Edinburgh’s restaurant, bars, coffee shops and bakeries have been working incredibly hard to put in place all the safety measures both guests and staff expect.
So, whether it’s lunch with friends, date-night, or simply a slice of cake and coffee to yourself, there’s no end of possibilities to choose from.
We’ve selected a few of our favourites to whet your appetite – enjoy!
Grazing by Mark Greenaway
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
With a focus on customers sharing and enjoying their dining experience in a leisurely, relaxed manner, Grazing by Mark Greenaway is situated within one of Edinburgh’s finest hotels, the Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian.
Highlighting Mark’s love for Scotland’s natural larder, the menu incorporates locally sourced ingredients with unique concept dishes and a 6-course surprise tasting menu. And as Mark’s signature style is desserts, it would surely be a shame not to indulge!
With a host of accolades to his name, Mark’s dedication and passion place him in the top tier of Scottish chefs. He is the only chef in Scotland to be newly awarded 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence in 2012; in 2017 he was placed #160 in the top 300 chefs in the world in “The Best Chef” rankings and he won the title of “Best Chef in Edinburgh” in the 2018 Scottish Food Award, as well as in the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards the same year.
Bookings can be made via the website.
76-78, Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
The Kitchin on Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront opened in 2006 and quickly established itself as a quality restaurant. Awarded a Michelin star in 2007, this was followed by numerous prestigious awards including “Best UK Restaurant”, “Best Restaurant in Scotland” and “Best Restaurant Experience”.
Presenting modern British seasonal cuisine which is influenced by French cooking techniques and an appreciation of the best quality ingredients available from Scotland's fantastic natural larder, the restaurant’s philosophy is “From Nature to Plate”. Chef Tom Kitchin is passionate about sourcing only the very best local, seasonal produce.
A nod to Scotland’s heritage is also evident in the restaurant’s dining room where textures of wool, wood, stone, glass and fur feature within the intimate dining space. Grey and silvery colour tones, striking tones of turquoise wallpaper designs by Timorous Beasties and grey table tops and woven placemats, offer diners a chance to fully unwind and enjoy the theatre of cooking.
The Kitchin is open Tuesday to Saturday. Reservations can be made online or by calling 0131 555 1755.
Kyloe Restaurant & Grill
1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE
Located within The Rutland Hotel at Edinburgh’s West End and boasting enviable views of Edinburgh Castle, Kyloe Restaurant & Grill is an award winning gourmet steak restaurant.
Kyloe, an old Scots word for Highland beef cattle, highlights the strength and versatility of Scottish beef produce. The restaurant uses cuts from pedigree Aberdeen Angus – supplied by some of Scotland’s top farms and butchers – to bring customers the best possible steak experience.
The unique and interesting wine list has been sourced through numerous wine merchants and features Kyloe’s signature wine "Angus the Bull’, a South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon - the ideal complement for your steak.
Reservations can be made online or by calling 0131 229 3402.
- Booking strongly recommended.
- Maximum table numbers and households apply.
- Guests are asked to arrive promptly for bookings.
- Guests are required to wear a mask on arrival and while moving around the restaurant.
- Guests will be asked to submit their details for contact tracing and temperatures will be taken on arrival.
38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ
An indoor urban oasis, The Garden is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Situated within Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel at Edinburgh’s West End, the inspiration for the design of The Garden came from the great hothouses, orangeries and nurseries of grand, historic country estates. With a glazed roof that provides a greenhouse feel, you can comfortably enjoy the Edinburgh weather in all its elements.
Whether meeting with colleagues in a quiet corner, a light lunch amid the greenery, or an evening with a seasonal spritz or classic whisky cocktail in hand, The Garden offers the perfect space.
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
102 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DF
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill brings the exquisite flavours and traditions of South American to Edinburgh.
The concept is straightforward – diners enjoy continuous tableside service of the finest grilled meats, using a double-sided card to control the flow of meats at their own pace. The green side signals the chefs to bring out skewers of sizzling meats one by one, while the red side indicates a resting point. To accompany your meats, chefs have created a sumptuous selection of both Brazilian and Argentinian side dishes.
Reservations should be made online.
- Reservations must be made in advance - see website.
- Maximum number of guests per reservation is 8 people.
- Contactless and card payments only.
- Paperless menus.
