10 new bars and restaurants to look out for during the Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh’s buzzing atmosphere during the Edinburgh Festival makes it a great time for dining out, avoid the crowds by checking out these newly opened gems.

Published 12th Jun 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

If you’re in the mood to try something new, there are plenty of exciting bars and restaurants that have recently opened or are coming soon to Scotland’s capital.

Here are some of the most enticing.


(St Andrew Square)

Popular steak restaurant Hawksmoor is coming to Edinburgh this summer - opening the company’s first premises in Scotland on St Andrew Square.

The exact opening date is still to be confirmed, but the eatery will be housed inside the stunning former Royal Bank of Scotland building on St Andrew Square, with space for 170 customers and a private dining space.

• READ MORE: Sign up and save 50% at Hawksmoor

The Greenhouse

(48-52 Constitution Street, EH6 6RS)

Recently opened in Leith, The Greenhouse serves light bites, burgers, salads and tacos, as well as weekend brunch.

There are plenty of options for both vegetarians and vegans here, as well as gluten-free dishes.


(36 Broughton Street, EH1 3SB)

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Very recently opened by chef Scott Smith (former owner and head chef of Norn in Leith), Fhior in the New Town offers a gourmet Scottish a la carte menu at lunch, and various set tasting menus in the evening.

The Wine House 1821

(4 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT)

Not technically new, but very recently re-launched, The Wine House 1821 is an elegant wine and cocktail bar in Edinburgh’s New Town with its very own wine library.

There are more than 130 wines available by the bottle here, and plenty by the glass too. If you’re feeling peckish, choose from a selection of sharing platters or light bites.

83 Hanover Street

(83 Hanover Street, EH2 1EE)

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Former Gleneagles' restaurant manager Juan Jose Castillo Castro is preparing to open the newest addition to the Capital's thriving restaurant scene.

A former Gleneagles restaurant manager and owner of popular bar 99 Hanover Street is set to open a unique Chilean-inspired eatery on the same street later this month.

83 Hanover Street will combine Scottish produce with Chilean flavours, serving the likes of charcuterie, seafood and homemade empanadas.

• READ MORE: New Edinburgh restaurant 83 Hanover Street to open soon


(85 South Bridge, EH1 1HN)

For progressive Italian cuisine (with a la carte and tasting menu options), try Mono on South Bridge.

Italian recipes and Scottish produce are married together here, as are both traditional and modern styles of cooking.

Ubiquitous Chip announce Christmas food and drink menu - including festive cocktails and cosy roof terrace

Brasserie Prince

(1 Princes Street, EH2 2EQ)

Due to open on Monday 11 June, Brasserie Prince at the Balmoral Hotel has chef Alain Roux at the helm, with his father Michael Roux keeping a watchful eye over proceedings.

Expect a strong French influence and chic surroundings, with dishes like onion soup, frogs’ legs and coq au vin on the menu.

• READ MORE: First pictures: New restaurant by Alain Roux set to open at Balmoral Hotel

The Register Club

(Floor 4, 42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD)

Brand new to the city, the trendy Register Club is open to non-members on a strictly reservation only basis.

Call ahead to book your spot, and enjoy cocktails and food harking back to the roaring twenties in this exclusive environment.

The Fishmarket

(24- 25 Pier Place, EH6 4LP)

From the brains behind beloved city centre restaurant eatery, Ondine, The Fishmarket in Newhaven opened its doors very recently, and is now cooking fresh and local seafood to order just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

Eat in or take away in good weather, and enjoy some of the most delicious seafood in the city.


(50-54 Henderson St, EH6 6DE)

Former Norn chef, Darren Murray, is heading up this relaxed, neighbourhood restaurant in Leith.

Opened last month, diners should expect contemporary cuisine created with seasonal ingredients from local suppliers, with dishes such as tomato gazpacho and crowdie; sea trout with cauliflower and fregola, and custard tart served with cherry and meadowsweet.

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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