The Skerries is the restaurant which serves the delightful boutique hotel, The Dunstane. Located in a beautiful Victorian house the West End of Edinburgh, the restaurant has recently been refurbished to a high standard to combine a sense of luxury with a relaxed welcoming charm. Diners can mix and match between two menus. The first, the Stand, offers very good quality pub fare. Gourmet burgers, fresh haddock fillets and generous steaks are paired with hand cut chips and herb salad. The second, more formal, fine dining menu displays their love of Orcadian cuisine. Venison, trout and a wide variety of shellfish are prepared with a deft hand and presented beautifully.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Delicious fresh food and a wonderful ambience make Skerries the pick of the bunch.
Simon's expert tip: The Cullen Skink is rich creamy and smoky, a delight for the senses.
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 Gusti is a smaller and more intimate affair, but lacks none of the charm of his earlier venture. The décor is rustic and inviting with the beguiling aroma of fresh and delicious breads, pastas and seafood. The menu is not large, and at first glance the dishes sound simple and uncomplicated, yet the flavors will soon convert any doubters. This is traditional Neapolitan cuisine at its best.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Locanda De Gusti is a delightful Italian restaurant only a stone's throw from Murrayfield Stadium.
Simon's expert tip: The Italian classic Tiramisu can often disappoint, but in this case it is a creamy and fragrant triumph.
Shebeen South African Bar and Restaurant and Steakhouse on Dalry Road is the younger sister of the extremely popular restaurant of the same name located on Lothian Road, Edinburgh. The décor is rustic and colorful and the welcome very warm. There is a tempting array of South African specialties and some very good burgers and ribs on offer here, all of which are beautifully prepared, but it is hard to pass up their steak. Beef is sourced from local farms and hung for at least five weeks to ensure that it is succulent and delicious and this dedication to quality really pays dividends. They also stock a good range of South African wines and beers and an intriguing selection of South African soft drinks.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Mouthwatering steaks and a great selection of wines and beers make Shebeen a great place to dine after a visit to Murrayfield.
Simon's expert tip: If you can, leave space to try the Melktert (milk-tart) a delicious cinnamon spiced pastry with a silky smooth filling.
Verandah Tandoori has been serving delicious North Indian and Bangladeshi food to avid fans for over three decades. Over the years they have counted amongst their patrons movie stars, rock stars and sporting legends, as evidenced by their celebrity gallery. The interior is simply decorated with soft peach walls contrasting with dark wooden furniture and complimented by crisp white linen. The menu contains few surprises, but traditional dishes are prepared with affection and a skillful blend of spices. In addition to the basic menu they offer a number of set meal options which are good value for money, and their all-inclusive thalis are a great introduction to Indian cuisine. The restaurant also benefits from a rather good wine list.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Verandah is a great traditional Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant with good service.
Simon's expert tip: For a special occasion why not try the Kurji Lamb. The dish is prepared for a minimum of four people and has to be ordered forty-eight hours before your reservation to allow time for the meat to soak up the marinade.
Riverlife is a relaxed and welcoming French - Caribbean restaurant in bustling Dalry Road. The restaurant is the inspiration of chef Mario Caneval who was born and raised in Guadeloupe before training in France and Scotland. While the blend of cuisine may not seem an obvious one, it works very well. The a la carte menu features classic French dishes, some with an unconventional twist, and mouthwatering Caribbean specialties. They don't serve alcohol, but you can bring your own with you and there is no corkage charge. The dessert menu is not large, but features a decadent and delightful sticky toffee pudding.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Riverlife is an unexpectedly successful blend of French and Caribbean cuisine
Simon's expert tip: On the first Sunday of the month (or by arrangement for larger groups) they host a wonderful Caribbean buffet that should not be missed
Great food, great staff, and a great atmosphere really make First Coast stand out in the Haymarket area. There aren't a lot of great places to eat as you go further West in Edinburgh so this restaurant is well worth seeking out. They're open for lunch and dinner and you'll find an interesting mixture of imaginatively presented dishes. There are always tasty vegetarian options alongside a great choice of meat and fish. The menu is updated frequently and it mixes quality Scottish ingredients with influences from other cuisines to create an eclectic choice. There's also an interesting choice of desserts so make sure you leave some room.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Enjoy delicious bistro style food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere at First Coast.
Simon's expert tip: You'll find some good vegetarian options at First Coast.
The Indian Cavalry Club is a popular and well established Indian restaurant located close to Haymarket Station in the West End of Edinburgh. Housed in a beautiful grey stone Georgian townhouse, the interior is elegant and modern. The restaurant is divided into three separate dining areas, each of which seats around forty people and can be hired for functions. Large windows are framed by plush full length curtains and the walls adorned by screen prints and polished wooden panels. There is also a sophisticated and relaxed Pakora Bar with delightful circular booths. Waiting staff are clothed in military style uniforms and service is impeccable. The menu is simply massive. Build your own starters offer seemingly endless combinations and in addition to all of the standard Indian favorites you will some delectable surprises.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: The Indian Cavalry Club has a huge menu of spicy delights and can accommodate large groups.
Simon's expert tip: To spice up your day why not head to their Pakora Bar for a deliciously different take on afternoon tea.
Sushiya is a small, but perfectly formed sushi restaurant which brings a little slice of Tokyo to Edinburgh. The decor is minimalist and stylish, as are the bowls and plates, with the flourish provided by the intricately prepared dishes and garnishes. The food almost looks too good to eat! There is a wide array of sushi on offer with all of the traditional favorites making an appearance, but their teriyaki, ramen and tempura are also superb. Sushiya has a small dining area and their sushi is very much in demand so booking is advisable. They also do a brisk takeaway trade so if you are unable to book ahead you need not be disappointed.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: For a deliciously different meal conveniently close to Murrayfield, Sushiya is hard to resist.
Simon's expert tip: The black sesame ice cream is simply wonderful and is enough of a reason to visit on its own.
The Bothy is the name of the bar and restaurant which serves the popular Murrayfield Hotel, a stone's throw from Murrayfield Stadium in the West End of Edinburgh. Always popular on match days and concert or function evenings, it has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is proud to be a family friendly establishment. The bar features stylish monochrome tiles, a tasteful under lit modern bar, a number of cozy and intimate booths, and a lovely beer garden. There is a decent wines and spirits list, and several artisan ales and beers are available, including their own brand ale. The restaurant sports chic brushed aluminum tables, soft leather chairs and couches and oversized lampshades. Food is classic pub fare with the welcome addition of some Scottish classics (such as a very good Cullen Skink).
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: The Bothy is a great place to get a bite to eat before or after a visit to Murrayfield Stadium.
Simon's expert tip: Be aware that the pub and restaurant get very, very busy on match day so steer clear if you want a peaceful lunch, but head on over if you want to sample the lively atmosphere.
The Aetelier is a stylish yet relaxed European – Scottish restaurant located close to Haymarket station in the heart of the West End of Edinburgh. Chef Maciek has earned quite a reputation for producing bold and unusual flavor combinations to delight the palate, winning accolades such as "best newcomer" along the way. The interior of the restaurant is simply furnished with smooth wooden tables, minimalist decoration and soft lighting. This adds a comfortable and inviting ambiance which ensures that Atelier never feels pretentious despite the invention on display in the menu. The drinks list is wide and varied and the menu contains many surprises, but you will be glad you stepped out of your comfort zone as the food is very, very good.
Recommended for Restaurants near Murrayfield Stadium because: Atelier is a great place for a celebratory meal after a trip to Murrayfield Stadium.
Simon's expert tip: Make sure you leave room for a dessert as their pudding menu would tempt even the most determined ascetic