Keeping with the romance theme, perhaps you would rather retreat indoors for a hearty meal? Edinburgh has a slew of charming restaurants in a variety of price ranges to help you set the mood. Here are our top choices:
If you are looking to splurge, the Pompadour restaurant in the five-star Caledonian Hilton Hotel offers delectable French and Scottish cuisine. It is named after Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour (1721 – 1764), a renowned courtesan of the reign of Louis XV. Enjoy stunning views of Edinburgh Castle as a pianist serenades you in the background.
This 17th century wine warehouse features colorful furnishings and, of course, a well-stocked bar. The menu boasts a delicious seafood selection, such as locally sourced lobster, as well as a delicious French cheese selection.
Another five-star dining experience, The Witchery is considered by many to be one of Edinburgh’s best restaurant-hotels. It is located in a historic 16th century building at the top of the Royal Mile. Look for the gilded metal sign and prepare yourself for a lavish dining experience. Angus beef and lobster are the hallmark items of the menu and the restaurant boasts a comprehensive (and pricey) vintage wine list. A three course meal without wine typically will cost less than £50.
Summer allows for idyllic al fresco dining in the downstairs Secret Garden. The food has won many coveted awards. To enjoy the Witchery experience for a knock-down price, ask for the light lunch or theatre supper menu.
Elegance permeates throughout this Victorian cafe, from the marble flooring to the stained glass tiles. Besides the featured dish – oysters served on crush ice – the food is delectable. Your senses will perk as you bite into the various tender meats and fish.
Rhubarb, located in the five-star Prestonfield House Hotel, boasts sultry red and black interiors. Order the Rhubarb Crème Brûlée to give your taste buds a magical experience.
If you’re looking for outdoor dining on the cheap, the French Connection creperie is a vending a van right in the center of the Grassmarket. Choose from multiple delicious crepes including lemon and sugar and everyone’s favorite Banana and Nutella. Eat them as you cuddle on an outdoor bench to people watch.