Romantic Restaurants in Edinburgh

Panicking about how to sweep your honey off her feet? Lucky for you, you won't have to try hard to impress in Edinburgh. Never mind the stunning medieval skyline, opulent castles and picturesque parks, the city also has a slew of charming restaurants in a variety of price ranges to help you set the mood.

If you are looking to splurge, the Pompadour restaurant at the top of the five-star Caledonian Hilton Hotel offers sumptuous 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 in the background.

This 17th century wine warehouse features high-ceilings, colorful tapestries and, of course, a well-stocked bar. The menu boasts a strong seafood selection, such as locally sourced lobster, as well as a delicious French cheese selection.

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 British pounds. Summer allows for idyllic al fresco dining in the downstairs Secret Garden. The food has won many coveted awards and deservingly so. To enjoy the Witchery experience for a knock-down price, ask for the light lunch or theatre supper menu.

Ye Old Famous Peacock Inn is a classy and quaint restaurant in Newhaven Fittingly so, since many locals visit the Peacock Inn to taste some of the best fish and chips in the city.

Elegance permeates throughout this Victorian cafe-bar, from the marble flooring, stained glass and ceramic tiles and the ornately decorated main Cafe Royal Circle Bar to the delicious Oyster Bar in an adjoining room. 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 Prestonfield House Hotel, boasts dramatic painted interiors of red and black, with gilded chandeliers suspended from the domed ceiling. Order the Rhubarb Crème Brûlée to give your taste buds a magical experience.

Pompadour

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4 Princes Street
(Caledonian Hotel)

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Vintner's Rooms (The)

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87 Giles Street
The Vaults

Relaxed dining in 17th c wine warehouse... read more

The Witchery by the Castle

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Castlehill
The Royal Mile

The Witchery has developed a reputation for succulent food served in the most indulgent setting. Gothic décor and antique furniture and low, red lighting sets the romantic mood - you'll feel as if you are truly eating in a castle... read more

Cafe Royal Oyster Bar

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19 West Register Street

Opulent oysters... read more

Cafe St Honore

34 North West Thistle Street Lane

A Parisian affair... read more

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Ye Old Famous Peacock Inn

100 lindsay road

A quaint and classy restaurant that serves some of the best fish and chips in town. Few tourists know about this restaurant gem... read more

Petit Paris

38/40 Grassmarket

A little bit of Paris in the vibrant Grassmarket...
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The Stockbridge Restaurant

54 St Stephen Street

A quality Scottish restaurant... read more

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Oloroso

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33 Castle Street

Dining on the rooftop... read more

Rhubarb

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Priestfield Road
Prestonfield House

Rendezvous at Rhubarb... read more
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