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Pub Food with Reviews, Maps and Links to their websites

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH – 0845 365 0000

The best spa day & lunch day I have had in ages! The spa is beautiful and uses Elemis products which is great. Staff at the restaurant were great with accommodating my questions about ingredients and what was suitable for vegetarians. It made such a difference and was such a great lunch. The bread rolls were the best ever. Highly recommended.

The staff at the Apex was extremely courteous, cheerful, and helpful. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a good stay. The room was attractive, clean and comfortable. The location is perfect because it is very close to many attractions but just far enough off the beaten path to be quiet. I highly recommend the Apex Waterloo!

Le Monde Hotel

16 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF – 0131 270 3900

Classy restaurant and bar that is one of the busiest nightspots in Edinburgh at the weekends. They have a fantastic range of drinks available with loads of cocktails, spirits and even some local craft beer as well. Their whisky collection is decent which surprised me. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant. I can’t speak about their lunch or dinner but their breakfast is ok. Not an amazing selection on offer, all very standard and run-of-the-mill. Very nice surroundings though for dining but at weekends it will get very busy early so if you want a table you will have to phone up to reserve. The place is quite relaxed during the day but gets a lot more lively as the night goes on. And later it is good laugh if you’re there with a group and have a table. However it’s your typical George Street venue with cheesy music, pretentious (then later drunk) people and very expensive drinks. If that’s your thing then you’ll like the place.

Much like Tigerlily, from what I have experienced, the drinks are great and the atmosphere is OK. I have given Le Monde 'the benefit of the doubt' many times, but it's never gotten better (for me). The last time was there, the only reason it was better is because I was with a former employee who had colleague discount. If you enjoy a cocktail with little atmosphere on a Saturday night - pay a visit.

The Oxford Bar

8 Young Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4JB – 0131 539 7119

Cosy and quaint, old man pub. Looks rough on the outside but is actully pretty decent.

Good drink, good food, fast service. The selections of ales is pretty large, which is good as I like beer. It's best to attempt to get a table though as there isn't really much standing space in the bar area. Staff having to squeeze past you constantly if you're in a bigger group.

All Restaurants

The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF – 0131 225 5613

Stunning place. Great place, great food. I would eat there everyday, if it was slightly cheaper. But definitely an unforgettable experience.

My husband and I had lunch at the lovely Witchery restaurant, to celebrate my birthday, which we had flown to Edinburgh from Southampton especially for and we were not disappointed! The food was excellent, as was the atmosphere. The service was friendly and very attentive without being clinical and robotic, like you find in some of the Michelin Star restaurants. It was well priced and a great experience.

The Tower

National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF – 0131 225 3003

Fabulous food, well prepared, exquisitely presented and full of the flavour you would expect. Service is quick and extremely friendly with personable staff and a great range of local dishes and exceptional wines. a great place for some great food.

We went to The Tower during our stay in Edinburgh as we had been bought a voucher as a wedding present. The experience of arriving at the restaurant is a little strange as it is located in the top of the museum so you have to enter through the museum entry and be escorted to the lift by security which is a little odd. However when you get to the restaurant it's very nice with lovely ambient lighting to show off the castle in the distance.We were glad that we were seated near the window and would have been disappointed if we had been seating at a table without a view. The food was lovely - bread and olives were brought to the table automatically and then I had the salmon 3 ways to start followed by the lobster and my husband had the haggis followed by the deer - it was nice to see so many Scottish ingredients on the menu. The staff were very good - attentive enough to refill the glasses when required without feeling you were being watched. We thoroughly enjoyed out meal at The Tower.

