Best lunch restaurants in Edinburgh

Recharge your batteries

Wael Makki | Date posted - 13 Dec 2018

It’s no secret that the Scottish capital is a playground of palate pleasers. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a gastro lunch, we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed the best lunch restaurants in Edinburgh for you to recharge your batteries before an intense afternoon at the office.


If you’ve been stuck in meetings all morning and you’re starving, stave off the hunger with Italian treats at Contini. A vibrant, buzzy Italian restaurant situated in a former banking hall, they source their produce direct from the markets in Italy and change their menu every month with the seasons. Right now, they’re serving pasta oliva, salsicce, and merluzzo on their lunch menu and believe us, it’s a true delight. A fun and informal eatery, and one of the best lunch restaurants in Edinburgh.

Cafe Andaluz

Spice up your lunch and head to Cafe Andaluz for some truly special Spanish dishes. These guys have come up with a lunch menu that consists of ordering 3 delicious tapas and a dessert for only £15.95. Expect fresh vegetables, meats, fishes, paellas, and a pretty incredible Spanish wine list. Spread over two floors, this amazing spot is located in Edinburgh’s New Town, as well as in George IV Bridge. Que aproveche!


In the mood for seafood? Say no more. Located above Cafe Andaluz, Cadiz is another Spanish gem that specialises in fresh seafood, prepared daily, with a distinctly Mediterranean and international flavour. Their lunch menu features pollo asado, lubina, arroz con champiñones, and many other delicious dishes.. Have two courses for £16.95 or three courses for £20.95. Cadiz is doubtless one of the best lunch restaurants in Edinburgh, reserve your spot with ResDiary!


If you’re looking for a more upmarket and gastro kind of restaurant, it doesn’t come much better than Mono. Their fabulous lunch menu that has been designed by Michelin star chef Zielinski and features contemporary cuisine with Italian influences. “Expect to encounter a multi-sensory experience: visual, textual, sound, and all kinds of stimuli”. There’s no fuss at Mono, simplicity with quality comes first. Bring a date, friend, or a potential client you wish to impress and enjoy!


Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, Amarone is the spot to head to if you’re in the mood for pizza. They serve contemporary Milanese cuisine so you can also expect traditional pastas, fresh salads, meats, and different fish dishes. It’s the perfect place for a lunch between business colleagues or a break with friends. If you’ve had a hard morning, wind down and enjoy a glass of their fine wines. There’s nothing quite like a good Italian beverage to get you back on your feet for your afternoon at the office.  

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