Tasty Treats on a Tight Budget: Edinburgh's Best Value Restaurants


Edinburgh certainly has its fair share of expensive, exclusive, fine dining establishments. As the capital of Scotland you’ll find some of the best cuisine that the country has to offer, but it doesn’t all have to be expensive. In this list we round up some of the best value restaurants in the city. These are the places to go if you have a budget to maintain, or you just want to get an idea of what the locals really eat most of the time.

We’ve got a wide array of culinary delights to show you, from high quality burgers and chips at Wannaburger, to the some of the best fish and chips from the Tailend. For a bit more spice, try the delicious Mexican food at Taquito, or sample Indian tapas at the critically acclaimed Mother India Cafe. We’ve also got some of the finest pub grub in the city, if you want to soak up the lively atmosphere and get to grips with Scottish pub culture while you eat.

The Old Town and the city center always attract tourists, but that also tends to mean that there are a lot of tourist trap eateries where the food quality doesn’t live up to the prices. If you want an authentic taste of Scotland, to find the best value restaurants in Edinburgh that are popular with the locals, then work your way through this lot.




Owned by a group that runs several Edinburgh pubs, the Red Squirrel is at the bottom end of Lothian Road and it combines a well-stocked bar with cheap, tasty pub grub. You'll find standard Scottish options on tap alongside some more exotic...  Read More



Ting Thai Caravan started out as a pop up cafe during the Edinburgh Festival. Although the caravan has now settled in a more permanent location, the interior has an unfinished feel that hints at its previously temporary nature. Rough walls are...  Read More



Tanjore is relatively new to the Edinburgh dining scene, but has quickly built up a reputation for serving delicious South Indian cuisine at remarkably reasonable prices. The menu is packed with tempting dishes, most of which you will not find...  Read More

The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
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Sometimes you just fancy a simple meal of fish and chips. It's a popular British tradition and something that must be tried on your visit to Edinburgh. The Tailend offers fresh fish and chips made to order while you wait. There is a sit-in...  Read More



Sometimes you just want a burger, or maybe a hotdog, some fries, and a good milkshake. That's exactly what you'll find at the American diner style Wannaburger in the West end of Edinburgh. A full menu of burger combinations includes all the...  Read More



Taquito is dedicated to serving delicious, no frills, Mexican street food. What this means in practice is a short and to the point menu of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fajitas or nachos with hearty cuts of beef steak, succulent chicken, rich...  Read More



Red Box Noodle Bar is a lively diner and takeaway restaurant located a short walk from Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile. Known for its speedy service, consistent high quality and good value for money Red Box is popular with students, tourists,...  Read More



The Mosque Kitchen has a simple philosophy, "curry in a hurry". In practice this means a limited menu with delicious but simple meat based and vegetable based curries with only a few side dishes at rock bottom prices. The restaurant has the feel...  Read More



It was originally called Monster Mash, but the concept remains the same, even if the name has changed to Mums. This is British comfort food, just like mum would make, and that means bangers and mash, macaroni cheese, fish and chips, and...  Read More



The idea here is to share your food and experience something new. Mother India's Cafe offers a twist on the tapas style so each person orders a few dishes and everyone tucks in. The dishes are a bit bigger than traditional tapas so you won't...  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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