Le Monde Hotel

16 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF – 0131 270 3900

Classy restaurant and bar that is one of the busiest nightspots in Edinburgh at the weekends. They have a fantastic range of drinks available with loads of cocktails, spirits and even some local craft beer as well. Their whisky collection is decent which surprised me. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant. I can’t speak about their lunch or dinner but their breakfast is ok. Not an amazing selection on offer, all very standard and run-of-the-mill. Very nice surroundings though for dining but at weekends it will get very busy early so if you want a table you will have to phone up to reserve. The place is quite relaxed during the day but gets a lot more lively as the night goes on. And later it is good laugh if you’re there with a group and have a table. However it’s your typical George Street venue with cheesy music, pretentious (then later drunk) people and very expensive drinks. If that’s your thing then you’ll like the place.

Much like Tigerlily, from what I have experienced, the drinks are great and the atmosphere is OK. I have given Le Monde 'the benefit of the doubt' many times, but it's never gotten better (for me). The last time was there, the only reason it was better is because I was with a former employee who had colleague discount. If you enjoy a cocktail with little atmosphere on a Saturday night - pay a visit.

Chinese Restaurants

Loon Fung

1-2 Warriston Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 5LE – 0131 556 1781

A step above your average Chinese take away. Good range of dishes, with no gloopy, brightly coloured sauces here. My favourite is the crispy beef in child sauce. It's delicious and just spicy enough - not dried out like you get at some takeaways. It's more expensive than other takeaways but you get what you pay for in this case. Can eat in or take away.

Really good I like deep crispy chicken in chilly sause. Staff are very pleasant my friend and i go there a lot, my favourite xx

Saigon Saigon

14 South Saint Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ – 0131 557 3737

For a truly Chinese experience, my main advice when visiting any new restaurant is to check for other Asians - you won't find Chinese people visiting a Chinese restaurant that doesn't serve authentic Chinese food. It's only at Saigon Saigon that you get to truly experience Chinese dining, the main one being 'yum cha' or tea time. The name can be slightly misleading though as yum cha is done anytime from 5:30am for the elderly generations who meet their friends early in the morning to chat and catch up over tea and shared dishes to lunch time for everyone else. Dim sum (literally translated into little heart) is served during this period, aptly named because you get small portions of each dish so you can try a little of each dish. Booking by phone can be a problem, the background noise makes it difficult to hear the person at the other end of the phone. Sometimes when you manage to make a reservation, you turn up to find they haven't taken your details down correctly or they haven't got you on the list. The best thing would be to just turn up and be prepared to wait as it can be quite busy with most Chinese people taking advantage of their dim sum menu which I haven't been able to find any other restaurant offering. The dishes they offer are as authentic as what you can get in restaurants in Hong Kong though. I've brought different non-Chinese friends to Saigon Saigon just for this experience and everyone enjoyed it very much and asked me to bring them again next time.

Food good. Staff could be a little more attentive about food and ordering. Watch out for the "ODD"non Chinese dude working there! what's that about?

Ping On Chinese Restaurant

26-32 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh EH4 1LY – 0131 332 3621

Pretty nice Chinese restaurant, which also does takeaway. Traditionally styled interior, and polite, efficient staff. One of the better sit-in Chinese restaurants in town.

Had dinner delivered from Ping On last night and was well impressed. The spicy chicken wing starter was definitely a highlight. One of our soups got spilt en route and the delivery guy was good enough to go back to the restaurant and bring another to replace it. Dishes were all tasty and flavourful without being too heavily flavoured or tasting artificial. Would happily get food from here again and would definitely consider it an option when dining out in Stockbridge.

Indian Restaurants and takeaways

Britannia Spice Indian Restaurant

150 Commercial Street, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6LB – 0131 555 2255

Ended up here for a work meal out. Nice curry and very friendly service. Just a short walk to a number of nice Leith bars.

Britannia Spice is a lovely restaurant with superb surroundings. Nice welcome along with prompt service. The menu is big and varied depending on how hungry you are. Wine list is also first class. My favourite is chicken biryani and can't wait to go back and have it again. Please don't be in a great hurry as all food is cooked from scratch and well worth waiting for.

