Edinburgh is known for its enriching culture, spectacular historic monuments and quaint cobbled streets, however a stay wouldn’t be quite complete without also experiencing its outstanding cuisine. Luckily, Scotland’s world class larder provides the capital’s restaurants with brilliant local produce, which will make your tastebuds explode! Of course, we have included our culinary delights at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand, but for those prefer to venture out, we’ve got you covered.
The Register Club
What is it? Situated in a venue that is certain to impress, The Register Club elevates cocktails and conversation to an art form. Savour carefully crafted cocktails, light meals and an afternoon tea with a twist (yes it includes homemade custard creams to die for), all set in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Perfect for: Reuniting with friends, a first date, afternoon tea experience
Where? Fourth Floor, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand, 42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
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What is it? Hawksmoor draws on the amazing produce that Scotland has to offer, featuring seafood from around the Scottish coast and beef from grass-fed native breed cattle from both sides of the border. Hawksmoor is a meat-eater’s paradise and is far more than just a steakhouse. Along with some of the best steak in Edinburgh, the restaurants also offers lighter bites at the bar alongside cocktails created by award winning bartenders.
Perfect for: A cosy dinner, intimate drinks, family Sunday roast
Where? 23 West Register Street, EH2 2AA
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The Little Chartroom
What is it? If you’re up for a unique but high-end dining experience, this is the place for you. The Little Chartroom located in Leith is an 18-seat restaurant intimate spot that serves just four fishes for each lunch and dinner sitting. The dishes are a harmonious pairing of fresh and local ingredients curated by well-respected chef Roberta Hall.
Perfect for: Special occasions, keen foodies, impressing the boss
Where? 30 -31 Albert Place, E11 7HN
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What is it? Transformed from the city’s observatory to plush restaurant. The Lookout is situated at the top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, and partly suspended over the mount’s northwest slope. Its floor to ceiling windows offer views across Edinburgh, with each dish reflecting this stunning location and focussing on simple and earthy ingredients.
Perfect for: All occasions
Where? The Collective Site, Calton Hill
Photo Credit: The Lookout
El Cartel Mexicana
What is it? One of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. El Cartel’s short and sweet menu is packed full of punchy flavours in the form of fresh tapas and tacos. Enjoy their very own take on authentic Mexican street-food paired with an extensive range of tequilas. If you ask any local for recommendations on where to eat the best Mexican food – you can be sure this is number one!
Perfect for: An easy but yummy dinner, get together with friends
Where? 15- 16 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ
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Six by Nico
What is it? To put it simply, Six By Nico is exceptional food paired with exceptional themes created by Chef Nico Simeone. Experience a new ever-evolving tasting menu every six weeks, each one themed upon a different place and memory. The dishes are inspired by traditional nostalgic flavours and are presented with creative finesse, reinviting the concept of fine-dining and making it more accessible.
Perfect for: Civilised dinner, foodies, special occasions
Where? 97 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ
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