Edinburgh might be really well-known for its lively nightlife, but it also boasts a fantastic array of eateries all across the city. To find out where to go for a bite in the Scottish capital, we asked you to tell us about your favourite Edinburgh restaurants over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Betsy Gray Talbot says:
LOTS to choose from in Edinburgh, but if pressed I would have to say our last night's meal at Phuket Pavilion near the Theater off of Leith Walk. Delicious, spicy, aromatic and a great Thai staff.
Authentic Thai cuisine is what you’ll find on the menu at Phuket Pavilion. Lots of dishes are available, including a fantastic choice of vegetarian options. Set menus are available and are really good value.
Location: 8 Union Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat from noon-2.30pm & daily from 5pm-11pm.
Mother India’s Café
Jo Cothran Ator says:
Mother India. Great food, great service and good prices.
In operation since 2008, this popular spot is a great place to check out if you’re looking for something a bit different thanks to their ‘twist on tapas’. The twist? They’ve adapted Indian cuisine to be served tapas-style. A wide variety of dishes are available for you to try, from mushroom poori to butter chicken, plus lots more.
Location: 3-5 Infirmary Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs from noon-2pm & 5pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Mum’s Great Comfort Food
Melissa Healy says:
Mum’s Comfort Food on Forrest rd do amazing food. If you get sausage and mash you can choose from at least 5 different types of sausage, mash and 3 types of gravy. And their milkshakes are so yummy!!
Formerly known as the Monster Mash Café, Mum’s serves up nice big portions of delicious food at very affordable prices. The fun starts at breakfast when you can linger over a huge stack of pancakes or much on some Eggs Benedict. Other classic comfort foods on the menu throughout the day include macaroni cheese, shepherd’s pie and, of course, perennial favourite sausage and mash. At Mum’s, you’ll also be able to choose from plenty of different types of meat and vegetarian sausages, along with mash options that run from plain to Moroccan mash. You can also choose from three different types of gravy. Yum.
Location: 4a Forrest Road.
Craig Irving says:
Cafe Grande, Bruntsfield. A popular cafe during the day but transforms at night into an intimate dinner venue with fabulous food
This family run spot first opened all the way back in 1984 as a coffeeshop. Today, it operates as a café, bar and restaurant, as well as venue for live jazz music, which you can enjoy on Sunday evenings. Dishes on the menu are made using a lot of locally sourced products and some great value specials are also available.
Location: 184 Brunstfield Place.
Andrea Verberne says:
I love First Coast on Dalry Road for food of an excellent standard but decent prices. I've had authentic Thai fish cakes, steak, and pork belly and it's all been excellent. They also do theme nights such as Malaysian night and they're very dedicated to these by executing very genuine cuisine.
Hilary Grant says:
Agree with First Coast - it's my favourite and just around the corner! Interested and knowledgeable staff, amazing food and remarkable value for the Capital.
Tony Proudfoot says:
Located in the West End area of the city, this popular neighbourhood bistro attracts a great crowd with is tasty food and affordable prices. Dishes on the menu include steak, pea risotto, linguine, Thai chicken salad and lots more. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love their range of desserts including homemade ice-cream.
Location: 97-101 Dalry Road.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat from noon-2pm & 5pm-late, closed on Sundays.
Maret Kekki says:
Mamma's Pizza at Grassmarket for their delicious gluten free pizza ;) Yummy!!
Gillian Renilson says:
I agree with Maret ^ Mamma's does awesome gluten free pizza. Also Orroco Pier just outside Edinburgh in South Queensferry is very nice :)
Offering both sit down and take out services, Mamma’s Pizza serves up some of the best pizza in the Scottish capital. A huge variety of toppings are available, and pizza bases can be made gluten or wheat free.
Location: 30 Grassmarket.
Michelle Thomson says:
David Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant just off the Royal Mile. So good we held our post-wedding ceremony meal there last year :-)
Susan Fuerstenberg says:
I agree with Michelle. David Bann really knocked my socks off.
Head for food at David Bann’s and you can expect a veritable vegetarian feast. Dishes on the menu boast a wonderful international flair, with plenty of local charm mixed in. Keep in mind that brunch is also served here every Saturday and Sunday until 5pm.
Location: 56-58 St. Mary’s Street.
