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The Best Group Friendly Restaurants in Scotland

The Ultimate Scotland

The Ultimate Scotland

Scotland remains one of the most popular destinations for visitors to our sunny shores so your Capital Centric team has been out and about rounding up the best of the best Group Friendly venues, just for you.

In the first part of our round up we visit Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. In part two - to follow soon we cover Glasgow, Perth and St Andrews.

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ABERDEEN

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The Illicit Still

Dining Style : Casual Dining

Cuisine : Scottish

The Illicit Still is a Traditional Scottish pub with a modern twist. Hidden underground, just a stone’s throw from Aberdeen’s historic Marischal College, the name comes from their history as one of the last known 'Illicit Stills' in the country, where whisky could be crafted undetected by the taxman! Expect hearty, delicious food and lots of it. 

Capacity: 90 in main restaurant

Private Dining: Yes 

The Palm Court

Dining Style : Casual Dining 

Cuisine : Scottish

The Bothy Restaurant and Drinkery within the Palm Court Hotel offers an experience for everyone. A stylish Scottish restaurant at the heart of the hotel, serving traditional Scottish favourites and bistro bites in comfortable, relaxed surroundings.

Capacity: 50 in main restaurant

Private Dining: Yes

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Other Aberdeen restaurants also available to book via Capital Centric

Zizzi, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Howies, The Triplekirks Pub, Chiquito and Coast to Coast


DUNDEE

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Forgans

Dining Style : Casual Dining 

Cuisine : Modern Scottish

Forgan’s have adopted a simple ethos, to deliver quality Scottish produce-led food and drinks in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With sites in both St Andrews and Broughty Ferry, they’ve developed a reputation for throwing a rip-roaring ceilidh, treating guests to a dose of that famous Scottish hospitality.

Capacity: 60 in main restaurant 

Private Dining: No 

Also in Dundee is The Bell Tree Inn

EDINBURGH

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Vesta

Dining Style: Restaurant
Cuisine: 'Socially Responsible' Scottish

Welcome to Vesta where you will experience a warm welcome, fantastic bar and healthy food that leaves you feeling great. Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s City Centre, the menu is bursting with beautiful, healthy vegan and vegetarian plates alongside comfort classics. Vesta also exists for a social mission, run along the same ethos as their partners Social Bite, a social enterprise aiming to end homelessness in Scotland. They say 'We hope our feel good food leads to feel good actions and that you, our amazing customers, pay forward meals for vulnerable people, be it a coffee, lunch or dinner'. 

Capacity: 60 in Main Restaurant

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Howies

Dining Style: Restaurant
Cuisine: Scottish

Housed in a gorgeous Georgian building, Howies Waterloo Place is located at the foot of Calton Hill in the East End of Edinburgh. This place is stunning, a real head turner, where natural light floods the building showcasing original period features and contemporary Scottish style.

Open for lunch, dinner, special events and weddings, Waterloo’s main dining hall seats up to 100 people, but if you’d prefer to keep things strictly private then The Calton Room is great for special events and seats up to 26 people. 

Capacity: 100 in Main Restaurant

Private Room: 26

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Otro

Dining Style: Restaurant
Cuisine: Scottish

Otro is a restaurant based in the heart of Edinburgh’s west end serving our take on classic brasserie-style cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal, local produce.

Fantastic food is matched with attentive and caring service to create a dining experience tailored to your needs. With an extensive wine list and full bar matched by an ever-changing cocktail menu. 

Capacity: 88 in Main Restaurant

Private Room: Yes

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Cannonball Restaurant and Bar

Dining Style : Restaurant

Cuisine : Scottish

The building is split over three levels. The restaurant is located on the top floor with an iconic backdrop that serves the best Scottish food with stunning views of the Edinburgh skyline and our next door neighbor Edinburgh Castle.

Cannonball Bar is located on street level, serving over 150 Scotch whiskies has become a firm favorite whisky bar for locals as well as visitors from further afield.

The private dining room, The Glengoyne room, is located on the lower ground floor and offers fantastic private dining for groups of 15 to 40 guests.

The name Cannonball House comes from the gunshot lodged high on the wall facing Edinburgh Castle. It’s rumoured to have been fired by Government troops towards Holyrood Palace when Bonnie Prince Charlie was in residence in 1745 during the Jacobite Rebellion. However, it’s more likely the cannonball was placed there by engineers to mark the gravitational height for the first piped water supply to Castlehill Reservoir across the road. Either way, it’s a little piece of history and well worth a look.

