3 Spots to Dine in Style in Edinburgh

Edinburgh – known as ‘the Athens of the North’ and it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

The New Town is full of stunning neoclassical architecture and the dramatic volcano-perched castle provides a picture postcard appeal that’s uniquely charming.

Edinburgh Castle

You’ll never run short of cultural or historic attractions in Scotland’s capital — but it’s also home to vibrant restaurants that tingle the taste buds of trendy locals and visitors alike.

Book a table at one of these four spots to dine in style in Edinburgh and you’ll be licking your lips in anticipation.

The Ivy on the Square

The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden has been a chic celebrity hangout for years and now the brasserie has opened an Edinburgh branch in a prime city centre St Andrew’s Square location.

The newly opened Ivy on the Square raises the glamour stakes with its swish Art Deco bar and Chesterfield booths.

The Ivy Edinburgh

Diners can enjoy traditional dishes with a sophisticated twist like scrambled eggs with Scottish smoked salmon, avocado and spinach benedict or wild mushroom and duck.

The St Andrew Royale and Holyrood Spritz cocktails pay homage to the host city and there’s an excellent choice of rare whiskies.

The Ivy chefs have tweaked the menu terrifically to suit refined Scottish tastes — book a table next time you’re north of the border.

The Dome

If you’re lucky enough to visit Edinburgh during the festive season, don’t miss out on a trip to The Dome.

The ravishing George Street restaurant’s Graeco-Roman pillars are lavishly decorated with red bows, holly garlands and sparkling lights as Christmas approaches — providing the perfect photo opportunity to pose in a long party dress prior to a marvellous meal.

lady in evening wear at dinner table Christmas theme

There’s no strict dress code, although you might feel that elegant eveningwear complements a soiree underneath the spellbinding chandeliers.

The cuisine’s rather nice too — the spinach and feta in filo pastry or roast rump of lamb should stir your appetite.


Henderson’s has been building a healthy eating empire in Edinburgh since 1962 and the vegan restaurant now has two city centre locations and one in Holyrood, as well as a delectable deli shop.

It was initially vegetarian but since 2015 has offered completely vegan fare made from fresh local and organic ingredients.

The vegan haggis and root mash allows non-meat eaters to sample Scotland’s national dish and the vegan lasagne is the stuff of legends.

vegan food

But the best thing is the atmosphere — Henderson’s Salad Table restaurant in the New Town is bustling with laid-back Boho vibes and regularly offers live music from a range of musicians.

So if you’re looking for a slice of Edinburgh life pop into any one of these vivacious veggie cafes.

These three spots to dine in style in Edinburgh should whet your appetite for the stunning city.

What’s your favourite Edinburgh eatery? Share your tips in the comments section.

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This is a collaborative post written by Robbie Handy.
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  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    October 27, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I’ve never been to Edinburgh, it looks beautiful, I’d love to be more adventurous but I let my anxiety get the better of me xXx

  2. Sidrah Ahmed
    October 28, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Lovely place i would love to go their with my family

  3. Lee Whittaker
    October 28, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Edinburgh is an amazing city. Haven’t tried any of the restaurants mentioned above but they seem like good options!

  4. October 28, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Oh I love Edinburgh we go at least once a year as it is only an hour away on the train. I haven’t dined in any of these places, we normally dine in or around the old town as that is where we normally stay. Hotel du vin and the Rutland are hotels that I really recommend if you are staying overnight though xx
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  5. Margaret Gallagher
    October 29, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Love going Edinburgh
    Find it a fascinating city
    So much to see and do
    Architecture is stunning

  6. October 29, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    They all look like great places. The dishes are mouth-watering too..would love to visit someday xxx

  7. October 29, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    All the restaurants look gorgeous! I am in the process of working on hubby to take us to Scotland next year so if I persuade him I’ll definitely put them on the list!

  8. October 30, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I have never been to Edinburgh, but it’s on my list. I’m hoping to get up there next year; it just looks so blooming beautiful.

  9. October 30, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Definitely could have used this a few years back ! Isn’t Edinburgh beautiful ?! I’m planning to go back so will definitely use your recommendations!
    Fab photos too by the way x

  10. Beth @ BethinaBox.com
    October 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I’ll have to remember this post if I ever get to SCotland. (It’s been on my list of places to go for years!)

  11. October 31, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I’ve never been to Edinburgh, I would really love to go. Your pictures and post make it look lovely, and the food looks top notch!

  12. Anthea Holloway
    October 31, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    These places sound fabulous – I shall remember them for the future.

  13. Kerry norris
    November 1, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I loved Edinburgh when we went. We’ve actually been looking at a trip this month. Will keep these restaurants in mind if we go x

  14. November 1, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I have been to the Dome for a drink when I was in Edinburgh for work once and it was really beautifully made up, I would love to go back with the kids one day.

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