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Pub Food with Reviews, Maps and Links to their websites

The Café Royal

19 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA – 0131 556 1884

Great traditional pub with awesome Scottish food to match. Staff always seem helpful and cheery. Definitely worth a visit.

A great institution of a bar tucked away at the East End of Princes Street. The place seems to have a certain aura to it and the building and décor inside is amazing. Quite expensive but definitely worth it as there is an amazing atmosphere in the place.


67 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT – 0131 556 2101

Very chilled and ambient pub. A great mix of locals and tourists. Thoroughly enjoyed the pizzas and comfy chairs. Staff all seemed very cheery. Top pick!

Excellent pub for a pint at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Can be fill with a lot of tourists due to its location but that doesn’t really take away from its character. Excellent drinks selection on offer especially of spirits and I learned that they do some tasting sessions at times too. I've been in this pub years ago when it wasn't the warm welcoming place that it is now.

BrewDog Edinburgh

143 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS – 0131 220 6517

Great selection of house and guest beers from the fantastic Brew Dog people, helpful bar staff, good atmosphere, tasty bar snacks, fantastic beers.

Real atmosphere, real good beer, lovely staff. Awesome spot!

Mother India's Cafe

3-5 Infirmary St, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1LT – 0131 524 9801

Decent Indian food at reasonable prices. Not sure it warrants the accolade of top Indian restaurant in Edinburgh but it it still quite good. The waiting staff were also pleasant, so would visit again.

Perfect to try many Indian dishes, with their famous tapas style menu. Sometimes it is too crowded and wait can be long. Food is delicious and staff helpful.

Gusto Edinburgh

135 George St, Edinburgh 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.

Vittoria Restaurant

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

Nice restaurant. Good quality of food, and good service. It's also nice to find a restaurant who won't turn up their nose at people who just want drinks and not food (as was at least my experience the last time I went there late evening). Only drawbacks are it's over-priced, and can be a bit noisy inside (the brick walls aren't good for acoustics).

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.

Chinese Restaurants serving the Edinburgh area

Rendezvous Chinese Restaurant

10a Queensferry St, Edinburgh EH2 4PG – 0131 225 2023

Love this restaurant. Been going there for years. The chilli beef is amazing

The lunch I had on Thursday was that good I had to write a review. Best Chinese in Edinburgh......

Ping On Chinese Restaurant

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

The decor isn't fantasticly chic, but don't let that put you off this little gem! Great food and service, lively staff. Can't recommend highly enough. Salt and spicy tofu is a great starter.

This is decent, solid Chinese food. Nothing fancy, nothing to get too excited about, but a place we wouldn't mind eating at again. The food was tasty enough. The decor and drinks selection at the restaurant are nothing special, so I think we're more likely to get this as take-out next time around.

Karens Unicorn Chinese Restaurant Edinburgh

8b Abercromby Pl, New town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB – 0131 556 6333

Great food, great staff and the restaurant is lovely looking inside. All round great place to enjoy a relaxing meal.

With the Botanic Lights as an aperitif myself and three others were wandering through the cold street of Edinburgh in search of something a little different, using Google maps we discovered this Chinese restaurant, solely picked due to it's incredible name. We arrived at the unicorn a little bewildered and shivering from the cold. Bewildered due to how cozy this open planned Chinese restaurant appeared and shivering because it was bloody freezing out. Once we arrived my partner had realised that she has committed a huge party foul by having no cash on her, now understand I would have happily offered to pay but it was her turn and I'm all about equal rights! We let our friends take a seat whilst we ran to the nearest cash machine which was ten minutes away by the princess mall. Although this was a hassle we didn't hold it against the staff, or the unicorn. When we finally got to our seats we were greeted with a surprise bowl of prawn crackers, classy move Karen! The staff took our drinks order in a timely fashion and even gave advice on which beers were the nicest. We ordered our starters and mains, textbook. The starters arrived after about a ten minute wait, which was grand as I was entertaining the table with one of my witty stories, everyone loved the punchline. I ordered the salt and chilli chicken wings and they were delightful. So much so my partner traded one of her dumplings for one, the dumpling was tasty but not as good as the wings. The plates were cleared which set me up to tell another hilarious anecdote. One side splitting story later our mains arrived, I had ordered the stewed pork, and it was melt in your mouth tasty. The meal ended with a few complimentary chocolates and a warm towel, and £100 for the four of us. In short: The staff were friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. The food was flavoursome. The atmosphere was electric. Do yourself a favour and visit! Two thumbs up...

Indian Restaurants and takeaways in or near Edinburgh

Mother India's Cafe

3-5 Infirmary St, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1LT – 0131 524 9801

Decent Indian food at reasonable prices. Not sure it warrants the accolade of top Indian restaurant in Edinburgh but it it still quite good. The waiting staff were also pleasant, so would visit again.

