10 Casual Restaurants In Edinburgh, Scotland

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Besides the renowned Highland dress code, films, and pastry, Scotland has so much more to offer–especially for the foodie in you. The rich cultural history that the place has to offer comes in the form of the wide international cuisines as well - from fish and chips, to pizzas to pork belly bowls to green curries, pad thai, and to French escargots. You will definitely be in for a treat as you uncover these international food gems nestled in Edinburgh. Foodies might want to get your camera ready as you snap pictures of the nicely curated food! Check out these casual restaurants in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1. Nok's Kitchen

If you happen to crave some Thai dishes, Nok’s Kitchen is the place to go to get your Thai fix. Aiming to use the freshest ingredients from the spices to seafood to the condiments, the restaurant promises dishes you’re sure to remember. Try out their King Prawn Pad Thai, Stir-fried Soft Shell Crab, and their curries which range from green curry to massaman red curry. To end your meal of all things spicy, remember to have their mango sticky rice before you leave!

Nok's Kitchen

Address: 8 Gloucester St, Edinburgh EH3 6EG, UK

Website: Nok’s Kitchen

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 10:30pm

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2. Civerinos

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Fluffy pizzas with a side of crispiness is what Civerinos promises to deliver to customers, palatable for the exquisite diner and will have you coming back for more! Their signature dishes such as Civerino’s and their Quattro Formaggio are some of the delectable choices that customers would frequently choose when dining at Civerinos. Also, as they serve all things Italian at this restaurant, remember to check out their Arancini as well!


Address: 5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW Scotland

Website: Civerinos

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 12pm - 12am; Sun - Thu: 12pm - 11pm

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3. Rollo

Rollo promises impeccable service and a wide selection of food - from the Fried Okra Bowl, Pork Belly which is served in chunky cubes, Scallop and Bisque dish, and side dishes such as tempura broccoli dish done so well that it has customers coming back for more. Have a glass of wine to accompany all these mains and sides as well. If you would like something easier and lighted on the palette, try their Parmesan Crisps with pesto dip.


Address: 14 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RH, UK

Website: Rollo

Opening hours: 12pm - 3pm (daily)

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4. Dishoom

Going to Scotland in search of some Indian cuisine? Why not? Dishoom serves some really fine and authentic Indian cuisine and is surrounded with good vibes and ambience all around. You will be greeted with the aroma of spices the moment you step into Dishoom. When in the restaurant, remember to order their biryani, broccoli salad, and black dahl. If you’re a fan of curry, you will not want to miss out on their chicken curry and fragrant garlic naan that comes in a thick gravy sauce.


Address: 3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD, UK

Website: Dishoom

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 11pm; Thu - Fri: 8am - 12am; Sat: 9am - 12am; Sun: 9am - 11pm

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5. The Gardener's Cottage

Sporting Scandinavian interiors and bright lighting shining through the windows, The Gardener’s Cottage is the perfect place for a social gathering. The dishes to definitely try when you are there are the monkfish, lamb dishes, veloute and cod–they may be your usual dishes but they do it with a creative twist. End your meal with their bitter chocolate dessert–after all, all good things should come to a good end.

The Gardener's Cottage

Address: Royal Terrace Gardens, 1 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5DX, UK

Website: The Gardener’s Cottage

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 9:30pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 9:30pm

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6. L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant

L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant is a French bistro restaurant that serves some good pork terrine, garlic soup, and fantastic main dishes. Portions are generous for a French setting. Their starters such as goat’s cheese parcel and snails in pastis are so fresh and succulent. Their mains such as confit duck and rabbit are perfect for those daring to try something different.

L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant

Address: 56 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, UK

Website: L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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7. Tapa

Scotland provides you a sneak peak of Spain and through the food served at Tapa, your palate goes on an exploration with the fresh ingredients and herbs they use for their dishes. Tapa serves some of the best Spanish food you can find in Scotland, and customers rave greatly about the Iberica pork and green peppers as well as their braised pig cheeks and pan-fried prawns with garlic and Morcilla de Burgos. If you like your meals to be prepared gluten-free, you will definitely like what Tapa has for you.


Address: 19 Shore Pl, Edinburgh EH6 6SW, UK

Website: Tapat

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 12pm - 9pm; Thu: 12pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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8. Ting Thai Caravan

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Another no-frills and casual dining restaurant is Ting Thai Caravan. It is a busy restaurant but you know crowds are a good indicator for good and reasonably priced food. Their must-try food items on the list are their green curry and their pad thai. Their seafood items like their fresh fish are ensured to be juicy and fresh. Head out to Ting Thai Caravan for some delicious Thai eats.

Ting Thai Caravan

Address: Teviot Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2RA, UK

Website: Ting Thai Caravan

Opening hours: 11:30am - 10pm (daily)

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9. El Cartel

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Looking for a good place for good and affordable Spanish food? El Cartel’s wide selection of food such as pork ribs and ceviche, guacamole, and pork tacos make customers come back again and again, among other fare served here. Tacos is one of the specialities here at El Cartel, all hand pressed by the team. Also, unwind through the night with their wide selection of crafted Mexican beers and frozen cocktails.

El Cartel

Address: 64 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, UK

Website: El Cartel

Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 12pm - 10pm; Wed, Sat: 12pm - 11pm; Thu - Fri: 12pm - 12am

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10. Fishers in the City

Simple and fuss-free, serving food selections such as chowder, fish cakes, fish and chips, mussels, king prawn curry is Fishers in the City. They promise delicious and effortlessly done dishes. And if you are looking at getting a quick fix, this is the place–quick service by the staff is something notable. Another must-try item would be the rib-eye, veering from seafood, which is exceptional at this casual haunt. Be sure to try its many seafood and meat dishes next time you’re around the area.

Fishers in the City

Address: 58 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, UK

Website: Fishers in the City

Opening hours: 12pm - 10pm (daily)

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Getting your fix of international food in Scotland

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If you think of Scotland, you probably will be more than astonished to know that you can find all sorts of cuisines - ranging from Western dishes like English fish and chips, Mexican tacos, Italian pizzas, and to the Eastern world of Thai green curries. Those who are behind these cuisines all do it from the heart, with impeccable service that will make you come back for more. After a good read-through the list of mouth-watering food options that Scotland has to offer, make sure to plan your next trip to one of these casual restaurants in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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