Outdoor Dining in Edinburgh
29 April 2021
A bright spring day is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends for an al fresco meal or drink. And the good news is there are several Edinburgh bars, restaurants and cafes ready to welcome you back in their outdoor terraces and gardens. Below are some suggestions - bon appétit!
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As well as the home to city centre serviced apartments, Mayvn, Eden Locke's artisan coffee and natural wine bar is a peaceful place to watch the world go by while you sip on a delicious brew.
Eden Locke 127 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN. Tel: 0330 056 3363
Situated just off St. Andrew Square, Gaucho is a haven for steak lovers. Serving Argentina’s best free-to-roam, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef with a premium wine list, come and experience their extensive menu today.
Outdoor terrace is available for walk-ins. Indoor tables must be pre-booked online.
Gaucho 4A St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD. Tel: 0131 278 3410.
Traditional Italian classics are Amarone’s speciality, with pizza and pasta lovers spoiled for choice. They also serve a range of fish, meat and salads; all created using the freshest local ingredients.
Amarone 12-13 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF. Tel: 0131 523 1171
With a focus on brilliant brunches, exceptional Afternoon Teas and beautifully curated cocktails, Le Monde is the perfect place to catch up with friends.
Le Monde 16 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF. Tel: 0131 270 3900
Hard Rock Café
Tuck into all the American classics, including burgers, steaks, indulgent desserts and classic cocktails in this rock n roll themed resultant.
Outdoor seating is unreserved and available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Hard Rock Cafe 20 George Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2PF. Tel: 0131 260 3000.
All Bar One
Graze over tapas and sharing plates, indulgent desserts and smaller dishes that are just perfect for a lunch treat, all while sipping on a classic cocktail in this city centre bar.
All Bar One 29-31 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA. Tel: 0131 226 9971.
Caffe Centro is a family run restaurant serving a range of delicious and authentic Italian dishes.
Caffe Centro 38 George Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2LE. Tel: 0131 281 5458.
Situated in the heart of George Street, this exceedingly popular Spanish tapas restaurant has an extensive range of tapas. A firm favourite is the Pollo Rebozado, succulent chicken fillets in a crisp batter coated with light grain mustard and honey.
Cafe Andaluz 77B George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3EE. Tel: 0131 220 9980.
Candy Bar & Diner
You’ll find an affordable range of delicious food here, including nachos, tacos, stonebaked pizzas and crispy waffle pancakes, as well as classic cocktails, craft beers and world wines.
Candy Bar & Diner 113-115 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN. Tel: 0131 225 9179
George Street's trendy Tigerlily has a reputation to be proud of, with their finger firmly on the pulse of global trends in mixology. You can always be sure of something special in their extensive cocktail menu.
Tigerlily 125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN. Tel: 0131 225 5005
Contini is an award winning family run restaurant combines the finest ingredients from Scotland’s own larder with freshly imported produce direct from Italy reflecting the warmth of the Italian sun. This is classic, Italian cuisine at its very best
Contini 103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES. Tel: 0131 225 1550.
Hand-crafted cocktails, a fabulous range of wines and Champagne, Scottish gins and whiskies, as well as well as menu with fresh and seasonal dishes, Browns is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.
Browns 131 - 133 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JS. Tel: 0131 225 4442
Serving the best in authentic Italian food and chic cocktails, Gusto specialize in catering to all dietary requirements with over 30% of the menu available as vegan.
Gusto 135 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JS. Tel: 07341 960 328
Whether your burger of choice is beef, chicken or vegan, you’ll find a mouth-watering range here, as well as a range of fries and sides.
Butta Burger 137 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JY. Tel: 0131 629 0700
Small plates, burgers and classic pub meals, together with craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails can all be found in this west end bar.
Amber Rose 22-26 Castle Street/Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4LS. Tel: 0131 226 1224.
The Ivy on the Square
Whether it's lunch with friends or dinner with a loved one, The Ivy on the Square offer a delicious range of seasonal dishes, as well as an exciting selection of cocktails.
Limited outdoor seating available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Book online for an indoor reservation.
The Ivy on the Square 6 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD. Tel: 0131 526 4777
Housed in a converted 19th century warehouse, this family-run restaurant has an enclosed courtyard, the perfect place to enjoy exquisite dishes sourced from local, artisan suppliers.
Courtyard open until 9pm, on a first-come-first-served basis.
Timberyard 10 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS. Tel: 0131 221 1222
The Sheep Heid Inn
Known as the oldest surviving public house in Scotland having been established in 1360, this charismatic pub, bar, and restaurant has its own courtyard, ideal for enjoying their renowned variety of seasonal favourites and classic pub dishes.
