Best outdoor dining in Edinburgh

Best outdoor dining in Edinburgh

The Cumberland Bar

Dine al fresco in some of the city's best outdoor eating spots


The British Summer is blessing us with good weather (for now), so make the most of it by picking the right place to soak up some rays. From suntrap courtyards and tables by the beach to traditional beer gardens and pavement dining, Edinburgh has plenty of options for that rare bit of sunshine. Who says you have to go to overseas to have supper outside?

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

129 Fountainbridge, West End, EH3 9QG
Edinburgh's Swedish chain takes on its biggest venture yet, and gets everything right with good food, drink and family friendliness, plus outdoor seating next to the canal. | read our review of Akva

The Cumberland Bar
1–3 Cumberland Street, New Town, EH3 6RT
Traditional Victorian pub with an excellent leafy beer garden, in the city's elegant New Town. | read our review of The Cumberland Bar

The Espy
62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, EH15 1HF
Casual, friendly, family-oriented beachside bar/restaurant with a tiki theme, and views of Portobello beach. | read our review of The Espy

Petit Paris
38–40 Grassmarket, Old Town, EH1 2JU
Diminutive French bistro consistently serving excellent classic dishes, with prime outdoor seating for sunny days. | read our review of Petit Paris

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro
1 Summerhall, Southside, EH9 1 PL
Relaxed, airy space with bistro staples, great beer and gin produced on site, and tables in the courtyard. | read our review of The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro

Teuchters Landing
1c Dock Place, Leith, EH6 6LU
Relaxing waterfront pub doing almost 100 per cent Scotland-sourced food and drink, with an excellent whisky selection. | read our review of Teuchters Landing

You might also want to consider: Café Cassis, Milk at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Peter's Yard, The Salisbury Arms

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.