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Pubs or Bars

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.


Restaurants with the Granton (Edinburgh) area

All Restaurants

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)

This place is just magical. During Christmas we went here for our Christmas dinner. The food here is outstanding. And the staff was very friendly.

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.

The Kitchin

78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6LX – 0131 555 1755

I wanted to love The Kitchin, and I'm sure to go back and give it another chance, but our first visit was just too mixed to thoroughly enjoy. The food was excellent, easily five stars, but out experience surrounding said food was lackluster. It seemed like we were there on a particularly busy and backed-up night. We had to wait for our table, in the crowded bar where no one bothered to come take our drink order. Once we were at our table, the service was better, but we still spent the evening feeling like an afterthought (which is not how you want to feel when you're spending a good bit of money on a birthday dinner you had to book months in advance). We weren't even offered the tasting menu, I suppose because they were running so far behind on the evening (I didn't bother to ask, because after waiting for our table I wasn't sure I even wanted a long meal anymore). Like I said, the food itself was delicious, but it wasn't enough to make up for the neglectful treatment. I hope our experience this night was the exception and not the rule.

Not cheap, but incredible value, especially for lunch. Treat yourself - easily one of the best places to eat in Edinburgh, if not all of Scotland.

Chinese Restaurants

Chop Chop Haymarket

248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 8DT – 0131 221 1155

Unlike my experience at the (now closed) Leith branch, I have only ever experienced fantastic service here. Excellent food at reasonable prices means Chop Chop is a regular haunt. The decor is a bit utilitarian but nobody is caring as they stuff down another plate of dumplings. Particular favourite dishes of mine are the crispy potato salad and the pan fried aubergines. Only loses a star due to the unlimited banquet deal not being as good as it used to be.

Everyone in Edinburgh knows that if you want dumplings you go to Chop Chop. Gordon Ramsay knows this. You will probably know this. ...but have you been to Chop Chop recently? I hadn’t. Embarrassingly I probably last visited Chop Chop right after they appeared on the F Word back in 2009. It turns out that I had forgotten what Chop Chop is all about - and that is much more than just dumplings; Chop Chop is all about banqueting to be precise… and not in a help yourself under hot lights buffet kind of way. Instead Chop Chop focus on the Chinese style of serving where you order collectively and share all dishes, which are brought to the table in random order as soon as they are ready. The best part of the banquet is that it is unlimited - like a dish? just ask for more. For £20.50 a head that is a bargain. So, my verdict? Don’t expect fine dining. Don’t expect a glamorous interior - this is casual dining and the restaurant space is showing its age. Go with a big crowd. Go to the new Glasgow restaurant when it opens on Mitchell Street (i'm hearing great things). Go for good, simple food, go for the dumplings, go for the lamb, go for proper Chinese food. Without having to eat chicken feet.

Karens Unicorn Chinese Restaurant Edinburgh

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

Great service, good food and peaceful atmosphere. Staff were extremely helpful and kind. However, food is quite pricey. Aside from that, I recommend this restaurant.

This has to be the best Chinese takeaway in Edinburgh, if not Scotland, and if not Britain! I'm a big fan of Chinese food, and have sampled a wide range. This is definitely in the top 1%. I usually order for pick-up, but delivery has always been prompt when I've used it. Food always delicious and piping hot. I would recommend the lemon chicken, very nice!

Rendezvous Chinese Restaurant

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

Ate here while staying in Edinburgh overnight. No booking but they fitted us in OK. The food was good, the atmosphere pleasant and the prices reasonable. No complaints!

This is a nice Chinese restaurant in the west end of the city centre. The menu offers the standard Chinese options however it is cooked superbly with fresh ingredients. The food was not greasy at all and there was plenty of it. The decoration inside is lovely and cosy and the staff are very friendly. The takeaway service is also very good we only had to wait 20 minutes before we could pick up our order. I would highly recommend trying this Chinese in particular the honey ribs and shredded chilli chicken .

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.

