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Honourable Tom Houghton’s Top Ten Edinburgh Restaurants Picks

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by Honourable Tom Houghton
Updated August 03, 2022

Tom is a stand-up comic, influencer and illustrator who has just finished his first sold-out UK tour, Work in Progress. Set to appear at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tom shares his selection of the best places to dine in the city. Delve into his top ten 'must visit' restaurant list below.

A photo of House of Gods Cocktail Lounge Edinburgh restaurant
4.5
4.5 (276)
£25 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

The Fringe is all about mixing it up, so why not start your night in style with this incredibly cool, snug cocktail bar. Forget amber and nectar… this is the real gift from the gods.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
Service was excellent staff very friendly and happy to help with any situation
A photo of Whiski Rooms restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2278)
£25 and under
Scottish
Old Town
About the restaurant

Nothing says Scotland like a top notch Scotch. Peruse the vast selection of foxy devils after chomping down a haggis burger.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It’s an unfussy and charming little place. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food and drink were impeccable. My salmon was perfectly prepared, as was my wife’s venison. Neither of us left a bite on our plates!
A photo of Thai Express Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (136)
£25 and under
Thai
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

Not breaking the budget, but definitely delivering on taste. It’s also right next to the Playhouse to watch some big names and close to Princes Street to take in some shopping.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Loved the cosy little alcove for two. The service was friendly and quick. I had Thai green curry with prawns which was delicious. I’d definitely recommend and I’ll be back!
A photo of La Casa - Dalry Road restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1186)
£25 and under
Spanish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

Sometimes the Fringe can be overwhelming, so I highly recommend taking a trip out of the centre and down to Leith to relax and recharge. And because this is Tapas, you don’t have to worry about choice, you can have a taste of everything.

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ShonaE
Dined 7 days ago
Fantastic! Great food great staff great Prosecco! X
A photo of L'artgiano restaurant
4.6
4.6 (447)
£25 and under
Italian
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

On my visit here I had a rib-eye, but there are plenty of other Italian classics to enjoy. It’s also got some of the freshest salads to make you feel healthy and satisfied.

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MandS
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Great place for a business lunch and very accommodating with changes to the group size
A photo of Rubab Indian Cusine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (164)
£26 to £40
Indian
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

The best Indian in town. A quiet, relaxed setting with wonderful staff and gorgeous flavours, you’ll be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 18, 2023
All ok except the restaurant has changed it’s name which was a bit confusing on arrival
A photo of The Lounge at the Caledonian restaurant
4.6
4.6 (293)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

If you want to show off on social media, there is no place more Instagrammable than here. Afternoon tea is a delight with teas and desserts that really look the part. This is not big comfort eating, its tiny parcels of fabulous fun.

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PATTIS
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
The service was the best part, it was perfection 👌 Felt very secure with my gluten free diet that all safety was used in my food preparation The desserts were very pretty, and I love a theme
A photo of White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2115)
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Royal Mile
About the restaurant

I love seafood, and this tapas place means you can sample as many little swimmers as you like. It’s got an especially good selection of oysters. Go on… treat yourself. Then come and see my show and tell me all about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food and great service, even though they had a hectic evening on my visit. Had to wait a bit more than expected for some things due to the busy evening, but overall I had a wonderful time.
A photo of The Canny Man's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (461)
£25 and under
Scottish
Morningside
About the restaurant

If you want to immerse yourself in a real Scottish experience, this is it. Sit amongst the “never changing décor” of trinkets collected since 1871. The seafood is great and you can also learn about the history of the pub. Highly recommended.

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LaraineA
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent choice of food, which was delicious. Very friendly staff.
A photo of at pizza– Charlotte Lane restaurant
£25 and under
Pizzeria
New Town
About the restaurant

The Royal Mile really is the centre of the Fringe, and if you have a full schedule you’re going to want to eat quick and somewhere close. But that shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality, if you’re a pizza fiend then this place just made your day.

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Naomi
Dined on Feb 3, 2023
Great place for an easy no fuss dinner! Pizzas are delicious especially as a celiac! Super careful not to cross contaminate so puts your mind at rest. Lovely staff and easy to order on the app.
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