Tom’s Top 5 Restaurants in Edinburgh

Published: 20 June 2019

Tom Allen, Convention Edinburgh's Sales and Marketing Executive joined the team in January this year. Here he reflects on the city's diverse food scene.

When I first moved to Edinburgh, I knew very little about the city. I thought the only way to get to know the in’s and out’s was to throw myself in the deep end and explore all Edinburgh has to offer. I was amazed by Edinburgh’s rich heritage and culture, along with the combination of new and old. In particular, Edinburgh's food scene stood out from the get-go, so I've decided to share my top five restaurants in Edinburgh below.

It’s no secret that Edinburgh has a thriving food and drink scene, with a far-reaching world renowned reputation, the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland and a quality that is unrivalled. However, the city also boasts more casual (affordable) options and hidden-gems that truly represent what makes Edinburgh different from the rest, along with bars and traditional Scottish pubs aplenty across the city.


My Fiancé is from Indian heritage so we’ve been looking for an Indian restaurant that reminds her of home cooking. Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay, where people could have an inexpensive snack or a hearty meal, or just seek cool refuge from the street with a glass of chai.

Find out more about Dishoom here.

Dishoom Edinburgh Menu 1

Contini Cannonball Restaurant

Home of the Italian Scots, Contini Cannonball Restaurant is located in one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most historic buildings at the very top of The Royal Mile, in the city's Old Town. Serving traditional Scottish food, all made with the finest ingredients from Scotland’s bountiful larder, Contini, is a must visit to break up a day exploring the city or a great place to impress friends visiting the city with its unrivalled views of the Castle.

Find out more about Contini here.

Contini Cannonball

Grazing by Mark Greenaway

Relax, unwind and eat in the casual and welcoming environment created by award-winning chef Mark Greenaway. The menu, which reflects the laidback ‘grazing’ concept, showcases a mix of traditional, modern and sharing plates using locally sourced ingredients. Grazing by Mark Greenaway is situated on the ground floor of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh with access from Peacock Alley and Rutland Street.

Find out more about Grazing by Mark Greenaway here.

Grazing By Mark Grenaway 1

The Lighthouse Bar - Fingal

The Lighthouse Bar is located on the truly unique floating hotel, Fingal, sister-ship to the Royal Britannia Yacht. The restaurant has been meticulously designed to give guests an unhurried sense of luxury and was a winner with my Fiancé when we stayed overnight at Fingal this Valentines Day in February. Relax on seats covered in the softest leather and watch the vibrant Leith Docks transform from bold daylight into soft, dusky tones, as the evening sun spills across the Firth of Forth.

Find out more about Fingal here.

Fingal Lighthouse Bar 1

The Tower Restaurant

Edinburgh’s original rooftop restaurant, above the National Museum of Scotland, has become a much–loved Edinburgh institution, a favourite of celebrities as well as its fearsomely loyal local fans who all love the chic and luxurious interior, exceptional food and deft service that have become the Tower’s trademark. With unique views of Edinburgh’s castle and city skyline, the Tower delivers rooftop dining at its most spectacular and is a great place to take friends and family when the sun is shining.

Find out more about The Tower Restaurant here.

The Terrace At The Tower Restaurant Looking Out To Edinburgh Castle 1

Read more about Edinburgh's food and drink scene here.

For more information, please contact Tom Allen, Sales and Marketing Executive.


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