Opening hours: Weekdays from noon & weekends from 11am.
Caroline Brown says:
Gordon's Trattoria on the Royal Mile - family run, friendly, amazing traditional good Italian food & reasonably priced too!
On the go since 1982, Gordon’s is a family run restaurant serving up a fantastic selection of pizzas and pasta dishes. Located right in the middle of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, this restaurant serves up plenty of tasty Italian fare at affordable prices. The menu includes gnocchi, ravioli, lasagne, risotto and plenty of pizzas, from classics like the Margherita to more elaborate choices.
Location: 231 High Street.
The World’s End
Katie Leonard says:
Only been to the World's End pub and it was very good
José Roberto Martín Bishop says:
I agree with Katie, The World's End has a fantastic fish and chips ;-)
David Wind says:
Me too to the world's end pub and I like it very much!!!
This much loved bar also serves up a great selection of food at very pocket-friendly prices. Expect a great selection and lots of hearty meals.
Location: 4 High Street.
Mariachi Mexican Restaurant
Neil Barnes says:
Mariachi Mexican restaurant, Victoria Street, Grassmarket. Cute little place with massive portions of Mexican goodness.
Serving up lots of authentic Mexican dishes, this restaurant is popular with both locals and visitors to Edinburgh. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu including fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, chilli and lots more. If you fancy a tipple, this spot also serves up a colourful array of cocktails by the glass, half pitcher or pitcher.
Location: 7 Victoria Street.
Emmi Tammelin says:
Wannaburger on the royal mile! I wish I could find a similar place in Geneva! Greetings to Hostelworld gang ;)
Unsurprisingly, burgers are what you’ll find on offer at Wannaburger. All the burgers are cooked to order and there’s a great selection of toppings to choose from. From the classic hamburger to the spicy chicken burger to the haloumi burger, you’ll find something to take your fancy. The menu also includes hot dogs, salads, sides, milkshakes and more. Breakfast is also served up here and dishes include beans on toast, American-style pancakes and big breakfasts of bacon, eggs, sausage and more.
Location: 7/8 Queensferry Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun from 9am-10pm.
Tia Curry says:
Red fort an amazing all you can eat Indian restaurant, such good food, not a huge range of options but good for veggies and meat eaters, you get free ice cream or coffee and a free drink all for like 6.50 and discount for students, it’s amazing!!!
Top-notch Indian cuisine is what you’ll find on offer at Red Fort. A pre-theatre menu is available along with a great selection of affordable set menus. Check out the great value buffet lunch and you’ll also be treated to a welcome drink.
Location: 10 Drummond Street.
Opening hours: Daily from noon-3pm & 5pm-11pm.
And many more...
Melissa Healy says:
Mosque Kitchen on Nicholson St is also a favourite. They do curries and sort of Middle Eastern cuisine. The kitchen was originally next to the mosque but they have moved to bigger premises and do a buffet
Tiffany Nickerson says:
The filling station- good burgers, pasta and drinks.
Lauren Kapphahn says:
Monster Mash had great vegetarian fare!
Christina Boissy-Parker says:
Bank hotel for a delicious haggis
Ryan Russell says:
The Toll Booth is fantastic near the bottom of the Royal Mile!
Nanlol Reyes says:
JimmyChung´s! at Waverly Bridge or Grindlay St. Yummy :P
Ajay Sharma says:
Kushi's was great...
Brad Wright says:
The Mussel Inn on Rose street!!!
Leesha Cowan says:
The Baked Potato shop on Cockburn!
Christina Hall says:
Mother India for Indian. Ciao Roma for Italian. Illegal Jacks for TexMex and fast food.
Lynn Leavitt says:
The Mussel and Steak Bar on West Bow!
Da Flo says:
Caz Hsiao says:
Dusit on Thistle St do great Thai food. Bonsai sushi up by the university do amazing sushi for a good price... the restaurant at the top of Harvey Nichs offers a great view... Rhubarb at Prestonfield is fantastic food and fabulous setting for special occasions... and Chop Chop as endorsed by Gordon Ramsay do great Asian!! It really depends on how much you want to spend and what you feel like eating!!
So if you plan to travel to Edinburgh, try and check out some of these great Edinburgh eateries for tasty and affordable food.