7 of the best places for Sunday lunch in Edinburgh

From a breezy brunch to a full on roast, Sunday lunches are the best. Here are some of our favourite places to grab a bite to eat in Edinburgh.

Published 5th Apr 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The Queens Arms

(49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP)

Picture: The Queens Arms Facebook

Pub grub at its finest, The Queens Arms is the perfect little nook to escape to on a Sunday and cosy up with some delightful comfort food.

Share the roast of the day (and all of the trimmings - including dessert) with one of your friends or your SO for less than £30.

If that all seems a bit much then why not kick back and order the Roast on a Roll - a soft white roll filled to the brim with meat, veg and plenty of gravy - for just £10.

The Ox

(49-51 London St, Edinburgh EH3 6LX)

Picture: The Ox Facebook

Gastropub The Ox has gained a huge following since it opened and one of its most popular offerings are its Sunday Roasts.

Choose from Roast rib of beef, Slow roast lamb shoulder or for the veggies, the baked mushroom with onion, courgette and herb stuffing all for under £15 per person.

Its bright, spacious interior is perfect for enjoying the stunning food on offer - particularly when the sunshine is streaming in through the windows.


(1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE)

Picture: Kyloe Facebook

Sundays usually mean a family roast and there are few things better in our book than great food in great company.

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Crisp roasters (with the fluffiest insides), delicious home made gravy, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and perfectly cooked roast beef ready to be carved at your table as you share tales of the week's trials and tribulations.

The best way to end the weekend in style, Kyloe certainly knows how to throw a Sunday Roast - they won the BEST roast dinner in Scotland award in 2016 -  and though you may be shocked at the amount of food that arrives at your table, you won't be shocked by the prices.

Their family Sunday roast, which feeds 5-6 people, is only £100.

Galvin Brasserie de luxe

(Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, EH1 2AB)

Picture: Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Fancy some posh nosh that won't break the bank? Then a trip to the Galvin Brasserie de Luxe offers one of the best value (and most delicious) Sunday lunches around.

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Relax in the opulent surroundings of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Waldorf Astoria on Princes Street, while you enjoy their slow-roasted brisket Scotch beef with traditional trimmings.

All for just £18.50 per person. Oh and did we mention that one child (per adult) under 10 can also eat for free?

Edinburgh Larder

(15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB)

Picture: Edinburgh Larder Facebook

For something slightly breezier (or for brunch), you can't beat The Edinburgh Larder Café. Launched in 2009, the café sits at the heart of the old town and is the perfect place to enjoy some stunning dishes made using the best clean, seasonal ingredients.

Grab a sandwich made with local artisan bread and the freshest ingredients, some of their excellent coffee (made with beans roasted in Edinburgh by Williams & Johnson), pull up a pew and feel good about yourself as you watch the world go by outside.

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Just don't forget to try something from their cake and tray bake display, it's pretty much one of the main reasons they've become so loved by locals and visitors alike. Go on you know you want to and it is the weekend after all.


(94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA)

Picture: Loudon's Facebook

You spoke, we listened. After calls for this cracking little eatery to be added to our Edinburgh brunch article, we went along to see what all the fuss was about and we are glad we did.

Burgers, sandwiches, pancakes, fritattas, salads, vegetarian dishes... Loudon's does comfort food by the bucket load.

The haggis macaroni open sandwich was a thing of beauty and for our mind, quite simply the best way to wash away a hangover from the night before.

The Bennys though, (a dazzling array of eggs Benedict) are the real showstoppers, and thankfully they too make it on to the lunch menu.

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The Lioness of Leith

(21-25 Duke Street, EH6 8HH)

Picture: Lioness of Leith

Sporting the quirkiest decor of any of the venues on our list (well it is Leith) The Lioness is an intriguing place to enjoy a Sunday lunch but thankfully it will be the food you are transfixed by and not your surroundings.

The Lioness has become somewhat famous for its roasts and offers no less than four different types - choose from Roast beef, Roast lamb, a whole (or 1/2) roast chicken or for the veggies, the Vegetarian wellington.

Served on a huge platter, you'll be hard pushed to eat it all, but trust us you'll want to try.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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