Best Edinburgh Restaurants for Friend Groups and Large Parties

Edinburgh is a city blessed with a large number of excellent restaurants offering an incredible variety of dining experiences and showcasing a wide range of cuisines from around the world. Whether you’re planning a celebration with a group of friends, a family reunion, or a corporate event, it’s important that you choose wisely. Not every restaurant is suited to large groups, so we’re here to help you find the eatery most likely to delight and satisfy all of the members of your group and ensure that your evening is stress free and enjoyable.

First you should consider what type of cuisine is most likely to please your group. Many restaurants offer a set menu for larger groups and this can be a problem if some of the diners have very traditional or uncomplicated tastes. Not everyone will welcome a menu composed entirely of curries or a list of delicious, but unfamiliar Middle Eastern dishes.

The eclectic menus of the classy and refined Living Room or the chic and lively Bond No9 have more than enough variety to please even the most conservative palate. However, the mixed grill of fragrant and lightly spiced kebabs and falafels of Hanam’s might just tip your fellow diners out of their comfort zones!

You should also consider the budget. Are you looking for a restaurant offering a fixed price menu to avoid any unseemly arguments over the bill, or are you planning a sumptuous feast with no holds barred and hang the expense? For a truly extravagant night, look no further than the opulent surroundings of Rhubarb at Prestonfield House where you can assemble a feast of regal proportions.

Let us help you make up your mind with our list of the ten best Edinburgh restaurants for dining with larger groups.



La Piazza boasts authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting. As well as a spacious and comfortable dining area, La Piazza also has a lovely sun terrace which is great for al fresco dining and people-watching. The a la carte menu is very...  Read More



This family-run Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant offers a range of authentic curries in a fun, friendly atmosphere. The menu is large and offers a blend of familiar Indian dishes, Scottish favorites and some unique specialities. This restaurant...  Read More



Hanam's serves authentic Kurdish and Middle Eastern cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The decor is traditional and inviting with rich tapestries and comfy cushions galore and the food is delectable. The menu is prodigious, with...  Read More



Calistoga is a delightful Californian restaurant nestling in a cobbled alley just off Rose Street in the heart of Edinburgh. This stylish and welcoming restaurant has blossomed despite being relatively well hidden because it has quickly gained a...  Read More



The Tower Restaurant occupies pride of place at the top of the sandstone clad keep of the National Museum of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh. Operated by James Thompson, owner of the Witchery and Prestonfield House, the Tower stays true to...  Read More



Bond No 9 is located in the heart of Leith's waterfront area in the shell of a former whisky bond building. The interior retains the low ceilings and large wooden beams of its former incarnation and pairs them effectively with comfortable...  Read More



Located at the top of Broughton Street, a stone's throw away from Leith Walk and Princes Street, The Basement has long been a favorite with locals and a delightful discovery for tourists prepared to step lightly off the beaten track. It's a...  Read More



Located in a beautiful Georgian building in George Street, the heart of the city center, the Living Room is effortlessly chic and sophisticated. The cream leather booths and polished wooden floor are perfectly complimented by simple uncluttered...  Read More



Howies Waterloo restaurant has the same commitment to fresh locally sourced produce as its sister restaurant in Victoria Street – but with a much grander setting. Housed in a beautiful Georgian building and decorated with style, the restaurant...  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


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