Best restaurants in Edinburgh – help please!
For an informal, inexpensive good meal try The Dogs.
Bit more pricey is the Grain Store on Victoria St.
There are nice restaurants in Leith – Ship on the Shore is our current favourite. Its only a 10 minute bus from Princes St and a different atmosphere to Princes St / Royal Mile etc.
You didn't mention vegetarian, but if you are go to David Bann's.Posted 8 years agogonefishinMember
To be honest I found the Witchery to be a bit disappointing. It was big on atmosphere but I thought it was cramped and too dark to read the menu properly. To be fair though my opinion was probably coloured from having eaten at No 1 at the Balmoral the night before which was much much better for not that much more money.Posted 8 years agoKitMember
I've been to Oloroso (on Castle Street, just off Princes Street) a couple of times and it's pretty good.
The Wichery/Atrium I've been to a few times (with customers usually) and never been all that impressed.
When I'm paying then The Apartment is a favourite – fun menu, not too expensive and good food.Posted 8 years agopixelmixMember
I too was a tad disappointed with the witchery. My seafood platter main wasn't the best tasting I have ever had, and the staff were keen to kick us out to get the table back.
If you like seafood, try Cafe Royal or Fishers, but near Princes Street.
Someone mentioned the Dogs – I'd definitely recommend going there for lunch the day after your meal (to the upstairs place). You can book or turn up if you are going early. (We went at 12 yesterday without a reservation, but normally it is pretty busy). There is a new restaurant downstairs called 'Dogs Amore'. Looks like a fancier more formal version of the Dogs, so might be good for dinner.Posted 8 years agomrmichaelwrightMember
Second the Tower at the museum of scotland, it's a cracking venue
I once spent a very entertaining and slightly surreal night in there with a load of lovies and two 6ft 4 transvestites. Think it was the premier of Tears of the Black Tiger but i can't rightly remember that muchPosted 8 years agojimmySubscriber
There is a new restaurant downstairs called 'Dogs Amore'. Looks like a fancier more formal version of the Dogs, so might be good for dinner.
The Dogs Amore is an Italian version of The Dogs – simple cheap food. Only been once but wasn't massively impressed. Not much effort had been put into the flavours, just basic Italian food dished out. Their concept doesn't work so well away from traditional food & ingredients.
Here's The Dogs and there's a link to Amore Dogs on there.Posted 8 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Loads of good suggestions.
A great Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum on a weekend lunch time is Saigon Saigon, which is just off Princes St / St Andrews Sq. It looks fairly generic, and has one of those dodgy Chinese buffets, but if you ask for the Dim Sum menu you'll be impressed. Very popular with Chinese folk for this reason.Posted 8 years agotiggs121Member
Kushis Diner is good – take your own booze or buy from the pub next door and take in. Pub is called The Blind Poet.
Across the street is The Mosque Kitchen – good food and much cheapness.
Forget the name of the street but it's near Nicholson Square and the University – Appleton Tower.Posted 8 years ago
The Outsider on the Bridges is very good too, esp. if you get a table overlooking the Castle.
The Outsider is a sister reseraunt to The Apartment and it's probably better from a location point of view. We tend to use the Apartment as it's convenient for the theatres on Lothian Road. Both are good though, and it's an interesting & varied menu.Posted 8 years agoStu_NSubscriber
My favourite place in the whole of Edinburgh is La Garrigue on Jeffrey Street. Very good food (SW French cooking) and impeccible service.
A Room In The Town and West End are good and is BYOB which keeps the cost down (if you get wine from Oddbins they don't even charge corkage IIRC).
Other favorites for us are Cafe Marleyne (on Thistle Street) – French, Barioja on Jeffrey Street (Tapas), the Outsider on George IV bridge. Dogs is OK, not amazing and service and food are a bit random – like half decent home cooking rather than a restaurant meal. Wouldn't go there for a special meal.
Indian – Ghandis on East Fountainbridge is excellent and Kushis Diner also very good.
For brunch I'd recommend Urban Angel (eggs benedict mmmmmmmm!) – very hard to beat that to clear the head.
Have a look at thelist.co.uk for reviews, as ever take the comments with a pinch of salt though.
EDIT – for veggie, David Bann is exceptional. La Garrigue has recently owned a sister restauarant, L'Artichaut, which is apparently very good too but haven't eaten there.Posted 8 years agosquarewheelsMember
I asked the same question last year and based on the recommendations I chose First Coast on Dalry Road. Very nice indeed – informal, reasonably priced and first class food.
I proposed to the SO over the main course and she said yes so must have been fairly good!Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Kushi's hasn't been the same since the old place burned down, still good food mind but not on the same level… And not such a nice venue either. I was seriously impressed by David Bann's, superb and inventive food but also the service was phenomenal, though the quality of the main courses seemed a wee bit variable. It gains a lot for the novelty value but it'd be worth it even without that.Posted 8 years ago
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