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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Edinburgh/Midlothian

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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 Sora Lella Vegan Roman Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (810)
£25 and under
Vegan
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Ciao belli! We look forward to welcoming you to our charming little restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh. We are passionate about providing an authentic taste of Rome, made vegan. From traditional pastas such as carbonara and cacio pepe as well as delicious authentic pizzas, we are sure that you will find something you love when eating with us.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was amazing, and the ambiance was overall Nice:) great price quality
A photo of Skyline Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1859)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Located on the top floor of the Main Stand at Edinburgh's iconic Tynecastle Park Stadium.

Sit back and relax as our team proudly present a celebration of seasonal ingredients and flavours in our recently renovated premises. From starters to desserts, every dish has been carefully crafted to showcase excellent local produce.

We’re a family-friendly restaurant with children’s menus available.

Since opening in 2020, we’ve become a favourite to locals and visitors alike - recently claiming a place in OpenTable's UK Top 100 Restaurants for 2023 and winning Best Restaurant in the 2023 Radio Forth Awards.

Our Table d'hôte dinner menu is available seven days a week and for lunch Friday to Sunday. Monday to Thursday we offer a light à-la carte lunch menu. Booking is essential.
Top review
LynnM
Dined 2 days ago
Food was amazing. Lovely service. Just disappointed curtains closed and would have liked to be able to see daylight! Otherwise lovely lunch. Background music was also great. Thank you.
A photo of The Black Grape restaurant
4.8
4.8 (342)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
The Royal Mile
About the restaurant
The Black Grape - a new small plate restaurant located on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Expect small plates, wine & good times in a stunning setting. This custom designed wine bar & restaurant is the ideal setting for intimate date night dining, drinks with friends or a quick snack as you people watch in the heart of the city. Our menu is a gastronomic tour de force with inspiration from around the globe. One thing unites all our dishes however - bold, punchy flavours and plates that are perfect for sharing. In addition to a 40 seater restaurant the Black Grape also has a cozy wine & cocktail bar - expect a carefully curated selection of drinks soundtracked with the best funk & soul.
Top review
AishaMvip
Dined 1 day ago
From start to finish the black grape was phenomenal. The service was pioneered by the GM and AGM and they truly made us feel welcome and cared for from the moment we walked in the restaurant. The food was awesome, not to be missed is the focaccia with the mozzarella and tuna tartare, and omg the rump with the peppercorn sauce stole the show. The drinks were good and I had a phenomenal orange wine. Cannot recommend enough.
A photo of Novapizza Vegan Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (691)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Amazing food, best pizza I have ever eaten. Great service and we will definitely be back.
A photo of Port of Leith Distillery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (244)
£25 and under
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Situated on the eighth floor of the Port of Leith Distillery, the Bar contains some of the finest and most exciting new wave whiskies from Scotland and around the world.

With stunning views of Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth, the 200-bottle double-height back bar is intended to invite discovery and enlightenment at the sheer wonder and variety of global whisky alchemy.

Much like the whisky the distillery seeks to create, everything else the bar has to offer is inspired by the provenance of the Forth Valley, and Leith’s rich food and drink heritage.

With a seasonally inspired food menu of local and indigenous ingredients, Head Chef Patrick and his team, combine classic and modern techniques, championing the best of Scotland’s farmers and produce.

We look forward to welcoming you in for a dram.

Our Kitchen closes at 9:30pm Tuesday - Saturday and 7:30pm Sunday - Monday.
Our Bar Snacks menu runs all night.
Top review
ClaireF
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
We had another lovely lunch with friends. Horrible weather outside but the best atmosphere and fun inside. Also great food
A photo of Paloma restaurant
4.7
4.7 (14)
£25 and under
Mexican
Leith
About the restaurant
Paloma - a neighbourhood taco spot opening in Leith this summer.

Inspired by the flavours of Mexico, we'll be serving up hand pressed corn tortillas, sharing plates & a delicious range of cocktails. This bright & airy restaurant is located in the heart of Leith.

Big flavours, buzzing atmosphere & great service...

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food was delicious. Staff were friendly, informative and helpful. Can thoroughly recommend!
A photo of Commons Club Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (78)
£41 and over
Scottish
Old Town
About the restaurant
WHERE WORK & PLAY INTERMINGLE
Where cocktails embolden a palate-pleasing culinary menu. Where guests and locals meet and share stories. Unbound inspiration from every corner of Scotland, placed on every plate.

Commons Club Bar welcomes guests to join as walk-ins, no reservations.
Top review
Clarabowvip
Dined 6 days ago
Most delicious meal we’ve ever had. Took my daughter as a treat while we’re in Edinburgh to see Taylor Swift. We both had the scallops then tortellini and halibut. Very stylish but also cosy decor and superb service from the charming Dan. Plus my favourite wine. Couldn’t ask for more. Highly recommended.
A photo of Badger & Co restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1633)
£25 and under
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Wind in the Willows-inspired cocktail bar filled with classic, crafty and culinary adventures beyond the Wild Wood.

Enjoy healthy lashings of food, creative cocktails and a great selection of local beers, wines and spirits.

Join us in our indoor bar & restaurant, our hidden outdoor spot The Sunken Garden or the outdoor terrace with incredible views of Edinburgh Castle.

We also have a Private Dining Room for all of your event needs, get in touch for more information.

🧒 Under 18s welcome until 10pm
🐶 Dog-friendly in our Lounge area only
🍽️ Last food orders 8.45pm
🏉 2 TVs for sports
🏃 Walk-ins always welcome
👰 Private dining room available for events
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 8 or more
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing setting, great ambiance (not too noisy and felt relaxing). Delicious food and really great cocktails
A photo of White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2115)
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Royal Mile
About the restaurant
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar, situated on the site of the oldest inn on the Royal Mile, serving the best of British seafood and shellfish sourced from boutique suppliers across the country. Expect small plates, sharing platters & hand-crafted cocktails washed down with a carefully curated selection of wine & fizz. Brought to you by the team behind Chop House & Monteiths.

A child or young person must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Children aged:
0-5 from 12pm until 9pm
5-17 from 12pm until 10pm
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 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 Assaggini - Edinburgh restaurant
3.8
3.8 (72)
£25 and under
Italian
New Town
About the restaurant
Assaggini is a brand new restaurant in Edinburgh serving Italian small plates so you can enjoy more of your favourite dishes all at once.
A new way to enjoy Italian!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Lovely meal, authentic food, reasonably priced. Very attentive staff. Would recommend a visit.
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