Capacity: 40 in Main Restaurant

Private Room: 40

Golf Tavern

Dining Style : Pub

Cuisine : Scottish

When you step foot into Ye Olde Golf Tavern, you are stepping into a little piece of Scottish history. Established back in 1456 and nestled on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links, they’re proud to say they’re are a much loved Edinburgh public house and one of Scotland’s oldest and finest places to eat and drink.

Capacity: 40 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

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Ghillie Dhu

Dining Style : Casual Dining plus Ceilidh 

Cuisine : Scottish

Enjoy Traditional Scottish Cuisine at Ghillie Dhu. It really is an exceptional venue with the most beautiful interior. Scotland’s larder is the envy of the world and they’re proud to showcase some of the finest suppliers and products from the East Coast from fresh seafood to sustainably sourced meats. They also run a Ceilidh every week on Friday and Saturday

Capacity: 150 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

Granary

Dining Style : Casual Dining 

Cuisine : Scottish

Established in 2006, The Granary proudly serves hearty food in a comfortable homely setting. Enjoy a memorable dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Sitting on the front of Leith Shore, they’re proud to serve a variety of produce to suit everyone.

Capacity: 60 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

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Scotsman Grand Cafe

Dining Style : Grand Cafe, Hotel restaurant

Cuisine : Scottish

In a former life, 20 North Bridge was the home of the Advertising & Notices Dept. of the famous Scotsman Newspaper- the bustling, beating heart of the publication. Over 50 years later, a new story has started in this space, with the Grand Café. The Café evolves throughout the day, from a bustling brunch service which runs until 5pm, all the way through to smart cocktails and live jazz and piano until the wee hours. Group bookings will be seated in one of their 5 private rooms.

Capacity: 80 in main restaurant 

Private Dining: Yes (12 / 40 / 50 / 50/ 120)

Biddy Mulligans

Dining Style : Irish Pub

Cuisine : Pub

Situated in the heart of the historic Grassmarket, Biddy Mulligan's is an Irish pub that has become world renowned for its authentic Irish atmosphere, it's rip roaring live music and seriously good cuisine. Fantastic for groups wanting a lively night out. 

Capacity: 45 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

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Three Sisters

Dining Style : Casual Dining, Pub

Cuisine : Scottish

The Cowgate has long been a place for the people of Edinburgh to socialise, and nowhere more so than The Three Sisters bar. Named in memory of the three MacKinnon sisters who were popular performers in the 1740s, The Three Sisters remains Edinburgh's gathering social hub.

Capacity: 150 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

Murrayfield Hotel

Dining Style : Hotel restaurant

Cuisine : Scottish

The Bothy Restaurant offers an experience for everyone. A stylish Scottish restaurant at the heart of the Murrayfield Hotel, serving Scottish favorites and bistro bites. Traditional Scottish cooking served in comfortable, relaxed surroundings where their talented team of staff add to the Scottish flavour with their friendly service and warm welcome.

Capacity: 50 in main restaurant

Private Dining: No

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Merchants

Dining Style:Restaurant

Cuisine: Scottish

Nestling in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and only a stone's throw away from historic Greyfriar's Churchyard and the Grassmarket, Merchants is one of the City's most established and popular restaurants. From the outset, Proprietor, Susie Doherty had a single concept; to create a total eating experience founded on fine food and excellent service. Over the years, it's a purpose that has never faltered. Classic Scottish fare presented with flair and imagination You'll find, as many have before, quality food prepared with the freshest produce and accompanied by the finest wines, to produce that special Merchants moment. You'll want to return again and again. From an intimate dinner for two to large parties, Merchants is the perfect choice with buffet style parties of up to a hundred or eighty seated guests easily accommodated.

Capacity: 80 in Main Restaurant

Private Dining; No

 

Contini

Dining Style: Restaurant

Cuisine: Scottish

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.

Capacity: 40 in Main Restaurant

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Other Edinburgh restaurants also available to book via Capital Centric:

Zizzi, Akva, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Cote, Gaucho. The Beehive Inn, Corstorphine inn, Loch Fyne, Gusto, Howies Victoria St, Scran & Scallie, Mamma Roma, Mercat Bar and Restaurant, Browns, Prezzo, New Chapter, Slug & Lettuce, Smoke Stack, Amber Rose, The Chanter, The Filling Station, The Chanter

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Be sure to keep an eye out for Part Two of our Scotland coverage where we bring you venues in Glasgow, Perth and St Andrews.

For further information on these and hundreds of other fabulous restaurants, please e mail us on info@capitalcentric.co.uk.