Wine and Dine Your Partner in Edinburgh's Most Romantic Restaurants

Edinburgh is a great romantic destination. Evidence of an often turbulent history is there for all to see, and it is a city of great character and charm. From the cobbled streets of the Old Town nestling in the shadows of the majestic and imposing Edinburgh Castle, to the classical architecture of the New Town; from the bustle of the University and its lively surroundings to the more sedate and relaxed suburbs; it is a great place to explore with that special someone. What better way to start a night of flirtation and seduction that with a great meal in enchanting surroundings?

Of course, not everyone agrees on the perfect spot for a romantic meal. For some, romance is inextricably intertwined with notions of opulent surroundings and decadent indulgence. It is hard to resist the magical Gothic charm of the Witchery by the Castle, undeniably one of Scotland’s most uniquely beautiful venues.

Aizle offers a more innovative experience which is bound to stimulate good conversation, as well as impeccable food and stylish yet relaxing ambiance.

For an intimate dining experience the private dining room of Angels with Bagpipes, perfect for two, deserves a special mention. The food is wonderful and you do not have to worry about an audience as you whisper sweet nothings to your beloved.

Whatever your preference, we hope that you find the perfect destination in our list of Edinburgh’s top ten romantic restaurants.

In the lobby of the impressive Balmoral Hotel, Number One is certainly striving to be just that. This Michelin starred restaurant is run by Executive Chef Jeff Bland. Wonderful dishes like Monkfish with Israeli Cous Cous, White Anchovy and Wild...  Read More

David Bann's restaurant is a wee gem, considered by some to be the best vegetarian restaurant in Scotland. The menu is eclectic and innovative with influences from around the world. Thai fritters sit alongside a selection of tempting pastry...  Read More

The Stockbridge Restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over a decade. It is a romantic and atmospheric subterranean delight, featuring wonderful, local produce cooked to perfection. The interior is quite beautiful. Grey...  Read More

Hemma is a laid back and stylish bar and restaurant situated on Holyrood Road, just off the Royal Mile. Operated by the same Swedish team which is responsible for the popular Boda Bar and Sofi's (among many others), Hemma wears its Scandinavian...  Read More

Locanda De Gusti is a warm and friendly Italian restaurant on Dalry Road, in the west end of Edinburgh. The chef and owner Rosario Sartore made his mark on the Edinburgh food scene over a decade ago with the popular La Partenope. Locanda De...  Read More

Rhubarb is the decadent and romantic restaurant of the Prestonfield House Hotel. Nestling in the shadow of Arthur's seat, Prestonfield House is a beautiful seventeenth century building. The restaurant is formed from two opulent oval rooms in the...  Read More

Nestling in a quaint cobbled lane in the New Town, Café St Honore is a wonderfully romantic French restaurant. The simple, yet chic, interior features black and white floor tiles, wood paneling and beautiful old mirrors. The bistro-style...  Read More

Aizle (named after the old Scots word meaning "spark") is a delightfully unconventional restaurant located in the South side of Edinburgh. Rather than a menu patrons are presented with a list of around twenty ingredients, some familiar, many...  Read More

You'll find plenty of nooks and crannies in this atmospheric Old Town Edinburgh restaurant and bar. The building itself dates back to the sixteenth century and the name derives from an interesting carving in the Thistle Chapel of the St Giles...  Read More

The Witchery has two dining areas, both magical and atmospheric. Whether you choose the darkly romantic sixteenth century Witchery, with its rich red leather booths, oak paneling and flickering candles, or the wonderful Secret Garden, an open...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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