Best restaurants for graduation dinner in Edinburgh and Glasgow
A selection of the top dining spots to celebrate the big day
Hurrah! The day has finally come. Long nights in the library have paid off and you can finally decrease your caffeine intake to a normal level. Your family have made a special trip just to watch you and thousands of other students walk awkwardly across the stage, so the least you could do is choose a good spot for some grub after the ceremony.
But which restaurant will you pick? Your Nan will kick off is she doesn’t get custard with her pudding and the rents will feel awkward buying the obligatory bottle of fizz when it costs more than your gown hire. Decisions, decisions.
Quit flapping guys, here’s our list of places for a good graduation feed in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Best graduation restaurants in Edinburgh
Dine with Stuart Muir
Saltire Court, 10 (1F) Cambridge Street,Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
If you don’t fancy venturing far after the ceremony and you are graduating in the Usher Hall, then Stuart Muir’s Dine is a good point of call. Two courses for £13.50 and three for £17.50 is a pretty reasonable deal, plus graduates get a free glass of champagne, so lucky you.
dineedinburgh.co.uk | read our review of Dine
14 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
At £43 per head, Steak’s graduation offer is at the higher end of the budget, but the chic surroundings, welcoming staff and downright delicious steaks make it a pretty special place to round off your university experience.
steakedinburgh.com | read our review of Steak
15–16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
Are you wanting to soak up those glorious Edinburgh views for one last time, or impress those that are new to the city? As well as serving up a creative and varied menu, The Outsider has breathtaking castle views – just make sure to book a table by the window.
theoutsiderrestaurant.com | read our review of The Outsider
2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
Perched at the West End, this grand restaurant is just a stone's throw from many of Edinburgh’s graduation venues. The restaurant-come-ceilidh room is well suited to big groups, so if you’re bringing the extended family, give this one a shout. Ghillie Dhu also has Ceilidh clubs every Friday and Saturday, so book then for a boogie after.
ghillie-dhu.co.uk/graduation | read our review of Ghillie Dhu
Best graduation restaurants in Glasgow
Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie
158 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1EJ
Voted ‘Scotland’s Most Stylish Restaurant’, Hutchesons in Merchant City is for the truly glamorous. An adventurous cocktail menu, slick service and great attention to detail make it one of Glasgow’s most luxurious dining experiences. Their set graduation menu is £34.95.
hutchesonsglasgow.com | Read our review of Hutchesons
11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
Just off Byres Road, this cosy spot offers authentic Scottish grub for your last meal as a student. If you are blessed with a 9am graduation ceremony, these guys also do a very reasonably priced graduation brunch menu.
bothyglasgow.co.uk/events/graduation | read our review of The Bothy
Hanoi Bike Shop
8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
Thinking something a bit more casual? The Hanoi Bike Shop keeps things real simple, dishing up true Vietnamese food in a vibrant and quirky spot off Byres Road. For groups of four or more, they’ll do you a tasty little banquet menu for £18.95 per person.
hanoibikeshop.co.uk | read our review of The Hanoi Bike Shop
The Corinthian Club
191 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA
With a casino, nightclub, restaurant, bar and several private dining rooms all under one 18th Century Virginia mansion roof, The Corinthian Club is a rather flashy dining affair. For graduation they’ll whip you up brunch plus a glass of Prosecco for £11.95 or a three course meal for £25, a pretty fair deal if you ask us.
thecorinthianclub.co.uk | Read our review of The Corinthian Club