Best Edinburgh Restaurant Date Spots
I’ve spent the last 4 years in this city scoping out the best restaurants to go for a date that will ensure a great meal and great night.
Here are my favorite restaurants in the city.
for something not too expensive or fancy…
Ransacked Black Oven, 27-29 Marshall Street by Potterow
persian street food. website.
Man, I love this place! Not only is the food delicious, it’s got a lot of healthy, light dish options. And cinnamon roti pancakes :)
Civerinos Slice, 49 Forrest Road
new york-style pizza. website.
My favorite pizza place in the city. Sold by the slice and whole pizzas to share.
Pizzeria 1926, 85 Dalry Road, Haymarket
neopolitan-style pizza. website.
Listen to me very carefully: Make. A. Reservation. This pizza is incredible and the place is usually packed.
Maki & Ramen, 97-101 Fountainbridge
sushi and ramen. website.
There are multiple locations but I like the Fountainbridge one the best.
Saiko Kitchen, 15 Roseneath Street, Marchmont
pan-asian street food. website.
Laid-back place, good for a lunch date.
for something more expensive but not fancy…
The Black Hoof, 171 Dalry Road
spanish tapas. website.
I went here recently to relive my Alicante vacation—did not disappoint!
El Cartel, 64 Thistle Street in New Town / 15 Teviot Place near the University of Edinburgh
tacos and margaritas. website.
It’s a first-come, first-serve kind of place. They don’t take reservations. My advice is to try the Teviot Place one because it’s larger, or go to the Thistle Street one at a random time in the afternoon during the week.
Bia Bistrot, 19 Colinton Road, Bruntsfield
french and scottish. website.
I won’t lie, this place tends to bring in an older crowd but I’ve been there many, many times and have always had a great meal. They do a good set menu deal.
Three Birds, 3-5 Viewforth, Bruntsfield
local and artisan suppliers, seasonal menu. lots of meat. website.
This place is tiny, so you must make a reservation! They have delicious sharing boards with a whole lot of meat.
Wee Buddha, 2 Jamaica Street, New Town
asian fusion. website.
Cute little place I found recently, tucked away in New Town.
Basement Bar, 10 Broughton Street, New Town
Great food, great margaritas. What else do you need?
The Apartment, 13 Barclay Place, Tollcross/Bruntsfield line
contemporary european. website.
Consistently good food with a laidback, quiet atmosphere. Also, don’t share the dessert share platter. Save it all for yourself.
for something expensive and kind of fancy too… (but you can still get away with wearing jeans)
Gaucho, 4 St Andrew Square, New Town
The downstairs area is atmospheric, to say the least. It feels like you’re in some fancy, underground lair. More importantly—the empanadas are just freaking incredible.
Chop House, 88 Bruntsfield Place / Arch 15 E Market Street, Old Town / 102 Constitution Street, Leith
Hands down, my favorite restaurant. No competition. They don’t only serve steak, by the way. Not only are their starters and mains delicious, I would (and will) happily go there just to order dessert.