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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Edinburgh/Midlothian

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Edinburgh/Midlothian? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Merchants restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Old Town
About the restaurant
Back after more than a two year closure following the George IV Bridge in late 2021, Merchants has undergone a full refurbishment. Merchants serves Scottish cuisine in one of the most bustling areas of Edinburgh. Braised shin of beef, haggis and seared seabass are some of the dishes on an ever-changing menu, and the restaurant is happy to try and cater for any specific dietary requirements. Situated at 17 Merchant Street, Merchants Restaurant is proud to use fresh, locally sourced produce in its dishes. Historic Edinburgh Castle is a nine-minute journey on foot and Greyfriars Kirkyard a mere two minutes walk.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food to die for! Brilliant place to celebrate a special birthday, customer service was excellent, went above and beyond!
A photo of Novapizza Vegan Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (687)
£26 to £40
Vegan
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Welcome to Novapizza Vegan Kitchen, the unique 100% vegan Italian place in Edinburgh.

We are a lgbtq+ family business, operating since 2015.
We are known for our delicious pizzas and pasta, some of the awards won are:
- Best Pizza Scottish Italian awards 2017
- Best Vegan Restaurant Scottish food awards 2020

Our philosophy is to recreate the most popular Italian dishes in a vegan key.
Our restaurant has a small capacity with a very cosy and romantic atmosphere.


Top review
Lorn
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious vegan food, great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend!
A photo of Monteiths restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1860)
£26 to £40
Scottish
The Royal Mile
About the restaurant
Due to licensing restrictions Monteiths cannot accept children under the age of 5 at any time. Children aged 15 & under can be admitted until 6pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Monteiths bar & restaurant is nestled in a fairy-lit close in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The award winning venue is located just off the historic Royal Mile and combines chic cocktail bar with intimate restaurant. A favourite of locals and visitors alike, Monteiths is a must for relaxed dining and innovative cocktails.

Monteiths is by the team behind the White Horse Oyster Bar, Chop House Leith, Market St. & Bruntsfield.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Very good meal and service. Enjoyed the pork belly and beef cheeks as well as the chicken liver pate appetizer. Thought the “greens” side dish was meh but everything else was tasty and well prepared.
A photo of The Cheese Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (203)
£26 to £40
Wine Bar
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
At the Cheese Lounge, we want to show you how best to enjoy our cheese: paired with the perfect wine and shared with great company. Warm and relaxed, the Cheese Lounge is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, or even to just enjoy a good glass of wine.
Every Wednesday evening we host a wine and cheese tasting event led by our wonderful team, tickets can be purchased via the events section on our website.
For private function enquiries please contact enquiries@mellischeese.co.uk

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very different eating experience. Was most enjoyable
A photo of The Auld Hundred restaurant
4.6
4.6 (491)
£25 and under
British
New Town
About the restaurant
The Auld Hundred serves up traditional yet tasty British pub grub, washed down by a great selection of beers, wines and spirits.

At our central location on 100 Rose Street you can unwind in our classic pub interior, or enjoy a bite to eat in our expansive upstairs dining area inspired by Scotland itself.

Auld Hundred's menu is bursting with high quality burgers, steaks, pies, our famous fish & chips and a few of the classic Scottish comfort dishes. On the drinks list, we have a crackin' selection of cask ales as well as premium wine, beers, ciders and malt whisky.

👦 Under 18s welcome in our upstairs restaurant until 8pm
🐶 Dog-friendly
🚶 Walk-ins welcome, we do not take bookings for our downstairs bar
🏉 Sports shown in downstairs bar only
🍽 Bookings are only available for our upstairs restaurant – we do not show sport here
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 7 or more

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent food, whisky and outstanding service. Was a great way to finish up my visit to Edinburgh.
A photo of 3 Blind Mice restaurant
4.8
4.8 (163)
£26 to £40
Pizzeria
Old Town
About the restaurant
Experience Pizza like never before! At 3 Blind Mice, we provide exceptional pizzas, sides and salads alongside the perfect frosted pint, the finest wines, or fabulous cocktails, all served by our amazing team. So, if you're looking for pizza excellence in a spectacular setting, we think you'll enjoy it here.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic place, great service and fabulous food. Would definitely recommend
A photo of Wildfire restaurant
4.6
4.6 (440)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
New Town
About the restaurant
We are a small, family run restaurant since 2002 specialising in carefully sourced Aberdeen Angus beef from Scottish small highland farms, cooked simply but with flair and attention to detail.
Our emphasis is on high quality local ingredients and fresh produce from the best of local suppliers. Beef is selected, prepared and hung for us by Award wining "John Gilmour" of Macmerry master butchers since 1946. Fresh fish are delivered daily by Calum Sinclair and J.K Thompsons. West coast Mussels are delivered fresh daily by "Sea Mcgee". Our venison comes from wild Perthshire deer, lamb from the Scottish Borders. Artisan and farmhouse British cheeses are supplied by renowned Edinburgh cheesemonger, Iain Mellis and dairy produce from Fife Creamery. We take pride to cook everything fresh in our own kitchen daily.
We have outside seating arrangements for walk-Ins only.

Top review
SallyW
Dined on May 21, 2024
Lovely comfort food . Pleasant service and cosy warm ambience. Highly recommend.
A photo of The Canny Man's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (456)
£25 and under
Scottish
Morningside
About the restaurant
"The Canny Man's in Morningside is an Edinburgh institution established in 1871 and passed down through 5 generations of the Kerr family. As famous chef Rick Stein said 'The Canny Man's is the best pub in the world.'
The establishment is well known far and wide for it’s quirky nature and ‘never’ changing décor. The interior sees every nook and cranny filled with everything from moose heads to muskets, sheet music to stuffed animals. A genuinely one of a kind bar and restaurant. The restaurant specialises in the best Scottish produce with a strong focus on local suppliers. Alongside this they have a well stocked gantry of over a 200 malt whiskies and a large wine list. The Canny Man's is very much a unique experience in Edinburgh and not to be missed."

Top review
RussellBvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always great!! Food was lovely and the atmosphere lace is brilliant!
A photo of Edinburgh - Bucks Bar Grindlay Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (421)
£25 and under
American
Old Town
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bucks Bar Edinburgh Grindlay St. We look forward to welcoming you!

The best free range buttermilk fried chicken you've ever tasted! New to Edinburgh, Buck's is a rock’n’roll bar specialising in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, seriously addictive Nashville hot chicken, cocktails, beers and Bourbon.

Live music every Saturday night!

40% Off Selected Cocktails Monday - Wednesday weekly offers
www.bucksbar.co.uk

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, massive portions and leftovers can be packaged to take away. Friendly service and good atmosphere although beware if you're noise sensitive. Retro decor was cool, we had a brilliant time. Thanks!
A photo of The Cavaliere restaurant
4.8
4.8 (684)
£26 to £40
Italian
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
A family fan restaurant for nearly 50 years, the Cavaliere is famous for our daily fish specials, home-made fresh pasta, our log-fired pizzas, with our tasty Italian style bread, you’ll be spoiled for choice.We have an extensive wine list all personally selected from the vineyards of Italy. We are a second generation family run business – with a strong ethos at heart, to provide excellent food and wines with service to match.
We are proud to provide an authentic Italian dining experience.

Top review
AstridM
Dined 2 days ago
We really enjoyed our meal, everything was delicious and the portions were very generous. Staff was super friendly and helpful.
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