Best restaurants for a sense of place in Edinburgh



Restaurants and bars that focus on more than just food and drink


These little gems in Edinburgh are all about the dining experience. They focus on making your visit a memorable one, whether it's by serving afternoon tea in a neoclassical library or dinner around long communal tables in a gardener's cottage. Here's where to head if you're looking for the full package.

Taken from the 2016/17 The List Eating & Drinking Guide – £5.95 (plus p&p)

Cannonball Restaurant & Bar
Cannonball House, 356 Castlehill, Royal Mile, EH1 2NE
Contemporary Scottish cuisine and whisky with Royal Mile and castle views. | read our review of Cannonball

Signet Library, Parliament Square, High Street, Old Town, EH1 1RF
Opulent lunch or afternoon tea in the stunning Advocates Library; elegant, delicious and excellent value. | read our review of Colonnades

Le Di-Vin Wine Bar
9 Randolph Place, West End, EH3 7TE
Elegant and atmospheric West End bar in a beautiful old room that's still a well-kept secret. | read our review of Le Di-Vin Wine Bar

Forth Floor Brasserie
Harvey Nichols, 30–34 St Andrew Square, New Town, EH2 2AD
Bright, contemporary and slick venue with killer views across the New Town, contemporary food and decent cocktails. | read our review of Forth Floor Brasserie

The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, Hillside, EH7 5DX
Social dining and seasonal cooking which is so imaginative, interesting and delicious you'll never be bored or disappointed. | read our full review

RT's Bar
24 Royal Terrace, New Town, EH7 5AH
Showing off a notable collection of Scottish contemporary art, this small, smart bar is a distinctive presence on an elegant Georgian terrace. | read our review of RT's Bar

You might also want to consider: Café Royal Circle Bar, The Espy, Old Chain Pier, La P'tite Folie.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2015/16

Eating & Drinking Guide 2016/17

23rd Edition published April 2016. 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.