Zest

15 North Saint Andrew Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 1HJ – 0131 556 5028

Well, cold midweek Wednesday it was quite quiet. It's not huge (although there may be a downstairs) but modern and clean. Friendly staff supplied the mandatory large Cobra and off we went. Prawn puri starter was luverly, four small puri around the edge of a fresh crisp prawn mix, Sir Walter Scott's lamb/mustard curry warmed the cockles, the lamb so tender and a rich sauce. The garlic nan defeated me in the end. The physical menus could do with a reprint, they're falling apart, but overall I loved it, the food that bit different and carefully prepared, served well in a great atmosphere. Visit. PS right by the tram stop.

Don't hesitate to eat at this restaurant. I wasn't sure on first appearances but the food is excellent , first class Indian,s. Father and son form North East of England.

Nine Cellars

1 York Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3EB – 0131 557 9899

First class food, full of flavour, did not leave with the usual bloated feeling after an indian meal. Very pleasant staff , will definitely visit again.

Italian Pasta and Pizza Restaurants

Gusto Edinburgh

135 George Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4JS – 0131 225 2555

I've been here for dinner a few times and I'm always very impressed with the standard of food. I went with friends last Christmas Eve. The staff were excellent. I ordered the tuna steak and when all the other guests were served I was told the chef felt it was overcooked and recooked it. To me this is exactly how restaurants should operate. When I got the tuna it was perfectly cooked and was a huge portion. Don't forget to save room for the nutty calzone, the best dessert I've ever had. Make sure you sign up to their online loyalty scheme which offers discount in any of the Gusto restaurants. It's free to sign up too.

Gusto has been here in Edinburgh for some years now, and we believe has continuously been ahead of its other competitors on George St, perhaps even across Edinburgh. Owing mainly to the way in which this restaurant is managed, from the welcoming 'front of house', to the team in the open view kitchen preparing your meal. Our experience here has been, that the waiters/waitresses are attentive not harassing. Also, that the food is seldom too late or early, and always of a high standard. Across the board here in fact, you will find the best quality for the best price. The restaurant is in a great city centre location, whilst inside it is smart without being too formal. During the day or evening, we expect that if you visit, this establishment will be enjoyed by all. This branch of Gusto has ticked all boxes. Very much recommended.

Amarone Edinburgh

12-13 Saint Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AF – 0131 523 1171

My boyfriend and here had a wonderful night here. Although it was a busy Saturday, they managed to squeeze us in- we hadn't booked. They brought us our drinks quickly. I had a vegetarian pizza, that was absolutely divine, and a very generous portion! The base was lovely and thin and crisp.The OH had a steak and chips, he was chuffed with his meal. The service was fast and friendly and overall we had a great night.

The positives were service was good, nice decor and a good range of dishes on the menu. Their 2-course lunch menu has lots of good options. Unfortunately, the food was a mixed result. My fellow diner had muscles (good) and sea bass (a bit bland and slightly overdone). I had bread with peppers (bread was a bit overdone) and risotto (it was fine). That is why I have rated this as ok. The food was ok. There are sometimes when an ok restaurant is what you want and others when you want a bit more.

Vittoria Restaurant

113 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH7 5HR – 0131 556 6171

My favourite Italian in Edinburgh. Atmosphere in the place is great and the waiters/waitresses are what makes this restaurant what it is. Always accommodating with great sense of humour. Great restaurant for a relaxed, chilled out Italian meal. Food is delicious. Strange layout as there are several seating areas so ask for a good table.

Easily my Italian favourite restaurant in town, friendly attentive waiting staff, warm friendly welcoming atmosphere, and excellent well-prepared delicious food. The Tortellini and the Deluxe Pizza are two which I go back to time and time again, which is almost a shame given there's so much good food on the menu. If you like Italian food, I'd recommend this place.

Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants

Hendersons

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 1DR – 0131 225 2131

I love Henderson's. The food is great and the atmosphere is very relaxed. It is a perfect place to go for a quick bite to eat or big a meal, any time of day. My Mum loves it too - she suggests a trip to Henderson's every time she visits Edinburgh!

