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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Edinburgh/Midlothian

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Edinburgh - Bucks Bar Grindlay Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (435)
£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
Ronnie
Dined 4 days ago
Great, friendly, attentive service indoors and outdoors.
A photo of The Basement restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1223)
£26 to £40
Mexican
New Town
About the restaurant
Do you love tacos, fajitas guacamole and all things Mexican? Come join us underground! We’ve got a masivo collection of tequila and mezcal waiting for you to try. And when it comes to cocktails, there’s plenty on offer but you can’t go wrong with a margarita!

🧒 Under 18s welcome until 10pm with food, last sitting for under 18s is 8pm
🐶 Dog-friendly in our bar & outdoor areas
🏃 Walk-ins welcome
🍹 Bookings for food & drink and just drinks welcome
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 8 or more
Top review
FernM
Dined 5 days ago
Staff were brilliant from arrival to exit! Speedy service and the food was unreal for such a good price. Will be back
A photo of Edinburgh - Bucks Bar Hanover Street restaurant
4.7
4.7 (154)
£25 and under
American
New Town
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bucks Bar Hanover St. We look forward to welcoming you! The best free range buttermilk fried chicken you've ever tasted! 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 3 days ago
Brilliant service, really friendly and helpful staff. Tasty & affordable food. Chilled environment.
A photo of Paloma restaurant
4.7
4.7 (17)
£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
ShonaC
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Great food and great service, will be back. Would have like a bit longer on the table.
A photo of The Voyage of Buck restaurant
4.6
4.6 (590)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Edinburgh
About the restaurant

Inspired by the bars and eateries of Montmarte, Paris. We are the 4th independent bar from the team that brings you Hamiltons, Treacle and The Blackbird.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Interesting menu. Delicious choices. Attentive, friendly service. A great place to meet friends for a relaxing get together.
A photo of Down the Hatch - Antigua Street restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1279)
£26 to £40
Canadian
New Town
About the restaurant
Welcome to Down the Hatch - EDINBURGH!

We are a diner focusing on diner style food with big flavour, fresh ingredients, huge taste and all things Canadian!!

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and are not permitted from 8pm onwards.

We have a 10 minute grace period for your booking. Please give us a call if you are running late for your booking.

Your table will be booked for 1 hour 15 minutes for bookings of up to 6 people; and 1 hour 45 minutes for bookings of 7+.

We have a limited number of outside tables. These are not bookable at the moment and are on a first come, first served basis.

Last bookings are 9.15pm as our kitchen closes at 9.45pm, 7 days a week.

Please call for any more information.

Top review
Shemy
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Great place, great staff and great food! Would recommend
A photo of The Fountain restaurant
4.5
4.5 (294)
£25 and under
Scottish
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
For those looking for an alternative to the usual pubs and bars in town, this is the local for you.

Behind our bar you’ll find craft beers, a great mixture of classic & signature cocktails as well as a modest selection of wine.

Our food focuses on simplicity, home comforts and delicious flavours. All dishes are prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

Directly opposite from Fountain Park; it’s also a great hub to head to for ‘pre and post’ cinema food & drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great pub. Great ambience and food. I really enjoy spending time here.
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Edinburgh restaurant
4.4
4.4 (4410)
£25 and under
American
New Town
About the restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London, England, and from there the brand has expanded to major cities and exotic locations around the world.
Top review
Neirlyn
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Our server Aaron was outstanding! Service was great. food was good.
A photo of Cold Town House restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1706)
£25 and under
Brewery
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
Craft beer brewed on-site, delicious Neapolitan pizzas and one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle from our Rooftop Terrace. Cold Town House is where it’s happening.

Best Beer Bar Winner at the Scottish Beer Awards 2021 & National Pizza Awards Finalist 2021!

THREE DIFFERENT AREAS

* The Brewhouse - Our main restaurant and drinks area is a cool wooden interior with references to beer throughout. It's all about atmosphere! Dog-friendly.

* Pizza & Prosecco Floor - A gorgeous interior on our first floor. Our microbrewery and pizza oven are on this floor, so you can watch our team in action as they cook and brew for you.

* Rooftop Terrace - Cocktails, beers and an exclusive food menu served under a glorious view of Edinburgh Castle. Our iconic rooftop is perfect for any outdoor occasion

Last bookings for food are at 8.45pm, later bookings will only be for drinks. Please note that our Terrace closes at 10pm daily.

Walk-ins welcome!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
I had a lovely pizza in the terrace they kept the terrace nice and warm. The bar tender who was outside was so nice and made amazing cocktails
A photo of Boozy Cow restaurant
4.4
4.4 (596)
£25 and under
Burgers
Edinburgh
About the restaurant
We're all about big burgers, dirty fries, Milkshakes and cocktails that look as good as they taste.


We mainly use locally-sourced and fresh ingredients to create our food and know you'll love it as much as we do.
As you enter down the stairs into our crib, you'll be met with a punk and rock-inspired aesthetic (Good old 90's style dive bar). We don't take ourselves too seriously here at Boozy Cow, and our team is on hand to make sure you have a great time.

🚶 Walk-in only for Drinks Bookings
👦 No under 5s, 6-17 year olds welcome until 8pm
🐶 Dog-friendly
🚶 Walk-ins welcome
🍹 Bookings for food & drink and just drinks welcome
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 8 or more
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
A fantastic time!! Food and drinks are amazing! The quiz night is really fun too, me and the bf are making it a weekly event ;P
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