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Pub Food with Reviews, Maps and Links to their websites

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.

The Dome

14 George Street, Newtown, Edinburgh EH2 2PF – 0131 624 8624

Every time I'm in Edinburgh, I have to visit this place - I love it. A beautiful building with elegant interior (as others have mentioned: this is stunning around Christmas). The cocktails, wine and drinks of offer are varied, not too overpriced and always fantastic tasting. The service is brilliant, with attentive and helpful staff. Well worth a visit for a drink, or some very tasty food!

Anniversary dinner this December!! Lovely lovely and so nice to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere!!! Had Hagis for starter and Wow!!! Amazing as just melted in my mouth!! Beautiful setting for anniversary lunch with my beautiful wife!! Thank you all at The Dome!!! Will be coming back for more!!!

Le Monde Hotel

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

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.

Negatives: drinks are very expensive, and the food service is very slow. I suspect the service failings were due more to management rather than waiting staff. The earpieces the waiting staff use to communicate with the kitchen are hilarious - the service is still slow, and all they do is prevent the staff from hearing customers when they want attention, so the customer has to yell! Facepalm. Positives: good food, decent selection, very nice atmosphere in the outside conservatory-type room (early September). The waiting staff were at least polite and apologetic.

All Restaurants

The Tower

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

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.

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.

The Witchery by the Castle

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

A beautiful setting very close to Edinburgh Castle. I thought it would be very busy with tourists but it wasn't. We ended up going for the 3 course set menu which is very reasonably priced. The staters were great. Delicate and flavoursome. The main also matched this and the jus that came with the Glasgow Steak was incredible. The meat was a tad tough and the copper pot it was served in made it extremely difficult to cut into and eat from. Great dish to look at but I just wanted to get into it. As always I got the cheese board. Nice range of cheese also sourcing locally where they could. Even though we had 3 courses we didn't leave full. The dishes tended to be on the small size. Also the service was attentive to start but maybe inexperienced as when our drinks came to the end we never got asked if we would like another. Not too much of a big deal as it was the middle of the day and we didn't want to drink that much. (Visit - 02/01/2015 Lunch Service)

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.

Le Monde Hotel

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

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.

Negatives: drinks are very expensive, and the food service is very slow. I suspect the service failings were due more to management rather than waiting staff. The earpieces the waiting staff use to communicate with the kitchen are hilarious - the service is still slow, and all they do is prevent the staff from hearing customers when they want attention, so the customer has to yell! Facepalm. Positives: good food, decent selection, very nice atmosphere in the outside conservatory-type room (early September). The waiting staff were at least polite and apologetic.

Chinese Restaurants

Karens Unicorn Chinese Restaurant Edinburgh

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

Probably the best Chinese restaurant in town. A million miles away from the MSG laden stodge of Chinese restaurant clichés. Food is fresh, flavoursome and well presented. Staff are polite, and the place has a friendly atmosphere. Just a few minutes walk into the centre of town, but far enough away from the hubbub of city centre nightlife to feel calm and relaxing rather than hectic and rushed. Recommended.

Simply one of the best Chinese takeaway options in Edinburgh, if not Scotland. Inside the restaurant is lovely, but I can only speak for the quality of the food and it's first class. Bit more expensive than you'd expect but you are clearly getting what you pay for, and that's a top rated Chinese kitchen.

Loon Fung

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

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

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.

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

if you like Indian food please Try THE TAJ restaurant in 10 Carlton Parade Orpington Kent BR6 0JB open seven days a week Monday to Saturday 5.30PM to 11.30PM and Sunday 5.30PM to 11.00PM

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.

Zest

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

if you like Indian food please Try THE TAJ restaurant in 10 Carlton Parade Orpington Kent BR6 0JB open seven days a week Monday to Saturday 5.30PM to 11.30PM and Sunday 5.30PM to 11.00PM

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.

