Pickles is a delightfully laid back subterranean bar in trendy Broughton Street. The walk takes you through some of the prettiest areas of Edinburgh such as Stockbridge and Dean Village. Ondine also provides views of Old Town Edinburgh through panoramic windows. Depending on the time of day, you might prefer a lunch dish like this succulent burger served on vintage crockery, or their renowned afternoon tea. People visit Edinburgh for all sorts of reasons, from the rich history and stunning architecture, to the possibility of meeting Ronnie Corbett. Decorated in a fairly rustic fashion with reclaimed wood furniture, tweed soft furnishings and dim and twinkling lighting, the interior is very comfortable and welcoming.
The docks area became home to the new Scottish Office, and that was followed by the Ocean Terminal mall, which is also where the popular tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia, is permanently moored. From the deliciously decadent to a heartwarming brew, we lift the lid on the best afternoon tea in the city. Victor and Carina Contini run several popular eateries, including Cannonball near Edinburgh Castle and The Scottish Café and Restaurant within The Scottish National Gallery. This private members club with superb views across the Firth of Forth is part of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The menu is not particularly adventurous; featuring classic pub dishes like fish and chips and steak pie, but the food is lovingly prepared from fresh produce. The cold and hot mezze are a good place to start, with Turkish cannellini beans and red onion piyaz , hummus, spicy garlic sausage, melon and feta or hot squid and walnut salad sitting alongside the odd Scottish finger food, including Orkney herrings. The menu is packed with delicious carnivorous offerings, but also manages to do enough to welcome lovers of seafood and vegetarians.
Leith has served the port of officially since 1329 and it lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth in the north of the city. The dripping chips and bread with bone marrow butter are no mere sideshows, either. Ask for one of the two window booths or dine at the bar and order scallops, fresh from the Isle of Skye. Seats are hard to come by at weekends. Food and Drink Boasting an array of outstanding and indeed award winning restaurants, cafes and bars, eating out in Edinburgh is a culinary delight offering a wide and diverse mix of places to eat and drink which will appeal to all tastes and budgets.
What better way to start a night of flirtation and seduction that with a great meal in enchanting surroundings? The Contini family has run restaurants in Edinburgh since 1919. It is a romantic and atmospheric subterranean delight, featuring wonderful, local produce cooked to perfection. There are so many tempting options, including veggie and vegan, that you might be hard pressed to choose — in which case try their flight of three soups for £5. Oak furniture and soft cushions continue the rustic feel, and there is even a lovely little beer garden for fair weather. For others, an intimate Italian restaurant such as is the perfect start to a romantic night out.
Timberyard is a very special spot on the Edinburgh restaurant scene — mostly because it nails so many of the requirements for an excellent meal out. Snap up a haggis, turnip and mash £1. Fastidiously Scottish-sourced, it's butchered and dry aged in-house for at least a month before the already legendary steaks hit the open-flame charcoal grill. Check out our list below to see which restaurants best fit your taste. This could well be the best burger in Edinburgh. It is an expensive restaurant with a formal atmosphere but a host of little special touches will make your visit a memorable experience. A four-course dinner will set you back £55; the eight-course menu is £77.
With a bar, bistro, restaurant and shop, the Whiski Rooms neatly captures a superb food and drink experience under one convenient roof. Not to be confused with its equally delightful sister restaurant Kampung Ah Lee on Clerk Street. For more intimate or private moments the quirky, delightfully snug alcove tables are housed at the back of the restaurant. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, child-friendly Occupying little more than a doorway at pavement level, Spoon is a surprisingly expansive, airy first-floor refuge from the hustle and bustle of Nicolson Street. Seasonal local produce is the name of the game at The Kitchin. We had the chance to sample their delicious produce, thanks to an innovative agreement with.
If you fancy something different, there are tea cocktails, iced teas and tea lattes. There is also a Fisher's in the City on Thistle Street in the New Town if you can't make it down to Leith, though it isn't quite as good. Fisher's Bistro is located on The Shore in Leith and offers a first rate casual dining experience. Modern décor and a decent buzz make this friendly bistro an obvious pit-stop for local professionals and hungry neighbours, keen to indulge the tasty à la carte or very reasonable lunch or early evening menus. Edinburgh's premier takeaway burrito hut, Los Cardos serves very, very good, densely packed bundles of black beans, guacamole and spicy chicken and beef to takeaway.
Best for: Casual dining A riot of colour awaits you in this smart modern Italian, from the vibrant kinetic art on the walls and pink columns to a golden yellow saffron dressing that accompanies a starter of roasted scallops and celeriac purée, cooked by chef Mattia Camorani from Bologna. This is Scotland's first Indian seafood restaurant. Nestling in the shadow of Arthur's seat, Prestonfield House is a beautiful seventeenth-century building. The Stockbridge Restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over a decade. Rather than a menu, patrons are presented with a list of around twenty ingredients, some familiar, many obscure and intriguing.
Most of the produce is Scottish, but expect Asian influences too like katsuoboshi dried tuna flakes that seem to dance around the accompanying sea bream as fish velouté is poured over. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats Origano recently decanted to larger, always bustling premises just down Leith Walk from the original, complete with wood-burning oven. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats The minimalist decor and crisp, clean lines of Grindley Street's Kanpai offer the first hint of the immaculately presented and exquisitely fresh Japanese food served here. Seating is at large shared tables and booking is essential. The menu features seasonal Scottish produce in signature dishes such as lasagne of North Berwick crab.
It's a little bit quirky, offering an imaginative range of food and booze which extends to some great breakfast options. It is definitely worth stepping outside of your comfort zone to try this experimental approach to Scottish cuisine. It can prove difficult to find a restaurant with an open kitchen after 9 pm. Bann's is strictly vegetarian, but as the cuisine is both delicious and chic it attracts rave reviews even from meat eaters. Looking for a decent meal but don't want to break the bank? Whether you choose the darkly romantic sixteenth-century Witchery, with its rich red leather booths, oak paneling and flickering candles, or the wonderful Secret Garden, an open leafy courtyard festooned with vines and intricate wooden carvings, you are guaranteed a memorable evening.