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Autumn Eateries: 5 Edinburgh Restaurants to Try

With a myriad of restaurants and cafes popping up in Edinburgh, Autumn definitely forces a shift in the type of food I look for and where in the city I head. Whilst the huge,airy glass windows of The Ivy might be ideal for a Summer lunch, I am drawn to the old town and more comforting venues as the dark nights draw in.

As such, I thought I would share some of my favourite Autumn eateries with you.


Baba, on George Street, opened with huge acclaim in 2017 taking over the somewhat redundant space The Roxburghe Hotel left. Described as a Mezze, Charcoal Grill and Cocktail bar, the Edinburgh restaurant serves up the most delicious and Moorish food you can hope for.

There is so much to choose from, but if I had to pick five dishes, they would be:

  1. Baba ganoush, pomegranate and mint

  2. Lamb shoulder, ptitim, preserved lemon and tahini yoghurt

  3. Grilled corn, pomegranate vinaigrette and crispy shallots

  4. Hummus, crispy chickpeas, pine nuts and zhug

  5. Beiruti burrata

The ambience in the restaurant is dark, cosy and super chilled. Escape the wind and ice and slip into a cosy Moroccan hideaway.

Edinburgh autumn eateries
Image courtesy of Baba


Damm27 is new on the Edinburgh scene, joining some fantastic new bars and restaurants in the Newington area. It has a luxury antique vibe to it - serving a mix of fish, meat and veggie options alongside burgers and mussel pots. Everything feels incredibly hearty and rich; their winter menu includes Bouillabaisse, French Onion Soup, Cauliflower Cheese and Kale Croquettes, Roquefort Mussels with Pear, Pancetta and Shallots... perfect for a blustery day.

I would honestly like to hibernate here if they would have me. Have you seen their latest menu?

The latest Autumn goodies from Damm 27 - Credit to Gram Social

Maison Bleue

Maison Bleue as an often forgotten little gem on Victoria Street, serving up the very finest of French cuisine. It has decor to die for - brick and velvet and neon - with a menu of dreams. We were lucky enough to attend their birthday party earlier on in the year and it was the loveliest event, with moorish food, a cosy little space to eat and stunning drink selection. If you are in the mood for a snuggly Sunday, then grab yourself a window table and enjoy their selection of French, Scottish and North African cuisine.

Howie's Waterloo Place

Howie's in Waterloo Place has been one of my utter favourites for years. Not only is the building drop dead gorgeous, the lovingly created menu and warm staff never fail to impress. With the arrival of renowned Executive Chef Suzanne O 'Connor, previously of Continis, they are set to grow from strength to strength.

Their menu includes a gorgeous blend of traditional Scottish with influences from abroad. I can testify their Whipped Burrata starter and Baked Shetland Salmon is incredible. Oh, did I mention it is BYOB?

Image courtesy of Howies

Cafe Grande

I only discovered Cafe Grande in Brunstfield recently whilst taking part in A Wee Taste of Edinburgh walking tour.

Image from 5pm.co.uk

The restaurant does not try to be fancy, simply offering (really) good Scottish fayre. From steaks, to scallops to sweet potato fries, there is something for everyone. Coupled with a fantastic drink selection and located right in the heart of Edinburgh, you can while away the hours watching the blustery weather and people walking past outside. It is such a cosy little spot that provides everything you need for an Autumnal lunch or dinner.

Did I mention their cheese supplier is I.J. Mellis? <3

Whilst Edinburgh has a whole host of amazing restaurants, these are my favourite cosy little gems I hope you will try out - let me know if you do.

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