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Best Outdoor Dining Around Edinburgh

It’s summertime in the capital so where is best to enjoy the best outdoor dining around Edinburgh when there is a break in the clouds? It was a hard job but we had to do it. Yes, we sampled the fayre of some of the best outdoor dining in the city to give you our top five round-up.

Cold Town House

Well, what’s good enough for Prince William is good enough for us. The roof top terrace of the Cold Town House in the Grassmarket is pretty hard to beat for some of the best views of the city and its atmosphere on a sunny summer’s day feels like you’re on holiday. For those who like to be seen in all the right places it is definitely one for the list. And the food? Well, it is simple but rather wonderful. Woodfired pizzas and nibbles. We recommend the Holyrood pizza and the halloumi fries. Yes please. As for its Cold Town beers – they are just the ticket for a little afternoon lunch gathering.

Best for: Views of the castle and a great atmosphere
4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU


This beautiful restaurant in an old brick warehouse is a family-run business which believes in sourcing from small local suppliers. The result is that both the daily menu and the five course menu offer high-end deliciousness. Its south-facing courtyard is a joy to sit in on a sunny day but equally enjoyable on colder days with its courtyard’s wood-burning stove. This outdoor dining is small but that makes a table here all the more covetable. So get booking now.

Best for: Foodies will adore the menus
10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh EH3 9DS

The Sheep Heid Inn

A little off the beaten track in Duddingston but well worth the trip. The Sheep Heid’s beer garden is an excellent place to enjoy summer sunshine with fabulous hearty food. There are sharing plates, pizzas, burgers and more. On Sundays there are five fresh roasts to choose from too. Oh and it’s a gastro pub with history. The inn’s history is said to date back all the way to 1390 and claims visits across those centuries from kings across Scottish history. James VI is alleged to have gifted a ram’s head snuff box which may or may not have given the inn its name. But saving the best for last – not every gastro pub has a skittle alley. Not outside of course but a welcome add on for a great visit.

Best for: Hearty food and great Sunday roasts
43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA

The Kitchen at Restoration Yard

Another gem just on the outskirts of the city is The Kitchen at Restoration Yard. The Terrace of this beautiful restaurant overlooks River Esk. The Kitchen’s all-day menus include a belting breakfasts offer. Are you an avid smashed avocado fan, eggs benedict buff, in need of the full Scottish or a vegan burrito? The breakfast menu has something for all tastes. Then there are luscious lunches too including light bites, healthy salads or marvellous mains. All diets are catered for. Oh and the best bit is that four-legged friends of the canine variety are welcomed on The Terrace too. The friendly team will bring out a water bowl for thirsty dogs and if you want your fur baby to enjoy a delicious snack too, well you can pick them up a Dog Liver Cake before your booking on The Terrace from The Larder.

Best for: Brunching or lunching on delicious food with lots of fresh air and panoramic views
Dalkeith Country Park via Town Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST

Black Ivy

Relax on the terrace at Black Ivy and embrace views of the  busy bustle of people enjoying the green space of Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield Links. It’s a stunning location and your food is all the more enjoyable for it. The good news for chiller days is that there are heaters and canopies to keep you from feeling the elements of Edinburgh’s sometimes unseasonal weather.  The Black Ivy team are proud of their menus that offer classics with a gourmet twist. Think Lobster Mac & Cheese, Creamy Chicken or Bacon and Haggis Pie. Delicious.

Best for: Enjoying classics with a twist
4 Alvanley Terrace, EH9 1DU

Get booking. We hope you can soak up some summer rays while enjoying the best outdoor dining around Edinburgh. Want to hear all the news from Restoration Yard first? Sign up to our newsletters or follow us over on or follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.