By Samantha Allan
You’re graduating – congrats! Whether you want to celebrate it with all of your family, or the friends that went through the tears, tantrums & all-day library sessions with you, we’ve found the best restaurants around Edinburgh which are fit for a graduate king or queen. From relaxed atmospheres to sophisticated afternoon teas you’re sure to find something that you’ll love.
The One for All the Family
11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
If your whole family want to be involved in your celebration, then Hotel du Vin and Bistro is the place to be, with their largest event room holding up to 36 people! So that means that your third cousin twice removed can come, even if you don’t want them too. Fancy some afternoon tea with a bit of a twist? Treat yourself to their champagne afternoon tea.
Why not try the… Seared Scottish salmon
The One with a View
Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF
The Tower Restaurant set on top of the National Museum of Scotland provides a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Make sure you practise your royal wave.
Why not try the…Natural Ballimore oysters from Loch Fyne
A Taste of Spain
262 Portobello High St., EH15 2AT
Why not share some paella and tapas at Malvarosa? The friendly staff are happy to cater for parties of up to 26 people so you can invite all your friends, family and even that guy you met off the street.
Why not try the… Paella de carne
The ‘Easy to Get to’ One
15 Calton Hill, EH1 3BJ
Close to Edinburgh’s main graduation venues, it’s perfect if you don’t want to travel too far. And if you’re a fusspot, the chefs are even happy to adjust the menu for you. Don’t take the biscuit though.
Why not try the…Scottish rib-eye steak
The Scottish Choice
20 North Bridge, EH1 1TR
Specialising in Scottish cuisine with a contemporary twist, book your table to enjoy locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
Why not try the…Free range pork loin, belly and braised cheek
The City Centre Choice
20 Princes Street, EH2 2AN
This award-winning restaurant has created two menus for graduation: one for lunch and another for dinner to suit all diners. This grill & smokehouse not only offers graduate-worthy cuisine, but beautiful views across Scotland’s capital. So you can spend your meal gazing out of the window, dreaming of your future.
Why not try the…Jaffa Cake (seriously).
To Celebrate With Friends
18 Corstorphine Rd, EH12 6HN
Sink into this relaxed atmosphere – the perfect place to be if you want to celebrate with you friends and talk about all the lols from uni days past.
Why not try the…Surf and turf
The Family Friendly Choice
13 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AF
Set in the new town of Edinburgh, Amarone is the perfect place if you long for chilled out Italian food. It doesn’t matter who you invite, all you’ll be able to do during the meal is lose yourself in pasta and pizza glory.
Why not try the…Tortino di formaggio
A Taste of Sweden
Meaning ‘home’ in Swedish, Hemma provides a relaxed environment for having some lunch after graduation (and a celebratory drink or ten). There’s an excellent choice of vegetarian and gluten free meals, so no man gets left behind.
Why not try the…Smörgåsbord platter
The Posh Choice
Princes Street, EH1 2AB
You’re graduating, you’ve worked silly amounts over the past four years, so you KNOW that you deserve the best. Indulge yourself in the sumptuous surroundings at the Pompadour. Part of the stunning Waldorf Astoria, you’ll wish your fairy godmother could grant your wish to eat here every day.
Why not try the…Lasagne of Berwick Lobster