10 Amazing Edinburgh Eateries

22nd July 2020

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For the rest of 2020 we will be blogging about the best things Edinburgh and Scotland has to offer.

By the beginning of August 2020 all hotels in Edinburgh will be open for business. At long last, the summer season will begin! With many of our wonderful hotels offering fabulous deals on room rates, now seems the perfect time to visit Scotland’s historic capital city.

Edinburgh has established itself as one of the finest cities in Europe for fine dining, and while there are many Michelin Star restaurants in the city, there are many local gems to more than satisfy your culinary cravings.

With this in mind, we have put a list of 10 fabulous Edinburgh Old Town restaurants which are the perfect compliment to a marvellous hotel saving.

  1. The Outsider, George IV Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh. A favourite of ours and one we recommend on our tours. Fantastic atmosphere and ambience in this convivial and bustling restaurant in the heart of old Edinburgh. Meat and fish are ever present on their menu, we have never had a bad meal here! And if that wasn’t enough, there are fantastic views to the castle and Old Town! https://www.theoutsiderrestaurant.com/


  1. The Devil’s Advocate, Advocates Close, Old Town, Edinburgh. This must be the best walk to any restaurant in any city anywhere in the world! Down a narrow close just off the Royal Mile it affords wonderful views to the 18th Century New Town. Turn in to the welcoming bar and restaurant and you will want to stay here forever! Again, the atmosphere in this establishment is fantastic. The small menu packs a big punch and has something for everyone. The Burgers are amazing, and the sharing platters are great too. The Whisky Shelf features 400 different Malts! Something for everyone then. https://devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk/


  1. Monteiths Kitchen & Cocktails, 61 High Street, Old Town, Edinburgh. Again, tucked down an atmospheric close, which are one of the best features of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Monteiths have some of the best whisky cocktails in Edinburgh and the food here is fantastic too. They provide a modern twists on classic Scottish dishes. They have a wonderful seafood and meat selection. We love sitting with a drink at the bar after our tasty meal. https://www.monteithsrestaurant.co.uk/


  1. The Grain Store, 30 Victoria Street, Old Town, Edinburgh. Victoria Street has to be one of the most photographed streets in Edinburgh and this Edinburgh restaurant which opened in 1991 lies right at the heart of it. The restaurant is situated upstairs so if you get a window seat, you will not want to leave! The A La Carte dinner menu is full of amazing flavours. The starters include Woodpigeon and Gooseberry. The main course offers Roe Deer, Halibut and one of the best Rib Eye Steaks in town. https://www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk/


  1. Edinburgh Larder, 15 Blackfriars Street, Old Town, Edinburgh. One of the best brunch or lunch In Edinburgh. They know how to do eggs but they do a lot more! All produce comes from around Scotland. Fabulous, cakes, scones, bakes and more! Great coffee and tea. What’s not to like! https://www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/


  1. Piggs, 276 Canongate, Old Town, Edinburgh. We love visiting Spain (In particular, the Basque country) and we just love this little slice of Iberia in the heart of Old Edinburgh. All the usual Spanish favourites with a huge slice of Scottish influence and, of course, produce. Friendly staff too. Great fun! http://www.piggswinebar.co.uk/


  1. Ondine, George IV Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh. One of the finest seafood restaurants in the city. If you love shellfish, and particularly Oysters, then you will love this modern restaurant! We have been sending clients here since it opened and always get fabulous feedback. https://www.ondinerestaurant.co.uk/


  1. Angels with Bagpipes, 343 High Street, Old Town, Edinburgh. The best name for a restaurant in Scotland? We think so! Don’t be put off by its central location, this is a top restaurant with a wonderful menu. We do enjoy our lunches at this restaurant, always reliable and very friendly staff. Meat lovers, fish lovers and vegetarians are all catered to here. Incidentally, the restaurant is named after a beautifully carved wooden angel in St Giles Cathedral, right opposite the restaurant! http://www.angelswithbagpipes.co.uk/


  1. The Doric, 15 – 16 Market Street. An Edinburgh institution! Edinburgh’s oldest Gastro Pub built in the 17th Century and adapted in the 18th Century! Atmosphere, great menu of Scottish produce, a huge choice of food, this place has everything. Every city has its reliable restaurant, and this is ours. We love it here and we’re sure you will too. http://www.the-doric.com/


  1. Thai Orchid, 5a Johnstone Terrace, Old Town, Edinburgh. Evie’s favourite Asian restaurant in the city of Edinburgh. One of the first Thai restaurants to open in Edinburgh in 1996 and still one of the best. This friendly family run gem is in the shadow of the castle so you couldn’t find a better location to compliment amazing food. https://www.thaiorchid.uk.com/