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.
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.
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Last updated on 16th January 2024
Located in Roxburgh and the city centre, El Cartel is a quirky restaurant worth getting stuck into. These folks whip up cheap tacos for less than a tenner filled with delish ingredients - think pork carnitas, frijoles, battered cod and more. Oh, and if you love tequila, the margaritas here will go down a treat.
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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.
One of the prettiest restaurants in Edinburgh, this unique spot offers classic dishes down perfectly. From an extensive 'fish frites' selection, that includes hake, mussels and sea bream, to braised beef brisket and moreish sweet potato gnocchi, it's got some of the finest eats in the capital.
Offering some of the best beers in the city, BrewDog's Lothian Road is about both quantity and quality. A huge space boasting over 20 craft beers as well as a menu of hearty eats, from beefy burgers and healthy salads to delicious chicken and cauliflower wings.
Fancy dining with a difference? You'll want to head to Porty Vault on Portobello High Street. This fabulous venue has a crackin' BBQ menu, filled with mac 'n' cheese favourites and smoked sausages. If you're feeling thirsty, opt for one of its 36 beers on tap in the cool space.
Lady Libertine is the stylish restaurant bar that transports you to another time with its cool Art Deco interiors. As for the food menu? It showcases a range of delish, internationally inspired dishes. Whether you fancy brunch, lunch, dinner or a Sunday roast, you'll be covered here.
Situated on Antigua Street, Laila New Town is the perfect place for a delicious brunch or dinner. The quirky spot boasts pink decor everywhere and floral decor - fab if you're after Insta pics. As for food, we recommend the waffles or vegan meatballs.
If you're after quirky places to eat, mosey down to The Alchemist on George Street or St James Quarter. Kick off your evening with a theatrical cocktail or two, followed by a lip-smacking meal - think BBQ sharing skillets and Korean fried chicken burgers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sitting pretty above the city, The Lookout is a truly unique eating experience. Housed within the observatory on Calton Hill, you'll find delicious tasting menus of up to six courses, fronting Gigha oysters, highland lambs and peatland honey, and gorgeous views over Edinburgh.
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.
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.
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.