The most romantic restaurants in Edinburgh ideal for date nights

Scotland's capital is one of the most picturesque, romantic cities in the UK to visit on your staycation. Find out where to take your date to sweep them off their feet this summer.

Published 13th Jul 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Edinburgh is one of the country's top destinations for mini-breaks and date nights.

Whether you're looking to sample some fresh Scottish seafood after wandering up the Royal Mile or to fine-dine on top of Calton Hill, the city has you covered when it comes to five star dinner venues.

Here we take a look at some of the most romantic restaurants in Edinburgh, ideal for date nights or Valentine's Day.

The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage

(Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA)

Image: Hilary Elliott

Located in a beautiful glass-fronted building right on top of Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill, The Lookout is brought to you by the team behind Gardener's Cottage.

The ever-changing menus are based around prioritising using the best quality seasonal ingredients from local producers and each dish really packs a punch with its flavours.

With some of the most striking 360 degree views of Edinburgh, an evening spent wining, dining and taking in the extraordinary skyline at the Lookout will take your breath away.

Book a table around the time of sunset for added atmosphere.

White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

(266 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA)

Image: White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

One for the seafood lovers! What better way to end the day after a romantic stroll through Edinburgh's stunning Old Town than with seafood and shellfish galore?

Situated on the site of the oldest inn on the Royal Mile, this restaurant is the ideal location to spend an intimate evening filled with small plates, sharing platters, wine and cocktails.

It's worth noting too that White Horse also host a legendary 'Buck a Shuck' £1 oyster happy hour which is available from 4-5pm Wednesday-Friday and 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Also highly recommended is the sesame tuna with grapefruit and nasturtium as well as the crab scotch egg and monkfish satay.

Wine and Peach

(93 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB)

Image: Wine and Peach

The newest venture from the folks behind successful Italian restaurant Locanda de Gusti, Wine and Peach on Dalry Road showcases the best of Italian and Greek tapas, not to mention their extensive wine list.

Here you'll find a variety of small plates designed to share, from the likes of calamari, meatballs and moussaka to halloumi salad, octopus and spanakopita.

Ideal for summer date nights, the staff here will make you feel welcome and at ease.

With authentic food, beautiful drinks and a very pleasant interior, Wine and Peach has everything you need for the perfect date night.

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La Garrigue

(31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH)

Image: Hilary Elliott

Impress your date at this classy award-winning French restaurant. Since opening in 2001, La Garrigue's menu has drawn inspiration from rustic family style cooking and the owner's home region of Languedoc.

The wine list - on which you'll find some of the best French wines in Edinburgh - also won an award for the 'Best Restaurant/Wine List for French Wine', so you know you're in for only the very best.

Try the juicy 6oz fillet steak, served with potatoes, forest mushrooms and plenty of foie gras butter - you wont regret it.


(1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX)

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Image: Taisteal

A family run, neighbourhood restaurant with its own unique flair, Taisteal (meaning travel or journey) uses locally sourced Scottish produce together with culinary techniques and ingredients from across the globe, inspired by the owners' travels to China.

Bringing what resembles fine dining into a more relaxed atmosphere, Taisteal is an ideal location to spend a romantic evening.

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Go for either the a la carte menu (priced at £25 for 2 courses or £30 for 3) or take your taste buds on an real gastronomic adventure with one of the restaurant's decadent tasting menus (priced per person at £40 for 5 courses or £50 for 7 courses).

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