There are many places to eat in Edinburgh during the busy months of the Festival but making a choice can be a wee bit tricky. With that in mind, here are our top 10 eateries and restaurants to chow down at during August.
10) The Outsider on George IV Bridge is a unique and trendy restaurant serving up a mix of delicious dishes to fit every taste. Exceptional service and an extremely friendly environment make this a great spot to grab something to eat between shows.
9) Bar Napoli situated on Hanover Street is perfect for customers wanting a hearty Italian meal. From pizzas to lasagnes to spaghetti this authentic café has you covered. The atmosphere is casual and cosy, a classic Italian restaurant at a good price not far from the world-famous Stand venue.
8) The Mosque Kitchen on Nicholson Street serves up tasty fresh food everyday produced by their local neighbours. This unique eatery has one of the most welcoming atmosphere in the city, and with unbelievable value, customers coming back for more.
7) The Scran and Scallie located on Comely Bank Rd, in the trendy Stockbridge area, is always packed with locals and visitors. One to book in advanced because of its popularity this highly rated restaurant has a real mix of gutsy classics as designed by star chef Tom Kitchin.
6) To say that Dishoom is the best Indian restaurant in Edinburgh is a bold claim but one that more and more people are coming round to. A Bombay-style café, of the sort opened by Persian immigrants in the early 20th century, the recently opened Dishoom has been extremely successful with the wide range of exotic and delicious food they produce fresh every day.
5) Alanda’s Fish and Chips is cheap and far more than cheerful. You will not taste a better beer battered fish and freshly cooked chips than Alanda’s and, located in George Square, it is perfect for a quick bite to eat seconds from two of the month’s biggest and best beer gardens.
4) Rollo’s is a cosy wee restaurant serving up their take on the finsest local ingredients on bustling Broughton Street. The great food is backed up by an equally strong wine list – ideal for relaxing after a long day soaking up the culture.
3) Civerino’s is located in the heart of the action on Hunter Square. Long benches create a social atmosphere for families and friends to enjoy the best (make your own) pizza in the capital.
2) Maison Blueu located on the picturesque Victoria Street is a beautiful traditional French restaurant set in a modern and comfortable surroundings. Offering fine dining, beautiful food and expert service in a relaxed and welcoming environment this central eatery is the ideal place for a Fringe dinner date.
1) Reekie’s Smokehouse is not to be missed if you are passing through Edinburgh at any time of year. The capital’s first Scottish BBQ joint the menu serves up BBQ scotch beef, scotch Beef burnt ends, pork shoulder and even smoked haggis. Accompanied by fresh slaws, Scottish-tinted sauces, cakes and shakes, this is tasty tartan fair in healthy portions.
There you have it – a by-no-means-exhaustive run-down on the top places to slay your hunger.
They say there’s more to the Festival than just comedy – well, there’s more to Edinburgh than just the Festival and once you’ve had a bite at one of these, we’re sure you’ll agree.