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. For others, an intimate Italian restaurant such as Locanda de Gusti is the perfect start to a romantic night out. For something a little different, why not try Aizle which offers a more innovative experience which is bound to stimulate good conversation, as well as impeccable food and stylish yet relaxing ambiance.

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



Pickles is a delightfully laid back subterranean bar in trendy Broughton Street. Decorated in the manner of an eccentric library or drawing room with large clocks, pictures and mirrors adorning the walls, it is above all a very intimate and...  Read More



New Chapter is a chic restaurant in Eyre Place, near to the foot of Dundas Street. The interior is uncluttered with some nice design touches the never become too fussy. The menu follows suit, with local produce and traditional Scottish recipes...  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



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



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



The name "Forage and Chatter" proves fairly self explanatory, if rather inaccurate. There is definitely an emphasis on foraged food in this wonderfully eccentric restaurant, but the chatter is often curtailed by the quality of the dishes....  Read More



An interesting blend of foraged salad leaves and rare herbs is combined with the finest meat and seafood that Scotland has to offer in this fine dining establishment. The restaurant is situated in a prime location on the Royal Mile. The...  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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