The choice of restaurants in Edinburgh is vast, but when you try to think of a luxury restaurant that’s intimate and romantic it’s actually quite tricky, so here’s our top five romantic restaurants in Edinburgh.
Cafe St Honore
It may be nestled on a cobbled lane just off Edinburgh’s George Street, but having lived there for five years I feel qualified to say that Cafe St Honore feels like you’ve been whisked away to Paris for the evening, which is why when creating a list of romantic restaurants in Edinburgh, this one sprang straight to mind. The tables in the restaurant are set with crisp white linen, the glasses and flatware sparkle and the atmosphere is warm and intimate, with a subtle underlying buzz.
Although the atmosphere is very much parisian, Chef Neil Forbes believes in using fresh local produce, which and his team enhance to let the flavour shine.
Address: 34 Northwest Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh EH2 1EA
Tel: 0131 226 2211
Website: Cafe St Honore
The Secret Garden
Stepping into The Secret Garden is probably as close as you’ll get to stepping into a restaurant where fairies came down in the night and elegantly dressed the room. The decor is sumptuous, with large oil lamps and an enormous tapestry across one wall creating a truly romantic atmosphere.
The food at The Secret Garden is very much fine dining and the wine list is long enough to rival War and Peace. If you really want to turn up the romance, the rooms at The Witchery (adjoining) are as glamorous as we’ve seen.
Address: Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Tel: 0131 225 5613
Website: The Secret Garden
Rhubarb at Prestonfield House
Everything about Prestonfield House screams opulence. The building is set in its own grounds where lights illuminate the surrounding trees casting a magical spell before you’ve even entered the building. The restaurant itself is housed in a fine Regency room and a dining experience offers the opportunity to explore other rooms in the hotel for pre and post-dinner drinks.
Food at Prestonfield’s restaurant is fine dining, with fresh Scottish produce featuring strongly.
20 Princes Street
A relative new-comer to the Edinburgh dining scene having opened in 2013, 20 Princes Street has gained a deservedly good reputation. For a romantic evening a booth in the restaurant is cosy and secluded from the main buzz of the restaurant and drinks in Juniper, with fabulous views across the city, are a lively way to end the evening.
The chef uses fresh Scottish ingredients and for true carnivores, we’d highly recommend the steak with a beautifully charcoaled flavour.
Romantic restaurants in Edinburgh don’t come much more charming than Cannonball, part of the Contini group of restaurants. So named because of the cannon ball reputedly embedded in the building from the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Cannonball’s menu offers Scottish ingredients served with an Italian flair.
The restaurant is upstairs, making the most of the Castlehill location, with tantalising glimpses of the Castle ramparts from some tables. We loved the food, service and atmosphere when we dined there recently – a stylishly romantic choice that would be great for Valentine’s evening.
Address: 356 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF
Telephone: 0131 225 1550
Website: Cannonball Restaurant Edinburgh