Mother India's Cafe

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

A beautiful plethora of dishes none of which disappoint in flavour and presentation. I highly recommend the lamb dishes (basil coriander lamb or lamb saag), the sauces are creamy and the lamb tender. To top it off the service was fast and the atmosphere buzzing. You know you've found a good Indian restaurant when you open the door and your mouth starts watering!

if you like Indian food please Try THE TAJ restaurant in 10 Carlton Parade Orpington Kent BR6 0JB open seven days a week Monday to Saturday 5.30PM to 11.30PM and Sunday 5.30PM to 11.00PM

Italian Pasta and Pizza Restaurants

Gusto Edinburgh

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

Great atmospheric Italian restaurant at the west end of George street. Great if looking to go for dinner somewhere central and enjoy a few drinks as well. Quality of food is very good and plenty to select from. Service is good but prices are maybe quite expensive for an Italian, maybe due to its prime location. Best thing about the restaurant I feel is the atmosphere as it is always busy and always feels as though there is 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.

Gusto is great for large groups - I quite often go with a large group of school friends. There is plenty to choose from on the menu so everyone is happy and a fairly reasonable wine list. The service has also always been top notch; especially considering they quite have to deal with a gaggle of slightly tipsy old friends.

Amarone Edinburgh

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

Had a very lovely meal to celebrate a year with my girlfriend and she loved it so much she said it was the best meal she ever had i loved my food as well. Staff we greet and helpful and polite would go again next time i visit edinburgh

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, City of Edinburgh EH2 1DR – 0131 225 2131

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 :)

Awesome food. Went for dinner and had the vegan haggis, went back the next day for lunch and had some of the specials and desserts. Highly recommend for veggies and omnis alike

David Bann Restaurant

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

Iglu Restaurant & Bar

2B Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HH – 0131 476 5333

Bloody excellent! Went on a Saturday evening with my partner. Quiet when we arrived at 6:45, full on leaving at 8:30pm. Food was nutritious, delicious, not too large, but very satisfying, and best of all - they actually try!! They try new things and 90% of them taste delicious. So if you read reviews and you are moderately adventurous this is a fabulous place to while away the evening.

Wonderful meal last nigth at IGLU. We were the first people in the restaurant last night, but the waitress/cooks made us feel very welcome without feeling at all awkward (which can be a challenge when there's only two people in!) We had G & T and a Penuuin Stout whilst we looked at the menu, both good starts to our evening. They have a fine range of beers- Innis and Gunn, Williams and Black Isle Brewery as well as many gins. Lynda went for spiced califlower soup with Breadshare sourdough bread,and I went for bread with sun-dried dipping sauce. Both were lovely, but in that way that happens, I wish I'd chosen the soup, as the toasted cumin seeds in the soup tasted fab. For our mains we had the Chicken stew pie and cullen skink pie. Both pies were 'mash' pies in the style of shepherds pie. Both were lovely, the cullen skink was particularly tasty, the smoked haddock infused the creamy filling to make a lovely sauce. We usually don't have puddings. We did here. The sticky date pudding with toffee sauce looked like a real treat and not to be missed. It was, and we didn't. The date pudding was so light and moist that it could easily have been served without the amazing toffee sauce...but we're glad it wasn't. To finish we had a latte (decaff) and a wonderfully smoky Lagavulin whisky. Iglu prides itself on local produce. I'll be honest, I'm not fussed about air miles, local producers etc unless the food is great. It was. The menu is almost all gluten free too. I wouldn't have known and it did change my preconcieved ideas that gluten free means 'tastes like cardboard'. A fabulous night out.

Wine Bars and Cocktail Bars

Browns Edinburgh

131 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 – 0131 225 4442

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.

Get a window seat and enjoy a home made main and dessert. Best time to visit is on a week day (lunchtime) as it is quieter and you get superb service (they always seem so attentive). Best meal: Fish dishes Best drink: Wine always Best for: couples and friends, not wee kiddies. Definitely, for special occasions Prices: surprisingly reasonable especially for the George Street crowd

Sygn

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

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.

was here on friday and the barman actually stopped serving us half way through. he gave us a diet coke and then walked away - served various other people and started making up table orders before (17mins later) realising we'd been stood in front of him for a while he asked if we needed served... we told him he hadn't finished giving us our drinks and he lied that he'd 'asked someone else to make it', then proceeded to make them and give us them for free (his manager was watching our encounter) because 'he'd forgotten to serve us' it was all a bit Bizarre!! the staff are all very hipster, the clientele (on a friday at least) are more white collar. we often reserve the private room for work leaving/hen do's and the food is reasonably priced and enough variety to satisfy everyone's tastes. i recommend the starters/sides (i would rather have 2/3 than a main) and alcoholic milkshakes make a nice change from the extensive cocktail menu!

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!

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