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9 new Edinburgh restaurants and bars opening in 2018

The capital’s ever-expanding foodie scene is set to become even bigger this year. Here are 9 new Edinburgh restaurants and bars opening in 2018.

Published: December 15, 2017

As well as brand new arrivals, 2018 also sees the expansion of several well-known Edinburgh bars and restaurants to new locations within the city.


(100 George Street, EH2 3DF)

Picture: Fazenda

Brazilian restaurant chain, Fazenda, are set to open their first Scottish location in early 2018.

Offering traditional rodizio-style dining (with prime cuts of meat cooked on skewers and brought to the table for an ‘all you can eat’ experience), the luxurious bar and restaurant will be located on George Street.

El Cartel

(15-16 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ)

Mexican street food eatery, El Cartel, are opening a new restaurant on Teviot Place in the new year, taking over the old premises of Central Takeaway.

The set up will be similar to their popular Thistle Street restaurant, with authentic tacos, antojito bites, frozen margaritas and tequila on the menu.

The Scran and Scallie

(Bruntsfield, EH10 4ES)

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Another well-known Edinburgh restaurant due to move into Bruntsfield in 2018 is The Scran and Scallie.

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, it’s thought that Tom Kitchin’s team will be opening a new neighbourhood gastropub in the coming months.

Chop House

(88 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4HG)

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Currently with two locations in Edinburgh (on Constitution Street in Leith and East Market Street in the city centre), steak restaurant, Chop House, is due to expand with a third venue opening in spring 2018.

The new Bruntsfield restaurant will take over the site of Tribeca, which closed in mid-2017, and will serve up a range of steaks which are butchered and dry-aged in-house.


(1 Barony Street, EH1 3SB)

Following a soft launch at the end of 2017, KIN is set to make its mark on the Edinburgh cocktail scene in 2018.

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The speakeasy-style basement bar is the first venture from Buch + Bax - award-winning bartenders Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale, who have previously worked at top local cocktail bars such as Bramble and The Voyage of Buck.

The bar is located off Broughton Street (beneath Seasons restaurant), and will serve seasonal nibbles from the kitchen there, as well as an innovative and evolving cocktail list.

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Franco Manca

(St Andrew Square, EH2 2AA)

Picture: Franco Manca

London-based pizza chain (with over 40 restaurants currently operating in the south of England), Franco Manca, are tipped to open their first Scottish location in Edinburgh in 2018.

Joining several other celebrated London restaurants in St Andrew Square, Franco Manca will be serving up their signature sourdough pizzas in Edinburgh’s ‘cuisine quarter’.

Roy Brett

(Newhaven Harbour, EH6 4LP)

Details of this new venture are still under wraps, but Roy Brett (chef patron of seafood restaurant, Ondine) is rumoured to be opening a new site in Newhaven.

It’s thought the new restaurant will focus on fresh Scottish seafood, serving gourmet fish and chips by the harbour.

The Registers

(42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD)

The former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters at St Andrew Square are currently being transformed as part of a £2 million refurbishment.

As well as serviced apartments, shops and offices, the new complex will also be home to a luxury bar and restaurant from Scottish chain, Di Maggio’s, who also operate Café Andaluz and Cadiz.


(36 Leven Street, EH3 9LJ)

Picture: Bodega

Leith Walk-based taquiera, Bodega, are expanding with a new restaurant in Tollcross in 2018.

Taking over the former site of cafe, Leo & Ted, the restaurant is expected to serve up Bodega’s much-loved tacos with fresh Mexican, Asian and American-inspired flavours.

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Gillian is a writer and blogger from Edinburgh, with a penchant for drinking cocktails, exploring the city's independent shops and trying out as many new restaurants as possible.

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