Edinburgh has long been known for its fine dining options, often being at the forefront of seasonal produce and game-based cooking, but in recent years there has been a new wave of culinary experiences that are slightly more friendly on your wallet. As such Edinburgh now offers something for everyone, whether it’s a Michelin-starred tasting menu, gastropub, pad Thai, tacos or pizza by the slice. If you’re visiting Point A Edinburgh, then why not check out what the city’s thriving food scene has to offer?
This new collection of more budget friendly restaurants has a little bit of everything on offer, and we’ll be highlighting a few of these in this article.
Italian street food & pizza bar Civerinos started up in 2015 as a family run venture on Hunter quickly gaining a reputation as some of the best pizza in Edinburgh. If you’re after something laid back and stylish then this is a great option for both lunch or dinner. If you’re in a rush, pop in for a slice to go at Civerinos Slice, on Forrest Road near Edinburgh University.
El Cartel Mexicana has been making waves since it opened its doors a few years ago. Now also occupying a small space on Teviot Place, you’ll often find this Mexican restaurant full. They don’t take reservations but you can add your name to a list. Their tacos are some of the best in the UK, not just in Edinburgh - and you’ll find a great list of cocktails and tequilas to drink while you eat. The Teviot Place branch is an A-List partner, so members can receive 15% off their bill at this location only.
Another favourite is Ting Thai Caravan, who have been delighting locals with their take on Thai street food. Packed to the rafters for a long time after it first opened, it remains popular, just not with quite the same queues. Eat your way through Thai classics such as Pad Thai and Panang Curry or try one of their small boxes. There’s even a Vietnamese sister restaurant, Saboteur, a few doors down.
If you’re after some excellent Scottish pub grub, then look no further than A-List partner The Jolly Botanist. Located a short 3-minute walk from Point A Edinburgh, you’ll find a small but specialised menu of pub classics on offer. From fish & chips or pies through to haggis scotch eggs. They’ve also got an extensive gin & cocktail list. A-List members will receive 10% off their bill too.
There’s a whole host of other affordable restaurants in Edinburgh city centre as well as in Haymarket or down in Leith.
For those willing to spend a little extra, there’s a wide selection of excellent places to eat in Edinburgh. Most notable would be Tom Kitchin’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Leith; The Kitchin, which offers tasting menus in the evening that emphasise his “nature to plate” philosophy. There are vegetarian menus available and an a la carte at lunch, as well as a celebration of the season tasting menu in the evenings.
Fhior is the latest offering from Scott Smith who received plaudits at his previous site, Norn. Known for his creativity, you’ll find simple dishes highlighting a key local ingredient at the peak of its season, in chic Scandi-styled rooms on Broughton street. Promoting a nose-to-tail approach along with skilled fermenting and pickles, you’ll find an excellent hybrid of Scandi-inspired and Scottish cuisine.
The much-anticipated Lookout by Gardeners Cottage is suspended in a cantilevered glass box on the side of Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill, offering an unrivalled view over the city and down to Leith. Seasonal Scottish produce is what’s on the menu here, at Chef Dale Mailley’s third Edinburgh restaurant. One of his others, Gardener’s Cottage, is actually at the bottom of the very same hill. Come for the cured sea trout with scurvy grass, stay for the stunning view.