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Honourable Tom Houghton’s Top Ten Edinburgh Restaurants Picks

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by Honourable Tom Houghton
Updated August 03, 2022

Tom is a stand-up comic, influencer and illustrator who has just finished his first sold-out UK tour, Work in Progress. Set to appear at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tom shares his selection of the best places to dine in the city. Delve into his top ten 'must visit' restaurant list below.

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4.5
4.5 (268)
£25 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Edinburgh

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About the restaurant

The Fringe is all about mixing it up, so why not start your night in style with this incredibly cool, snug cocktail bar. Forget amber and nectar… this is the real gift from the gods.


Top review
Nikki
Dined on Feb 10, 2024
Amazing hotel!! All the small touches make it. We loved staying here, would highly recommend.
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4.5
4.5 (2231)
£25 and under
Scottish
Old Town

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About the restaurant

Nothing says Scotland like a top notch Scotch. Peruse the vast selection of foxy devils after chomping down a haggis burger.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Good Scottish food and an even better whisky selection
A photo of Thai Express Kitchen restaurant
4.1
4.1 (125)
£25 and under
Thai
Edinburgh

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About the restaurant

Not breaking the budget, but definitely delivering on taste. It’s also right next to the Playhouse to watch some big names and close to Princes Street to take in some shopping.


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SharonH
Dined on Feb 12, 2024
My first time at Thai Kitchen and I’ll definitely return. The food was delicious and staff were warm and friendly. We were celebrating a birthday and staff were great fun. My daughter has been previously and it’s now her favourite restaurant and I can understand why
A photo of La Casa - Dalry Road restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1150)
£25 and under
Spanish
Edinburgh

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About the restaurant

Sometimes the Fringe can be overwhelming, so I highly recommend taking a trip out of the centre and down to Leith to relax and recharge. And because this is Tapas, you don’t have to worry about choice, you can have a taste of everything.


Top review
LizP
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service lovely restaurant food exceptional
A photo of L'artgiano restaurant
4.6
4.6 (419)
£25 and under
Italian
Edinburgh

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About the restaurant

On my visit here I had a rib-eye, but there are plenty of other Italian classics to enjoy. It’s also got some of the freshest salads to make you feel healthy and satisfied.


Top review
TamO
Dined 1 day ago
Great atmosphere, great staff, great food, great price. What elsr to say.
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4.5
4.5 (164)
£26 to £40
Indian
Musselburgh

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About the restaurant

The best Indian in town. A quiet, relaxed setting with wonderful staff and gorgeous flavours, you’ll be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 18, 2023
All ok except the restaurant has changed it’s name which was a bit confusing on arrival
A photo of Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (260)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Edinburgh

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About the restaurant

If you want to show off on social media, there is no place more Instagrammable than here. Afternoon tea is a delight with teas and desserts that really look the part. This is not big comfort eating, its tiny parcels of fabulous fun.


Top review
Robert
Dined 6 days ago
We had afternoon tea. The food was excellent (couldnt finish it all!) and a great selection of teas available which were regularly refreshed. Staff were all really warm and welcoming.
A photo of White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2065)
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Royal Mile

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About the restaurant

I love seafood, and this tapas place means you can sample as many little swimmers as you like. It’s got an especially good selection of oysters. Go on… treat yourself. Then come and see my show and tell me all about it.


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SamanthaM
Dined on Feb 9, 2024
Delicious food great value and amazing Oysters! Service was really good could have stayed the whole night.
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4.6
4.6 (432)
£25 and under
Scottish
Morningside

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About the restaurant

If you want to immerse yourself in a real Scottish experience, this is it. Sit amongst the “never changing décor” of trinkets collected since 1871. The seafood is great and you can also learn about the history of the pub. Highly recommended.


Top review
Steph
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely food, great staff, we will definitely be back
A photo of at pizza– Charlotte Lane restaurant
4.4
4.4 (628)
£25 and under
Pizzeria
New Town

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About the restaurant

The Royal Mile really is the centre of the Fringe, and if you have a full schedule you’re going to want to eat quick and somewhere close. But that shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality, if you’re a pizza fiend then this place just made your day.


Top review
Naomi
Dined on Feb 3, 2023
Great place for an easy no fuss dinner! Pizzas are delicious especially as a celiac! Super careful not to cross contaminate so puts your mind at rest. Lovely staff and easy to order on the app.
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