Quirky Restaurants in Edinburgh

It's easy to get used to eating in the same place, but sometimes you need something a little different. Luckily, these unique restaurants in Edinburgh are just the tonic, delivering everything from kooky interiors and interesting sights, to dishes you aren't likely to see this side of Scotland. So take a look at our list of quirky Edinburgh restaurants and eat somewhere unique.

Last updated on 20th August 2021

Bar Soba Edinburgh

205 user reviews 4

A two-storey restaurant on Hanover Street, this unique noodle and street food spot offers some of the finest pan-Asian cuisine in the area. From steaming plates of pad thai to cauliflower katsu curry and delicious dumplings, it's the perfect place in town to grab some cocktails and tasty grub.

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

210 user reviews 3

If Halloween were a restaurant, it would look like Frankenstein / Bier Keller. The main venue serves dramatic entertainment alongside its comfort food menu, with lights, music and a descending Frankenstein monster. Meanwhile, the Bier Keller is perfect for a German good time, complete with steins and long tables.

Gaucho Edinburgh

32 user reviews 5

If you love your steaks head to the renowned purveyors of Argentine beef and wine, Gaucho. Expect nothing other than luxury as you recline in leather booths with floor-to-ceiling windows and tables topped with marble, it's a quintessentially opulent date spot.

Belushi's Edinburgh

268 user reviews 5

Belushi's is best known for hosting awesome sports events and quirky, raucous parties throughout the week. But that's not all they offer: come here for Scottish food and delicious whisky, and you'll do all of it with the best atmosphere in town.

Taking its name from the little cabs that zip through India's side-streets, this quirky restaurant is all about vibrant décor and vibrant food. Come here for authentic dishes and fantastic street food, all while surrounded by unique interior choices like vintage Bollywood film posters.

Elegant and opulent, Tigerlily proves that just because you're unique, that doesn't mean you don't have style. Come here for bright, interesting interiors coupled with a fantastic menu packed with traditional Scottish recipes created using the finest ingredients. Expect great cocktails too.

Bright, airy and packed full of plantlife, Rabble is a taphouse and grill restaurant in the heart of the city. Offering an extensive menu of fresh, seasonal dishes, you can find pork belly salads, tandoori chicken skewers and salmon fettucine, alongside some stunning offerings from their robata grill. 

Tucked literally underneath the George IV Bridge, these guys might just have everything you want. Craft beer and malt whisky? Check! Delicious traditional recipes and seafood? Got that too. A living room interior designed to make you feel at home? Well, that's really the whole package.

Cute, quirky and 100% vegan and vegetarian, Novapizza is a one-of-a-kind Italian just a short walk from Queen Street Gardens. If you're in the market for delicious plates of pasta, seitan steaks and more slices than the body has room for, this intimate spot has certainly got the goods.

The Voodoo Rooms

4 user reviews 5

The Voodoo Rooms isn't just a quirky restaurant; it lives and breaths quirkiness. From the ornate ceilings in the dining room, to the constant rota of burlesque and live music, it really is a destination hot spot for fans of the magnificent and wonderful.  

One of Edinburgh's best pizza restaurants, Civerinos is home to a world famous selection of slices, from the classic pepperoni and four cheese, to philly cheese steak and delicious calzones. On top of that you'll find boozy slushies and delicious desserts to complete your meal.

This innovative restaurant changes its entire concept every six weeks, delivering six course tasting menus ranging from 'The Chippie' to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. And with culinary heavyweight Nico Simeone behind it, you know there's something delicious waiting for you.

Modelled after the Iranian cafes found in Bombay, Dishoom is elegant, old fashioned, and a wonderfully unique place to eat. Famed for their all-day breakfasts and even stronger vegan menu, stepping into this venue will whisk you away to another, delicious time.