Best vegetarian meal I've had in a long time. The atmosphere was lovely as well since the live music was a nice touch without being too loud. I could actually carry out a conversation while enjoying the guitarist. Would be rating it higher if the food wasn't so pricey for small portions. The main courses were big enough but the starters were a little small. The bruschetta, for example, only came with one piece which I've never seen before in my life. But it was a damn good one piece of bruschetta :)

David Bann Restaurant

56-58 Saint Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SX – 0131 556 5888

On recommendation, we ate lunch at David Bann and were impressed by respective main courses. Nice flavours, well presented and in a timely way. The experience was let down by poor service and below average desserts. We weren't offered further drinks after our arrival and had to hunt down a member of staff to request coffees, after sitting around waiting for almost 30 minutes. The desserts were a real disappointment. My ginger and lime ice-cream lacked the 'bite' anticipated and the accompanying orange cake was a rather sad, squashed looking affair. Certainly not the flourish we'd hope to end our meal on. We did mention this to a member of staff and it was inferred that it was our problem as everyone else 'raves' about them.

This is a quite upmarket restaurant. Nice atmosphere, very creative and tasty vegetarian food. Highly recommended.

Teuchters Landing

1a - 1c Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH6 6LU – 0131 554 7427

Perfect for evening drinking and the BEST bar menu around. Mugs of meatballs and macaroni cheese - yes please! Good selection of beers and a monumental whisky list. Try throwing the hoop to win a dram!

Bustling friendly pub with "mugs" for lunch or snacks. Sister bar to Teuchters at the West End albeit without the TVs. Very large whisky selection and when it's warm the option to go out on the floating landing is fun - just remember it gets windy!

Wine Bars and Cocktail Bars

Browns Edinburgh

131 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 – 0131 225 4442

A classic of George Street, Browns is one of my favourite meeting points not only because its food, drinks and service are always consistently good or above but also because many of my friends have children and they can accommodate them no problem. As usual the front of house was welcoming, even though the place at lunchtime was rather busy. As I was having a business lunch I got the Fish & Chips (cod) with pea and mint purée, tartar sauce & chunky chips. The two pieces of cod were very tasty and the lightly battered coat was perfectly crispy, a real delight. Chips and tartar sauce passed the test too. Thanks to the strong O2 WiFi I was able to complete some reports in-situ, and after that the very well deserved pint(s) of Amstel lager to wash down the whole lot. Even though food prices range from average to the upper side, alcoholic drinks are, as expected in George Street, rather expensive. The service was good, professional and efficient as always. Will certainly go back, keep up the good work!

Nice centrally located restaurant on George street. Food was good and service was alright. Perhaps a little expensive for what you get but maybe that's due to its location. Always busy and always has a buzz in the place. Now with some of George street shut off to traffic there is an area outside that you can sit at which is very nice. I would recommend booking ahead especially at the weekend as it can be very busy at times.

The Newsroom Bar & Eatery

5-11 Leith Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3AT – 0131 557 5830

I’m a regular to this place as we quite often go to the quiz night here on a Thursday night. It definitely is one of the best quiz nights that we’ve tried as there’s always a lively atmosphere in the place. Decent drinks selection available and there is decent pub grub available at reasonable prices too. Drinks aren’t cheap but that’s to be expected in such a central location. Great place to go after work for a few pints, highly recommended.

Always wanted to visit this place because of the cool lights it has in the window. Went in for lunch for the first time and the waitress we had was lovely and so approachable. I ordered vegetable soup not expecting anything special but it was amazing! And for some reason it stayed hot right to the last spoonful - don't know how they achieved that but it really was lovely. Reasonably priced too. Definitely go there again!

Sygn

15 Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 4QZ – 0131 225 6060

Good food, good music and great staff. They also do bottle to table service which very few places do.

Over priced. Pretentious. Go to the West Room. You'll get better cocktails for less money and better service. The service at the Sygn is good, but it's just a busy bar trying to be as hipster as possible.

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