- Increased cleaning measures in place.
- Guests will be asked to sanitise their hands when entering.
- Face coverings are encouraged any time guests are not at their table.
- Restaurant tables will be distanced.
Contini George Street
103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
A beautiful, vibrant buzzy Italian restaurant situated in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and delivers everything you want from a fabulous, authentic contemporary Italian restaurant. Since opening in 2004, Contini George Street has delivered fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian cooking, sourcing produce direct from the markets in Italy for their seasonally changing menus. The homemade pasta and delicious Puglian focaccia is made fresh every morning.
On-line booking encouraged.
- It is not possible to make reservations for outside tables.
- Other new measures include the addition of glass screens to help segregate guests; an upgrade of the natural air ventilation system to support better natural air flow; and single use menus and drinks lists to help avoid any possible contamination.
11 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
A taste of Spain in Edinburgh! Alongside their restaurant on George Street, Cafe Andaluz serve authentic small plates of Spanish tapas.
With furnishings from Spain, authentic fabrics, ornaments and mosaic tiling, an outing here is reminiscent of a summer evening meal on your favourite Spanish holiday.
Bookings should be made advance via the website.
Cold Town House
4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
Cold Town House’spassion? - Pizza, prosecco and craft beer.
Cold Town House was born with Scottish history at its heart and is named in honour of the Calton Hill Brewery in Edinburgh – which in 1835 was the first in Britain to brew lager. Then known as Caldtoun, today we more commonly know the area as Calton Hill – hence the name Cold Town beer!
Bookings are now open for the indoor areas, Roof Terrace and the new Grassmarket Garden. Advance booking is recommended.
- Maximum table numbers and households are based on the current advice from the Scottish Government.
- Guests are asked to arrive promptly – bookings will be staggered to avoid guests waiting in the entrance.
- You must wear a mask on arrival and while moving around the venue.
- You will have your table for 1 hour 45 minutes.
1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW
The philosophy of Fishers restaurants is simple; honest food, great service and a relaxing dining experience. You can visit Fishers in the City, Fishers Leith and The Shore Bar and Restaurant.
Fishers Leith is the original Fishers. Nestled on the historic Shore in Leith and set in a 17th century watchtower, Fishers in Leith is still winning awards 20 years after it first opened. Two beautiful dining areas, the round room and bar or the restaurant, not forgetting outside dining in the summer months, all offer a great atmosphere and fabulous sea food.
Bookings can be made via the website.
Fingal - The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar
Alexandra Dock, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7DX
Fingal started life as a lighthouse tender, helping maintain lighthouses and transporting their keepers, equipment and supplies to some of the most treacherous locations in Scotland. She has now been transformed into an exquisite 23 cabin boutique hotel and exclusive use venue by the award winning team at The Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar has a relaxed, luxurious feel and vast floor to ceiling windows, serving afternoon tea, dinner and spectacular cocktails.
Reservations should be made by calling 0131 357 5000.
- Dining within the restaurant will adhere to social distancing between tables with a maximum number of guests per restaurant/table.
- Outdoor dining options on the decks will be available subject to weather conditions.
- Menus will be disinfected after each use.
- All contact points - door handles and stair rails, light switches etc. regularly disinfected.
- Contactless payment encouraged where possible.
The Jolly Botanist
256-260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
Located in the West End at Haymarket, The Jolly Botanist was voted “Best new Pub 2015”. With an old Victorian style interior, the bar has a very welcoming and distinctive feel.
As well as an extensive selection of gins, whiskeys and cocktails, they offer an ever changing internationally and seasonally inspired menu.
Bookings can be made via the website.
St John's Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, EH12 7XD
A family run bakery and restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and a tempting selection of delicious cakes, Mimi’s Bakehouse is perfect for any occasion, or even just a midweek treat!
Now with six locations throughout Edinburgh, all are now open daily for dine-in all-day brunch, afternoon tea, cake and coffee.
Bookings for the Leith and Corstorphine bakeries can be made online.
- Floor markers in place, as well as a one-way queuing system.
- Outdoor seating is for walk-in customers only.
- Maximum table size is for 8 people. Standard bookings times are 1.5 hours for brunch and 2 hours for afternoon tea.
- 15 minute gap between bookings to sanitise table and chairs before each new arrival.