Mother India's Cafe

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

One of the not-so-well hidden gems in the city, Mother India combines the rich flavours of the Indian food with the convenience of the tapas style platters. You can easily share up to 6 tapas with a friend, along with a couple of naans, and, based on my experience, you will keep asking for more. When we go there we use to order 2 or 3 of our favourite platters and the for the rest we try new platters, picking almost randomly from the menu. I have never been disappointed following this strategy.

A really fun place to go eat in medium sized groups. The size of the tapas are enough that they can be shared and allow you to try many things on the menu. I highly recommend it.

Indian Cavalry Club

22 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7AF – 0131 220 0138

I went here on spec about a month ago. The food was first rate. I had a lamb tikka starter and vegetarian main dishes and nan bread - it was all great. The service was good too. The place was fairly quiet as it was early evening and maybe the service would be slower when they are busy, but I certainly can't understand some of the negative reviews.

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

Join their dinners club and get between 20% & 40% off your food bill. Great Italian restaurant on George street that is a regular venue for a catch up with the girls. I am vegetarian and they will use veggie friendly cheese of you ask them.

Not too bad a place. Quite a range on the menu from steak to pizzas and pasta. If seated on the upper level, there is a great view of the kitchen where you can see bits and pieces being made - very nice to see this. A nice meal.

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

Overall I enjoyed my dinner at Hendersons. The positives were the surroundings - in the basement are with a guitarist playing I felt a bit like I was on holiday (if it wasn't for all the jumpers I was wearing to combat Edinburgh in February!). The service was prompt and polite and we were left to our conversation, no hustling out the door. The food was tasty - but the choice (and portions) wasn't huge, around 6 mains (in addition to various salads) but at least one wasn't available - and the same for deserts - two of the options were unavailable - but thankfully the off menu option was really delicious! The main was also tasty, but for the price there could have been a lot more of it.

Nice food and service. But personally I guess it'd be more cosy in the evening-- since it's basically built in a basement with no views and no sunlight. Would be a bit shame to go there in a sunny (especially winter) day.

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.

Pretty good, not great. Food was well presented. Thai flavored udon noodles was extremely mild in seasoning. I didn't expect Thai spiciness, but more Thai style distinction. Service ok.

Kalpna

2-3 Saint Patrick Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9EZ – 0131 667 9890

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

Great food. Lunchtime buffet - excellent quality and great value.

Wine Bars and Cocktail Bars

The WestRoom

3 Melville Place, Edinburgh EH3 7PR – 0131 629 9868

The best cocktail I've ever had was at the WestRoom - if it wasn't so expensive I could drink it all night. I also like the place itself, with lots of wood and a stylish decor. Definitely recommend it.

I had dinner last week at the West Rooms and thoroughly lovely experience. The wine list is brilliant and we would highly recommend the baked camembert as a sharing starter. Good range of food - including yummy veggie options - and a great ambiance. Will certainly eat here again soon.

The Newsroom Bar & Eatery

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

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!

This is a great bar for after work drinks, not too fussy and drinks are reasonable for near the centre of town. Nice chilled vibe and the decor is very cool. In summer it's great with the windows open wide, except when the traffic stalls by your table for too long. Cocktail menu is good and the wine and beer selection is fair. Haven't eaten there but have heard good things. The toilet cubicles are tiny though - why do planners do that??

Tempus

21-25 George Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH2 2PB – 0131 240 7197

A good place to grab a drink if you're in the area, or staying in the attached hotel next door. They have a nice wine list and a good selection of drinks. The atmosphere is really nice and always buzzing with a mix of locals and visitors. The food on the other-hand isn't amazing: well presented, but a somewhat limited menu and there is something just a bit bland about the food.

If you are looking for a beautifully situated bar for a cocktail - Tempus is the place for you! Located on the St Andrews Square end of Princes Street, Tempus offers a chilled out environment to enjoy one of their many delicious cocktails. The only qualm I have with Tempus is the standard of their bar food. Disappointing to say the least but they do have a very grand restaurant area towards the back of the bar which I am sure is delicious.