Best restaurants in Edinburgh for good pre-theatre deals

Best Pre-Theatre Dining in Edinburgh


Where to head if you're looking for a good feed before a show


Whether you're after a quick bite or a more lavish pre-show meal, there are restaurants in Edinburgh of all cuisines with good, affordable menus to fill you up before you head to the theatre.

Dine with Stuart Muir
Their excellent-value market menu is a popular option with those heading to the Usher Hall or Traverse Theatre.

Top-bracket contemporary Scottish cooking with a steal of an early-dining menu, just round from the Festival Theatre.

This Edinburgh institution delivers speedy dinners just over the road from the Playhouse.

La Petite Mort

Steps from the King's, this exceptional wee spot serves imaginative and varied takes on bistro classics.

Set menu mezze, BYOB with no corkage charge and plenty of room for groups makes this a popular choice with those heading to the Playhouse.


A relaxed, homely bistro over the road from the Festival Theatre, there's a pleasingly pared-back pre-theatre deal to be had in Spoon.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A Dine
Saltire Court, , 10 (1F) Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
Elegant theatreland brasserie, with a great cocktail lounge bar and appealing lunch and pre-theatre options.
B Spoon
6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
Quirky and chilled, with a focus on ethical sourcing, serving up food to suit all tastes.
C Field
41 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
Confident modern Scottish cooking with a creative and committed approach to seasonality.
D Pomegranate
1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH
Vibrant Middle Eastern mezze and shisha bar in the heart of the city.