The Sheep Heid Inn 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA. Tel: 0131 661 7974
The Devil’s Advocate
Hidden away in Advocate’s Close in an old Victorian pump house, this bar and restaurant's food menu boasts seasonal and Scottish ingredients that change monthly, alongside a range of impressive cocktails and 300 whiskeys.
Open 7 days, 12pm-8pm inside; 12pm-10pm outside on the terrace. Book online.
The Devil's Advocate 9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND. Tel: 0131 225 4465
Serving classic Thai and distinct signature dishes, including vegan and gluten free options, Chaophraya's outdoor terrace has spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth, making it a spectacular setting to enjoy stunning food.
Chaophraya 4th Floor, 33 Castle St, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN. Tel: 0131 634 0023.
Burgers and Beers Grillhouse
This award-winning gourmet burger restaurant serve a range of mouthwatering burgers, crafted in-house daily. Situated on the bustling Royal Mile, their beer garden is a great place to enjoy beer & a burger as you people watch on this busy thoroughfare.
Booking advised, but walk-ins also welcome.
Burgers and Beers Grillhouse 192A High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RW. Tel: 0131 226 1214
Morningside & Bruntsfield
Nestled on the edge of leafy Bruntsfield Links, this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant has a lovely outdoor terrace. Enjoy the relaxing park views as you tuck into their classic dishes.
Black Ivy 4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh, EH9 1DU. Tel: 0131 564 1901
McLarens on the Corner
Catering for all types of weather, this family-friendly restaurant has a beautiful garden with Ski Gondolas for dining in, allowing you to enjoy the all-day food menu, while imagining you’re snowboarding on Whistler Mountain.
Ski Gondolas allow for 4 people from 1 household. Bookings are currently for 1 hour 45 minutes. Book online.
McLarens on the Corner 8 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DD. Tel: 0131 370 3322.
The Garden Bistro
Located in the beautiful Walled Garden in Saughton Park, The Garden Bistro takes inspiration from local, seasonal ingredients.
Outdoor table service available. Book online.
The Garden Bistro 60 B Fords Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3HR. Tel: 0131 285 1308.
Leith & Newhaven
The Ship on the Shore
Whether its weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner or just enjoying a delicious glass of champagne, wine or cocktail, the Ship on the Shore's outdoor terrace offers informal, understated excellence, all while enjoying the buzz of Leith.
Phone to make a reservation.
The Ship on the Shore 24-26 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN. Tel: 0131 555 0409.
Nobles Bar & Restaurant
With it's pretty nautical-themed stained-glass windows, this award winning pub and restaurant in the heart of Leith serves seasonal dishes using the best Scottish ingredients, as well as an extensive selection of local craft beers, exquisite wines and cocktails.
Small number of outdoor tables. Book online.
Nobles Bar & Restaurant 44a Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS. 0131 629 7215.
With a wide selection of local craft beer, an innovative range of cocktails and a wide selection of pub classics, this popular local has a small number of outdoor tables.
Woodland Creatures 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL. Tel: 0131 629 5509.
Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill
Housed in a renovated fishmarket dating to the 1890s, the menu features the freshest and most seasonal fish and seafood.
Outside terrace bookings are only for dining (food and drinks) and are limited on first-come, first-served basis. Please state in the special requests if outside terrace table is required. Outside tables are weather permitted and if conditions are not suitable you will be seated inside.
If outside tables are not booked for dining, staff are happy to offer drinks-only table service. It is not possible to make reservations for drinks-only.
Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill 25 - 26 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP. Tel: 0131 559 3900.
The Beach House
This lovely beach-front cafe offers delicious, organic, locally sourced food, wines & beers. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or one of their homemade gelatos, ice creams or sorbets, you're in for a treat. Outdoor tables.
Between 8am - 5.30pm tables are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Bookings for evening service (from 5.30pm) should be made online.
The Beach House 57 Bath Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1HE. Tel: 0131 657 2636
Serving tasty pub grub in their Secret Garden, which is open 12-10pm everyday. Booking system is for both inside & outside tables.
Book online or call to make a reservation.
The Torfin 108 St John's Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8AX. Tel: 0131 334 2837.
The Paper Mill
Overlooking the River Esk in the tranquil conservation village of Lasswade, the Paper Mill serves fresh, seasonal and locally sourced food and drinks.
Enjoy their classic breakfast, a glass of fizz or a craft beer on the terrace.
The Paper Mill 2-4 Westmill Road, Lasswade, EH18 1LX. Tel: 0131 663 1412.
The Sun Inn
The Original Rosslyn Inn
The Railbridge Bistro
Situated beneath the iconic Forth Bridge, this modern, bustling bar-diner has a large outdoor seating area.