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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Edinburgh/Midlothian

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 (57)
£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 5 days ago
This was our favourite meal we had whilst in Edinburgh. We had the haggis spring rolls and the croquette to start. Seabass and beef for mains. Cheese boards to finish. Was all cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. We had a couple of cocktails and they were great too. Really happy we found this place. Lovely decor and very friendly staff.
A photo of Monteiths restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1869)
£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
MargaretN
Dined 3 days ago
The food was delicious and service excellent. Definitely need to make reservations. Much quieter than some of the nearby pubs. Highly recommend dining here.
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4.7
4.7 (1697)
£41 and over
French
New Town
About the restaurant
Bringing 1940s Paris to modern-day Edinburgh, Café St Honoré restaurant is a charming bistro serving up traditional French cuisine (with a few Scottish favourites thrown in) to a loyal clientele. Tucked away on a picturesque cobbled lane in the New Town, the cosy dining room at Café St Honore, with mirrored walls and black-and-white tiled floors, provides an atmospheric retreat. The team here are passionate about local, organic produce, so the menu changes daily. There are prix fixe menus on offer at lunch and dinner if you’re after a bargain, or just need an excuse to indulge in dessert. In the evening, a seasonal menu du jour is available alongside the full a la carte, which features dishes like roast pheasant with red cabbage and pancetta; Our warming Cafe St Honore Cassoulet; and vanilla crème brûlée. The wine list features some excellent French wines – a real treat for novices and connoisseurs alike.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely special lunch for our wedding anniversary on a quiet Saturday. Special food, nicely judged service. Very friendly. Good atmosphere with subtle background music.
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4.7
4.7 (347)
£25 and under
Scottish
The Royal Mile
About the restaurant
For those looking to sip on a tall glass of champagne or call out Sláinte with a dram in hand, and not forgetting the foodies looking to graze on seasonal small plates and sharing platters, whether you're a regular or here for the first time, there's something for everyone, all in our rooftop champagne lounge.
Top review
SallyB
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful service, nothing too much trouble. Love the ambience and views.
A photo of Côte Brasserie - Edinburgh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (163)
£25 and under
French
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Cote is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, serving authentic French dishes all day in our classically designed restaurants. We are committed to producing authentic French classics, freshly cooked to order, from the highest quality sourced ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great service. Amazing food. Cozy athmosphere. Lovely staff.
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4.6
4.6 (453)
£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
DeanT
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful restaurant, excellent food and service. Small but perfect, glad we tried thus restaurant and hopefully we will have the pleasure of returning in the future
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 on Jun 7, 2024
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 Gaucho Edinburgh restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3064)
£41 and over
Steak
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Every Wednesday, join us for ‘Steak Night Date Night’ and dig into an epic sharing steak for two with sides, sauces and a bottle of red or white wine chosen by our team of sommeliers from £70 per pair.

A short walk from Waverley station, just off St. Andrew Square, Gaucho Edinburgh is proudly our first Scottish restaurant serving Argentina’s best free-to-roam, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef, big Latin flavours alongside a premium wine list.

As you walk through the door of this contemporary, glass building you’ll be welcomed by sophisticated interiors, with textures and tones inspired by Argentina’s forests. Enjoy a drink in our cocktail bar or descend into our dining room for a relaxed working lunch or to entertain in our stunning private wine room. At the weekends, get a dose of social vitamins with our DJ hosted brunches and legendary Sundays roasts.

Please note: we currently do not accept OpenTable dining cheques.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic evening, thoroughly recommend! The don pedro dessert was out of this world
A photo of Grazing by Mark Greenaway restaurant
4.5
4.5 (293)
£26 to £40
British
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Our ethos here at Grazing has always focussed on provenance and produce. Mark has selectively picked to work with the best Scottish and English producers, so whether it's a humble carrot, the best scotch fillet of beef or anything in between, you can trust that every ingredient is at its peak seasonal best across the menus.
Top review
ChefKellyvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
We went for the beef Wellington, which was absolutely lovely. We eat pork so I checked with them the day before to see if they could accommodate us and when we showed up, they made a special version for us, which was just lovely. Ava was our server and she was great. Very, very reasonably priced wine list.
A photo of Chop House Bruntsfield restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1480)
£26 to £40
Steak
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Best of British beef, butchered & dry-aged in house and cooked over a charcoal grill. Chop House is an innovative blend of classic British steakhouse and cocktail bar brought to you by the team behind Monteiths & the White Horse Oyster Bar. Provenance is at the centre of the Chop House offer and we use only the finest beef sourced from artisan suppliers across Scotland.
The meat is dry aged for up to 90 days to add flavour and increase tenderness then the beef cooked on a charcoal grill, specially designed to give a subtle smoky flavour. Our fantastic food offering is matched by an extensive wine list from around the world and exceptional cocktail list. Open Mon - Fri for dinner, Sat & Sun for lunch, dinner and Sunday roast! We have another Chop House in Leith & Chop House Market Street.
Top review
MNMNMN
Dined on May 24, 2024
The steak was outstanding, having dined with many of the elite steak restaurants in Edinburgh, Chop House was by far one of the best. The service we received was slow unfortunately with wait times too long (7pm booking and didn’t start eating main course till 8:30pm). Our starters did not all come together which they did apologise for but it was slightly frustrating. I hope this is just a one off though and we will be back.
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