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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Edinburgh/Midlothian

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 (65)
£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
Foodie5vip
Dined 3 days ago
The food was delicious and the staff was great! I highly recommend.
A photo of Skyline Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1891)
£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
Meganvip
Dined 3 days ago
Had a bit of a mishap had a word with waitress and she got it sorted with management thank you Skyline 🏙️ excellent customer care 🇱🇻🇱🇻
A photo of No. 35 at The Bonham restaurant
4.7
4.7 (459)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Westend
About the restaurant
Exquisite dining in beautiful surroundings

There are few better places in Edinburgh than No.35 at The Bonham

On an elegant West End Terrace, not far from the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Stockbridge area, No.35 at The Bonham Restaurant is a character rich dining room, which combines classical elegance with the contemporary.

Not your ordinary hotel restaurant

The wood panelled restaurant is an intimate, distinctive and cosy retreat. Following an extensive refurbishment, No.35 blends traditional elements, luxurious fabrics and timely touches that reflect the original Georgian roots of the building. A fabulous place to dine at the end of a busy day’s shopping and sightseeing in Edinburgh.

Choose from our A La Carte Menu, a great choice for all tastes, or why not join us every lunchtime for our famous “Boozy Snoozy” Menu, a 3-course selection including a half bottle of wine per person.

We also offer Afternoon Tea in our

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Beautiful food in an elegant setting. Excellent service.
A photo of Kyloe Gourmet Steak Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3013)
£41 and over
Steak
Westend
About the restaurant
Enjoy the tender and complex flavours that Scottish beef has to offer here at Kyloe.

We are committed to working with some of Scotland’s top farms and butchers to bring our guests the best possible Scottish steak experience.

As an independent restaurant, we rigorously source and regularly review our suppliers to ensure that our dedication to provenance, quality and seasonality is consistently maintained.

Additional Dining Information:
*Sunday Roasts available every Sunday until 5pm - MUST BE BOOKED BY FRIDAY AT 4PM
*Steak Me Out - sharing steak for 2 with sides for £65 - available Monday - Thursday
*Extensive line list

Top review
TERESAT
Dined 5 days ago
Steak cooked to perfection 👌. Service was fantastic. Will definitely return.
A photo of Forage & Chatter restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1900)
£26 to £40
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
A consistent multi award winning Restaurant Forage & Chatter in Edinburgh boasts the best locally sourced and foraged produce, nestled in Edinburgh's West End. A experience you will not forget. Come and visit us!
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Overservedvip
Dined 6 days ago
this is a charming restaurant. the food is innovative and delicious and the staff is very accommodating. they can make almost any dish gluten free if needed. it is one of our favorite restaurants in Edinburgh.
A photo of Commons Club Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (79)
£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.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
One of the best restaurants I’ve ate at in Edinburgh, all the food was excellent, the staff was amazing!! What a beautiful place to wine and dine 🥂🍾
A photo of Badger & Co restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1645)
£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 2 days ago
We were pleasantly surprised with the lovely decor. Very comfortable. Food was really good for value. We all had pie. The steak and haggis and the chicken pie was wonderful. Mash, very creamy. Tasty veg side. Wish it was all on a plate as opposed to ind dishes on a board. Great service and polite, smiling staff woth a good sense of humour. Would definitely return.
A photo of Grazing by Mark Greenaway restaurant
4.5
4.5 (299)
£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.
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Angelavip
Dined 6 days ago
Food was outstanding, well presented and good portion sizes.
A photo of Shish restaurant
4.5
4.5 (192)
£26 to £40
Turkish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Drawing on Turkish heritage and tradition, Shish’s ethos is borne out of a desire to create a hub as the heart of the home, centred around the fire hearth where cooking and families come together and share in the occasion. The spacious restaurant lends itself to large gatherings, smaller group parties and more intimate dining occasions, with the option of private hire. Its slick interior, ambient lighting and booth seating lining the parameter of the restaurant provide the perfect setting for any occasion. At the helm in the kitchen, the passionate team of chefs have created an inspired menu underpinned by true authenticity and rich taste. Highlights include Karisik Izgara – traditional mixed grill platter and loads more...


Shish is a one of the first Dry Bars (No alcohol) in Edinburgh, stocking all the fine wines available, Champagne, Spirits, Popular Cocktails and Beers but all containing zero alcohol substitutes such as Zero percent Rum, Whiskey and Gin.



Top review
LesleyC
Dined 3 days ago
Didn’t realise it was no alcohol nor can you bring your own bottle so that was a surprise but lovely food and friendly service
A photo of Chop House Bruntsfield restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1481)
£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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