Keep the Party Going with Edinburgh's Late-Night Restaurants

As the sun goes down, the bars, theaters and clubs of Edinburgh begin to fill with happy revelers all looking to have a memorable night out. As people party into the night there is great demand for tasty snacks and more substantial repasts. During the month of August the city welcomes an increased number of visitors as the Edinburgh Festival gets underway and many of these restaurants and takeaways extend their opening hours.

After, or during, a night drinking with friends a curry can be just the thing to revive flagging spirits and perhaps even soak up some of the alcohol. There are some great curry houses in Edinburgh and many of them are open late. If you are in the center of town, the ever popular Indian Takeaway Kebab Mahal is open until 2am.

Many of the city's Italian restaurants are open late. The pick of the bunch is Civerinos in the Old Town which serves mouthwatering street food until 1am in the morning.

Or perhaps you're looking for a simpler pleasure. After a night on the tiles, who can resist the charms of a classic fish and chip shop? The Central Takeaway is open until 3am and their deep fried delights are very popular with residents and tourists alike.

Dusit provides a modern take on traditional Thai cuisine using local produce combined with exotic spices imported from Thailand. Many dishes have been given whimsical nicknames, such as "run-away fish" for the Thai staple Tod Mun Pla (fishcake)...  Read More

Yocoko is a warm and bustling noodle bar situated in the heart of Newington. The décor is fairly minimalist, but the atmosphere is always lively. They specialize in dishes based on the four main types of Japanese noodle: thick and slippery udon...  Read More

The City Restaurant is something of an Edinburgh institution. Somewhere between an American diner and a traditional Italian chip shop the City Restaurant has been serving a wide menu of classic "greasy spoon" style food to Edinburgh patrons for...  Read More

You'll find this popular Indian restaurant on Lothian Road which makes it ideal if you are seeing a show at the Usher Hall or starting a night on the town. It offers a pretty extensive menu that boasts a range of regional favorites. 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


This newcomer to the Edinburgh restaurant scene is quickly gathering fans and proving that you don't need to trek all the way into the center of town for a good night out. Although it looks deceptively like a chain restaurant from the outside...  Read More

Kebab Mahal is an extremely popular Indian takeaway restaurant located in the heart of the Old Town close to the University. This family run business has been serving curries, kebabs and pizzas to hungry patrons for over thirty years and has...  Read More

Giulianos Italian Restaurant has a great city center location, at the top of Leith Walk across the road from The Playhouse. It is a classic Scottish-Italian restaurant with an impressively large menu including all of the usual favorites (as well...  Read More

The Central Takeaway has been serving delicious, fried food to hungry revelers for decades. For many, a stop at the Central after a night of drinking or clubbing is an integral part of any good night out with friends. Open until 2am Sunday to...  Read More

Edinburgh has many Italian restaurants, but Civerinos offers something a little different. Situated beside the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town is has a great location. The interior is chic and understated with long wooden benches lit by...  Read More


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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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