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Best festive private dining in Edinburgh

Don't panic if you haven't booked your Christmas party yet, we've compiled a handy list of the best venues for festive private dining in Edinburgh.

Published: December 1, 2017

Ah the festive work night out. If your company is anything like some we’ve worked for, no one has bothered to book anything yet.

But don’t worry never fear, we’ve spoken to specialist booking site ResDiary to get the lowdown on the perfect spots for festive private dining in Edinburgh.

Some of these are filling up quick so make a booking, get your best heels on, polish up your brogues and be ready for a midnight stumble along the Cowgate.


(4th Floor, 33 Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DN)

Thai food might not be the standard festive fayre but who wants mushy sprouts and dry turkey anyway?

Chaophraya specialises in fine Thai dining and their Christmas menu is something to behold. You’ll sit down in the luscious surroundings of their Castle Street venue, where some rooms give a view over the revellers in the city below.

Choose from a selection of menus designed to keep everyone (yup, even moaning Mike from HR) happy.

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Check out their vegetarian choices, including thai veg tacos and yummy curries, or go for the Maenum Chiang Mai to indulge in fresh fish and succulent chicken. Wash it down with their signature cocktails and you’re in for a great night.

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(The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX)

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If you all consider yourselves foodies then this might just be the perfect spot to get involved in some private dining in Edinburgh.

Choose from a tasting menu, ala carte, the tasting menu, or the menu of the day, all delicious in their own right and enjoy them in your own private room.

Set in the amazing Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, the Malt Whisky Society oozes class and old-fashioned Scottish elegance.

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(1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE)

Does your boss think they’re really cool and they want to book somewhere “a bit quirky”? Then Brewhemia is the venue for you. With lots of different rooms, all with their own themes, Brewhemia is the perfect place for everyone to show how trendy they are - outside of work.

You can book the Bothy, described as “apres ski meets Scottish highlands” for a laid back homely night, or go all out at Boudoir and its Moulin Rouge theme, complete with cocktails, champagne, and birdcage booths.

There’s some room left at the weekends but not much so get in touch quick to secure one of the hottest spots for private dining in Edinburgh.

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(13 St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh,EH2 2BH)

Bit of a rowdy crew? Amarone’s private dining room is located in the bank’s old vault so is the perfect spot for keeping everyone in line.

Their fantastic Milanese-style menus make a big change from the usual Christmas dinner, with tasty bruschettas, fresh pastas, and crispy pizzas keeping the most picky eaters happy.

This restaurant is right in the middle of town so it’s great if you fancy a wee tipple after, or if Jim from IT needs poured into a black cab sharpish.

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(Ferrymuir Retail Park, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9QZ)

Feeling a bit classy? Then Dakota is the place for you. Their beautiful private dining areas are the perfect place for a soiree and you can even persuade the big guns to book you an upstairs room rather than flagging a cab.

The food is pretty special too: the chefs will create you a menu dependant on the season, or you can pick your own choices from their popular menu selector. The drinks list is extensive with bottles of wine, or top-class Dom Perignon for a real treat.

(Push the boat out, you’re probably not paying!) Remember though, this is probably not the place to wander barefoot, sobbing about the fact that you’ve still not received that long-promised pay rise.

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Cannonball Restaurant

(356 Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE)

Situated right next to Edinburgh Castle, Cannonball boasts some of the very best views of Edinburgh.

And it’s an easy walk in your best shoes to some great bars and clubs for after-dinner drinks. Describing themselves as the “finest Scottish eating and drink experience” Cannonball has one of the loveliest private dining rooms in Edinburgh too.

Book an event in the Glengoyne room and you’ll be treated to a spot of stylishness and cosiness, all to yourselves.

The menus change with the seasons and can be made bespoke, according to your needs. This is one place the whole team will thank you for recommending!

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