Live music, liquor and updated bar food classics are the attractions at this contemporary bar in the gleaming Quartermile development. They could also add a free pool table, pub quiz, comfy Chesterfield sofas and an al fresco terrace to the list of plus points.
66-67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS
Cuisine: Cuisine:Seafood, American, Pizza
Don’t look for a haircut at the Whistle Stop Barber Shop, but cocktails and classic American cuisine are served up in style at this inviting bar and diner. Cinematic American touches distinguish the playful décor, with its scissor motifs, barber’s chairs and comfortable retro-style booths and banquettes. It’s the ideal spot for a little daytime laptop surfing or a relaxed post-work cocktail and meal. They even let you bring your hound.
272-274 Morrison Street, EH3 8DT
Cuisine: Cuisine:Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian/Vegan
Ignite is an Indian restaurant on Morrison Street in Edinburgh’s West End. The warm, rich decor reflects the warm welcome which the staff extend to their customers. Linen table cloths and highly polished glasses demonstrate Ignite’s ambitions to offer a sophisticated dining experience. Ideal for a business lunch, romantic dinner or a group celebration, Ignite enjoys a convenient Haymarket location.
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