Tech startup First Table has launched its restaurant booking platform in the capital, offering residents the chance to try out its popular early bird dining deals. 

The First Table website offers Edinburgh diners the chance to pay £5 to secure the ‘first table’ at participating restaurants and get 50 percent off the food bill for two to four diners.

The service is designed to give restaurant-goers great savings but also helps local restaurants secure early bookings for otherwise empty tables.

First Table UK and Ireland territory manager Elliott Hannam stated the group are thrilled to launch in Edinburgh, after launching in Glasgow earlier this year, he said:  “Following our success in Glasgow, we’re excited to help Edinburgh locals take a risk on some new cuisine or eat somewhere that would usually be out of their price range.

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Diners can save 50 per cent on their meal. Picture: First Table

“We get diners through the door early by offering half-price food to ensure restaurants get their evening off to a great start. It’s a win-win for everyone. Whether it’s grilled halibut with scotch quail egg from Stockbridge Restaurant or risotto ai funghi from La Favorita, there’s something to suit all palates.”

Diners can use First Table at a range of restaurants throughout the city including La Garrigue, Stockbridge, Vittoria on the Walk, La Favorita, The Apartment and Ishka.

Kiwi-born entrepreneur Mat Weir, who founded First Table in New Zealand in 2014 and who now has over 1100 restaurants on board across the world, said: “We’re delighted to see how well First Table is being received.

“Edinburgh is a city with no shortage of great restaurants and we can’t wait to help raise awareness of the hidden gems while giving foodies a lesser-known tour of the capital.”

• For the full list of Edinburgh-based restaurants go to www.firsttable.co.uk/edinburgh

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