Perfect to try many Indian dishes, with their famous tapas style menu. Sometimes it is too crowded and wait can be long. Food is delicious and staff helpful.


15 N St Andrew St, Edinburgh EH2 1HJ – 0131 556 5028

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.

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.

Shezan Indian Cuisine

25 Union Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3NQ – 0131 557 5098

Familiar flavors with a twist. By far the best Indian I've ever had with friendly service to accompany it.

Fantastic curry house. The only one I've ever tried that has equalled my favourite curry house in Aberdeen (Shabaaz).

Italian Pasta and Pizza Restaurants

Contini Ristorante

103 Georges Street, Edinburgh EH2 3ES – 0131 225 1550

We were in Edinburgh on a Family outing from South Africa as our heritage is in Scotland. Lots of dining restaurants there but nothing like this one! Beuatifull setting,happy atmosfere.awesome people serving there and astonishingly great food! Owner always around not like other businesses! If I bring Jamie Oliver and Ramsy they will rate it five star asswell! My onest rating is six stars for that fine touch! Nothing like this in South Africa, will definitely be back in the future! Recommend this fine Italian restaurant too any one traveling thru Edinburgh! Absolutely awesome!

Arrived late afternoon in Edinburgh, very tired and hungry. Contacted Contini who booked us a table for 6pm, even though it was after 5pm when I called them. Once again excellent service from Contini. Seated as soon as we arrived and drinks were at our table within minutes, staff remembered our preferences ..... this makes coming to Contini's very special. The food was just superb, from the starters to the dessert. My daughter had the MARGHERITA PIZZA which was just perfection in her opinion, I had the RAVIOLI FATTI IN CASA, delicious, and the other diner had a seafood dish I have forgotten the name of, but he was thrilled with his meal. Contini never fails to impress from the welcome at the door the our goodbyes after our meal. Staff are just fabulous,knowledgeable; friendly; approachable and take the time to make one feel at home. Always a delight to visit our favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. Visited February 2015

La Lanterna

83 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1EE – 0131 226 3090

Without a doubt, one of the best Italian's I've had! Great location, rustic decor, the staff were friendly and most importantly the food was outstanding. I went for the 3 courses lunch and would have happily paid more, all homemade by passionate people. Make sure you check this family run place out!

Wow fast food Italian style. Nice but rushed

La Favorita Restaurant

325-331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA – 0131 554 2430

I've had a LOT of amazing pizzas in my time - used to have a wood fired pizza oven at home that got a lot of use (we were all professional chefs which helped), plus pizza in Italy and some amazing 'authentic' pizza places all over the world, but these guys are doing pizza better than I've ever seen it done. Everything is done perfectly. The restaurant is great, and the delivery service is outstanding, even if it is slowly bankrupting me... Come for the pizza, stay for the Macaroni Cheese croquettes...

Really great Italian pizza. Went there several times, alone and with groups. Staff friendly, delicious food and prices in the average for the type of place.

Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants

David Bann Restaurant

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

Food can be a bit hit-and-miss, some dishes are excellent and worthy of five stars, others are merely so-so. Wine selection is great. The service was a bit inattentive at times, and the menu also did not change in the one year between our visits, but I would still recommend for an enjoyable meal that vegetarians and non-vegetarians will both enjoy.

Absolutely brilliant food and nice atmosphere too.


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

After spending 5 days in Edinburgh we visited Henderson's three times!! Amazing vegan & vegetarian food! So tasty and more than suitable for even non-vegans! Loved the haggis, salads and fell in love with the spicy bean pate.... Got to learn how to make my own now!

Great understated vegan-tarian atmosphere and delicious food a stone's throw from the station and high Street shops. Skip your Seattle coffee and go here instead!

The Baked Potato Shop

56 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1PB – 0131 225 7572

Really great selection of vegan and vegetarian potato fillings, you are spoiled by choice, the large potato is very large and very tasty. Let down by the very unfriendly staff who were noticeably exasperated at everything I said, lack of card payment and only one small table to sit at inside, which was occupied 90% of the times we walked past in our four days in Edinburgh.

Excellent food and huge portions at a very reasonable price. One of the best vegetarian places in Edinburgh. High recommended

Wine Bars and Cocktail Bars

The Bon Vivant

55 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY – 0131 225 3275

Food was excellent and so was the service. I really liked the idea of "Scotish Tapas" as well. Very tasty and welcoming ! I got a recommendation from a friend living in Manchester who found this place to be a perfect fit for a anniversary dinner with his wife. Highly recommended !

Excellent wine list, the beers are not as good (just Guinness and a few lagers on tap). We came here for pudding after dinner across the street, the chocolate tart was really rich and tasty. It's not a huge interior so larger groups may want to go elsewhere.

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