Edinburgh’s Best Restaurants for All Budgets and Group Sizes
Edinburgh has long been a favourite with visitors to the UK, with its iconic castle, beautiful architecture and rich history. Scotland’s capital boasts a booming food scene with an excellent variety of independent restaurants, esteemed chains and local pubs to suit all requirements.
Using our expert knowledge of the Scottish food scene, our team of specialists have put together the
following must visit recommendations for both groups and FIT bookings.
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With two fabulous private dining rooms, family owned and run New Chapter is a firm favourite with groups. Serving local produce from an eclectic menu this hidden gem is just a ten minute walk from Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh.
A classic Scottish restaurant located in the heart of the old town, offering quality food, fantastic value and great service. Merchants is only a stone’s throw away from historic Greyfriar’s Churchyard and the vibrant Grass market. Susie, the owner and restaurant manager personally welcomes groups and personally ensures everyone has a wonderful time. With a rustic décor, Merchants can host up to 100 pax.
Howies are 3 sister restaurants: two located in central Edinburgh and one in Aberdeen. Howies Waterloo is set in a beautiful Georgian building at the foot of Calton Hill just moments from the thriving hub of Princes Street. Howies Victoria lies in the heart of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, just a short walk from The Royal Mile and The Grass market. Each restaurant is unique with its own chef creating wonderful dishes from Scotland’s incredible natural larder: options include the traditional haggis, neeps & tatties with thyme jus and the exquisite Scottish casserole.
Particularly suited to larger groups, Ghillie Dhu is a much loved institution on the Edinburgh restaurant scene. Your group will be dining under the dramatic vaulted Georgian hall and listening to live music (every night in the bar area) and Ceilidhs (Friday and Saturday evening only). The menu features delicious traditional Scottish favourites made from renowned local ingredients, while your clients can enjoy a whisky tasting from the carefully crafted drinks menu.
Jamie Oliver, internationally recognised celebrity chef, has opened one of his Italian restaurants in the former supper halls of the Assembly Rooms on George Street, in Edinburgh's city centre. It is recognised as one of the most elegant of Jamie’s Italian chain, with grand ceilings, impressive cornicing and scarlet walls, teamed with red velvet chairs and chandeliers.
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Gaucho, the celebrated Argentinian steak restaurant, recently opened a flagship restaurant and bar in Edinburgh. The new 120 cover luxury restaurant is based in Edinburgh’s prestigious St Andrew Square. At the centre of Gaucho’s menu is top quality beef, sourced from over 60 farms in Argentina. The grill, which is specially designed for Gaucho, replicates an Argentinian “asado”, a traditional family-style barbecue. Gaucho has also worked closely with local Scottish suppliers to help shape the menu for the new restaurant.
Otro is a restaurant based in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, serving classic brasserie-style cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal, local produce. Fantastic food is matched with attentive service to create a superb dining experience. It has a spacious but intimate private dining room seating up to 42 guest which has multiple large windows making it a lovely bright and airy space in the daytime. NOTE: Otro will be closing for refurbishment early in October.
In the heart of Edinburgh's trendy Stockbridge, Hector's is an eclectic mix of upbeat city pub and warm, friendly village local, serving gourmet pub dishes and international craft beers on comfy large tables. It's the ideal destination for a laidback dining experience after a day exploring the City.
If your clients are looking for eating, drinking and entertainment, Frankenstein Pub is an experience unlike any other and the perfect venue for holding large groups, private hire events and functions up to 110 pax in the centre of the old town. It follows an Oktoberfest theme with long wooden tables, steins of premium beer and offers local tasty food: from the must try haggis fritters to a range of delicious saucy wings.
Located close to the Edinburgh Playhouse, Mamma Roma is a family run restaurant and was founded in 1996 by father & son. Decorated in an Italian farmhouse style with paintings and medallions embellishing the walls, this restaurant is fantastic for pre-theatre diners.
If your group is looking for exceptional value, we would recommend Wildwood, a stylish modern restaurant group serving European dishes offering a variety of salads, pizzas and pastas at excellent rates. Located between Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Castle.
Contini is an award-winning restaurant that blends contemporary Italian cooking with well sourced Scottish 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 with soft, grey leather banquette in a very stylish setting. It could host up to 90 covers.
Contini Restaurant is in George Street in Edinburgh city centre. Waverley station is a ten-minute walk. City centre shopping, Princes Street Gardens and two of the capital’s national galleries are a five-minute walk
Please see below for a full list of bookable venues in Edinburgh
Amber Rose - Castle Street
Bella Italia - Hanover Street
Bella Italia - Northbridge
Cafe Rouge - Frederick Street
Cannonball - Castlehill
Contini – George St
Corstorphine Inn - Corstorphine High Street
Filling Station - High St
Filling Station - Omni Centre
Filling Station - Rose St
Gaucho - St Andrew Square
Ghillie Dhu – Rutland Place
Hectors - Stockbridge
Jamies Italian - George St
Joseph Pearce - Elm Row
Las Iguanas - George St
Mamma Roma – Antigua St
Merchants - Merchant Street
Number One - Princes St
Otro - Eyre Place
Pizza Express - Queensferry St
Pizza Express - Deanhaugh St
Pizza Express - 23 Northbridge
Pizza Express - Leith
Pizza Express - Holyrood
Pizza Express - George IV Bridge
Pizza Express - Ocean Terminal
Pizza Express - Morningside
Prezzo - Pier Place
Prezzo - North Bridge
Shakespeare - Victoria
Slug and Lettuce – George St
Slug and Lettuce - Omni Centre
Smoke Stack - Broughton St
The Mitre Bar - High Street
The Scran & Scallie - Stockbridge
The Tower Restaurant - Chambers Street
Zizzi - Edinburgh
Zizzi - Leith
Zizzi - Ocean Terminal
Zizzi - Queensferry
Zizzi - Roxburgh
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T Ideal for pre or post theatre dining
M Listed or starred in the Michelin guide
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