Views in Edinburgh

The best restaurants with a view in Edinburgh

Soak up the sights and enjoy excellent cuisine with the best places to eat in Edinburgh that also offer a view worth savouring as much as the food

Scotland may be more readily associated with deep-fried confectionery or boiling bits of animals inside other bits of animals, but that image is now ridiculously outdated. Exciting chefs such as Nathan Outlaw, Tom Kitchin and Tony Singh are leading the charge for contemporary Scottish cuisine and the food scene is bursting with flavour and creativity.

Edinburgh’s restaurants are a case in point and some go above and beyond by combining beautiful food with breath-taking views of one of the UK’s most stunning cities. Here are some of the best tables with a view in Edinburgh.<o:p></o:p>

Chaophraya; 4th Floor, 33 Castle Street, EH2 3DN
This Thai restaurant is located on the fourth floor of 33 Castle Street, its glass walls and balcony offering a gorgeous view across the rooftops to Edinburgh Castle, sitting proudly atop Castle Rock. It’s a dramatic and quintessentially Scottish vista, juxtaposing nicely with the Asian flavours on Chaophraya’s menu. Fans of Thai food will find all their favourites here, from satay and fish cakes to red, green and Massaman curries, all executed with flair and served with a healthy dose of traditional Thai hospitality. The set and daytime special menus offers excellent value alternatives to the a la carte, which is admittedly pricey for Thai. With a view like this though, you can forgive a few extra pounds.
Forth Floor; 4th Floor, Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
No, that’s not a typo. Rather, it’s a clever-ish pun to illustrate that not only is this well-heeled restaurant, brasserie and bar located on the fourth floor of Harvey Nichols’ Edinburgh outpost, it also provides the city of Edinburgh and the Forth Estuary as a stunning backdrop to your meal. On clear days, you may even be able to see Fife in the distance. There’s a definite indulgent streak to the menu, combining traditional methods with a more contemporary approach to flavour combinations, such as hand-dived scallop, chorizo and chicken boudin with red pepper and pine-nut relish or goat’s cheese and Manuka honey bon bons with pesto and pickled peppers to start or lamb and pea risotto or sea trout with leek and truffle arancini for mains.
Twenty Princes Street; 20 Princes Street, EH2 2AN
It’s a wonder more restaurateurs don’t name their premises after the address. For one, it makes it a lot easier to remember where you’re going. This first-floor bolthole is, funnily enough, located at 20 Princes Street and is the proud home of a Josper charcoal grill, which is put to excellent use by chef Tony Sarton, turning out some of the finest steaks in the city. That’s not where the fun ends, as Twenty Princes Street boasts a strong fish game, from fresh oysters to a superb baked seabream, a wine list that would make Oz Clarke weep tears of joy and an inexhaustible cocktail menu. And that’s all before mentioning the room’s towering bay windows, which both flood Twenty Princes Street with natural light and offer diners incredibly views of the Old Town. Grab a table, order a steak and a glass of red and watch the city unfold in front of you.
Cannonball; 356 Castle Hill, EH1 2NE
Victor and Carina Contini also own the excellent Italian Contini Ristorante on George Street, but Cannonball is utterly Scottish, right down to the whisky (no ‘e’) in the cream sauce. Entering the dining room on the top floor of Cannonball House is a reassuring experience. Bad food doesn’t get served in a room that looks this good. Cream walls, polished wood and the teal panels on the long bar give Cannonball a fresh, welcoming ambience. This isn’t fussy, contrived or pretentious; rather, it’s the kind of room that says “sit down, you’re in good hands”. The menu is unabashedly proud of its Scottish roots, pinpointing the locations from where each ingredient is sourced. And the view out the windows is something else, day or night. Come when the sun is up to gaze out at the Old Town and dine in a beautifully bright room. Or come at night and have the beautifully lit Edinburgh Castle to look upon.
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