10 new restaurants and bars that have opened in Edinburgh - from Malones to Tipo

There’s a lot to look forward to in the capital this summer, plus many newly opened spots to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.

Published 27th Jul 2023
Updated 19 th Sep 2023


Malones Leith opened earlier this month. Owner Simon Keane's motivation to extend the family of pubs to Leith stemmed from numerous factors, but a significant personal influence was discovering a considerable number of his wife Celena's ancestors had arrived in Scotland through the Port of Leith.

Following in the footsteps of Malones Edinburgh, it's only the second venue in Edinburgh to offer Tennent's Tank Lager.

The pub is also committed to sustainability, and sources its drinks from brands that share its values.

Their own-brand Smugglers Spirts of gin and vodka are made in Edinburgh with hand-harvested, locally-sourced botanicals and ingredients.

As well as working with a Dublin-based distillery in the legendary Libertines district to make their very own Malones Triple Cask Irish Whiskey.

The menu focuses on quality, locally-caught seafood, a speciality of head chef, Ruxi Mirton-Teng. Ruxi, a Leith local who previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurant Heron, is excited to create high-quality pub grub with an Irish twist, celebrating the Leith-Irish connection.

Malones Leith is child-friendly (until 10pm) and dog-friendly. The pub is open seven days a week, from 11am to 1am with a weekly rota of sport and live music.

Malones Leith, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, UK, EH6 6RS


eòrna, a new Edinburgh restaurant from two of Scotland’s brightest hospitality stars - chef Brian Grigor and sommelier Glen Montgomery opened on the city’s Hamilton Place in Stockbridge this spring.

The focus of the restaurant is a 12-cover countertop “chefs table” overlooking the kitchen, with Brian and Glen cooking and hosting.

Diners are served an ever evolving tasting menu using the very best seasonal ingredients and classic old-world wines.

Earlier this month, Glen made his debut in Harper’s Top 25 Sommeliers 2023.

eòrna restaurant, Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, UK, EH3 5AZ


Named after the finest grade of flour in Italy most commonly used for making pasta, tipo is a casual dining restaurant serving small plates.

tipo, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH2 1DR

Island Poké

A new restaurant serving healthy Hawaiian food has opened in Edinburgh city centre.

Edinburgh residents spotted signage being installed for the new eatery, Island Poké, on Hanover Street in June.

The restaurant, which serves “healthy and nutritious” poké bowls and bao buns, and opened in early July.

Island Poké has 15 locations in London, but the Hanover Street venue will be the chain’s first restaurant in Scotland.

The chain specialises in poké bowls – a Hawaiian dish that traditionally consists of raw fish, rice and vegetables.

As well as serving up bowls with tuna and salmon, Island Poke offers alternative protein options, including chicken, tofu and aubergine. Diners will also be able to build their own poké bowls at the new eatery.

Island Poké Edinburgh, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH2 2EN


Nixo's Greek Street Food offers customers fresh and healthy cuisine from grilled souvlaki to flavourful famous gyros wraps and fresh zesty salads, with delivery right to locals doorsteps from its location on Portobello High Street

Nixos Greek Street Food, Portobello High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, UK, EH15 2AU

Coco Boho

Coco Boho, a late-night destination is set to open its doors on 21 July.

Located below Tigerlily on George Street, the venue is owned by Edinburgh’s Montpeliers Group, the team behind Montpeliers, Tigerlily, Rabble, Candy Bar, Indigo Yard and Eastside.

The drinks menu features a range of cocktails priced from £5 including frozen margaritas and signature serves like ‘Grey Goose No.5 Love Potion’ (Grey Goose La Poire, raspberry and rosé), ‘High Voltage’ (Jack Daniels Old No. 7, yuzu, mango, pressed lemon, egg white) and ‘Cosmic Colada’ (Bacardi Caribbean Spice, coconut, raspberry, pineapple and cream).

There are also draught beers, wines, slushies and a gantry of spirits.

The bar team have worked hard receiving training from the World Flair Association to learn new tricks, styles and skills to entertain alongside the array of acts that Coco Boho is preparing to host.

Coco Boho, George Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH2 4JN

Duck & Waffle

The first Duck & Waffle in Scotland opened in the St James Quarter back in February.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and has a modern look and menu.

The menu is built around its namesake dish - made with crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg and a mustard maple syrup on a buttermilk waffle.

It features on the Edinburgh menu along with a range of other signature, and location-specific dishes.

Menu items in Edinburgh include: Pulled Aubergine with lyonnaise onions, goat’s curd and chervil, and Hispi Cabbage with miso brown butter, caperberries, and crispy shallots.

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh, St James Square, Edinburgh, UK, EH1 3AE

The Botanist

This new cocktail bar will open on 7 August in the St James Quarter.

As well as a range of cocktails, customers can tuck into the venue's signature hanging kebabs. There will also be live music for diners, or those just enjoying a drink, to enjoy.

The Botanist Bar & Restaurant Edinburgh, Little King Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH1 3AR

Matcha Mind

Opening on 31 July is Scotland's first matcha bar - Matcha Mind - located on Brighton Place in Portobello.

On the menu there's the popular matcha latte as well as other drinks made with the powerful green tea, including a matcha spritzer, chai drinks and wellness superfood lattes.

As well as offering a range of health drinks, the team will also host consultations on gut health and wellbeing.

MatchaMind, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, UK, EH15 1LH


Indian restaurant chain Mowgli opened their restaurant in Edinburgh in April.

Mowgli serves delicious curries and street food specials, with menu highlights including the Mowgli Chip Butty, Mother Butter Chicken, Treacle Tamarind Fries and Himalayan Cheese Toast.

The eatery also has an extensive cocktail list, with inventions like the Chai Rum Sling, Masala Espresso Martini and Chilli Mango Margarita.

This opening followed the chain's first restaurant in Glasgow, which opened in 2022.

Mowgli Street Food, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH2 2EN


Malones Leith, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, UK


eòrna restaurant, Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, UK


tipo, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK

Island Poké

Island Poké Edinburgh, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK


Nixos Greek Street Food, Portobello High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, UK

Coco Boho

Coco Boho, George Street, Edinburgh, UK

Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh, St James Square, Edinburgh, UK

The Botanist

The Botanist Bar & Restaurant Edinburgh, Little King Street, Edinburgh, UK

Matcha Mind

MatchaMind, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, UK


Mowgli Street Food, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, UK

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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