8 Edinburgh Restaurants with an Amazing View
It’s no secret that Edinburgh is renowned for its striking buildings and breathtaking landscape. What better way to appreciate the city’s natural beauty than while you’re sitting enjoying a delicious meal with friends, family, or a special one. So, without further ado, here are eight Edinburgh restaurants with an amazing view!
We do recommend booking in advance to secure the best seat in the house!
1. The Outsider
- Where: 15-16 George IV Bridge
- Looking to stay in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and live with amazing views? The Painter’s Studio might be the perfect Edinburgh holiday home for you! Just a stones throw from Edinburgh Castle with panoramic views of the city.
Located halfway along George IV Bridge is one of our favourite Edinburgh restaurants, The Outsider. The restaurant has a laid-back approach to dining and uses the best fresh, seasonal produce. The best bit is, the restaurant boasts magnificient views of Edinburgh Castle and the rooftops of Old Town. Be sure to book their window table for the best views!
What started as a monthly pop up event in Edinburgh, has grown into one of the best spots for an incredible view of Edinburgh Castle and great cocktails to boot. Enjoy an afternoon tea on a Sunday and although they are more focused on perfect serves, SKYbar are regularly host to fun and lively events with great food. We simply had to include it in our list. It’s the ideal location for a few special drinks before an event or trip to the theatre.
- Where: 33 Castle Street
- If you love a great view, we think you’ll love Leamington Terrace as it has a gorgeous view of Edinburgh Castle!
You’d be forgiven for overlooking this restaurant as it sits four stories above Castle Street. Its height affords it magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle and glass walls make the most of the surrounding views. It’s a wonderful place to just escape the hustle and bustle. The restaurant is inspired by Thailand, and they bring together classic Thai and distinct signature dishes, accompanied by a fantastic range of cocktails, wines and beers!
- Where: 1-3 Rutland Street
- If you’re looking for an Edinburgh short term let in Edinburgh’s West End, Lynedoch Place is both spacious and comfortable.
Situated in Edinburgh’s West End, Kyloe is Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant. Kyloe’s award-winning head chef John Rutter uses a selection of traditional cuts, along with some more unusual cuts chosen for their texture and flavour. While you sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal, you’ll also enjoy fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle, St John’s church, and Princes Street.
- Where: 20 Princes Street
- Edinburgh’s elegant New Town is a beautiful and central location to stay in, and we think you’ll feel very much at home at Northumberland Street South East Lane.
Located along Princes Street, the award-winning restaurant, Twenty Princes Street is another lovely location to celebrate a special occasion or to treat yourself. The eclectic collection of dishes ensures there’s something for everyone, ranging from, a selection of fish and seafood as well as signature steak, cooked on a Josper (pronounced ‘Hosper’) grill to lock in a distinct rich, smoky flavour. If you visit during sunset, you may be fortunate enough to catch ‘golden hour’ as it illuminates the different layers of Old Town.
- Where: John Lewis, Leith Street
- If you’re looking for a centrally-located short term let Edinburgh home, Northumberland Place sits in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.
Not strictly a restaurant, but, we felt we just had to include the John Lewis Cafe as it has stunning views of the north of Edinburgh, Firth of Forth, and over to Fife. Having recently undergone a refurbishment, “The Place to Eat’ has moved to the fifth floor after previously being located on the fourth floor. Now you can enjoy incredible views across the capital city through a window that spans 40 metres! It’s a lovely spot to enjoy a cuppa and a sweet treat.
- Where: 30-34 St Andrew Square
- Charming and filled with light, Broughton Street makes a lovely short term let Edinburgh home!
Situated on the top floor of the prestigious department store, Harvey Nichols, is the Fourth Floor Restaurant. The Edinburgh restaurant offers diners spectacular views of the city on one side and the Firth of Forth on the other. Their dishes showcase the finest Scottish produce using modern flavours and traditional techniques. There’s also the option to enjoy afternoon tea!
8. The Lookout
- Where: Calton Hill
- Our Brunskwick Street home is located just a short stroll from Calton Hill and is perfect for a city break.
Last but certainly not least, The Lookout. A sister restaurant to local legends, The Gardener’s Cottage, The Lookout opened in late 2018 on top of Calton Hill with floor to ceiling glass giving it undoubtedly the best city views! Enjoy their modern Scottish menu as you take in the views across the cobbled city streets, spires and out toward the Firth Of Forth.
Featured Home: Leamington Terrace
Leamington Terrace is situated in a fabulous location directly opposite Bruntsfield Links. Nearby on Bruntsfield Place are some excellent local food shops, bistros, bars and cafes, so anything you need is right on your doorstep. This delightful top floor apartment has been recently refurbished to a high standard and is incredibly welcoming from the moment you step through the door. The best bit is, it also boasts fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle. A perfect base to explore some of the best Edinburgh restaurants with a view!