Best Restaurants In Edinburgh This Christmas 2023

Are you joining us on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride and wondering where’s the best restaurants in Edinburgh this Christmas season? Well look no further! Check out this list of some award-winning restaurants, quick bites and family friendly dining to suit all our guests from young to old!

First up in our list of best restaurants in Edinburgh this Christmas, Howies Restaurant. Howies serves local Scottish dishes with a modern twist, serving fresh seasonal food cooked to order while celebrating Scotland’s local producers with both their food and drinks menus. There are 2 Howies restaurants in Edinburgh, their flagship store located in Waterloo Place at the end of Princess Street, and their other restaurant located in the heart of Victoria Street. There’s also a third restaurant ‘Scotts Kitchen’ situated above Howies Victoria. Scotts kitchen boasts a ‘Scottish, seasonal & very tasty’ menu offering a stylish experience with al fresco dining as well as inside seating.  Head over to their website and explore their restaurants:

Now everyone has heard of the Hard Rock Café, if you’re looking for the best restaurants Edinburgh you will be in safe hands at Edinburgh’s very own Hard Rock Café located in George Street, just a short distance from Edinburgh Castle! The Hard Rock Café is a fun & vibrant place to hang out, with some great memorabilia on display. While you’re there be sure to try one of their award-winning burgers! They also offer a kid’s menu for the younger Hard Rock fans! Make sure to book your table online to avoid disappointment.

Anyone for pizza?

For the pizza fans out there wondering where to find the best restaurants in Edinburgh this Christmas, Pizza Posto, one of the winners of TripAdvisor’s Travelers choice Awards 2022, located just 0.2 miles away from Edinburgh Old Town, offers Authentic Neapolitan Pizza baked in their very own clay ovens. Pizza Posto is a must try dining experience if their outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor are anything to go by! Check them out here:

Angels with Bagpipes is another restaurant located in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, mixing an atmospheric old town setting with a chic contemporary look. Suitable for the family, Angels with Bagpipes serve fresh seasonal Scottish ingredients, perfect for a quick lunch or relaxing dinner!

Something a bit different…

Now, if you’re looking to eat something a bit different in Edinburgh this Christmas season, try Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, winner of TripAdvisor’s Best of the best Diners Choice Awards 2022 and Open Tables top 100 in the UK 2022, is described as a “Wee hidden gem” selling classic Scottish home comfort food, with nine different mash options to pair it with! Their locations connect Edinburgh’s old town with the new town, with a short walk from Waverley Station, making an ideal location for our customers wanting to try something different after climbing on board The Polar Express this Christmas! Book your table online or try your luck on the day!

Just around the corner!

Now for something right next door, Loudons New Waverley, winner of 2022 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice awards. At the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, just a 5 minute walk from Waverley Station, this family friendly café/ restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and a variety of veggie and vegan options perfect for all the family. Oh, and it’s dog friendly too!

If you’re not looking for the best restaurants in Edinburgh during your visit, within the train station itself you can find a variety of different quick food stops to grab a quick bite to eat while you’re out and about in Edinburgh, from costa, Caffe Nero and M&S. Or just a short walk out the station why not have a quick look round Edinburgh Waverley Market Shopping Centre, where you’ll find a wide variety of fashion retailers and fast food such as, Mcdonalds, Starbucks, KFC and Greggs.

Extend your day after joining us on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Edinburgh this Christmas and check out some of the amazing restaurants listed in this best restaurants in Edinburgh blog or venture out alone and check out everything Edinburgh has to offer! Bon Appétit!

If you haven’t yet got your tickets to join us on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Edinburgh this Christmas, get your tickets online today to avoid disappointment or check out our Experience page to find out more!

Please note, we are not responsible for your experience at any of these venues and we are not affiliated with any.

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