Where To Eat Outside In Edinburgh

There's nothing better than an alfresco meal when the sun is shining. And boy, our city is one beautiful place for it. Whether you fancy kicking back on a quirky terrace, people watching from streetside tables or topping up your tan in a pretty beer garden, we've got the restaurants and bars for you. Explore our guide to where to eat outdoors in Edinburgh here.

Last updated on 10th June 2021

Found in Stockbridge, this restaurant is always buzzing thanks to its neighbourhood feel. A modern pub serving a classic menu of gastro grub, Hectors is sure to leave you feeling comfortably stuffed while soaking up some rays. 

Hanover Tap

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Hanover Tap is one of Edinburgh's best bars with outdoor space, with boozy brunches, live sports and plenty more events to keep you on your toes. When it comes to refreshments? The kitchen is serving up classic pub grub to complement its range of craft beer, cask ale and cocktails.

Browns Brasserie & Bar has a number of streetside tables, offering you the chance to chomp on the restaurant's seasonal dishes with a view of the city. And if the weather takes a turn? Head indoors to a stunning dining room made up of colourful furnishings. 

One of the best Thai restaurants in the city, Chaophraya is a sleek rooftop with a modern vibe, floor-to-ceiling windows and incredible castle views. When it comes to outdoor dining? This Edinburgh eatery is really packing a punch with its suntrap terrace.

One of the best breweries in the city also happens to house of the best beer gardens. Bellfield is sure to have you coming back for more, with its range of award-winning craft creations, alongside gins, whiskies and organic wines for those avoiding the hoppy stuff.

Teviot Row House

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Found in the heart of the Old Town, Teviot Row House is one of the best places for eating outside in Edinburgh, especially for those on a budget. With its beach huts, heated and covered spaces and wide range of refreshments, it's made for long-awaited catch-ups with mates.


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Revolution may be a go-to for pre drinks, girls' nights out and bottomless brunching, but it's also packing a punch with its alfresco offering. With streetside tables that'll have you in prime peoplewatching position, this is one unmissable summer spot.

Looking for places to eat outside? The Pear Tree's sprawling beer garden is one of the best in Edinburgh. A popular spot for students and locals alike, the pub is always buzzing in the summer months for its live band and regular barbecues. 

Cold Town House

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Cold Town House is one of Edinburgh's prettiest outdoor restaurants with an incredible space that overlooks the castle. Make your way through their menu of droolworthy pizzas and refreshing craft beers while topping up your tan in amazing surroundings. 

The Three Sisters is a must for summer cocktails in the sun. Whether you're sharing a martini tree, sipping spritzes craving a bite to eat or feel like delving into their selection of wood fired pizza, this bar has a charming garden for all of your alfresco needs. 

Fancy scoffing freshly baked slices of pizza under the sun? The High Dive is bringing a slice of Italian bliss to Edinburgh with its menu of enticing eats and charming outdoor space. Of course, there's plenty of thirst-quenching drinks to enjoy with your feasting too. 

56 North

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When it comes to alfresco dining in Edinburgh, 56 North is not to be missed. The cocktail bar features cosy booths and a spacious outdoor area that you can hunker down in before trying their range gins and munching on gourmet grilled bites.