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What’s your first thought when it comes to planning a romantic night out for two? Drinks, the cinema, a theatre trip? Or maybe a meal out, in a beautiful setting with top class food, where the two of you can relax and enjoy an evening of great conversation and a delicious meal? If it’s the latter, you’ll want to learn all about the best romantic restaurants Edinburgh has to offer - and here they are. Choose one of these venues, and you’re sure to impress your date.
Tucked away in the West End, Forage & Chatter is a casual but beautiful place to enjoy a meal: think natural stone walls, varnished wooden plank tables, copper tones and plenty of fresh greenery. It’s not just the decor that’s unique, but the menu too, with its focus on foraged ingredients and everything being 100% Scottish. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find dishes like monkfish with squid ink barley and sea vegetables, or creamy pearl barley risottos with seasonal veg. Here, you’ll enjoy a meal that’s special, but definitely not stuffy.
Forage & Chatter, 1A Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
Purslane in Stockbridge has won awards for its fine dining credentials - and rightly so. It’s a stylish and contemporary basement space where the food is fine dining but the feel is casual: a winning combination for a date night. The kitchen team work with local ingredients and global inspiration and techniques, and both the presentation and flavours are outstanding. From corn-fed chicken to cannon of lamb, the menu is varied - and if you want to make the evening really special, we recommend either their 5-course or 7-course tasting menu. Feeling flush? Add the matched wines to your tasting menu, we promise it’s worth it.
Purslane, 33A St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
Aizle on St Leonard’s Street gives the vibe of dining in someone’s living room - but with a twist. It’s the place to go if both you and your date are open-minded and adventurous when it comes to food, as there’s no menu. Instead, check the website before you visit and you’ll find a list of the ingredients that are being used that month, dictated by what’s in season and local. From this list, the team create a constantly changing 5-course set menu, so you’ll have to wait until you arrive to find out what you’re eating. It’s an exciting experience that’s a great talking point.
Aizle, 107-109 St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY
Set within the luxury boutique Nira Caledonia hotel in the New Town, Blackwood’s Bar & Grill has plenty of atmosphere with its gentleman’s club-style decor. It’s a warm and inviting place where the Josper chargrill is the star of the kitchen: while there are veggie options available, we rate it for its great steak. Try the Chateaubriand for two with accompanying sides and sauces: it’s tender and packed with flavour, and a generous eat. To take the romantic sharing theme a step further, do the same with their rich profiteroles or sharing cheeseboard to finish off your meal.
Blackwood’s Bar & Grill, Nira Caledonia, 6 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6EF
Martin Wishart’s The Honours is a place to take a date you’re looking to wine and dine in style: think leather banquette seating, black and white tiling, friendly and professional staff and a menu that combines seasonal Scottish ingredients with brasserie-style cooking. The early evening prix fixe menus are great value for money, and there’s a real focus on sharing: the cold seafood platter is incredibly fresh in its flavours, and features their popular oysters with gin fizz granita, which are a real treat.
The Honours, 58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LU
21212 is one of just a small handful of Michelin starred restaurants in Edinburgh, and it’s home to four beautiful guest rooms too - the perfect place for celebrating an anniversary or other big occasion. The restaurant is seriously stylish but with an informal atmosphere, and we love the fact that you can see through to the kitchen to watch the chefs hard at work. The menu changes every single week, the dishes playfully named and combining ingredients (such as a risotto with anchovies and macadamia nuts) that you’d never think would work, but really do.
Paul Kitching 21212, 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Just off the Royal Mile, you get to Monteiths by heading down a magical-looking alley decked out in fairy lights, which leads you to a cosy, traditional-looking dining room. Every season you’ll find a new menu on offer which makes the most of local ingredients - the autumn, for example, might include a rich and meaty venison haggis or a warming Arbroath smokie risotto. It’s a place known for its top notch steaks (served with amazing triple cooked chips) - and even better, the Monteiths cocktail lounge means you can relax in style with a drink either before or after your meal - or both!
Monteiths, 61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
If a romantic dinner to you means seafood and champagne, we reckon The Ship On The Shore in Leith is one of your best bets. Its decor is stylish and romantic, with views over the water and even a few tables outside for the warmer months. The menu is mostly fish and seafood-based with a few meaty choices: try the paella for two or one of The Ship’s many seafood platters, washed down with your favourite pick from their extensive Champagne (or Champagne cocktail) list.
The Ship On The Shore, 24-26 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN
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