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The Outsider

15/16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE

It’s worth grabbing a table here for the view from those oversized rear windows alone – watching the sun dip behind the rooftops of the Grassmarket, the hulking mass of Edinburgh Castle looming in the background, is a magical sight, whether you’re a…

Monteiths

57–61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

There is no shortage of tacky tourist honeypots on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, but hidden among the overpriced eateries and giftshops selling Lady Di tartan and kilt towels, this bar/restaurant is a pleasant surprise. It’s down a close lit by candles and…

Pomegranate

1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH

Situated on a brightly lit corner opposite the Playhouse Theatre, Pomegranate looks like a convenient place to grab a good value pre-theatre fill-up before catching a show, but take a closer look and you’ll find there’s more here than immediately meets…

The Vintage

60 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

Since opening in 2013 The Vintage has won a host of awards and a reputation as one of the best places to drink and eat in Edinburgh. A joint venture with the Williams Brothers Brewery, this relaxed, friendly bar takes the idea of a gastro-pub and raises…

Greenmantle

133 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JP

Proving popular as a student-friendly hangout, the Mash Tun’s Southside sister bar continues to keep it nice and simple. Warm timber tones and traditional leather banquettes lend a reassuringly familiar feel with chilled-out tunes, Saturday night…

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Chaophraya

33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN

If you are looking for a destination dining experience featuring Thai food, then Chaophraya should fit the bill perfectly. With its city-centre rooftop location, intricate lighting arrangements and stunning view of the castle, this place is all about…

The City Café

19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR

Checkerboard floors, neon signs, Art Deco lights and booth seating – the City Cafe ticks most of these obligatory American-style diner boxes. An all-day menu covers familiar comfort food staples with mac and cheese, southern fried chicken and club…

The Espy

62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF

The Espy is a real neighbourhood favourite, full of coffee-drinking mums by day, families in the early evening and a casual crowd by night. The twinkling fairy lights and old pictures of Portobello create a comfortable place to come for a quiet pint…

The Mosque Kitchen

31–33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

Whether the original Mosque Kitchen is actually here or by the Central Mosque a few streets away is largely immaterial. All that matters if you are meeting someone is that this is the one on Nicolson Square, and that Friday lunch starts late after…

Stack Dim Sum Bar

42 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

From outside, the unprepossessing shopfront of Stack Dim Sum barely catches the notice of most passers-by. Step inside, however, and the bustle of trays laden with steam baskets of dumplings, buns and won tons draws your attention around the room.

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Buddy's Bar Diner Grill

677–681 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB

Buddy’s, perhaps more than any other, epitomises the all-encompassing boom of the American-diner throughout the city. What began as a reasonable-sized takeaway now stands as a 60-seater restaurant that holds court on Pollokshaws Road. The recent…

Tanjore

6–8 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HX

Although a relative newcomer, Tanjore is becoming an increasingly popular spot for diners in the know. And quite rightly so. Tanjore exquisitely exhibits the best of south Indian cuisine, a lot of which is not to be found on menus in other Indian…

Café Andaluz

12-15 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DW

Describing the dining experience at Café Andaluz as ‘reliable’ doesn’t do justice to what is a fine restaurant, although it always delivers great food in a relaxed environment. Bigger and more spacious than its cramped West End branch, it has the same…

Cruz Bar and Restaurant

14 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN

A First World War minesweeper boat anchored right at the heart of Leith’s bustling Shore district, Cruz has to be among the most distinctive drinking venues in Edinburgh. A popular watering hole with the area’s young party crowd, Cruz serves up an…

Joseph Pearce’s

23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

An Elm Row institution, Pearce’s – as it is commonly referred to by its sea of regulars – appeals to a smorgasbord of clientele. On a Friday night you will find it stowed out with local office workers and residents, whereas daytime Monday to Friday is a…

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Rascals

65–67 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1LS

Taking over from The Aspen, South Bridge's new cheeky scamp follows a well-worn path of beer and burgers. Familiar brews are boosted by St Mungo and Innis & Gunn lager on draught, with a mixed daytime crowd and evening punters enjoying cocktail…

Spoon

6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

Plenty of restaurants bandy about their seasonal produce credentials, but not all take it as seriously as Spoon, where what’s on the plate takes its cue from what’s in season locally. It’s a mix and match kind of place: casual café by day, unpretentious…

Tony Macaroni

17 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1HP

Occupying a middle ground between restaurant and upmarket diner, Tony Macaroni’s Merchant City venue is homely and relaxed. With a quaint spiral staircase, wrought-iron balcony and classic Italian films playing in the background, the restaurant is…

Urban Bar & Brasserie

23–25 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DT

The classical exteriors of this former bank building give way to a large suitably opulent room lined with sumptuous leather lined booths, white tablecloths, tall lamps, globe lighting and leafy plants alongside a lush cocktail bar. As befits the air of…

Apiary

33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR

To avoid any confusion, it’s nothing to do with hairy mammals – it’s all about the bees (an apiary, for the uninitiated, is a collection of beehives). Or, indeed, the birds and the bees, as this Southside newbie is the younger sibling to Bruntsfield’s…

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Beirut

24 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BU

Despite being only a few years old, Beirut has firmly established itself on the capital’s dining scene by offering quality fare at affordable prices. Although there’s a full range of mains, including shish tawouk – succulent chicken skewers with garlic…

Celadon

49–51 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1QF

Slightly off the beaten track, Celadon’s southside location means that it attracts an eclectic blend of locals, tourists from nearby guest houses and students. The restaurant offers a comfortable environment with stripped-back walls, fairy lights and…

The Forest Café

141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN

The Forest Café, a hippy-ish, vegetarian café in a glass-fronted corner on Lauriston Place, affords excellent views for people-watching both outside and in. Here, in dusty nooks, an army of volunteers bustle among mismatched, recycled chairs and…

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

Established over half a century ago and now in its third generation of family ownership, Henderson’s is an Edinburgh institution. Tucked away down a small flight of stairs, its spacious, basement rooms are popular with ladies who lunch and those looking…

Kama Sutra

331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HW

Don’t be put off by the entrance – hinting at a restaurant that puts a cheesy theme first – for inside is a colourful, spacious yet pleasantly intimate space. Menus may proclaim 'the food of love', yet the twisted metal table dividers and heavy wooden…