This Edinburgh restaurant guide lists architect-designed restaurants & cafes. These restaurants are mostly contemporary. The key classics, such as The Balmoral Hotel and Fishers, are inserted to give depth. Most restaurants are reviewed for surroundings, food & service.
Edinburgh restaurant recommendations:
Restaurant recommendations: service + interior + food & wine *** excellent ** good * fair ^ unreviewed
This restaurant page is updated at least monthly
Edinburgh Restaurants listed by area, starting with the best reviews in each area
Latest Edinburgh Restaurant added photo : T Cheung Taste Good Restaurant - Interior Design : a+j burridge. 8 Feb 2011
Latest Restaurant Review
Rock's, Dunbar, East Lothian Driving along the Dunbar coastal road in the dark The Rocks stands out as a welcoming beacon. The warm glow pulls you in. The friendly staff have all been at The Rocks for the past six and a half years, quite unusual in the fast-moving world of catering. Rock's restaurant review. 15 Oct 2010
Latest East Lothian Restaurant Review
Donald's at Aberlady, East Lothian "Malcolm Duck’s sprawling whitewashed Inn located on Aberlady High Street is as charming and welcoming as Malcolm himself. A great place to either while away the hours on a rainy afternoon or a dark wintery night - either in the well stocked bar or sampling some of the tasty offerings on the menu." Donald's Aberlady restaurant review. 9 Oct 2010
Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Review
Candle’s restaurant, 21 Candlemakers Row, Old Town, Edinburgh "The service was overly attentive to the point of being smothering; we were unable to have a conversation over dinner without being interrupted every few minutes. Meals were bland and simple. One meal was different to the menu description. Meals were accompanied by a cheap iceberg lettuce salad and tomato wedges, which looked as if it had come straight out of a bag from the local supermarket. I am unsure if a qualified chef is employed at this restaurant because the meals were so poor in quality. Do yourself a favour and cook a meal at home instead." 8 Sep 2010
Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
agua hotel by Ian Springford Architects, as Apex Hotel & Metro above. agua restaurant was created by converting the former Bank of Scotland's Uberior House office building into a four-star hotel. Above the restaurant are 119 bedrooms including 3 suites, meeting facilities and bar.
Point Hotel Restaurant
Bread St, Edinburgh.
+44 (0)131 221 5555
An Edinburgh Restaurant with real atmosphere. Vibrant planes of colour and wonderfully-clean modern lines.
Bread St, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 221 5555
This Edinburgh restaurant, by Terry Farrell & Partners, on the ground floor of the Sheraton Health Club, rather pedestrian compared to spa above. Quite expensive, high-quality Italian food but poor views. Includes a cheaper cafe.
Metro Edinburgh - triple-height modern white-painted timber-floored basement restaurant with street-level bar by Ian Springford Architects, opened 2000. One of two restaurants at Metro, the other being at the top of the building with good views of the Castle.
The Traverse is reputedly the longest bar in Edinburgh - downstairs, by Nicholas Groves-Raines Architects. More a theatre bar than fine dining.
10 Cambridge St., Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 228 8882
The Atrium is an expensive, but excellent restaurant. Owner Andrew Radford won The Macallan Taste of Scotland Award 1994.
10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 221 1222
blue restaurant is a sedate, restrained contemporary interior with limited cream-coloured palette set-off with blue. blue is by Andrea Faed Architects. Up the stairs on left of the Traverse entrance; unusual views of internal courtyard by others. blue is one of a number of Andrew Radford restaurants, including The Atrium.
Edinburgh City Travel Inn
1 Morrison Link
+44 (0)131 228 9819
Hilton Caledonian Hotel
Princes St, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 222 8888
The Pompadour Restaurant
Exclusive former railway terminus hotel with restaurants and bars. The Caledonian Hotel is one half of the Victorian double-act with the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh's class stalwarts. Edinburgh's Hilton has four bar / restaurants.
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Oloroso Restaurant designed by Richard Murphy Architects. Superb restaurant and pleinair terrace with views across to Fife. At the heart of the design is the Cocktail Bar with real flame fire. Lounge with views to Arthurs Seat, Private Dining Room with views to the Castle.
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The Voodoo Rooms
West Register St
+44 (0)131 556 7060
Voodoo Rooms : Restaurant review 25 May 2009 Recommended for an informal evening out rather than sporting diamonds and tiara
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Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant, Brasserie & Bar
11-13 South St Andrew St
+44 (0)131 524 8350
The raison d’ etre of the Harvey Nichols restaurant is the view. Just like Oloroso restaurant, the aspect enlivens the space and is the key force in the overall dynamic