Esther Moriarty, 16.03.2017

Our top ten romantic restaurants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh; a city steeped in history, tradition and a wealth of romantic restaurants to woo the person of your dreams of their feet. The Scottish capital is renowned for its classy culinary establishments, with diverse options aplenty in one of the most celebrated foodie destinations in the UK. Tuck into our top ten spots to satiate your every appetite.

First dates, proposals, birthdays, we have you covered with our top ten romantic restaurants in Edinburgh. We’ve chosen places that have great reviews and where we think you can have a special time with your loved one.

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Edinburgh

  • Kitchin1/10
  • The Dome2/10
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  • 4/10
  • 5/10
  • 6/10
  • 7/10
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  • 9/10
  • Martin Wishart10/10
  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #1: Kitchin


    This Michelin starred gem in Leith is often touted as one of the best restaurants in Britain today. Under the management of renowned chef Tom Kitchin, each plate is carefully crafted, taking the finest local ingredients and cooking them with the classical French technique. With a usual wait of 4 months for a weekend table, plan to go here on a special occasion with your love.

    Photo: Kitchin

  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #2: The Grill Room in The Dome


    With high ceilings and tiled floors, this converted bank building has the wow factor. Under the majesty of the Dome itself in the magnificent Grill Room, you can dine amongst the opulent surroundings of intricate painted plasterwork, crystal chandeliers and stunning floral displays. The food is a celebration of simple and traditional Scottish favourites embracing local produce.

    Photo: The Dome


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  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #3: Petit Paris


    Petit by name, petit by nature – this tiny Grassmarket bistro is phenomenally popular, especially when warm sunny days make outdoor dining a pleasure. Inside there are just a few tables spread over two floors, with traditional chequered tablecloths and a large blackboard detailing the day’s specials. The food is classically French, rustic, simple and delicious!


  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #4: The Witchery by the Castle


    Without question, The Witchery is one of the most famous restaurants in Scotland. Wickedly rich and dramatic, The Witchery is not your average restaurant, it has a mysterious charm and sets the scene for a dark romance. The food focuses on local Scottish produce, sourced from small artisan suppliers, is exceptional. This place is undoubtedly an enchanting and bewitching experience.

    Photo: The Witchery


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  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #5: Rhubarb


    If you are unable to be get a table at The Witchery, choose Rhubarb instead because both restaurants were created by James Thomson. Located in Prestonfield House, once owned by the man who introduced rhubarb to Europe, the restaurant gets its name from this little slice of history. The dining room is exquisitely indulgent, a real thrill for the senses, bathed in deep red plush velvet and gold baroque furnishing. The decor makes any date here without a doubt a romantic experience.


  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #6: Number One at The Balmoral


    This sophisticated restaurant occupies an intimate space in the basement of the Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street. With red-lacquered walls covered in framed pictures, velvet banquettes and well-spaced tables, this romantic restaurant’s ambient setting makes this eatery a wonderful choice for a dinner date in Edinburgh.

    Photo: Number One


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  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #7: La Garrigue


    This restaurant has been a star on the Edinburgh food scene since 2001. Over the years, La Garrigue has developed a devoted following who love the hearty and unpretentious food, paired with a formidable wine list. The brightly painted tongue-and-groove walls, rustic wooden furniture and wooden floors make the interior feel like a homely French bistro.


  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #8: Monteiths


    Famous for their cocktails, this eatery is only a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, and once you’re inside you’re greeted with a very cosy, traditional Scottish decor, tartan seating and wooden floors. From excellent steaks and seasonal picks like lobster and oysters, you will want to make Monteiths a regular date night spot.

    Photo: Monteiths


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  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #9: The Ship on The Shore


    For lovers of seafood, visiting this restaurant is a must. Specialising in shellfish and champagne, this restaurant is elegant with old school fine-dining charm. The food is high quality, fresh and served with minimal dressing up. This is your chance to push the boat out!

    Photo: The Ship on The Shore

  • Romantic Restaurant Edinburgh #10: Martin Wishart


    This well-established Michelin starred restaurant is stylish with a certain sense of decorum. Serving classic French cuisine using well-sourced Scottish produce, this is somewhere to take someone very special. It’s a date spot that will surely impress.

    Photo: Martin Wishart


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